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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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[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Young Playwrights Theater: giving voice to youth

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Young Playwrights Theater (YPT) of DC has a lot to celebrate. On October 10, it was one of 14 organizations across the U.S. to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from Michelle Obama at the White House. And 2010 is its 15th anniversary year.
YPT gives voice to students in the Washington, DC area by teaching them how to express themselves through writing plays. Then it matches the plays with professional …

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[18 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]
Aung San Suu Kyi: a flame we recognize

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Aung San Suu Kyi. Some people catch us in our secret heart, the “child heart” that’s still pure against the vicissitudes of life, and time, and wear and tear—the heart that seen from the distance of our adulthood appears to be only a small flame, but when we get closer, we see we could enter infinity through it.
When I look at my grandson, I sense that his entirety is still made up of …

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[4 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Our Founding Fathers’ Offspring

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Our Founding Fathers, those rebellious liberals—and where were the women?—would have had a great time at the Rally for Sanity last Saturday. Thomas Jefferson would have found an antidote for his fear of the “uneducated masses.” Benjamin Franklin could have reveled in the wit and costumes, and Tom Paine could have taken the Advanced Course in Sign Writing “of the people, for the people, and by the people.”
What any of them would have …

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[21 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Domestic Violence: been there

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.  A coalition of organizations across community, tribal, regional, and national boundaries join together to focus our attention on domestic violence, a global epidemic that kills, tortures, and maims—physically, psychologically, sexually, and economically.
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In the United States a woman is raped every six minutes, a woman is battered every 15 seconds. Around the world, country to country, between 20% and 50% of women suffer from domestic abuse. The …