Peace and Independence in Colombia

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I am pleased today to share a dialogue with Natalia Ariza Ramírez, a Hubert Humphrey Program Fellow, linked to the University of Montana, who has served in various positions in the Colombian State, and was recently Vice Minister of Higher Education. With her leadership, we will develop a talk that has two purposes. Continue reading

Participate

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Pete Seeger tells us that participation is what will save the human race. It is also what keep organizations like the JRPC thriving and growing. The Peace Center is a community resource. The more engaged and involved you are, the more the Center thrives. Have you ever thought of things you’d like to see the Center doing? Or asked, “what can I do to make an impact?” Continue reading

Peace in Thailand

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I had the humbling honor of talking to a room of Thai professionals at the Mahidol University Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies who know firsthand the challenges and rewards of working for peace. The school itself is a testament to their dedication and drive. Continue reading

How About Building Community?

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Arming the Left (Independent May 18-25) starts with so many hypotheticals of armed inhuman Nazis shooting into crowds of pacifist demonstrators. After spinning this dystopian tale Michael Siebert writes “Let’s say you’re black or Jewish or” fill in the blanks. “You’re unarmed and your belief that something like this could never happen here has just been shattered.”

I am Jewish. I am well aware that it can happen here. It already has. Many times. Continue reading

See Tomorrow!

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The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center and The Roxy Theater have been jointly hosting the Resistance Now series of essential and political films. This month’s film is TOMORROW, an award winning environmental documentary highlighting how bottom-up community action regarding food, energy, finance, democracy and education can have a meaningful impact toward positive outcomes.  Continue reading