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[12 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Learn more about the history of indigenous people.

Level: National/International — Pillar: Cross-Cultural Understanding

This week’s featured story came in from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada:
My grandmother shared a story with me when I was a young girl. She said: “This beautiful land that we live on is Turtle Island. When the Europeans arrived, we accepted them with open arms. We helped the first Europeans survive their first winter by teaching them what to plant in this land. They brought with them the diseases of the millennium. These diseases destroyed 80% of our people; then …

This Week's Peace Action »

[5 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Spend time outdoors with your family and loved ones.

Level: Family   —   Pillar: Cross-Cultural Understanding

This week’s featured story came in from Springfield, VA :

The world we live in today is full of distractions that often get in the way of spending time with family and creating new memories. In most developed nations, we have laptops, iPhones, cell phones and many other technological devices to keep us preoccupied.
Sukkot is a Jewish holiday that brings Jewish people back to their origins. The holiday is celebrated after Yom Kippur and centers on spending time outdoors in a sukkah. The sukkah is …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[4 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Iowa and Algeria Share a Hero

Mary Liepold
From our good friend David Crumm at Read the Spirit comes a story in the spirit of President Obama’s June 4 address to the Muslim world. Historian John W. Kiser (center) wrote a book about a Muslim hero, Emir Abd el-Kader. High school students in Elkader, Iowa, read the book and wrote essays about its subject. Here are excerpts from two of the best.
From Rebecca Roberts (pictured at right):
“Elkader is an odd name for a little town. It is especially odd for one in the middle of nowhere in …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[26 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Coming to America, Part II

Zina Bhaia
by permission from
In America, I believed, no one was discriminated against because of their thoughts or ideas. And the women – like Laura in Remington Steele – were strong, as strong as American men, not like in Iraq, where women are always the shadow of a man.
Most important to me, though, was that in America and all the Western world, people like me – people with scoliosis, or amputees, blind and deaf people, those with a stutter, people in wheelchairs – are treated well. In Iraq, they are …