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Vol. XVII, No.2
WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
Please share with
us what you are doing relating to nonviolent change. If you send us a
short report of your doings, learnings, ideas, concerns, reactions,
queries we will print them here. Responses can be published in the next
Steve Sachs: I am concerned that the U.S. may soon be at
war with Iraq and that North Korean nuclear crises may have any of
several possible very serious outcomes; but I am hopeful that both
situations can be reasonably resolved. I am happy to see that President
Bush has learned something about dealing with complex international
affairs since he came to office, but
frustrated that learning has not been faster and deeper. I believe that
lack of statesmanship, including unfortunate rhetoric, by Mr. Bush,
the crises with North Korea, but I am encouraged by signs that enhanced
understanding and improved diplomacy may now resolve it. In my own
I have been enjoying advising on the putting together of a peace
in the Black Forrest in Germany that I am looking forward to
in at the end of May.
Villena-Mata: I am doing more research into the areas of the
unconscious's role and societal trauma. In addition, I have a practice
providing consultation and training in that
area in particular, and human relations in general. I will be
in May, 2003 at the Neurons to Neighborhoods Trauma Conference in Los
on: Healing from Racism, Sexism, and Other Isms: The Effects of
Trauma on Our Overall Well-Being.
In that workshop, I will include trauma's impact on the ability to
conflict resolution with members of groups that one perceives as the
group. In my work, I have clients who come to see me to assist them
their anger toward the dominant group in their lives. I have been
some of the approaches that I presented in my book to address their
grief, and frustration. This is important, as the effects of the 'isms'
have a crippling effect.
Facilitating and assisting clients in this area has been very rewarding
has helped me to fine tune and expand the use of some tools to further
in addressing the effects of societal trauma on its recipients. Too
we think of societal trauma as being 'over there' in someone else's
or society, when in fact, some version exists in all places, including
own geographic areas.
Consequently, I am now preparing to formalize procedures that can be
to assist individuals and groups regarding internalized and
conflicts experienced by the individual and members of groups. I am
funding to look at the role of those traumas arising from 'isms.' This
be addressed if long lasting resolutions to conflict are to occur. As I
am not currently directly affiliated with any organizations, funding
harder. I am seeking an organization that wishes to act as my umbrella
this project. I will be seeking colleagues who may be interested at
later point in applying some of these procedures to their own work with
of feedback and collaboration. I eventually would like to offer
findings and finalized procedures to all who wish it, especially to
who are experiencing first hand, as recipients of such 'isms'.
I am also at the point of my life that I am looking to move to a place
I can settle down, be of service to my community, practice my work and
continue to expand my personal and professional horizons. Coming from a
psychological perspective and being a trained mediator, I am heartened
increasingly there are more interdisciplinary collaborations and
vis-a vis conflict resolution.
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