Frequently Asked Questions
What is #repeace?
Repeace is a simple, intuitive, platform for the 99% to reclaim power, reorganize social change, by delivering the essence of your collective grievances in a positive pro active, and possibly massive way, reaching far beyond U.S. Borders. The Platform is a replicable, positive athmosphere, one for each nation/region, and is framed strategically as a campaign for Responsibility.
The focus of the campaign is the voting on 3 commitments, which stand for the values people share and wish to see reflected in governments’ actions and policies. Due to the dysfunctional state of our institutions, these values are not only ignored, but more devastating domestic and international policies are promoted thanks to the endless arrogance of those in power.
Since all forms of public dissent are being silenced, petitions ignored, organized protests brutally dispersed, civilians intimidated and killed, Ingenuity forces us humans to produce and implement non violent alternatives to express public objections to non responsive institutions.
If you haven't seen our latest Repeace video release, please take a few minutes to watch it:
What is a #repeacer
As part of the reorganization of dissent, and the search for an alternative strategies to convey our grievances, without violence, we suggest the term “repeace” to imply that all forms of activism, essentially, aim at relieving social, economic, environmental conflicts (Peace is the purpose of Activism), hence “Repeace.”
The term #Repeacer is also a strategic action. it implies that a person has taken 1, 2 or 3 commitments, and is, therefore a Repeacer. Strategic benefits of identifying as a #Repeacer, and joining the 3 commitments, are several. First, the state and the MSM won’t be able to use slurs to disparage activists anymore, it will shift the action from confrontation and direct forms of expression of dissent to their positive equivalent (values), and offer a global definition, not tied to language, to unite those in need.
By sharing the term #repeace or #repeacer on social media, the 99% have a unique opportunity to create a different, cohesive form of action, and promote a coherent message, able to transcend all previous forms of activism.
Is repeace an organization or a political movement?
No. Activism doesn't need another conventional organization, promising impact and change. There are over 2 Million registered NGOs in the U.S. alone, and yet it feels competitive, divided, erratic. Social change is filled by redundant communities and petitions, that are constantly ignored or dismissed by the ruling elites.
What's missing in social change is a shared purpose. Understanding that our shared purpose is the resolution of social conflicts, hence, "peace," we can build the equivalent of collective consciousness, the strength of a unified will.
What's wrong with the word "Activism"?
A negative image has been created around dissent in general, that has placed a stigma on Activism and its agents. These factors contribute to its lack of impact.
Those who raise awareness for serious issues, like institutionalized corruption, climate change, staggering economic inequality, etc. are ignored, dismissed, vilified. So are those who expose evidence of high level crimes inside our governments and corporations. Activism is only okay, as long as it’s not too confrontational. Even top journalists have long admitted that their work is perceived as "Activism" hence as "Terrorism."
The desire to act and impact social change is a very noble cause. Specially in the USA, activism is seen as a tradition, a moral imperative. But the power structures don’t like dissent. They don’t want their privileges and wealth to be challenged by anybody. When famous people champion causes like human rights, equality, women’s rights, poverty, get revered by the press. However, the true nature of deep rooted disdain of the elites for Activism is clearly visible during any large scale movements.
When groups of workers, citizens, women, consumers, try to move in mass to demand the redress of unjust policies, the establishment ignores them. Freedom to assemble gets rescinded, protesters get intimidated, arrested, jailed, even killed.But there is another problem, an inherent problem of how activists think of themselves, how they fail to define themselves for what they all are… The peace Process, the Peace Movement, Peace.
What does repeace stand for?
Repeace stands for Realize peace. It approaches peace through the lens of fear and not through the widespread dogma of War & Peace, which has been inefficient for over 50 years.
A Repeacer is any and all compassionate human beings, passionately engaged in social change, motivated by a natural (or aquired) sense of responsibility. The identification is a strategy of empowerment, that is not dictated by our arbitrary desire to make this word popular, but to make social change cohesive, better its image, and have a coherent message for reaching unprecedented solidarity. Identification with a new word is seen in any emerging new collective (movement)*. This is plain applied social psychology.
* See also "Organic" movement, "Exercise and Dieting," "Occupy," "Hip Hop," "Vegetarians, or Vegans," etc.
What's the relationship between activism and pacifism?
Activism is and has always been a movement of movements, and its/their purpose was/is to “relieve conflicts.” Peace is the purpose of all social change, no matter how we look at it. Who can honestly claim that all the economic, social, civic, environmental conflicts out there are not wars? If you don’t believe it, take it from renowned authors, who routinely use the term “war” to define today’s conflicts: ,,,.
