Southern Poverty Law Center calls for the expulsion of police from schools as a measure to stop the unnecessary criminalization of children.

Stop the Abuse of Children in School: Expel the Police

Southern Poverty Law Center calls for the expulsion of police from schools as a measure to stop the unnecessary criminalization of ordinary children. Virtually all of the scholars who study this phenomenon have concluded that the militarization of schools, coupled with the advent of zero tolerance policies, has had a vastly disproportionate impact on children of color and those with disabilities. The results: more dropouts, more poverty, more incarceration, more alienation and despair.

Education law a tool for ending school-to-prison pipeline

Southern Poverty Law Center: The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed by the president last week, didn’t just replace the No Child Left Behind law, it encourages school districts to take a closer look at their discipline practices. This is an important development because suspensions and expulsions not only push children out of the classroom, they can be a student’s first step toward the juvenile justice system.

Three participants (inmates) in a pose with some of the dignitaries present

Prisoners schooled on Peace Education (Ghana)

(Original article: News Ghana, Dec. 2, 2015) The maiden graduation ceremony has been held for the inmates of James Camp Prison who undertook an eight-week intensive training under the Peace Education Programme (PEP) organised by the Asomdwee Nsem Association. The PEP is designed to help prisoners discover their inner strength and choice as well as […]

Three participants (inmates) in a pose with some of the dignitaries present.

Prisoners Receive Training In Peace Education (Ghana)

(Original article: James Annan, ModernGhana.com, Nov. 25, 2015) The maiden graduation ceremony has been held for the inmates of James Camp Prison who undertook an eight-week intensive training under the Peace Education Programme (PEP) organised by the Asomdwee Nsem Association. The PEP is designed to help prisoners discover their inner strength and choice as well as […]

Stand Up Against School Pushout! Dignity in School’s National Week of Action

(Original article: Schott Foundation for Public Education) Oct. 3-11 was Dignity in School’s national week of action to end school pushout. All week parents, students, educators, and activists held events across the country to engage their communities and spread information about ways we can rethink discipline in public schools. The national week of action had four […]

Modern Slavery – Study Action on Military Sex Trafficking: Cases of Criminal Responsibility

by Caroline Fidan Tyler Doenmez   with an Introduction by Betty Reardon (Originally posted 2014) (*Photo credit: Ira Gelb.  “NOT for sale: human trafficking”)   Download a PDF of this study / action guide – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights… (Article 1) – Everyone has the right to life, liberty […]

Military Sex Trafficking: Learning toward Abolition and Accountability

A Reflective Inquiry on an International Crime  Developed by Betty Reardon  (Originally posted in 2013)    Download a pdf copy of this learning unit Regular readers of this newsletter are aware that the Global Campaign for Peace Education and the International Institute on Peace Education were among the civil society organizations who presented the program, Avenues to […]

Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It

  Download this article: Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It (*Photo caption: Nuremberg Trials. Hermann Göring at the left edge on the first row of benches.) Betty A. ReardonFounding Director Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education(Originally posted: June 2013) War is a Crime against Humanity and Global Civil Order As members of global civil society committed to global […]

Upholding a Human Right to Peace

   Download this article: Upholding a Human Right to Peace. (*Photo caption: The First Hague International Peace Conference in 1899) In a groundbreaking session at the United Nations on June 6, 2013 members of civil society opened a very significant inquiry into fundamental questions of the desirability and possibilities of bringing an end to war. […]

11 essential facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States

(Original article: Max Ehrenfreund and Zachary A. Goldfarb June 18 – Washington Post)  America is a land of guns. It was true when twelve people died in Aurora, Colo., when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. It was true when a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. And it […]

Peace Education and Truth-Telling: A Transformative Philosophy of Disrupting of Status Quo, Political Efficacy, and Action

David Ragland The Truth Telling ProjectBoard Member, Peace and Justice Studies AssociationVisiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell Universitytwitter: @davidragland1(Featured article: Issue #120 April 2015) If we are to agree that the question of the ‘colorline’ continues to be a pressing issue in our country, then we need a national conversation that goes beyond talking. A conversation […]

IIPE, The World Tribunal on Iraq, and Transcending a Century of Worldwide Wars

Janet Gerson Education Director, International Institute on Peace EducationPlanning Committee, Global Community Forum(Featured Article: Issue #111 March/April 2014) The challenge of abolition of war will be addressed at the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) 2014, taking place July 6-13 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Participants will inquire into how peace educators, activists, and scholars contribute to […]

Toward the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Betty Reardon Founder, International Institute on Peace Education (Featured article: Issue #76 October 2010) “Reaffirming the importance of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, and stressing the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to […]