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- BlogMon, 17 Jul 2017Anti-Muslim Assaults Reflect Ongoing Fear Since...
In 2015, Anti-Muslim assaults reached 9/11-era levels, increasing by 67 percent. Although this reflects the overall surge of 6% in hate crimes across the US, 257 attacks were directed toward Muslims alone. Jews were most targeted based on their religion, and blacks were the biggest target of racial violence. Should the... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 26 Jun 2017The Power of One; The Power of Many
Moments have a way of touching our hearts and leaving memories that turn into images. These images resurface in the most unexpected moments and take us back to the memories of the days gone by. We look at them and feel them as we do when standing in front of a beautiful painting; their features alive and filled with color. To say that... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 12 Jun 2017Pink-washing, Pride Parades and Imperialism
One of the many ways white supremacy and global US hegemony operates is through the institutionalization of a consistent narrative that purports America and “the allies” as civilizational predecessors and role models to “the others.” When a lie is told consistently over and over again, it becomes truth, or at... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 22 May 2017Palestinian Prisoners: Hunger Strike Solidarity
On April 27th, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, nearly 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners declared a hunger strike in Israeli prisons, demanding fair treatment and humane living conditions. Hunger strikes are often the most peaceful form of resistance available. Pain is inflicted solely on those who willingly participate and on their... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 24 Apr 2017Challenging Stereotypes in Pakistan
I just returned from a week-long visit to Pakistan. It was my third trip there in recent years as part of a peacemaking group seeking to build mutual understanding and relationships between the U.S. and Pakistan. This effort is sponsored by Intersections, a mission of the Collegiate Churches of NYC (four congregations, the most famous of... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 10 Apr 2017From Rwanda to Syria: Is History Repeating Itself?
The Rwandan genocide is being repeated right now in Syria. April 3rd, 2017’s alleged chemical attack in Syria killed 86 people, including 26 children. Horrific pictures and videos of children slowly dying in their parent’s arms while foam leaks out of their mouths are all over social media. What makes the Syrian conflict... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 6 Apr 2017New UPIC Seeds Planted in Pakistan
During the last week of March, Intersections led a group of more than 30 delegates from 12 countries to Pakistan as part of our ongoing US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) program. It was remarkable to see how this effort has grown over the five years since a small group of us journeyed to Oman to begin this work. Most of our... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 28 Feb 2017Fighting Female Genital Mutilation
In 2012, the United Nations (UN) designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The day is observed to raise awareness of the issue and to encourage concrete action against the practice. For readers who’ve never heard of this inhumane and harmful practice—FGM involves... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogWed, 22 Feb 2017Three Days in Damascus
Sometimes you have an experience that changes your life. You don’t expect it. You don’t ask for and you certainly don’t plan for it, but it happens. And that is exactly what happened to me in 2009. As part of their Iraqi Voices Amplification Project, Intersections International invited me to join seven other artists as... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking