Update from Edward Lollis on New Peace Monuments and Peacemaker Deaths in 2014

By: David J. Smith, January 4, 2015

This email letter was sent by Edward Lollis through the PJSA listserv on December 31, 2014

As you may know, I try to keep track of all peace monuments (including museums for peace) and notable peacemakers.  Here is a New Year’s message about new monuments and peacemaker deaths in 2014.

(1)  At least 36 new peace monuments were dedicated in 2014 (vs. 41 in 2013 and 30 in 2012) in 20 different countries.  Large new museums for peace were opened in Atlanta, New York City, Warsaw, and Winnipeg.  New peace bells were hung in Morokulien (Norway/Sweden), Linz (Austria), and Scranton (USA).  New peace trails were created in seven European cities.  And memorials to Korean “comfort women” were dedicated in five US cities.  See http://peace.maripo.com/y_2014.htm for photos and descriptions of all new peace monuments.

(2)  Twenty-five notable peacemakers died in 2014 (vs. 22 in 2013 and 23 in 2012).   The oldest was folksinger Pete Seeger [1919-2014].  I chose to include only five of the relatively young peacemakers who were killed in Libya and Syria.  See http://peace.maripo.com/p_peacemakers_deaths.htm for all peacemaker deaths since 2005.

(3)  Just yesterday, I added Abduwali Ayup to my on-line file of notable peacemakers.  He is a linguist & poet born in 1975 and imprisoned for operating Uighur-language schools in Xinjiang, China.  Just before Christmas,  I  added the first identifiable peacemaker born in the 21st century — 10-year old English schoolboy Spencer Turner who designed “Football Remembers,” a monument commemorating the centennial of the Christmas Truce in Belgium.  See http://peace.maripo.com/p_peacemakers.htm for 1,438 notable peacemakers in birth order.

(4)   I recorded nine significant human tragedies during 2014 (vs. 12 in 2013 and five in 2012).  The worst was the war in the Gaza Strip (>2,200 deaths).  Three tragedies involved Malaysian airliners, and three involved police shootings in the USA.  See http://peace.maripo.com/p_victims.htm for 305 significant tragedies listed in the order of number of lives lost, with the names of relevant monuments in most cases.

You are free to use this information any way you wish.  A couple of years ago, Randall Amster published my annual list of peacemaker deaths in the PJSA Newsletter.

I would love to receive your questions and comments.  I would especially like to learn about any new peace monuments or peacemaker deaths not shown on the web pages identified above. Thank you.

In peace, Edward W. Lollis, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Email:  geovisual@comcast.net.  Website:  http://peace.maripo.com
Book:  http://www.peacepartnersintl.net/monumental_beauty.htm

WordPress 2014 Report on My Blog

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. Thanks to all my readers!  See you in 2015.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Global Health Crises, Pandemics and Policy Challenges: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges, April 9-11, 2015, Northern Virginia Community College

A health worker sprays a man suspected of dying from Ebola with disinfectant chemicals in Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 4. (www.usnews.com)

A health worker sprays a man suspected of dying from Ebola with disinfectant chemicals in Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 4. (www.usnews.com)

The Northern Virginia Community College Institute for Public Service will host a seminar for community college faculty April 9-11, 2015 that will focus on global public health issues. Global Health Crises, Pandemics and Policy Challenges: Approaches to Teaching in Community Colleges is designed to improve the teaching and learning of global health issues in community colleges.   The program will be held over 2 1/2 days at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Increasingly global society is facing challenges from health pandemics and other risks.   As such, preparing future health care workers, community and business leaders, public officials, public safety personnel, educators, and citizens will be important to effectively fight illnesses and diseases that often spread quickly and defy traditional boundaries.   In many parts of the world, basic health infrastructure is vulnerable, and in many places strategies for combating disease spread are inadequate, including in the United States. Community college populations are the most diverse educational institutions today with students often coming from environments having fragile systems.  In addition, upwards of 50% of “first responders” (i.e., parademics, firefighters, police officers, etc.) in the U.S. are trained in community colleges.   As a result, it  is critical for faculty to be well-positioned to teach about public health issues.

This seminar will focus on policy strategies, community responses, and curriculur approaches that can be applied.  As such, it is designed for faculty from a wide range of disciplines including the social sciences, humanities, allied health, and nursing.  The 2 1/2 day program will include experiential activities and training, policy briefings, and presentations on resources that can be accessed in the classroom.  Speakers are anticipated from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization, and the Bloomberg School for Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.   Yale Professor Richard Skolnik, author of Global Health 101, has been invited to participate.

