Fall 2004 Newsletter
News From Peace House:
A Newsletter of Peace Education Resources and Opportunities
14th Annual Westheimer Peace Symposium
is a Rousing Success!
Wednesday, October 20th, was a truly amazing day at Wilmington College. Voices from around the world joined together to share the hope they have found in their nonviolent responses to violence and oppression.
Sarah Chayes joined us from Afghanistan, where she currently works with BALCO, a dairy cooperative in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. She spoke about the struggle of re-establishing order in Afghanistan when the United States military is left in charge of "on the ground" foreign policy. Chayes also addressed the challenges facing human rights workers as they strive to meet the basic needs of the people of Afghanistan. Wilmington College students and guests alike were struck by her bravery, persistence, and commitment to change.
Alicia Partnoy's passionate tale of survival and hope moved many in the audience. While the horror of the concentration camps in Argentina in the 1980s was central to her story, she also explained the healing that came from writing her poetry. As one student commented, Partnoy's life "really shows how people can rise up and triumph over the terror in this world." At one point, Partnoy shared her self-consciousness as a young woman. She always believed her nose was too big and unattractive. Imagine her surprise when she realized that in the camp, it was her nose that allowed her to see! Most of the guards could not tie her blindfold tight enough, and so she was able to peek out through the gap in the blindfold created by that very nose she had hated for so long. "We are who we are for a reason," one student said in response.
Gene Stoltzfus spoke about the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams around the world. The variety of situations that CPT members work in ' from Iraq and Hebron to inner-city settings in the United States and Native American communities in Canada ' was an amazing testimony to the effectiveness of CPT's mission to "get in the way" of violence and oppression. One student in the audience noted that, "I know that the group [CPT] isn't going to stop all the violence in the world but it sure is going to help."
MUSE's program included a beautiful array of songs addressing peace, justice, and human rights. "1,000 Grandmothers" illustrated the idea of mothers and grandmothers around the world coming together to put an end to violence in our communities, our nation, and our world. The highlight of the program was "Song of the Exile," a poem written by Alicia Partnoy and set to music by Ysaye Maria Barnwell.
Drums for Peace's soothing music gave the audience a time to unwind and reflect on the day. Many people commented on the poetry of the drums ' they could be interpreted in so many different ways. Others were grateful for the opportunity to hear music about peace, when so much of the music we hear today is about violence. The evening ended with an invitation to the audience to get up, move around, dance, clap, and become part of the music and part of the performance. As one student noted, "If only music could actually be used in place of fighting, the world would be better off."
Cassettes of all the speakers and performers are available for $7 each (tax and shipping & handling included). Please contact Ruth at the PRC if you are interested in purchasing any of these tapes.
The Peace House Book Nook
In line with the incredible speakers and the theme of nonviolence for the 14th Annual Westheimer Peace Symposium, we have a wide selection of books relating to the work of nonviolence.
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki (Lee & Low Books Inc., 1993, children's oversize paperback, $6.95). "Surrounded by guards, fences, and desert, Japanese-Americans in an internment camp create a baseball field. A young boy tells how baseball gave them a purpose while enduring injustice and humiliation." American Bookseller
Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking by Arthur G. Gish (Herald Press, 2001, paperback, $17.99). Gish recorded a moving story of the turmoil and suffering of the Palestinian people, the agony experienced by Israelis, and a vision of hope and new possibilities of reconciliation between Jews, Muslims, and Christians. From 1995 to 2001, Gish lived with Muslim families, engaged in nonviolent actions with Israelis and Palestinians, and struggled to find creative responses to injustice. Selected excerpts from his journal tell of the Christian Peacemaker Teams work and vision of how small peacemaking groups can make a difference in violent conflicts.
Iraq: A Journey of Hope and Peace by Peggy Faw Gish (Herald Press, 2004, paperback, $17.99). Peggy Gish went to Iraq as an attempt to prevent war. But on March 20, 2003, the bombs began falling on Baghdad. In this book, she recounts the moving experiences of Christian Peacemaker Teams' work in Iraq, before, during, and after the 2003 war and occupation. Told as her personal account, Gish makes real the story of prisoner abuse, the character of the Iraqi people, and a passionate vision for peace. (A full review of this book can be found later in this newsletter.)
Let Us Go Forward Together, 2005 Peace Calendar (War Resisters League, spiral bound, $12.95). Influential writings and art on war, peace, and social justice from 50 years of the War Resisters League Peace Calendar, with a preface by Howard Zinn and contributions from Aung San Suu Kyi, Abbie Hoffman, Rosa Parks, Ani DiFranco, Children of War, and Women in Black.
