Solidarity is not only a feeling of unity and mutual support. It is also action to develop the structures a human community needs for their shared dignity and mutual support. This is an account of how one person, Benjamin B. Ferencz, used his experience, talents, and skills to develop and promote the international legal framework needed to support global solidarity for human dignity and to prevent crimes against humanity.
The Global Campaign and its participants who knew him, mourn the passing of Ben Ferencz on April 7. He brought his experience as prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials to a lifelong active commitment to peace and was a staunch supporter of peace education. A more detailed tribute will be posted in the near future.
The death of Herman Daly should be mourned by all who seek to mitigate the climate crisis. He warned of the consequences of the continued exploitation of the planet to provide ever more privileged lives for the rich, greater deprivation of the poor and the decimation of this planet. Peace educators seeking to help students to develop the capacity of discernment might share Daly’s work.
What could be a more telling indicator of the values that infuse the Global Campaign for Peace Education than Bishop Tutu having joined the co-founders, Magnus Haavelsrud and Betty Reardon on its inaugural panel at The Hague Conference in 1999? Desmond Tutu was the embodiment of the staunch commitment to just peace that peace educators aspire to cultivate.