Leadership for Action, April 29, 2017 (Photo: David Smith)

A Model for Engaging Students in Nonviolent Action: Diversity, Oppression, Nonviolence, and Engagement

The City of Rockville (MD) Human Rights Commission’s annual Diversity Leadership Workshop was held on Saturday, April 29. In the past, the program had focused on diversity leadership. However, this year at the request of students, the focus was on looking at the role of engagement and activism and retitled “Leadership for Action.”

Activists hold mock dead bodies depicting human rights victims during a march toward Camp Aguinaldo on September 22, 2014 to mark the 42nd anniversary of the proclamation of martial law by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. (Photo: The STAR / Boy Santos)

Intensified education on Martial Law pushed in public, private schools (Philippines)

Philippines – An intensified education on Martial Law and its threats to democracy is being pushed on public and private schools. Ifugao lawmaker Teodoro Baguilat Jr. said this amid “growing attempts to revise history and clear the (former strongman) Ferdinand Marcos Sr. of culpability for the widespread violation of human rights during his reign of terror.” Baguilat noted that education is important in understanding important issues. “It is also through education that the people can protect themselves from history repeating itself and the painful cost of allowing absolute rule by a dictator being exacted yet again,” he said.

A peace-building response to the rise of ‘Trumpism’

In this OpEd, Cheryl Duckworth suggests we must mainstream peace education in every American student’s classroom to teach them to resolve conflict without violence, to respect multiple historical narratives of conflicts past, to be able to identify scapegoating and to value human rights. Global citizenship education, a sister of peace education, strengthens a nation by ensuring its youth have intercultural skills and global awareness.

Educating for peace through (nonviolent) action: “122 easy [and difficult] actions for peace”

The book “122 easy (and difficult) actions for peace” is a useful tool for peace educators that aim for social change. Author Cécile Barbeito Thonon notes that Peace Education should not be an aim in itself but a mean to get more peaceful societies, it should change minds, attitudes and behaviors. More than that, these new attitudes and behaviors should be meaningful and strategic enough to transform the local or global context.

The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools (Teaching Tolerance)

The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools

Between March 23 and April 2, 2016, Teaching Tolerance surveyed approximately 2,000 teachers, asking them how the presidential campaign was affecting their students and their teaching. A synthesis of our survey results make up the content of this report: “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools.” The results indicated that the campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported. Many educators fear teaching about the election at all. Teachers also reported an increase in the bullying, harassment and intimidation of students whose races, religions or nationalities have been the verbal targets of candidates.

Students sharing about a conflict they experienced. (Photo: David J Smith)

Peacebuilding as a Means to Civic Engagement (USA)

(David J Smith) The College of the Canyons (COC) recently launched a civic engagement initiative. Increasingly it is recognized the important role that colleges can play in providing opportunities for students to participate in democratic processes and community activities. COC has taken a meaningful step forward in establishing a center to take on this effort. I was recently invited to visit to speak with students, faculty, and staff about the peacebuilding/civic engagement connection, and approaches that might be taken by COC to advance looking at conflict and peace issues. My objective was to provide the college with an understanding of how peacebuilding related education and activities could be a strategy for advancing civic engagement.

Engaging your Campus in Elections: Seven Key Ways to Act

Campus Election Engagement Project has taken the mystery out of getting your nonpartisan campus engagement efforts started with their easy-to-follow and newly updated “Seven Key Ways to Act.” This roadmap to fully engaging your campus includes contributions from organizers and campus leaders in every state they’ve worked with since 2008 and has 250+ successful approaches to help you.

The journal: Nonviolent Change (NCJ)

The journal Nonviolent Change (NCJ), in its 31st year, is an open access online practical journal on getting to peace and the barriers to doing so at the community through the international level. NCJ carries articles; opinion pieces (“dialoguing”); news and analysis of world, regional, country and environmental events, and of peace justice and environmental organization activities; a calendar of “Upcoming Events”; reviews; media notes; and announcements.

A man walks past a boarded-up row of houses as rain falls in Baltimore, Sunday, April 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Mapping the Continuing Culture of Disinvestment in Baltimore’s Black Neighborhoods

(Original article: Brentin Mock, Citylab.com, Nov. 18, 2015) If Baltimore seems hardwired for racial strife and segregation, that’s partly because the banks there have programmed it that way. Baltimore has a long history of redlining, in which financial institutions refuse to offer housing loans or insurance in African-American neighborhoods. That redlining legacy has continued running […]

Promoting Culture of Peace Through Dialogue

(Original article: Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Inter Press Service News Agency) Sep 7 2015 (IPS) – This week, for the fourth time in a row, the annual gathering of the apex intergovernmental body of the United Nation deliberating on peace and non-violence will take place at the U.N. headquarters in New York.   President of the […]

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 […]

Global Citizenship Education – a Timely Term for Peace Education?

Werner Wintersteiner Centre of Peace Research and Peace Education, Klagenfurt University, Austria(Featured Article: Issue #108 September/October 2013) “The future of the human genre [species] is now situated on a planetary scale. This is another essential reality neglected by education that should become a major subject. Knowledge of current planetary developments that will undoubtedly accelerate in […]

Security Council Resolution 1325: An Instrument for Peace through Gender Equality

Betty Reardon Founder Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education (Welcome letter: Issue #80 February 2011) In October 2010, the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the United Nations conducted a session to review progress in its implementation and the Non-governmental Community organized a Peace Fair, celebrating the resolution, lamenting the failure of […]