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[19 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Hold

Hold
By Gowri Koneswaran

we’re taught to hold hands
when we cross the street
or walk with our mothers in parking lots or
navigate crowds with a friend and
don’t want to come out alone
hold hands with whomever is closest
when the power goes out
when the sirens come near
when the moving of men marches
silences into the corner
hold hands when
they come calling,
when they threaten,
“this is necessary to
teach you a lesson” or
“this is necessary
to protect you”
hold hands when we stand still,
when we walk, when
we run
when they tell us to
surrender
when they tell us
to do anything
hold hands when we
fall from the sky,
with …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[18 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed award-winning teacher John Hunter about the lessons and inspiration behind his groundbreaking World Peace Game, discussed in his new book World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements. His answers are below.
What inspired you to create the World Peace Game? Did you see a gap in the learning process when it came to teaching about global conflict?
It was my first teaching job – the very first thing I did as a teacher 35 years ago. It came about because my supervisor didn’t tell me what to …

Inside Peace X Peace »

[16 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Blurring the Lines on War and Abortion

Mary Liepold
Editor in Chief 
“Even when my mind is fully made up, I don’t think I’m going to be turning up at either kind of rally.”
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Stereotypes are regrettable. And life is complicated. So most of us simplify our mental lives with pre-made pictures of certain categories of others.
I admit I do. I picture an anti-abortion demonstrator as a young man with short, neatly combed hair and slightly wild eyes, or an older woman with sensible shoes and a tight mouth. I picture pro-abortion demonstrators as college-age women and their pleasantly scruffy …

Be the Change: Person X Person, Headline »

[15 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Life, Conception, and Choice: what I believe

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder 
“The end of legal abortion does not end abortions, it brings a return of prejudice, physical danger, hardship, and psychological scarring from being treated as unworthy and being denied legal safe medical care.”
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Of course there’s life at conception. There’s life before conception. The body is alive, a woman’s body is alive. Plants are alive. Toes are alive. Microbes are alive. We live in a world that is alive. I could even, and often have over the past decades, made the case that rocks are alive. …