Registration is now open and will continue through March 18, 2015.   The fee for the 2 1/2 day program is $200.00.  A preliminary agenda is found here.  A final agenda will be posted in January.  If you have questions, please contact David J. Smith at davidjsmith@davidjsmithconsulting.com.

This program follows the successful October 2014 2nd National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar which brought together 36 faculty from 16 colleges in 12 states for 4 days of teaching and learning about global conflict.   The program will be held again October 16-19, 2015.

Reflections on 2014

By: David J. Smith, December 18, 2014

Teaching about peace and the resolution of conflict became more relevant than ever this past year.   Domestic strife such as the aftermath of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO challenged us to reexamine the means by which law enforcement is conducted in the U.S.   It also revealed weaknesses in our criminal justice system that for many of us go unnoticed.   The alignment between social justice and peacebuilding was very evident.   Global conflict and violence was by no means abated in 2014: the horrific violence in the Middle East by the Islamic State, the kidnapping of young girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, the continued conflict in Ukraine, and most recently the killing of 145 students and teachers by the Pakistani Taliban, all continue to frustrate the international community.   The need to teach about the roots of violence and unrest will continue to be vital.

Faculty session at St. Louis Community College

Faculty session at St. Louis Community College

This is all the more important for those teaching in community colleges.   Community colleges are the most diverse higher education sector in the U.S. often enrolling students who are from places where violence is commonplace. To be peacebuilders, students first need to know about the frustration that brings about much of the violence.   Certainly, few can argue that the Islamic State is not engaged in the most inhumane forms of violence. But it is also important for us to understand how religious fundamentalism comes about, how the Islamic State’s philosophy is abhorrent to Islam, and at a deeper level, the nature of the human conditions that the Islamic State builds its support from. Likewise, in considering the frustrations coming from Ferguson, alleged police brutality is just the tip of the iceberg. More importantly, we need to get our students to better understand the social and political nature of racism that continues to plague much of our country.

Working with students at Anne Arundel Community College

Working with students at Anne Arundel Community College

During this past year, I’ve had the chance to visit colleges around the U.S. teaching peace.   Early in the year I visited with students at Solano Community College (CA) where we engaged in an activity that I often use, “Peace Not Peace,” which is from my USIP work. Working with about 40 students, they had a heated argument about the ownership of guns. Conversation, even if it looks like argument is important (especially if the alternative is no communication at all). Too often there is a lack of discussion on important issues like gun violence. Our job is to move these arguments to dialogue. In April, I worked with Scottsdale Community College (AZ) to run a faculty program looking at peacebuilding in the context of genocide awareness. Considering approaches that are preventive and healing after horrific violence will be increasingly important globally. In the spring, I also had the chance to talk to a group of “newbie” community mediators at Green River Community College (WA).   Community mediators are the “first line” when it comes to lowering tensions in many communities.   In August, I was invited to meet with students and faculty at St. Louis Community College (MO) to consider strategies moving forward post-Ferguson. I was impressed with students’ desire to use nonviolent means to increase awareness of social justice issues and reduce racism in their community. At a number of schools including at Sinclair Community College (OH) and Cuyahoga Community College (OH), I focused on considering skills based in conflict resolution that can be applied in both work and personal lives. This is just a snapshot of my experiences this past year that I grateful for.   Traveling around the U.S. is a great educational experience for me, and leaves me with hope that the next generation of peacebuilders will be well prepared to deal with challenges of the future.

Visiting USIP during the 2nd National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

Visiting USIP during the 2nd National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar

A major highlight of the year was hosting the 2nd National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar at Northern Virginia Community College.   We brought together 36 faculty from 16 colleges in 12 states to explore teaching and learning about peace. We will be hosting our 3rd conference October 16-19, 2015. So mark your calendars!

Working with students at Butte College

Working with students at Butte College

Working with Northern Virginia Community College, we are also planning a 2-½ day program on global health issues. Titled “Global Health Crises, Pandemics, and Policy Challenges,” the program will explore the need to teach global public health in community colleges. We anticipate having speakers from Médecins Sans Frontières, the CDC, the World Health Organization, and trainers from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. This will be held April 9-11, 2015. Registration information will be posted on my website in early January.

I continue to post on my blog regularly. This is my 111th post. I appreciate those who read it regularly.   If you are interested in posting about something innovative that your school is involved in during the coming year, let me know.

I am thankful for the many colleagues and friends who support my work and invite me to visit their schools.   I’m glad to play a role in building a network of community college educators working for peace.

Have a peaceful, restful and enjoyable holiday, and a prosperous New Year. See you in 2015. Peace on Earth!

