This website describes the Nonpartisan, Nonhierarchic
and Strategic Plan
for a Permanently
Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World
To change something create a new model that makes the old one obsolete"
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We live in an Age of Abundance. There should be no poverty, malnutrition or homelessness anywhere in the world today.
There should be no wars, conflicts or nuclear weapons. All of these are illegal
We are at a crossroad and we progressive are behind despite our hard work and will be further behind if we do not work together from a Common Agenda
If we continue with the current failed monetary and political systems and allow corporation executives to control our public servants, institutions and elections, we will have:
- Increasing worldwide unemployment, poverty, malnutrition, hunger,
diseases, homelessness, wealth divide and a massive depression
- Cuts in social security, Medicare, welfare programs and public
- Endless wars, occupations, militarism and empire building
- Increasing global warming, rising sea levels and super storms
- More torture, abuse, extraordinary renditions, false arrests and
- Chronic water and energy shortages, environment degradation and natural resource depletion
We individually know what needs to be done but are mostly working separately, either alone or in "stovepipe" organizations, without a common set of plans. We are duplicating many efforts, working on some unneeded items, not doing many needed items and making very little real progress
The primary purpose of this Movement and Strategic Plan is to help coordinate not manage the efforts of the thousands of organizations, movements, campaigns, alliances and millions of individuals working on reform and change
The objectives of the Universal Movement and Strategic Plan include to:
- Permanently end poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, preventable diseases, wars, use of force, occupations, militarism, empire building, recessions, depressions, gross wealth and income inequalities, corporate executive control over public officials, environmental degradation, natural resource depletion, corruption, fraud, exploitations, state sponsored racism, the duress of finding work and providing for one's family and all other injustices.
Ensure all humankind now and in the future have the opportunity to have a decent life and more.
PeopleNow.org with help from many individuals and organizations have:
- Thoroughly analyzed these injustices and their underlying causes
- Outlined the significant actions that must be done to correct these injustices
- Grouped related actions in about three dozen Plans and lists of Actions that make up the Common Agenda which is the the heart of the UNiversal Movement and Strategic Plan. Ultimately there will be a link to each of the web sites of the organizations taking the lead implementing one one or more of the Common AgendaPlans
- Get everyone possible (individuals, organizations, movements, campaigns and alliances) working together from refining and using the plans form the Common Agenda
- Encourage everyone working on reform to add their own action items and choose what they want to work on with others who chose the same action
- Prevent elections being bought by super PACs and the super-rich
Please select one or more of the below urgent priority Actions to help review and refine and work with our Public Servants to implement by the end of the 2014 fall Lame Duck Session. There are many other additional urgent Actions in Common Agenda and the Table of Priority Actions that should be considered.
Make elections about candidates' character and positions on Issues/actions; strictly limit campaign contributions, get all corporate money out of elections and reform election
- Order immediate cease fires and an end to all bombing
drone attacks, use of force, offensive, covert and all other military operations all over the world
Immediately take all nuclear weapons off-alert, permanently disable and
ban all strategic nuclear weapons, end the absurd, immoral doctrine of “mutually
assured destruction" and return any nuclear weapons overseas, to the Continental
- Prohibit Israel and any other country using any weapons
or munitions provided by or taken from the U.S. for any offensive purposes
or for any use outside their established borders
End all direct or indirect military aid/support and offensive arms
sales/gifts to all countries, groups and individuals
Enact a progressive property tax on the net assets of both individuals, corporations, companies and other entities, provide generous tax deductions based on worthiness of charitable causes being supported, eliminate income, sales, estate, corporate and all other taxes and simplify tax codes at all levels of government
- Nationalize the Federal Reserve and recover/disgorge as much as possible
of the over $2.1 trillion of U.S. Treasury Securities and the over $1.4
trillion of mortgage backed securities and all other assets of significant
value which were acquired directly or indirectly with taxpayers money by
the Federal Reserve
Ensure jobs at living wages are
available for all at meaningful work primarily to help provide a
decent life for all humankind now and in the future
- Ensure affordable
Necessities and Needs for
a Decent Life
available for all humankind now and in the future including in particular
The basic necessities of life to the sick, malnourished, hungry
and homeless immediately
- Affordable housing, nutritious food, clean water and air, comprehensive
public transportation, energy, etc.