The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival by Alicia Partnoy (Midnight Editions, 1998, paperback, $14.95). Each chapter of this book is introduced by a picture of a blindfolded woman, her hands barely lifting the flap of her kerchief. To prevent prisoners from communicating with and knowing each other, and more importantly, their captors, inmates were kept blindfolded at all times in the "Little School" which was a grim euphemism for the prison camp where the disappeared were tortured. These gauze blindfolds were continually slipping. Partnoy's revenge on her captors was to see, in minute detail, the ignored little particulars that marked her place in the Little School.
Patriotism Peace and Vietnam by Peggy Hanna (Left to Write, 2003, paperback, $11.95). "This wonderful little book is a real eye-opener. It gives both the public in general and those of us who served in Vietnam a whole new perspective on a very difficult chapter in our lives." David Wagner, Vietnam Vet and former newspaper editor. (A full review of this book can be found later in this newsletter.)
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (Scholastic Press, 1995, children's oversize paperback, $5.99). Ruby Bridges helped shape American history when she became the first African-American sent to 1st grade in an all-white school. This moving picture book captures the courage of a little girl standing alone in the face of racism.
White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman (Albert Whitman & Company, 1996, children's oversize paperback, $6.95). "When Grandma was a little girl in Mississippi, she sneaked into town one day. It was a hot day ' the kind of hot where a firecracker might light up by itself." But when this little girl saw the "Whites Only" sign on the water fountain, she had no idea what she would spark when she took off her shoes and ' wearing her clean white socks ' stepped up to drink. Bravery, defiance, and a touch of magic win out over hatred in this acclaimed story. Tyrone Geter's paintings richly evoke its heat, mood, and legendary spirit.
Shipping & handling fees will vary. 7% sales tax for OH residents.
To place an order, or for more information, please contact the PRC.
Book and CD Reviews from the Peace House Book Nook
The Adventures of Inky, Conflict Resolution Private Eye! by the students of the Chicken Coop School. "Hey, I'm Inky! I'm a Private Eye and my friends and I made this book to help you solve some sticky conflict resolution problems'" With that opening, readers are introduced to a host of wacky characters ' Ples (Inky's pet evolved fish), Zee (Inky's best friend), Culprit, Gretel, Klunky, and Brain ' who guide middle school students through a variety of activities focused on conflict resolution.
Written by 7th and 8th grade students at the Chicken Coop School in Athol, Massachusetts, under the guidance of Jane Manring of Quabbin Mediation, this oversize activity book includes mazes, word puzzles, and stories surrounded by bold and zany cartoons. This is not a textbook or a teacher's guide, but a book for middle school students to use on their own to practice conflict resolution skills. It was designed to complement classroom instruction.
As Brain, the "world's foremost expert," says, the book is "an intelligent ray of sunshine in a conflicted world built upon the triumph of resolution'." Who can top that recommendation?! This book is available from Jane Manring at (978) 249-2567 or RWHY@net1plus.com.
Iraq: A Journey of Hope and Peace by Peggy Faw Gish. This well-written narrative draws the reader into Peggy Gish's journey from the United States to Iraq. It is not an easy journey, emotionally, psychologically, or physically. But for those of us who cannot travel to Iraq, meet the Iraqi people, and learn about their suffering first-hand, it is an invaluable opportunity to learn about the important nonviolent work of Christian Peacemaker Teams [CPT].
Gish's personal struggle of leaving home and family to go to Iraq weaves beautifully in with the struggle of her work as a CPT member. This is not just a book about the conditions in Iraq in the months leading up to the war, but a story of Gish's personal struggle to open herself to the Iraqi people. "I found myself praying the prayer I had prayed many times the winter before: to be able to open and give myself to whatever God had in mind for me, that I would once again be willing to give my life for the people here. That night I let the wall around me melt, allowing myself to do more than observe. Now I felt more keenly the pain and grief, as well as the love I carry for the Iraqi people."
This moving account is a must-read for anyone interested in Christian Peacemaker Teams or anyone who has a concern for the Iraqi people. This book is available from the PRC.
Nonviolent Warriors: Dave Dellinger & the Power of the People produced by Toward Freedom. As the United States went to war in October, 2001, activists and artists from the front lines of social change over the last 60 years gathered in Burlington, Vermont, for a celebration of the life and continuing nonviolent work of Dave Dellinger and Elizabeth Peterson. Responding to tragedy with hope and heart, they created a truly inspiring, historical moment.
