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[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
YOU

Stephannie Fox-Dixon
USA
Stand up for
what you believe in.
Stand up for
others–be true.
When others oppress,
repress, and digress,
believe in yourself–
see through.
No matter our faith,
our creed or our race,
we all need each other–
our sisters and brothers.
Let’s help one another
to see and discover
a path with a
life-size world-view.
Editor’s Note: Stephannie is one of the two high school students from Elkader, Iowa, who wrote winning essays about Abd el-Kader, the 19th century Muslim humanitarian for whom their town is named. Click on Read All Stories for more background.

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[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Election with Peace – and Almost Parity!

Sellina Kanyerere-Mkweteza
Malawi
The 2009 Presidential and Parliamentarian elections shook Malawi on the 19th May. I found myself waking up at 3 am to find myself a place in the line. At 6.00 am, the voting started. Slowly the lines moved towards the ballot boxes. My four year old daughter accompanied us. She was so eager to dip her index finger in the ink, but we convinced her that she would vote in the afternoon because all the children would vote during that time. Well, she is a kid, so parents are …

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[10 Jun 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Can't We All Just Get Along?

Can we get along?

President Obama’s words at the end of his speech in Cairo last week really resonated with me: “The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth.”

I’d like to think that his message was a shout out to all peacebuilders everywhere. And, that there is no greater vision, mission, or duty than to work for peace.

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This Week's Peace Action »

[7 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Take time for a family/household meeting using Circle Principles.

Level: Family—Peace Principle: Community
Circle Principles:

Speak one at a time.
Affirm the contributions of each member.
Promote honest communication.
Listen actively without judgment.
Offer experience, not advice.
Invite silence when in doubt.
Rotate leadership.
Build consensus.
Maintain confidentiality.

Learn more about Circles.
Join a Circle today!

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