The International Education Peacebuilding Nexus

By: David J. Smith, December 2, 2014

International Education Week (IEW),  jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is an opportunity to promote global approaches to teaching and learning.  This year it was held November 17-21, 2014, though educational programs are often held before and after the official week.

This year I had the opportunity to visit several community colleges during IEW: Prince George’s Community (MD), Butte College (CA), Northwest Vista College (TX), and Northern Virginia Community College.   During my presentations and programs, I emphasized the benefits of using a peacebuilding frame in promoting global education.   Often international education efforts, though well-meaning, are unfocused, inconsistent, and not coordinated. As a result, it is difficult to measure whether strategies are actually resulting in increasing awareness of international affairs, developing a worldview, and building skills that can advance working in global environments.

The Lederach/Mansfield Strategic Peacebuilding Pathways framework is useful in providing a model of how peacebuilding relates to global work.

Strategic Peacebuilding Pathways (Lederach/Mansfield, University of Notre Dame)

 

The framework is helpful in that it identifies specific career paths that students can pursue in engaging in international work including humanitarian action, education, trauma healing, and restorative justice.  Though I use the model in global applications, I find it works well in thinking about more domestic oriented career opportunities.  This is important with community colleges in that most graduates will work and live in the same communities where they attended school.  In looking at humanitarian action, in a global context we might explore careers with international NGOs like the International Committee of the Red Cross  or Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.  But humanitarian work can be also be found in working for a local aid group such as Habitat for Humanity or the local American Red Cross chapter.

Working with students at Butte College

Working with students at Butte College

During my visit to Prince George’s Community College (11/14/14) I explored with students the notion of “soft skills” that are often conflict focused, and how they might be applied in employment situations that have “global” contexts such as in hiring new employees who are recent immigrants.  At Butte College (11/17/14), students were asked to consider their views of peace and conflict.   Through this exploration, students came to understand differences often based in culture in how conflict is considered.  In a workshop with faculty,  I shared with them how peacebuilding can be used to foster dialogic approaches to learning about each other and international issues.   In a faculty program at Northern Virginia Community College (11/18/14),  we considered how peacebuilding using the Lederach/Mansfield frame can achieve objectives including global awareness.   Finally, at Northwest Vista College (11/24/14), students considered specific professional and personal situations where conflict resolution strategies would be helpful, especially where those in conflict are from different cultures and backgrounds.

Faculty workshop at Butte College

Faculty workshop at Butte College

Call for Proposals: International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education – Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Tension and Opportunities

By: David J. Smith, December 1, 2015

Deadline Extended to January 7th, 2015

June 17 – 22, 2015

Hosted by The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University,

 Arlington, Virginia, USA 

Wednesday and Thursday, June 17  – 18, 2015 Pre-Conference Trainings
Friday and Saturday, June 19– 20, 2015 Main Conference – Keynotes and Workshops
Sunday and Monday, June 21– 22, 2015 Seminar for Colleges and Universities Developing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs

Keynote Speakers (June 19 – 20, 2015)

  • Luis Moreno Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
  • Suraya Sadeed, Executive Director, Help the Afghan Children; Author, Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse
  • Dr. Hal Saunders, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State; Director of International Affairs, Kettering Foundation; Former President, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue
  • Invited, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Coordinates the work of the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women

Pre-Conference Trainings (June 17 – 18, 2015, 9:00a.m.-5p.m.)

Two-Day Pre-conference Trainings, Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18, 2015

  • Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR): Breaking Cycles of Violence, Eastern Mennonite University
  • Toward a Healthier Campus Community Through Sustained Dialogue: A Training for College and University Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Students, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

One-Day Pre-Conference Trainings, Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 OR Thursday, June 18th, 2015

  • Teaching Peace Resources for College and University Classrooms and Tour (Wednesday, June 17th, 2015)

United States Institute of Peace (This workshop will take place at the USIP offices)

  • Human Rights Education in the Classroom (Thursday, June 18th, 2015) Human Rights Education Associates
  • The Elements of Teaching Peace Studies: A Pedagogical Workshop for Peace Studies Faculty (Thursday, June 18th, 2015) Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education, Judith Herb College of Education, The University of Toledo.
  • The Organization of American States and its role in the promotion of democracy, human rights, and peacebuilding in the Hemisphere. Tour of OAS historic building. Engaging the youth in negotiation and conflict resolution through the Model OAS General Assembly for students (Thursday, June 18, 2015) Organization of American States (This workshop will take place at the OAS offices).

