Posted by andreas from p3EE3C3E8.dip.t-dialin.net (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 4:09PM :
In Reply to: Re: Are we a War-monger militarist Nation? posted by Tony from ? (188.8.131.52) on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 12:30PM :
I trust in you, in your potential, in what you are meant to be ...
There is no Good - unless you Do't ...
: Why can't the Citizens of this Great Country of Ours can't stop this War?
: : September 24 2002
: : CONTACT:
: : Baghdad: Ramzi Kysia, Danny Muller
: : Al Fanar Hotel: 964-1-718-8007, 717-7440; firstname.lastname@example.org
: : USA (Chicago): Kathy Kelly, Jeff Guntzel
: : Voices in the Wilderness: 773-784-8065, 773-447-3964; email@example.com
: : Iraq Peace Team to Deliver Letters from American Students to Iraqi
: : Students
: : Educators from the United States, on a delegation with Voices in the
: : Wilderness, will visit the Al-Markaziya Secondary School for Boys on
: : Wednesday, September 25th at 10am to deliver pen pal letters from
: : American students, and discuss how economic sanctions and threat of war
: : have affected their education.
: : Barbara Lubin, Former School Board President of Berkeley public schools
: : and Director of the Middle East Children's Alliance, stated that "the
: : future of any country is its children. All children need to feel safe,
: : secure and are entitled to a good education, not being frightened by air
: : raids. As American educators and citizens, we believe in teaching peace,
: : not teaching war. American children are reaching out to Iraqi children,
: : and those are important connections to make."
: : Children in Iraq aged twelve years or younger have known no other
: : experience than sanctions and war. And children in the United States
: : know nothing about their experience due to the lack of cross-cultural
: : communication. Currently no pen pal or study abroad programs exist
: : between Iraq and the rest of the world, leaving a huge gap in what each
: : group knows about the other. Delegation members will deliver letters
: : from students in the United States, and offer the hope for peace and
: : reconciliation sent by teenagers studying nonviolence.
: : Leah Wells, Peace Education Coordinator for the Nuclear Age Peace
: : Foundation and nonviolence teacher in high schools in California
: : reports, "The change in my students, after being taught a peace
: : curriculum is remarkable. My students open up to the experience of
: : others in the world and begin to think critically about the origin of
: : problems like sanctions, and more importantly they get a human face for
: : the Iraqi students that is not reported on the evening news. Teaching
: : peace is the most important thing in our world."
: : Concerned by the damaging effects of sanctions on the state of education
: : in Iraq, the group wants to learn firsthand about school conditions and
: : the learning environment by speaking with teachers and students. They
: : will report their findings and experiences during their involvement with
: : the Iraq Peace Team (www.iraqpeaceteam.org) and upon their return to the
: : US.
: : Educators traveling with Voices in the Wilderness are Barbara Lubin
: : (CA), David Smith-Ferri (CA), Bill Quigley (LA), Daniel Muller (IL) and
: : Leah Wells (CA).
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: : Voices in the Wilderness
: : 1-773-784-8065
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