Pacifism / Nonviolence is the belief that any violence is unjustifiable under any circumstances, and that all disputes should be settled peacefully. The problem with that is that the oppressed usually suffer, have no food, no water, or are victims of unjust laws that are skewed in favor of the powerful and superwealthy. It's unrealistic to think that such differences can be settled without any forceful (determined) display of anger and frustration, through the existing methods of Activism. However, with creative means that can shift nonviolence on different ways of expression and implementation, the premises of Pacficism can still be respected and embraced. Repeace and the 3 commitments, are obviously able to achieve that.
Activism was, is and will always be a Peace Process:
There’s no difference between acts of social change and their objective, their purpose. It was John F. Kennedy himself, back in 1963, who told a crowd of graduated students that “Peace is a process, a way of solving problems” and that we, as a humanity, should “focus on a more practical, more attainable peace, based on a few agreements that are in the interest of all concerned.”
So, it’s inefficient thinking, to claim that Peace Movement is a category of Activism. It's a flawed thinking that keeps progress paralyzed and its achievements small. All Activism is Peace action and every protest is about relieving fears. The way we think, influences the way we speak. The way we speak influences the way we act (see: Prof. Lera Beroditsky)
In case you don’t know, "Peace Processes" or "P.E.A.C.E." are sequences of letters in a word or two. They are ideas that are owned by the State and the governments who repeat ad nauseam how THEY are promoting peace, by waging endless wars on regimes they deem as socialist, or countries they deem as harboring terrorists. And, in case you don’t know it, Peace Movement, in the collective consciousness of Activists, might be something positive, but in the widespread population, is framed as a movement of hippies, of socialist freaks who are anti-patriotic and terrorists-sympathizers.
What Repeace is suggesting, is that, if we wish to change this, we should reclaim the term by using #repeace instead of peace, and distinguish, between the empty word of Peace promised by our governments, and the one we realize, #repeace , because
Use #repeacer #repeace as a strategy to transcend thousands of specific grievances, and reclaim language for yourself. There is no need to protest, no need to confront the elites, no reason to fear the Main Stream Media. Shift the ownership of peace from them to us!
Does RE-peace stand for a repeat of the peace movement?
Reframing peace as living with the security that government is responsive and accountable to the needs of its citizens, and the separation of corporations and state, is a far greater and more empowering definition of what it means to live in peace.
Repeace challenges what terms like "Peace," "Peace movement," "Peace Process," have been associated with and how the terms should be defined and used. We think that the U.S. anti-Vietnam war and the coalition of war veterans and nuclear disarmament advocates were both expressions in a much larger context of "Non-violent engagement," which is different than the limited vision of a world without armed conflicts or nuclear weapons. The ideal of peace is much too important to glue it to one single event in time and a coalition focused on one single issue: wars. All causes and organizations are trying to relieve conflicts, and all activists are trying to releive their own fears.
What does the #repeace logo stand for?
The Repeace logo stands for responsibility, and implies that responsible decisions and actions prevent conflicts. Around the context of responsibility, are ideas and values like accountability, transparency, compassion, sustainability. The symbol is an organizing visual clue and a possibility to embrace and stand for responsibility, and act upon it.http://www.repeace.com/images/stories/articles/drey-alcatraz-insta.png
What are the 3 repeace commitments and why should I take them ?
The 3 commitments are a positive way to express your objection with the state of your country’s institutions, without being specific, without reference to your political preferences, racial or religious beliefs or gender identity.
Transparency vs. Conflict of interests, Sustainability, Freedom of dissent, responsibility to act, for all human bings, are definitely implied by those commitments. The purpose of taking them, voting on them, is not just aimed at creating a different kind of objection, a different kind of “movement,” but to also send a strong message to your circles of friends, that their engagement in these times of crisis is urgently needed. By sharing the commitments, by growing the demand, by sharing on social networks, #repeace, #repeacer, you can reach the entire world.
Those who stand for what's right like to see how many they are at an event, a protest... So, take the 3 #repeace commitments to tipping point, try something different. How high you can take them, depends on you.
This image from a 2013 350.org protest in DC is indicative of how people like to know how many people were at the rally. ©Shadia Fayne Wood | Project Survival Media
I took the commitments. Now what?
When you go to an event, like an Occupy WS protest, or to support a demonstration's objectives... let's say minimum wage, universal healthcare access or affordable education, after the protests, do you ever ask yourself, "what's next?"
