Michigan Peace Network member groups that are working on the Palestine/Israel issue will:
submit a concise description of what their position is on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict
describe what they have done within their organization and in their area to foster the principle of peace with justice for Palestine/Israel
The working deadline for these submission would be December 11, 2006.
This network website hub was organized by the Peace Justice and Environment Project (PJEP), a network of networks that encourages the communication and cooperation of member groups to facilitate each other's projects. PJEP now serves nearly 1600 justice, peace and environmental organizations in 38 networks and 2 coalitions covering 50 states throughout the U.S.
Use of this site encourages the exchange of ideas, expertise and resources between participating organizations through the use of an online and technical infrastructure, whereby local groups can work closely with each other by recruiting others to endorse, co-sponsor and/or participate in their projects. By networking we facilitate resource sharing and increased communication, which in turn encourages seamless action execution among cooperating groups.
Actions Options Tool (AOT) software provides the backbone of this website. AOT was designed by activists and then developed and refined in the field by those using the software to facilitate human-to-human exchanges by encouraging direct communication through web and email applications. Use of the AOT has resulted in more real time meetings, phone and conference calls between the individuals and organizations most needed to accomplish specific organizational goals. The first version of the AOT was made open source by its developers in 2007.
The AOT web framework seeks to lower the level of authority to the local grassroots organization, empowering those organizations across the country with unique and powerful communication tools and online resources. With the recent addition of social networking features, we've integrated social networking with political action lowering the level of authority even further to provide individual activists with knowledge and online features never before available at any level.
A PJEP facilitated network is neither a coalition nor organization unto itself and will not endorse actions. However, member organizations can band together and endorse actions. This structure emphasizes the cooperative function of the organizations using this tool, focusing on providing resources, enhancing communication and creating opportunities for peace, justice and environmental organizations across the state to work in close cooperation to execute common actions. Therefore, this network will not be an instrument to form a common policy under a single organizational name.
Use of this network embodies grassroots empowerment at its best. Here we encourage emerging, powerful, democratizing forces by enhancing horizontal communication, nurturing transparency and facilitating diversity. By empowering the individual and local grassroots organizations, we seek to foster creativity where creativity can thrive, with the individual that seeks deep and lasting social change.
For a complete list of Peace Justice and Environment Project facilitated state networks and coalitions, click on “Networks” on the navigation bar at the top of the page to see the full list of 41 network websites.