For nearly 25 years, thousands of human rights activists have gathered every November for a vigil at the main gate of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the US Army School of the Americas — SOA — located at Fort Benning near Columbus, Georgia.
We mourn the dramatically escalating violence in Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank, and the resistance of political extemists to international calls for a ceasefire. More than 170 Palestinians have died in Gaza in the past week alone, and Israelis are hiding in air-raid shelters throughout the south.
The people of Iraq and Syria have suffered beyond what many of us could ever comprehend. We acknowledge our deep complicity in and relationship to the brutal violence devastating their homelands. Our inability to stem the roots of violence at home and abroad is manifested in the bloodshed and oppression wrought upon the Syrian and Iraqi peoples.
On June 17, 2014, we are a group of Iraqi intellectuals (academics, artists, authors, journalists, and civil activists) from all Iraqi provinces, including Kurdistan region, who agree to launch a comprehensive national initiative to save Iraq, stop the political and security deterioration, and get our homeland out of the crucial crisis that threatens its unity.
This August 15 to 17 in Berkeley, California, young adults and their elders will gather for an intergenerational summit on social, economic, and racial justice. Will you be there?
This interview with an Iraqi human rights defender (“QC”) from Mosul was conducted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by a member of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative. ICSSI is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and human rights for all.
Just a quick reminder that this is the final week to nominate your favorite peace workers for FOR’s 2014 Peace Awards. For your convenience, we’ve extended the deadline from Friday, April 11th to Sunday, April 13th at midnight!
Please celebrate with us the news that the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Lucas Johnson has been named International Coordinator of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)!