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[4 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Turn off anything that portrays or supports gun violence on television, in the movies, or on the Internet.

Level: Community — Pillar: Conflict Transformation

This week’s featured story came in from Washington, DC:
During my freshman year of college, I enrolled in a self-defense class. Every Tuesday night, together with 20 other eager young women, I descended into a dark, dank gymnasium basement where we enacted a series of physical attacks and learned corresponding – hopefully life-saving – defense techniques. When an attacker reaches for your arms, aim for his legs. If his hands are wrapped around your throat, strike at his inner elbows. I was …

This Week's Peace Action »

[21 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Plan a feast with family and friends in celebration of the solstice.

Level: Community — Pillar: Environmental Sustainability

This week’s featured story came in from Washington, DC:
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, December 21st marks the winter solstice. “Solstice” derives from the Latin phrase “sun stands still” and marks the day each year when the Northern Hemisphere experiences the least amount of daylight between sunrise and sunset. It also marks the beginning of lengthening days leading up to the solstice in June. (In the Southern Hemisphere, December 21 is the time of the summer solstice and the …

This Week's Peace Action »

[7 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Recognize Human Rights Day by Promoting Labor Rights at Your Workplace.

Level: Community — Pillar: Justice and Good Governance

This week’s featured story came in from Lamma Island, Hong Kong:
I was handing out leaflets as part of the Human Rights Carnival on the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday when I met a young fellow activist who complained to me that she is given inadequate and irregular pay as well as expected to work long hours at her workplace, an organization that fights for the rights of the indigenous peoples. When she gently confronted her manager and director on …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[2 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
She Was Six Years Old

Mercy Chidi
Kenya
It was a game she was being taught, “chezo wa watoto,” a game of the young children. It was painful but she innocently says she got used to the pain. Having temporarily separated with his wife, her father was left to take care of the young Jackie [not her real name]. He took on all the responsibilities of the mother and father, including bathing the young girl, washing her clothes, cooking for her, and all. The worst is that the girl was forced to play the sexual role of …