Comprehensive, Single Payer
Improved Medicare for All
with dental, pharmaceuticals,
behavioral health, long term and hospice care, etc. with no co-pays
or need for supplemental insurance
Publicly Financed, Quality
Child Care, Pre-K Through a College Education and Vocational, Job Readiness
and Literacy Training for All for Life
- Cease all deportations, family separations and illegal detentions
and insure all rights are observed for all the people regardless
of their immigration status in particular the right to
assistance of counsel. These rights cannot and may not be waived
or denied by any judge, any legislation, official or individual without
amending the Constitution
This website describes and provides easy access to the various elements of the Nonpartisan, Nonhierarchic (no sacred rulers) Universal Movement and Strategic Plan for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World.
By clicking on the menu to the left, you can review the parts of the Movement and Strategic Plan that you are particularly interested in and Subscribe to receive emails, work on Action(s) or Common Agenda Plan(s) with others and join the Global Matrix Network
The Universal Movement and Strategic Plan focuses on the U.S. Federal Government. Parallel Individual Movements and Plans for local, state and ultimately other nations are being developed beginning with Washington DC - see Highlights of the Movement and Plan for a Prosperous, Just, Sustainable Washington DC.
The primary purpose of this Movement and Strategic Plan is to help coordinate the efforts of the thousands of organizations, movements, campaigns, alliances and millions of individuals already working on accomplishing the above objectives.
Poverty is not due to a lack of resources and people are not born lazy.
Accumulated knowledge and advances in productivity, science, technology, automation, computers, communications, education, training, health care, transportation, the internet and psychology makes it possible to have a permanently peaceful, prosperous, just world.
In their outstanding 1970's essay, The Problem of the Twentieth Century, Willard and Marguerite Beecher clearly show that we are living in an age of abundance and why we have poverty in the midst of this abundance.
"The Age of Abundance is upon us. Man need never again go hungry or cold. Natural resources abound, machines necessary to convert them into goods exist, and men are trained to operate these machines. Furthermore, we can manufacture as many machines as we desire, just as we can enrich the soil to produce abundant food and train people everywhere to do likewise, The whole world now has the capability to support itself free from want and almost free from disease." Willard & Margaret Beecher
As proof of this, according to Forbes.com in 2013, the world's 2,000 leading companies/corporations had total annual sales of $38 trillion, which was a little over half of the world's gross domestic product and a total employment of only 87 million, about 1.3% of the world’s population.
Also, the Summary of Funding Sources show that more than enough funds are available to have a peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world.
In their essay, the Beechers also state what most individuals already know: "Nevertheless, many people today are still cold, hungry, and sick.
No viable, military threats to the U.S. exist.
Wars are illegal under the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 which requires that all disputes or conflicts between countries be settled by pacific (peaceful) means as outlined in the Proof of the Illegality of U.S. Wars and Use of Force. This is true even if Congress declares war and/ or the UN authorizes the use of force.
The Constitution calls for a common defense not offense and state guards (militias) not standing armies.
In his book The Sane Society, Erich Fromm, states:
- No change can be brought about by force. Fromm is correct.
Change must be brought about by demonstrating our own humanity and appealing
to the humanity of others through understanding, cooperation and encouragement.
Even if we could force change, reactionary forces would just get stronger
and reverse the change which is what happened in Egypt since the
- Change must be a simultaneous change in economic, education, political
and cultural spheres. Changes restricted to one sphere are destructive of
every change. For example, as war is ended and the world disarms, we
- Meaningful work/jobs at living wages for everyone including all
the ex-military, Department of Defense and Military Industrial Complex
- Sufficient funds for these jobs and to accomplish other actions
relevant to ending wars. The Summary of Funding Sources shows that there are more than enough funds.
- Honest, capable public servants that enact the necessary legislation
to reprogram funding and budgets for jobs, reparations, bringing the
troops home, disarming, setting aside the Authorizations to Use Force
and Status of Forces Agreements, etc.
