Mother's Day day in the United States was initiated in 1870 by a proclamation issued by Julia Ward Howe in response to the carnage of the the Civil War. Over the years it has become commercialized and the original link to the call for peace has been lost. So let us honor our mothers and the other women who have been mother figures in our lives by reissuing a call for peace. Let us rededicate ourselves to building a culture of peace.
Palestinian children stand near the Separation Wall built by Israel.
Samar Sarhan and Fayiz Ahmed Abusharkh
Today, 63 years after the Nakba – the “catastrophe” – wherein 750,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes to make way for the newly proclaimed state of Israel, new hope emerges. The United Nations is planning to vote on Palestinian statehood in September 2011.
Samar Sarhan and Fayiz Ahmed Abusharkh will share personal stories of the Nakba – what it meant to them and their families, and what it would mean today to have Palestine declared a state.
Open the attached documents to see details on trainings offered by the Youth Empowerment through Conflict Resolution Program. We are willing to come to your school or community to help increase the peace.
Pollster James Zogby spoke at Drake University in Des Moines recently at an event sponsored by AFSC and several other organizations. Zogby encouraged Americans to listen to what people in the Arab world are saying.
Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh created this 15-minute video featuring snippets from Zogby's talk:
Samar Sarhan is a Palestinian-American serving as a Middle East Peace Apprentice with AFSC's Iowa program. She made the following remarks representing her own views at the Des Moines rally marking the 8th anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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