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Be the Change: Person X Person is insightful personal commentary by Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton on women, world problems, and problem solutions.

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[15 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Life, Conception, and Choice: what I believe

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder 
“The end of legal abortion does not end abortions, it brings a return of prejudice, physical danger, hardship, and psychological scarring from being treated as unworthy and being denied legal safe medical care.”
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Of course there’s life at conception. There’s life before conception. The body is alive, a woman’s body is alive. Plants are alive. Toes are alive. Microbes are alive. We live in a world that is alive. I could even, and often have over the past decades, made the case that rocks are alive. …

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[4 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]
The Third Intifada Has Begun: United Nonviolent Resistance

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder
“Our responsibility in the West is to inform ourselves and answer to our conscience in the thoughtful ways that work for us.”
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Rami Elhanan says meetings between peace-loving Israelis and Palestinians will achieve little if they’re only about getting together for “hugs, kisses, and hummus.” What is needed is the commitment to action. Rami, an Israeli, and Bassam Aramin, Palestinian, are calling for a united nonviolent third intifada of Palestinians and Israelis.
Interviewed together by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now television February 26, Bassam said, “For many …

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[19 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]
Elegant Truth: We Can Live with That

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder
These are my thoughts on answers to conflict before a series of Peace X Peace-sponsored screenings of the documentary Within the Eye of the Storm featuring an Israeli and a Palestinian father whose young daughters were killed in the ongoing violence. The screenings will be in the DC area February 21 to 26. In their grief the two fathers, who will be presenting at the screenings along with the director, went from being enemy fighters to best friends.

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Scientific truth has elegance about it. Elegance is …

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[11 Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Bereaved Fathers Unite to End Killing of Children

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder
“Understand this: Bassam who was in an Israeli prison for seven years, starting when he was 17, and Rami, son of a Holocaust survivor and who fought in several wars with the Israel Defense Force, were enemies. They were willing to kill and be killed for their people. They are now best friends. Got it?”
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Bassam Aramin’s daughter Abir was ten years old, walking home from school, a block away from the Israeli soldiers who were angry at adolescent boys throwing stones at their armored vehicle. …