- Public and private sector individuals educated and trained on implementing
the Strategic Plan
- An enforced Rule of Law and all of the other items in this Movement and Strategic Plan
- Meaningful work/jobs at living wages for everyone including all the ex-military, Department of Defense and Military Industrial Complex personnel
The Zeitgeist Movement contends that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species are "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure. The defining goal of the Zeitgeist Movement, is the installation of a new socioeconomic model. Permanently ending wars, poverty, inequities and all other significant injustices, installing the new Zeitgeist socioeconomic model, making the necessary changes in essentially all “spheres "and having a permanently peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world will require hundreds of Actions. Implementing all the Actions requires thousands of tasks and subtasks.
Project Management Software in the "Cloud" will be used to:
- Help coordinate the efforts of individuals and organizations prioritize,
"sequence" and implement the hundreds of Actions and all
the tasks and subtasks required to implement each Action and implement
the multiple parallel individual Movements and Plans for cities/counties
and states and national governments
- Measure progress
- Provide means to ensure lessons learned are continually fed back into the Strategic Plan.
Comprehensive reform and refining and implementing this movement and strategic plan are urgently needed
Despite the people's many past and current efforts, we have increasing poverty, the most severe and growing wealth inequality of all times, illegal wars and conflicts, unaddressed climate change and dysfunctional governments largely under the control of wealthy, corporation executives and lobbyists.
According to the June 1, 2013 issue of The Economist “1.1 billion people subsists below the internationally acceptable extreme-poverty line of $1.25 a day and live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short." At least 300 million people in the world are unemployed or very underemployed.
Charles Ferguson in his book Predator Nation states: much of the American (and global) financial sector has become criminalized, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud.
Our public and private sector officials have articulated no real solutions to these crises. Many are not telling us the truth and show little if any empathy for their fellow human beings.
President Eisenhower on the Costs of War and the Military Industrial Complex (MIC)
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." —Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The Chance for Peace" speech, April 16, 1953
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and
—Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, January 17, 1961
This Movement and Strategic Plan is a work in progress and by no means complete. It provides a framework into which additional actions and plans can be inserted. Your comments, suggestions, ideas and help to refine and implement this plan are welcomed and can be forwarded to PeopleNow.org via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.
If we work together, continually refine and implement this plan, we will have a permanently peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world.
About the Compiler of the Nonpartisan, Nonhierarchic Universal Movement and Strategic Plan for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World described above
Executive Director, PeopleNow.org
Coordinator, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Peace through Justice (GPtJ) Working Group
Coordinator, Veterans for Peace (VFP) Democracy, Constitution, War Powers and Prosecute War Criminals Working Groups
Arlington, VA 22204
Why Ron Fisher created the Strategic Plan
Ron Fisher, honors graduate of the Naval Academy with a Master’s Degree in business management, graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) and retired Navy Captain, served on destroyers and nuclear submarines and was Executive Officer of both a nuclear attack and a ballistic missile submarine. During his early years in the Navy, as collateral duties he served as a Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Trial Counsel (prosecutor), Defense Counsel and as a Summary Court Martial (Judge for minor infractions of the UCMJ).
During the last half of naval career he worked as a project manager and engineer in shipyards on refueling overhauls of nuclear submarines and worldwide submarine repairs. He also served in various logistics jobs in the Washington DC area. His awards include the Legion of Merit.
His post Navy career includes working for two defense contractor and founding and managing a very successful non-profit fire safety and survivability company described at www.dfpa.org and a service-disabled veteran-owned small business described at www.VetsSS.org both of which received government contracts. DFPA, under contract with DOD, prepared a report that conclusively determined that it would impossible to protect ships from determined terrorists.
For more information about Ron go to: http://www.ronfisherforcongress.com/about.htm and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ron-fisher-captain-us-navy-retired/29/b71/a65
Ron says: "The last submarine I served on could have single-handedly destroyed over a hundred bases or medium size cities and killed millions of civilians in a very few minutes from thousands of miles away. At the time, I never thought or talked to anyone about the deaths, maiming and destruction that our submarine could have caused. Happily, we never had to fire those missiles with real warheads on them. I now realize how horribly wrong, immoral and illegal all wars, occupations, empire building and offensive weapons especially nuclear are. I am convinced that many others will come to understand this also so we can rapidly phase out all offensive weapons systems, armed drones and nuclear power.”
Ron has worked years learning about and trying to change the world. His strategic plan shows how we can permanently end poverty and wars and transition to a peaceful and prosperous world.
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