*|FNAME|*, *|IF:FNAME|* *|END:IF|* *|IF:ELSE:|* Dear Friend, *|END:IF|*
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We need your help please! Many of us agree that the last, best hope for life on this planet is cooperation between the world’s two greatest powers, that are, also, its two greatest polluters: the United States and China. In recent years friendly discussion has been largely replaced by enmity and preparation for war.
The United States has become clearer that its aim is to be the unique global power and that China’s rapid rise on the world stage is a threat to the American goal. Therefore, China is “the number one enemy” of the United States and must be “contained” even at the risk of nuclear war. At the same time, more Americans, including some in high places, recognize the disastrous consequences that nuclear war with China would have and are trying to steer away from that destination.
Reduction in the threat of war still falls far short of the joint leadership by China and the United States that could give promise of a good world for our descendants. We agree with Senator Sanders that the world’s hope for the future is bound up with the hope that Americans and Chinese will work together to secure peace and prosperity for all.
Especially when governments fail to seize promising opportunities as they arise, their citizens have reason to act. The Living Earth Movement has been acting. We are developing a good set of papers that will give readers an understanding of what China has done and is doing. Individually, we may, or may not, approve of this or that action or policy. But understanding removes the taint of demonization that American propaganda tends to mediate.
I have been fearful that national enmity was ending prospects of good conversations between Americans and Chinese. However, as the pandemic has eased and travel renewed, I have learned that in China the status of the process community has not been damaged. We are still trusted. That has made me think that we may have some responsibility to lead more vigorously in citizen-to-citizen communication. There are no guarantees. But we have a chance of making a historic change.
This will be a matter of the inclusive process movement joining the Living Earth Movement in focusing on positive relations with China. What forms it will take is to be worked out. But it will build on what the Living Earth Movement has been doing. Sadly, just at this point our financial resources need replenishing if we are to continue. A few of us have been paying the bills.
Charles Betterton has enabled us to become part of a much larger global peace movement, so that what we write has a greatly improved chance of being widely read and acted upon. It was his suggestion to formally incorporate the organization, he managed that entire process, obtained the IRS tax exempt status, and has successfully led us every step of the way. Charles is serving as our Executive Director for about $25 an hour (less than 1/3 of his previous salary). Indeed, he is also one who is personally donating to help cover the bills. No one is complaining. Peace is worth it. But unless more of us are able to give financial support, the LEM will have to drop out of many important activities, just as opportunities are breaking through.
We know that you, like us, are barraged with requests for money. We have delayed being part of the barrage, and I think that, because of Charles’ remarkable work, we have accomplished quite a lot. But the handful of us who have paid the bills so far need help, quite a lot of it, to ensure that we continue to contribute to one of the few promising efforts to support peace and cooperation between the United States and China.
We think nothing is more important at this stage of world history than cooperation between Americans and Chinese in leading the world to needed changes. We hope that some of you are in position and also willing to support our work financially. Thank you.