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[8 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Peace X Peace @ 10: Programs – Part 2

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In our 10th anniversary year, with just four staff members and a no-frills budget, the women of Peace X Peace (Peace by Peace) managed seven major initiatives and expanded our reach by 150%. Here’s part 2 of a two-part summary, program X program. Read part 1 here.
Advocacy and Action
Peace X Peace is a leader in advocating for effective, sustained policies and laws that …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[3 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Dorene Macias, Former LA Gang Member: 'I Have a Choice'

Kathleen Miles interviews Dorene Marcias, former LA gang member, about her personal experience joining, and then with the help of Homeboy Industries, leaving it.
LOS ANGELES — When Dorene Marcias was 16, a traumatizing experience made her want her own gun.
She saw her boyfriend’s father shoot himself, underneath his chin. “We were standing right there, and his head blew off and his brains splattered everywhere,” Marcias, now 45, told The Huffington Post. “I kneeled down to look at his brain, and it was still pulsating.”
Instead of making her afraid of guns, …

Connection Point »

[24 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
A Feminist by Any Other Name Smells Just as Sweet

Alessandra L. González
United States 
“They didn’t have to call themselves feminists to fight for women’s equality in public and private life.”
The first Kuwaiti I ever met told me straightforwardly, “I am a feminist.” Then she gave me a book entitled Women in Kuwait by Haya Al-Mughni and said, “Take a look at this.” And thus began my seven-year journey into the topic of women and politics in the majority Muslim country of Kuwait. As I began my graduate studies, I had a family connection that enabled me to travel to Kuwait, and …

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[22 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
From Baghdad to Boston, We Reject Violence!

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] and the Baghdad Marathon
Baghdad, Iraq 
“In the wake of the Boston tragedy, they have redirected themselves to a race that will prove that the streets of Baghdad can be made peaceful for sports, and that sports can promote a culture of nonviolence.”
The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI] and the Baghdad Marathon want to extend our condolences to the families of the victims of the explosions that took place at the Boston Marathon, in Baghdad, and elsewhere in Iraq on April 15th. We grieve for …