Student Peace Trip to Iran

Nonviolence International is launching an affordable alternative spring break opportunity to Iran for current students! The Student Peace Trip to Iran will be from March 9th-19th 2017 for students seeking a peaceful future between Americans and Iranians. More information is below.

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For more information click here.

What can I do? –“lift your game” checklist? (Select one from each category.)

What can I do? “lift your game” checklist? (Select 1 from each category.) Put on your fridge.

1     Make a sacrifice, preferably an on-going one

  • Sacrifice your personal security by giving a percentage of your annual income to causes/groups.
  • Resume a spiritual practice of yoga, meditation, swimming, music, art, cleaning, service.
  • Reduce your consumption of animals and/or animal products. Or weekly fasting.
  • Reduce your dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Reduce your addiction to materialism. Be specific.
  • Or,_________________________________________________________

2              Dream Big (don’t just limit to your country)

  • Democracy reforms,
  • Reform of our religious and ethical  institutions, beliefs and practices,
  • Cure cancer
  • Economic reforms and economic security for all.
  • End climate chaos, abolish nuclear weapons, war, slavery, dictatorships
  • Ending supremacist ideologies such as sexism, racism, classism, jingoism, mafia capitalism.
  • Or,_________________________________________________________

3              Get Creative. Push beyond your comfort zone.

  • Become a social entrepreneur and start a social change project.
  • Do things that make you and others happy….everyday. Happiness is infectious.
  • Wear a safety pin and reach out to vulnerable people to let them know you have their back.
  • Re-train in nonviolent action, community organizing, canvassing, media, perma-culture.
  • Run for elected office.
  • Organize and lead civil disobedience including tax resistance. (did that just scare you?)
  • Engage people who are different in friendship, dialogue and mutual service.
  • Speak out even when you feel alone and vulnerable.
  • Or, __________________________________________________________

 

4. Commit to communities

  • Re-commit to the religious or ethical community which has its warts, and make it better
  • If you are not serving on a board or committee, are you really pulling your civic weight?
  • Involve your extended family more deeply in your work/passion/vision.
  • Stop floating around. Commit to at least 1 social change campaign that has specific goals.
  • Humbly serve vulnerable communities that are mobilizing for their needs. And serve kids too.
  • Or,___________________________________________________________

In life follow this query. Is this the right thing for me/us to do? And is this the effective thing to do?

So you can do a lot? But can you lift your game and commit?

Courtesy of Nonviolence International

Hunger Striking to Death’s Door: Former Guantánamo Prisoner in Uruguay Seeks Family Reunification

Read this remarkable article written by Andrés Thomas Conteris who has long served as NI’s Director of the Program on the Americas. Mr. Conteris is receiving no funding for his work.  Please consider donating to help his solidarity work.

Abu Wa'el Dhiab at press conference
Abu Wa’el Dhiab at press conference

 

In 2007, Abu Wa’el Dhiab (aka Jihad Diyab), surrounded by other prisoners on hunger strike in Guantánamo, decided not to join. He had refused to eat at other times (once because guards flushed the Koran down the toilet), but this time, he wasn’t ready. With his fellow prisoners nearby wasting away, he requested to be moved. Permission denied.

When Dhiab joined the strike, prison authorities acquiesced to change his cell. It was too late. He had embarked on a politically motivated fast that lasted, with few exceptions, until leaving Gitmo 7 years later.

While still at the Guantanamo gulag, a Uruguayan official visited Dhiab, age 43, saying his family would be in Montevideo to welcome him to freedom. Upon arriving on December 7, 2014, his family wasn’t there. Month after month he was told to be patient, “no te preocupes,” (don’t worry). For the full article click below.

http://towardfreedom.com/31-archives/americas/4373-hunger-striking-to-death-s-door-former-guantanamo-prisoner-in-uruguay-seeks-family-reunification

El-Hibri Foundation Peace Award Winners

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El-Hibri Foundation Peace Awards Ceremony

 

We would like to extend a special congratulations to the 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Winner, Eboo Patel. Eboo is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). He will receive the 2016 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize for his long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the U.S. Dr. Patel founded IFYC in 2002 with the goal of making interfaith cooperation a social norm. Today, IFYC has become the largest interfaith organization in North America, partnering with college campuses to foster and develop institutional cultures of mutual understanding, respect, inclusion, and collaboration. Each year it trains 500 college students to be interfaith leaders and reaches nearly 1,000 college campuses with its messages and programs. Through IFYC, Dr. Patel’s work has advanced interfaith studies as a new academic discipline which is recognized today as a field of study and taught in over 100 colleges. In 2009, he served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and helped launch the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which engages over 500 campuses each year in high-quality, sustainable interfaith work. Dr. Patel has consulted with the White House, U.S. Department of Education, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and many others to share best practices for interfaith programming and cooperation. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer.

You can read more about the award and other winners here.

Zaytouna-Oliva Women to be ‘deported’ / Details Emerge about the Capture

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Two journalists from Al Jazeera who were on board Zaytouna-Oliva have been released and have safely reached London and Moscow. The other 11 women of the Women’s Boat to Gaza are still in detention, but we anticipate that they will be ‘deported’ soon, as they were moved yesterday from Givon Prison to a detention facility at Ben-Gurion airport.

Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the deportation is happening much quicker than in previous flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception, including the demand of rock band Pink Floyd.” According to early reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was surrounded by two warships along with four to five smaller naval boats. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demanded that the Zaytouna-Oliva stop its course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least seven IOF members, both male and female, boarded our yacht and commandeered it in international waters.

Read more here.

Consider donating to the Women’s Boat to Gaza here.

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