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[19 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Still Standing: My Years with Women in Black

Judith Berlowitz
California, United States
My association with Women in Black began nearly 25 years ago, when I responded to an ad on the back page of the local free press, calling on women to dress in black and to stand silently on a Berkeley street corner each Friday at noon, to protest the illegal occupation of Palestine.  Political activism seems to be in the family DNA, and I still have a letter from my mother, written in the 1950’s, in which she said “Israel is using napalm against their cousins, the …

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[15 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
End Violations of Women’s Peace

Anonymous*
Adelaide, South Australia
This article is written in honor and tribute to the lives of girls and women who have suffered at the hand of violence. The assault against the female gender globally is barbaric, and for any human being to ignore the violation of women’s peace and safety is simply morally wrong. I personally feel so impacted by the recent newspaper stories of the gang rape of women that I have dedicated my time to discuss this issue with the broader reading community in hope that it will trigger action …

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[14 Feb 2013 | 6 Comments | ]
Is the World Deaf and Blind to Syria?

Ghada Ghazal
Hama, Syria

“People are no longer afraid; when a man is shot in a demonstration, his friends will carry him on their shoulders and continue their demonstration.”
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I grew up with the image of my father taken violently by the Syrian soldiers, and with the image of my uncle who was killed under torture. It was 1982 when the great Hama massacre took place and no one in the world knows about that. I was five years old. My father, mother, and brother and I were obliged to leave our home …

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[13 Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Writing Is An Expression of Activism

Jean Bolen
United States 
“Activism is a personal choice. It is a passion for a cause expressed through actions, funding, communication, as well as prayer, rituals, and art.”
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I wrote this sister book/sequel to The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World  for heart-centered activists who are motivated to act by compassionate action, a sense of sisterhood, or fierce mother bear protectiveness which is a combination of love and outrage. I wrote it when efforts for a 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) encountered obstacles and resistance even after the UN Secretary General …

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