            And more…Check the web site in mid – December for a complete listing www.CREducation.org

The 2015 conference builds upon prior conferences in 2004 – 2013 in Ohio, and 2014 in Virginia, which brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and around the globe and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in place on topics such as conflict management, human rights,  social and emotional learning, peace education, democracy education, civics education, and multi-cultural/global education at the K-12 level and in colleges and universities. Conference and meeting publications from seven of the conferences are available by clicking on the options on the right hand side of the web page at: http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre

The International Conference on CRE is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research. Presentations will focus on innovations in the fields that are making broad impacts in local, state, national, and international communities.  Participants will exchange best practices, evaluation methodology, creation of policy implementation structures, consideration of obstacles to success, and new and innovative use of training, resources and technology. Conference participants will be drawn from the local, state, national, and international community.  College students and faculty are encouraged to attend and present their findings.

Audience:  Those interested in Culturally Inclusive Conflict Resolution Education, Human Rights, Civic Engagement, Global Education/Citizenship, Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)/Social and Emotional Learning(SEL)/Peace Education (PE), Restorative Justice, Democracy Education, and Citizenship Education, including policy makers, practitioners, researchers, educators, college and university faculty, staff, and students, K-12 educators, public health officials, gender based violence prevention practitioners, local, national, and international policy makers, and individuals who work with youth serving organizations.

 

Planning Committee:

Antioch University

Austin Community College

Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Science

Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Winning Against Violent Environment Program (WAVE)

Cuyahoga Community College

Eastern Mennonite University, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

Fairfax County Public Schools

George Mason University

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

International Foundation for Electoral Services (IFES)

Kennesaw State University, Master of Science in Conflict Management Program

University of Maryland, Center for Dispute Resolution

Northwest Vista Community College

Ohio State University, Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Organization of American States

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Sinclair Community College

Sustained Dialogue Institute

University of Toledo

Virginia Tech University

 

Themes for proposals:

 

  1. Topics may include prevention and intervention strategies (domestic and international) in Human Rights and CRE initiatives or closely related topics including:
Arts, Media, and Technology Career Paths in Conflict Resolution and Peace Citizenship Education/Democracy Education
Citizenship Responsibility Conflict Resolution Education/Peace Education in K-12 Conflict Resolution Skills
Dialogue-based Processes Faith-based Initiatives Family Engagement & Juvenile Justice: Partnering to Prevent Delinquency
Gang Prevention Gender Based Violence Prevention Intercultural Understanding/Cultural Sensitivity/Ethnic-Race Relations
Mediation – Peer, School, University, Community Negotiation Other Traditional and Local Culturally Relevant Approaches
Parent/School/Community Partnerships Reconciliation Restorative Justice/ Peacemaking Circles
Social and Emotional Learning Social Justice Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes
Trauma and Mental-health Building Capacity in Civil Society Community Policing
Protecting Vulnerable Populations Based on Age (youth and seniors), Ability (mental and physical), Gender, Sexual Orientation, etc. Indigenous Peoples Human Trafficking

 

 

 

  1. Proposals may highlight innovative education strategies in CRE:

 

Arts, Media, and Technology Building Democratic Classrooms Career Paths in Conflict Resolution and Peace
Community Development Curriculum Infusion/Integration Development of Peace and Conflict Studies Certificates/Programs at Colleges and Universities
Effective Family Engagement Strategies & Their Impact on School Climate Economic Fairness Faith-Based Initiatives
Family Engagement & Academic Outcomes Gender Dimensions Language – Bridging Gaps
Legislation/Policies/Standards Other Traditional and Local Culturally Relevant Approaches Race and Ethnicity
Service Learning Sexual Education and Violence Prevention Social Networks
Sports and Recreational Activities to Prevent Violence Strengthening Student-Teacher Relationships Student Clubs (Peace Clubs, International Clubs, Social Justice Clubs, etc)
Student Councils Whole School Approaches/Culture Change Youth Participation at a Local Level

 

  1. Research, policy, and evaluation on above themes:

Note - Presenters are asked to give emphasis to positive change strategies.  In addition, presenters are asked to begin their presentations by briefly providing the context for their work – to describe the challenge in the community briefly and then provide information on strategies used to address these challenges.  We invite proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, workshops and other creative contributions on the topics of:

  • Best practice program models for teaching and training at the national/regional/state/local level in K-12 and/or higher education;
  • Strategies for creating related policy/standards/legislation at the national/regional/state/local level;
  • Strategies for evaluating related programming;
  • Strategies for policy creation/implementation;
  • Some possible questions to address include:
    • What does scholarly research, across the disciplines, have to offer on the conference themes?
    • What political, social and economic structures best assist communities implementing conference themes and innovative policies and programs?
    • What case studies, negative and positive, can help us work through these issues?

