Reflections from Park University AFSC Campus Peace Intern, Matthew Burton
The Peace Education Club, or Peace Club as it is more commonly known, accomplished many things. Together as a unit of collective peace to themselves and the student body, the group succeeded to stay present in light of a not so peaceful culture. Bringing themselves and the Park University student body together in intellectually changeling way became the motto for the Peace Club.
I was met with open arms and open minds. It has been an honor to have been given the opportunity to be a part of your community. I have always desired to be a change agent, and I have truly seen this here at AFSC. The dedication to the values and belief of social justice is very evident here; represented by passion and desire to bring light into dark situations.
Mothers Day was first proclaimed by Julia Ward Howe as a day to promote peace. This vigil will include a reading of Howe's original "Mothers Day Proclamation for Peace." Please bring signs calling for peace. Sponosred by Seacoast Peace Response, AFSC-NH, Seacoast Alliance for Democracy, UNH Peace & Justice League, Outreach Associates of South Church, and The FUUSE Social Justice Committee of Exeter.
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.
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