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[2 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Fresh Ashes

The Reverend Evon Marie Lloyd
First Presbyterian Church
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Last December the organist/choir director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)congregation I serve as pastor was shot to death during the first hymn of our Sunday morning worship service. We have been through quite a process of healing ever since and it will continue for some time yet to come.
This poem was written upon the occasion of burning my pastor’s robe, which I had used to cover my friend and organist immediately after she had been shot and while she died.
In the wake of continued pain and suffering around the globe I …

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[1 May 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Sexual violence as a peacetime-wartime continuum

Kirthi Jayakumar
India
“Wartime gender discrimination and violence is proof of a prevalent undercurrent of socio-cultural dynamics that speak of gender discrimination in peacetime.”
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That gender-based and sexual violence is a weapon of war, and a painfully common occurrence in nearly every warfront, is a fact. What is obscure, and perhaps little considered in the strategies developed to tackle sexual violence, is that it is as rooted in peacetime as it is in wartime. Gender violence is ubiquitous and exists as a phenomenon in a continuum of sorts between peacetime and wartime.
In both peacetime …

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[22 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
From Baghdad to Boston, We Reject Violence!

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] and the Baghdad Marathon
Baghdad, Iraq 
“In the wake of the Boston tragedy, they have redirected themselves to a race that will prove that the streets of Baghdad can be made peaceful for sports, and that sports can promote a culture of nonviolence.”
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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] and the Baghdad Marathon want to extend our condolences to the families of the victims of the explosions that took place at the Boston Marathon, in Baghdad, and elsewhere in Iraq on April 15th. We grieve for …

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[19 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Hold

Hold
By Gowri Koneswaran

we’re taught to hold hands
when we cross the street
or walk with our mothers in parking lots or
navigate crowds with a friend and
don’t want to come out alone
hold hands with whomever is closest
when the power goes out
when the sirens come near
when the moving of men marches
silences into the corner
hold hands when
they come calling,
when they threaten,
“this is necessary to
teach you a lesson” or
“this is necessary
to protect you”
hold hands when we stand still,
when we walk, when
we run
when they tell us to
surrender
when they tell us
to do anything
hold hands when we
fall from the sky,
with …