The School of the Americas Protest has become my activist family reunion. For the last five years, I’ve marched with many of the same people from organizations I trust and love. This year we converged on the Mexico/US border in Nogales.
At the Activist Council Fall Meeting this past weekend we said a huge “Thank You” to Fritz Gutwein, who has been part of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship staff for over five years. He was hired as the Associate Director and became a Co-Director with Rick Ufford-Chase and then Emily Brewer. Fritz brought his wisdom and knowledge of development and communications to PPF, overseeing a doubling of the operating budget and more regular and frequent communications.
“This is my church,” wrote one person at the end of the PPF Activist Council Fall Meeting at Stony Point Center this past weekend where close to 50 Peace-seekers gathered. Another person posted on Facebook: “These are my people, yes they are."
Hands and Feet's 2016-2017 program year is starting strong with five new volunteers! They have gone through orientation, settled into the house, started working with their community partners…and we can't wait to introduce you!
This is the reflection we lead at the New Haven, Connecticut War Memorial. At the end of the reflection a stone is place on a memorial cairn with the number of the dead in the Iraq and Afgan warsm for the previous month.
We are here this evening to remember, to morn and to seek forgiveness for the wars undertaken in our name. We are here to reinforce our resolve as we continue the hard work of building peace.
From Iraq: wars and casualties, 14 years on
By Lily Hamourtziadou – March 16, 2016 (Iraq Body Count)