Sponsored by the Toward Freedom foundation and held during the Vermont International Film Festival, the event was highlighted by the one-time only performances and remarks on this recording. Sometimes humorous and often moving, the stories captured in this living history express the hopes, passions and fierce commitments that have inspired work for peace and justice. They also offer important lessons for our own times.
This heartening audio documentary celebrates the peace movement through the life and times of an extraordinary individual. The two CDs contain over 30 audio tracks of personal stories, memorable songs, rare recordings, and dramatic scenes, and feature Howard Zinn, Dennis Brutus, Arthur Kinoy, Norma Becker, Ted Glick, Staughton Lynd, Ralph DiGia, Johanna Lawrenson, Bread & Puppet Theater, The Raging Grannies, and many more. This CD set is available from Toward peace at (802) 657-3733 or www.TowardFreedom.com.
Patriotism, Peace, and Vietnam by Peggy Hanna. This slim volume provides a reminder to movement "biggies" that their work is always augmented at the local level by quietly persistent people like Peggy Hanna. Writing after more than thirty years, she tells of the tumultuous Vietnam War years from the perspective of a small town housewife whose evolution in attitude mirrored the changes in American society itself.
At first, Peggy Hanna, an obedient Catholic girl, was shocked and angered by antiwar demonstrations because she believed that opposition to government policies meant betrayal of the troops who had to carry them out. Ultimately she realized that she must oppose war in order to support the troops. After that sea change in outlook, she became a tireless worker for the peace movement.
"All of us know in our own heart and conscience," she writes, "whether we need forgiveness or to forgive. Sometimes, maybe it's both'. Therefore the one thing I'd change would have been to use the peace movement as a catalyst to welcome our vets home. No one else did, maybe we could have."
Peggy Hanna writes without overblown rhetoric to tell her story simply and eloquently. It is an important addition to the literature of the Vietnam War, and must reading for national organizers who depend on grassroots workers to promote their causes. This review was written by Lenna Mae Gara of Wilmington, Ohio. This book is available from the PRC and the author at (937) 788-2257 or email@example.com.
Book of the Month Club
Each month, we will spotlight a book available from our bookstore.
Purchase the book in that month, and you will receive a 25% discount!
John Woolman: A Nonviolence and Social Change Source Book Edited by Mike Heller and Sterling Olmsted (Wilmington College Peace Resource Center, 1997, paperback).
In addition to selections from Woolman's writings, and of others who wrote about Woolman during his lifetime, there are explanatory notes and background material to clear away difficulties and make the writings more understandable to the reader. Excellent discussion questions for each section and suggested topics for further study complete the book.
» Regularly $10.00. Purchase this book in November and pay only $7.50!
Tree of Cranes Allen Say (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991, hardcover, oversize)
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a young boy in Japan who celebrates his very first Christmas with two cultures joyously combined as his mother shares a glimpse of her American childhood with him on this special day.
» Regularly $17.95. Purchase this book in December and pay only $13.45!
The Compassionate Classroom: Relationship Based Teaching and Learning Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson (Center for Nonviolent Communication, 2003, paperback, oversize)
Two teachers with 45 years of shared experience in education combine breakthrough discoveries in brain research with Marshall Rosenberg's seminal work in communication and come to a bold conclusion ' when compassion thrives, so does learning.
» Regularly $18.00. Purchase this book in January and pay only $13.50!
Book of Black Heroes, From A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers Wade Hudson and Valerie Wilson Wesley (Just Us Books, 1988, paperback, oversize)
This book was written to introduce young readers to black men and women who are heroes of their time.
» Regularly $4.00. Purchase this book in February and pay only $3.00!
Book of Black Heroes, Volume Two: Great Women in the Struggle Edited by Toyomi Igus (Just Us Books, 1997, paperback, oversize)
This book presents more than 80 inspiring stories in one volume for youngsters ' and readers of all ages.
» Regularly $5.50. Purchase this book in February and pay only $4.10!
Shipping & handling fees will vary. 7% sales tax for OH residents.
To place an order, or for more information, please contact the PRC.
