Do you want to work for peace within an organization of people who want to support and collaborate with you? Then listen to this recording as we describe what positions The Peace Alliance has available for volunteer action for peace.
Ari Cowan brought a multi-layered story to share, that began with his learning the practice of meditation at age 13 from his mother, who was a Yogi, and then being on a path to be an Air Force pilot at age 15. That path was not taken, and he continued in his life to be guided by meditation. A significant event was when he created the PAR model of violent behavior modification, and ran a pilot of the model at Clallam Bay Correctional facility in Washington State. He had low expectations given the circumstances under which the pilot was being run, hoping for a 2.5-5% reduction in violence. The results were an astounding 100%! Come and listen to this remarkable story, including ways to meditate for the good of all people, and the skills to execute a power swap, a key component to shifting the script of violence, which he sees as a health issue. Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at our next Hope Story Circle, and share your emerging stories!
Description: Dr. Garfield Vernon is the author of Toward Cultural Intelligence where he breaks down the importance of understanding and openness to cultural differences to build and maintain peace.
Our July Consciousness-Raising Book Club highlights the book We Need a Department of Peace. Tonight we gathered to discuss the history, the highlights, the challenges, and the future for this transformative legislation. The midterms are coming, and it's never been more important for all of us to understand our role in making real and lasting change happen.
With the recent SCOTUS reversal of Roe v Wade, Judy told a multi-generational story. Beginning with her Grandmother, who chose to get a divorce more than 100 years ago, and all of the steps that had to be taken to allow that to legally occur. She then went on to live a bohemian life, surrounded by art and music, and by political-social debates and conversations, including the topic of birth control even at that time. Fast forward to Judy’s own life in the 1960’s as a young woman, falling in love with Joel, and wanting to get birth control. She was refused by the older, white, male Ob Gyn at her all-female college, and had to find another route. This history of restrictions, in contrast and parallel with the recent decision, led to conversations about where we can find hope, when circumstances cause constraint. Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at our next Hope Story Circle, and share your emerging stories.
Peace Alliance's Community Peacebuilding Team Lead J Thompson, activist and leader Emerald Garner, and Etan Thomas as we explore the real stories of support and community with folks who have suffered trauma through the loss of a loved one from violence (often in custody of the carceral system) and how they cope in community with each other. We will welcome stories from people directly impacted by violence whose trauma captured national attention, speaking on their pursuit of peace and the platforms that amplify these stories. How do we build peace while the same state sanctioned violence continues? Our speakers illuminated their journey of creating peace after the cameras and spotlight are gone and speak into their needs for navigating the justice system and finding healing, if possible. You don't want to miss these stories, they will change your life.