Opinion

Peace Elitism

How can we consider peace so that all Americans recognize that their welfare and prosperity are tied to it? How can peace be democratized in a way that people of all economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds can embrace its aims? Why must peace be something that West Coast Prius owners embrace, but West Virginia coal miners do not? Peace has an elitism problem. [continue reading…]
Activity Reports

Who are They, Anyway? Finally meeting the strangers in our own land

Libby and Len Traubman, founders of the Beyond War Movement of the 1980s, are inviting people from their community to participate in an open process of respectful communication, beginning with a new quality of listening to one another, to everyone. “We’re confident that this local public action to know the ‘other’ will give voices to the unheard and dignify everyone, especially the listeners.” [continue reading…]
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3-year peace education program concludes (Rwanda)

After three years of building sustainable peace in communities across the country, the Rwanda Peace Education Program (RPEP) is coming to a close. RPEP has reached more than 50,000 people from more than 20 districts across Rwanda promoting positive values including social cohesion, pluralism and personal responsibility, empathy, critical thinking and action to build a more peaceful society. [continue reading…]
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Training Report: “Education for Peace – Developing Competences for Peace Education in the Youth Field”

The European Intercultural Forum e. V. just finalised the narrative report of their 1st training course in the frame of the Training Programme “Education for Peace – Developing Competences for Peace Education in the Youth Field” (Misaktsieli, Georgia – April 10-18, 2016) [continue reading…]
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Peace education in photos (Mennonite Central Committee)

The Mennonite Central Committee’s Global Family education program supports nine projects that focus on peace education. Students learn about diversity, forgiveness and the skills they need to mediate conflicts between their peers. These programs are all located in places that have a history of violent conflict, and our local partners believe that the children who learn nonviolence have the potential to grow to be leaders of change. This article introduces several Global Family peace projects around the world in photos. [continue reading…]
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Applied Peace Education in Mexico

How can we empower people facing chronic violence to define and solve their own problems, rather than imposing solutions from abroad (which are almost certain to fail)? The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the University of San Diego believes that the most effective solutions to the most pressing problems of peace and justice in Mexico will come from the communities most affected. They understand the problems and potential solutions better than any outside analysis. But, they also need encouragement, training, and research infrastructure from unbiased sources, outside of their own political and social constraints, to realize their potential. To this end, TBI has developed certificate programs in Applied Peace Education, interactive educational and capacity building programs in the areas of Mexico hardest hit by the drug war and the dislocations of the border. [continue reading…]
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A Step towards Peace Initiative (India)

“Pashmina weaving helped to meet my educational needs and I am still pursuing my Master’s degree in English” shared Aneesa. Speaking on how she joined the youth group she reminisces, “I used to notice the activities of women and the youth group formed by IGSSS in my village and in the adjacent villages; initially, I felt it was a futile activity and was not really interested in joining them. But one day, I happened to attend a peace education workshop organized by IGSSS under its P-LEAPS project which was held at Singpora. I listened to the resource person at the event keenly, acquainting us with concepts of peace building and how we can engage with different stakeholder to reduce conflicts in our respective areas. He also spoke on the need of building peace in conflict ridden Kashmir” added Aneesa. “It is there, I realized that I am missing something; the knowledge by which I can contribute towards the peace building initiatives”. [continue reading…]
News & Highlights

New Haven Peaces Out. A Bit (CT, USA)

The public schools “restorative justice” plan and the resettling of refugees in town strengthened New Haven, Connecticut’s “culture of peace” this past year, according to a new report. Compiled by the New Haven Peace Commission, the third annual report — “The State of the Culture of Peace in New Haven” — incorporates anonymous statements from 15 local activists on the ways that the city is improving or stagnating in eight different categories. The conclusion: New Haven is moving toward peace. But slowly. [continue reading…]
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Peace Exchange Community of Practice

USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, in collaboration with DME for Peace, recently launched PEACE EXCHANGE. Peace Exchange is an open, online platform hosted on DME for Peace where anyone with a commitment to conflict sensitivity can share their experiences and resources on conflict sensitive practices, tools and literature. The community will help practitioners and organizations improve integration of conflict sensitive and peacebuilding approaches into development and humanitarian assistance trainings and programs. [continue reading…]
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How the world is proving Martin Luther King right about nonviolence

Since 2011, the world has been a deeply contentious place. Although armed insurgencies rage across the Middle East, the Sahel and Southern Asia, violent civil conflicts are no longer the primary way that people seek to redress their grievances. Instead, from Tunis to Tahrir Square, from Zuccotti Park to Ferguson, from Burkina Faso to Hong Kong, movements worldwide have drawn on the lessons of Gandhi, King and everyday activists at home and abroad to push for change. (In 2011) when we drilled into the data, we found that nonviolent resistance campaigns don’t succeed by melting the hearts of their opponents. Instead, they tend to succeed because nonviolent methods have a greater potential for eliciting mass participation — on average, they elicit about 11 times more participants than the average armed uprising — and because this is the source of major power shifts within the opponent regime. That was 2011. Now it’s 2016. What have we learned about nonviolent resistance in the past five years? This article sketches some of the key empirical takeaways from political science, some of which have rather surprising implications for skeptics of nonviolent action. [continue reading…]