1 July 2004 through 29 October 2004
Larry & Sally Barker
Arthur & Elizabeth Buell
Larry & Lenna Mae Gara
Paul & Catherine Knoop
Rudolf & Amelie Scheltema
Bill & Helen Wiegel
Mary Rose Zink
The staff of the PRC would like to extend a big "Thank You" to our great student workers! Misty Anderson, Marie Daly, JR Keller, and Adrianne Robertson were everywhere at the Westheimer Peace Symposium ' driving speakers & guests around campus, serving & cleaning up at the reception, selling books, ushering at the sessions, and in general keeping us in line! We couldn't have done it without you!
Peace Related Web Sites
Elementary School Conflict Resolution Bibliography Annotated bibliography of children's books that help teach conflict resolution skills and reinforce positive behaviors on topics such as bullying prevention, diversity, etc. Available on-line only at www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov.
Web sites with information on Conscientious Objection National Interreligious Service Board For Conscientious Objectors - www.nisbco.org. Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors - www.libertynet.org/~ccco. American Friends Service Committee - www.afsc.org.
Mike Palecek, former federal prisoner for peace and small-town newspaper reporter, was the Iowa Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. House, Fifth District, in the 2000 election. This website features his novels as well as a new weekly column. http://www.iowapeace.com.
Resources From Other Places
Acceptable Sovereignty Theory by Ray V. Foss is a theory of nation-state expectations by citizens of conscience. For more information, visit www.geocities.com/rayvfoss/AcceptableSovereignty.html.
Atomic Veterans Between World War II and the mid-1960s, a thousand nuclear bomb tests were conducted. Since then, many Atomic Vets have developed serious illnesses. They've battled for years to get government help. Reporter Debra Baer explains on "Marketplace." Visit http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/2004/09/29_mpp.html to listen to the story.
Blueprints for Violence Prevention and Successful Program Implementation: Lessons From Blueprints are available online at www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=11721 and www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=11719.
Characterizations of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Clarence Jordan, & Walter Rauschenbusch Plays address peace, justice, racism, Christian anti-Semitism, nationalism, war on Iraq, and the rise of the religious right in the U.S. Visit www.alstaggs.com for more information.
Global Family Resource Box From the artwork of children in Kosovo to games from Colombia & songs from South Africa, Mennonite Central Committee's new Global Family Resource Box offers North American children a window on the world. Intended for 1st through 5th graders, the box uses stories, photos, songs, & recipes to introduce MCC's Global Family Program & the children the program supports. A teacher's guide also includes discussion questions, art activities, games & language activities. Visit www.mcc.org for more information.
Nonviolence is Not for Wimps: Musings of an Ohio Farmer by Ralph Dull. Facing violence with active nonviolence may strike most people as being ridiculous, cowardly, and ineffective. This book makes a case for just the opposite, even with Hitler. Musings also include the author's experiences in Iraq. The commentary runs the gamut, a little amusing but mostly serious dreaming of what could be. It includes 18 successful cases of nonviolent action or resistance. Available at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 832-6365.
Parent Project Attorney General Jim Petro partnered with Kent State University and Mahoning, Cuyahoga, and Stark County juvenile courts to pilot a project designed to help parents connect with children who exhibit high-risk behavior. The Parent Project provides information and support to guide parents who seek to help their children develop the skills necessary to prevent self-destructive behavior. Contact Shawn P. McElroy, Child & Elder Protections Section, email@example.com for more information.
PeaceWriting Annual International Writing Awards Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology. PeaceWriting encourages writing in opposition to war and in support of nonviolent peacemaking and peacemakers. PeaceWriting seeks book-length manuscripts about the causes, consequences, and solutions to violence and war, and about the ideas and practices of nonviolent peacemaking and the lives of nonviolent peacemakers. For guidelines contact PeaceWriting at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dayton Peace Museum Do you have any peace items, things left over from the cold war, etc., that you would like to donate to the Dayton Peace Museum? We are currently collecting such items. Contact Christine Dull at (937) 832-6365.
Improving Public Policy Through Collaboration A workshop series designed to provide participants with an understanding of how appropriate, or alternative, dispute resolution techniques such as facilitation and mediation can be used in the public policy arena. Visit www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov for more information.
A Season for Nonviolence, January 30 through April 4, a national 64-day educational, media, & grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Visit www.agnt.org or www.unity.org for more information.
Peace Resource Center Advisory Board Members
Patrick Gentile ¨ Sue Hanna ¨ Muriel Hiatt ¨ T. Canby Jones ¨ Terry Miller Mike Newman ¨ Kathy Springsteen ¨ Mary Elizabeth Stanfield
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