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Closing Reflections on Activism & Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

Posted on 04/29/2016 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: peacebuilding, genocide, prevention, April, GAPA, Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month, Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Voices of dedicated citizens have long been important in mobilizing the U.S. government to prioritize the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. This spring alone, we tracked that over 43,000 messages into Senate offices urging support for genocide and atrocities prevention.

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Marking the Success of New Atrocities Prevention Tools: Central African Republic

By Allyson Neville on 04/26/2016 @ 10:05 AM

Tags: ppdc, peacebuilding

Central African Republic is a contemporary case of atrocities prevention and response, which highlights how new U.S. government tools are helping to better support an end to violence against civilians.

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Cambodia: Preventing genocide was not an option

By Theo Sitther on 04/21/2016 @ 12:13 PM

Tags: peacebuilding, ppcd

Failure to prevent mass killings of innocent civilians is an ever present stain on our collective conscience. Too often competing interests of national security or geopolitics take precedence over human life and our responsibility to prevent is too often sidelined.

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Healing the Heart of Democracy and Moving Forward on Climate Disruption

By Emily Wirzba on 04/18/2016 @ 03:00 PM

Tags: energy, environment, climate

This election cycle, I’ve been reflecting on the words of the Quaker author and speaker Parker Palmer. In his work Healing the Heart of Democracy, Palmer seeks to address our nation’s partisan political impasse, arguing that we must embrace “political tension in a way that opens our hearts to each other, no matter how deep our differences.”

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Money in Politics: What's FCNL Doing About It?

By Becky Steele on 04/12/2016 @ 03:01 PM

Tags: campaign finance, money in politics

We’re starting to see that the undue influence of money in politics might be a symptom, not the disease itself. We’re thinking more broadly, and it’s opening up possibilities for action. The problem is the fundamental disconnect many of us feel between us and the representatives we elect. How can we take back politics, build integrity, and restore faith in democracy?

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Remembering Guatemala's Genocide

By Theo Sitther on 04/11/2016 @ 05:01 PM

Tags: peacebuilding, ppcd

A few years ago, I traveled to Guatemala where I visited the community of Panabaj, a small Mayan village on the shores of Lake Atitlan. I was working for a humanitarian NGO that was carrying out a relief project in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan. I was surprised to find that this tiny village was the site of a 1990 massacre of 13 villagers carried out by the Guatemalan military and it is now part of a “military free zone.” Due to popular outcry after the killing, the Guatemalan military was forced to vacate the area and the municipality, where Panabaj is located, was declared to be a military free zone. The military can never enter or set up base in this community.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech and Peacebuilding Policy Today

By Julia Watson on 04/08/2016 @ 10:15 AM

Tags: ppdc; peacebuilding; MLK; Beyond Vietnam; GAPA;

Forty-nine years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” Find out how his critique of U.S. foreign policy still rings true today.

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Preventing Genocide and Atrocities: Cause for Hope despite the Challenges

By Allyson Neville on 04/04/2016 @ 02:27 PM

Tags: ppdc, peacebuilding, atrocities prevention, genocide awareness and prevention month

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Congress, the Administration, and grassroots supporters are all working to ensure that the U.S. government lives up to the commitment to “never again.”

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Berta Cáceres, Presenté!

By Hannah Evans on 03/23/2016 @ 05:07 PM

Tags: immigration

In early March, we got word of the tragic murder of Berta Cáceres, an environmental and indigenous rights activist from Honduras. We can honor her life is by carrying her life’s work to fruition; to build bridges between people, strive for coexistence, cherish our earth, lift up the rights, dignities and protection of all peoples, choose care over violence, and take action.

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U.S. Commitment to Green Climate Fund is Now a Reality

By Jose Aguto on 03/08/2016 @ 04:00 PM

Tags: climate, environment, statement

Today the Friends Committee on National Legislation applauds our nation’s delivery of its first payment to the Green Climate Fund.

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