When the digits on the front page will rise, and people will begin to feel how many they are, and that the values we share stand above the specific issues we are passionate about, you will get a sense of unity and shared purpose. As we're not here to lead you or get you to follow our instructions or tell you how best you should be a so called activist, we can create the opportunities to organize in more efficient ways than the erratic ones that are available now. It starts by a more productive and efficient use of language.
We will list and network organizations, small businesses, any entity, representives of any kind, who will have the courage to side with you and our demand, so that you will be able to follow and support their endevours. They, will have a profile, where they will be able to show you how they can truly live by the values we care about most.
But for now, you have to look at repeace.com as an occupy event, as a way for YOU FIRST, to reclaim your voice in a way that is different, unconventional, nevertheless nonviolent, proactive and visionary. Have some faith. You have nothing to lose.
Why is it so significant to measure the commitments so predominantly?
There are many reasons why the 3 commitments are so central to the idea of #repeace. Measuring them is the key strategy to materialize the solidarity, the cohesion that is currently missing.
The most important reason is to help people unite, by showing them what is already uniting them... the values they share. The 3 commitments go beyond nationality and political differences and can anchor humanity to something real and measurable. They appeal not only to the politically conscious citizens, but also to the cynical, the apatheitc and the ones who are currently simply distracted.
Anybody who has taken some basic courses in economics understands the concept of demand and offer. The counts are not only allowing citizens to express: “We’re so unhappy with our corrupted systems”, but are a real time market demand to the two pillar of corruption, businesses and government (inclusive political reps). This approach is a significant change from traditional protests because the message, the narrative is controlled by the 99%, regardless how the 1% reacts.
Are you a non-profit organization?
So far yes. In 10 years of operation, Repeace has operated at a loss (we can prove that). For that reason we can't afford a staff and provide more content and moderation.
Needless to say, we don't believe that the label "NGO, or Non For Profit" automatically qualifies an organization as being honest, transparent, and committed to its mission of change, support, or change. This is a myth.People already have little money to give to the charities they love to support. We don't believe they need another "organization" asking for money they can't afford to begin with.
Repeace will seek for creative ways of crowdfunding, and/or the participation of partners who can sustain the costs of growing more power to serve society.
How will Repeace produce lasting social change?
By building a new kind of social leverage based on your demand.
Activists are conditioned to land to a weblink, an organization, a petition, an organized movement of intellectuals, who have built a new "entity." Organizations are basically entities of inside the Civil Society. They gather your grievances and lobby our authorities when their action (or inaction) creates conflicts.
For the most part it all ends up in smoke. Organizations are infiltrated, fought against. When they become movements they get co-opted by the political process. PACs become Super-pacs and cater to the old duality that keeps you in the Status quo. That is not radical change.
Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the Civil Rights Movement, are first of all about creating openings in a society that is controlled and ruled by power structures that keep things inefficient. People start organizing in new ways if they are allowed the space to cooperate and there is consensus. Currently, the 99% doesn't have consensus, unity, cohesion. Occupy has been dissolved and has moved to online platforms. A reliable source has said to us: "There is no centralized authority or secretariat of Occupy and no one is authorized to speak in its name. It's highly fragmented, disorganized."
Whether you wish to see long lasting political change, climate actions and solutions, access to universal healthcare or education, change is not "just political" and repeace doesn't even have to be specifically political to impact deep social transformation. Rather the contrary. It's by making you realize that it's the cohesion and solidarity among the millions of existing organizations that will re-align our values and define our shared purpose, that will manifest the invisible power you desperately seek. It's exactly by not being framed as an organization but as the idea that binds activists, that you have a better chance at reclaiming power.
A Swiss national artist can't and won't influence US or EU politics with an organization. It's simply unrealistic and impractical, besides being highly controversial. However, with a simple idea, that all activists are repeacers, with a symbol of "Responsibility promotes Peace", and by collecting the consensus of hundreds of millions of human beings online, behind 3 simple statements, he could.
As simple as it sounds, tens of millions of activists taking the commitments in each nation and worldwide as one community, will already be the basis for new future reforms, and not just for the U.S. or the U.K., Icealnd or Germany. However just as you never know what happens after a huge protest or a petition you signed, we can't guarantee what our unified voices behind Repeace will be able to do better than Tahrir Square or Occupy.
It will all depend on how the commitment of activists will be followed by consistent action, and if those who so passionately have imagined peace for over 50 years, can imagine something more practical... responsibility.
The quotes on the main page Memes are incorrect. Why?
This was also very much a desire to restart the debate on what we thing are the many things that simply don't work or have stopped making sense. We hope that you will have a debate with your friends, and go seek what these public figures of the past intended, when they wrote or spoke their words.