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[17 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
Respect All Life: Resist War

Nawal Rajeh interviewed Rosemary Thompson, lifelong peace activist and Director of the Murphy Initiative in Baltimore, Maryland.

How did you begin your lifelong journey in working for peace and justice?
My father was an Irish immigrant and started an engineering firm. As a kid, we lived many places but Baltimore was our home base. In the early 1960s his work took him to the South and Southwest and we ended up being in a fallout shelter during the Bay of Pigs. I was nine years old. It was then that I realized, in …

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[16 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Neda Was in My House – In Jerusalem!

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine

“It’s critical (critical!) to learn about past and present injustices and indignities, but counterproductive to let history hold us back.”
Neda* was in my house. In Jerusalem! A friend sneaked her in from Ramallah. It’s not easy getting past the Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint or around the Annexation Wall. But Palestinians have their ways. If they need to get to work or want to shop at the mall or have to visit a sick relative, they get creative. And Neda had a critical mission to fulfill—exploring historic …

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[16 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
The Power of Dialogue

Yasmina Mrabet
Director, Connection Point Initative
“The results are clear: Dialogue makes a difference!”
This past fall, we launched a pilot of our Connection Point Dialogues program, bringing together women from Arab, Muslim, and Western communities around the world. The purpose was to see if dialogue could, in fact, change perceptions and build positive relationships across cultural, religious, and in this case, physical barriers. We used the Google+ Hangouts videoconferencing platform to host web-based dialogues.
Four groups of women met for two hours each week, over a seven-week period. They discussed a range of issues …

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[9 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Choosing Community Over Caution

Michele Mician
Palm Springs, CA USA 
“This year my mission is to actively respond to chaos with calm. To take negative experiences and see the good.”
I live a wonderful life. I have two homes… one in beautiful sunny southwest Florida and one in warm, sunny, and equally beautiful southern California. My work took me to California a few years ago. It is very rewarding and I venture to say I have my dream job. I work as a sustainability manager for a small local government. My job entails working on many projects …