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[5 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]
Stepping Up: Emotional Education

-An Interview by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
Mary interviewed Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton for this December PeaceTimes to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. This is part 2 of 3.
What has surprised you, through those years, Patricia?
There are different kinds of surprises. There’s the “Surprise, Happy birthday!” kind and then surprises that are slower and perhaps more difficult. On the bright and shiny side, I’m grateful and awestruck at the new voices from women around the world, especially these young women who fearlessly do amazing things in Pakistan, Afghanistan, the …

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[4 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Getting Women Off the Sidelines

-An Interview by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
Mary interviewed Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton for this December PeaceTimes to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. This is part 1 of 3.

Patricia, why did you launch Peace X Peace, back in 2002?
I wanted to find the keys to activating womanpower around the world. Why hadn’t women been stepping up more? Or if they had, why hadn’t their voices been heard? What needed to change in order to get women acting instead of sitting on the sidelines watching planes fly into very …

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[11 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Abraham Fund Initiatives: 28,000 Good Reasons to Wake Up in the Morning

- Interview by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
 Since its founding in 1989, The Abraham Fund Initiatives, winner of the Community Peacebuilder Award,  has worked to advance equality for all of Israel’s citizens. It inspires social change by working directly with both Jewish and Arab citizens and with Israeli government institutions, the business sector, and civil society. The mutual trust that The Abraham Fund has built with both Arab community leaders and government has translated into groundbreaking and sustainable social-change initiatives inspiring policy change in language, culture and democracy education; Arab …

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[11 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Rula Salameh: Empowering Palestinian Philanthropy

-Profile by Patricia Smith Melton, Peace X Peace Founder
Palestinian radio personality and documentary producer Rula Salameh is our 2012 Patricia Smith Melton Award honoree. Ms. Salameh’s weekly television program highlights Palestinians of special needs, patients who need support for immediate treatment, and needy families.
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It is my honor to award Rula Salameh the 2012 Patricia Smith Melton Award. Among her talents is executing a world-class three-point turn in the middle of narrow roads when there’s trouble ahead. Specifically, when old car tires are stacked and burning and solders’ guns firing, albeit …