 

Presentation Format Preferred (Select ONE):

  • Panel – You will be added to a panel and would have approximately 20 minutes to present, with 10 minutes for questions. You would be grouped with up to two other panelists.  If you want the 90 minutes, as you have 2+ people on your own panel, please make that notation so we know you do not need to be grouped with other presenters. 
  • Inter-active workshop – This is exactly as it sounds. You will have 90 minutes. 
  • Roundtable discussion – This would be a facilitative discussion for 90 minutes of the participants who come to your workshop, including your presenters.

 

Scheduling:  We will be scheduling workshops to balance content on Friday and Saturday. If you can only present on one of these days, please indicate that now as we cannot accommodate requests once the schedule has been set.

Priority will be given to proposals that share implementation of best practices in Human Rights and/or Conflict Resolution Education specifically at a local and/or global level in policies/standards/legislation and macro-level capacity building in states, regions, or countries.  Proposals should include how the policy or practice is culturally tailored to the demographics of the region in which it is being applied and what form of evaluation is being used in order to show effectiveness of the policy or practice. 

 

Criteria for Evaluation and Selection

  • Relevance and interest of topic
  • Demonstrated value and originality of topic
  • Appeal to varied categories of participants
  • Qualifications of presenter
  • Demonstrated experience and previous accomplishments
  • Creative mode of presentation (assuring varied modalities among the presentations).  Indication   of presentation methods which are suitable for the content
  •  Presentation of a well-thought-out argument
  • Topic of value to other policymakers/educators/researchers/prevention specialists working in the area of CRE and/or cultural inclusion

IMPORTANT: All presenters must register for the conference by April 10th, 2015 or that will signal to us that circumstances have changed and that you are no longer able to participate.   Special rates are available for those who register by April 10th, 2015.  Presenters registering before April 10, 2015, may register at a special reduced rate of $70 per day per person for the main conference June 19th – 20th (This includes lunch and is a discount of up to 60% off the general conference rate attendance rate), and $80 per day per person for any of the pre-conference trainings June 17th – 18th, 2015 (this includes lunch and is also discounted).  NOTE:  If a School District, College, or University is on the planning committee or chooses to be a sponsor, their students are able to register (with a valid student I.D.) for $30 per day for the main conference June 19th and 20th if they register by April 10th, 2015.  Sponsor forms are due December 7th, 2014.

General Hotel Information (Please note, all details will be provided on the conference web page in November to assist with booking):  For those needing hotel accommodation, a special rate of $149 per night plus applicable taxes (single/double room) is secured near the Arlington, Virginia Campus (a short metro ride away).

DEADLINES: All proposals are due by January 7th, 2015.  Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail by January 7th, 2015 and all presenters will be notified as to whether they have been selected by January 8th, 2015.   If you do not hear from us by January 7th, 2015 and have submitted a proposal, please call us at 1-216-952-5609.   If you know that you can only attend the conference one day, either Friday or Saturday, please note this on your proposal. We will be scheduling workshops the day after acceptance letters are sent and we can not accommodate late requests to present on one day or the other. Late proposals will be reviewed, and may be accepted if there is space in the program.  Please return all proposals via e-mail to creconf@gmu.edu

Questions?  Call Jennifer Batton, Conference Coordinator, at 216-952-5609 or email her at creconf@gmu.edu

Does your organization want to be a partner or a sponsor?  Please contact Jennifer Batton, Conference Coordinator at 216-952-5609 or by email at creconf@gmu.edu for details.

Proposal Information Needed

Please send the following proposal information for consideration to Jennifer Batton at creconf@gmu.edu and be sure to address the four questions on the last page of the proposal.  All proposals are due by January 7th, 2015.  Additional conference details will be posted on the conference web page in early November at www.CREducation.org

 

Workshop Title:

Workshop Summary (no more than 200 words):

Presentation Format Preferred (Please circle ONE):  Panel – Roundtable Discussion – Inter-Active Workshop

Scheduling: Please note if you can ONLY present on Friday OR only on Saturday here.

Presenter Information:  We need details for EACH presenter.  If you need more room, please copy and paste.  We need to have emails for each person, in case we cannot reach the main contact at any stage.

  1. Presenter(s) Name: Presenter(s) Titles:

Organization/School/University:

Address where you would like correspondences sent:

Daytime Telephone Number:                                   Fax Number:

E-mail Address (required address):

Biographical Sketch – (no more than 200 words or we will not accept the proposal.  Please submit the summary in third person)

  1. Presenter(s) Name: Presenter(s) Titles:

Organization/School/University:

Address where you would like correspondences sent:

Daytime Telephone Number:                                   Fax Number:

E-mail Address (required address):

Biographical Sketch – (no more than 200 words or we will not accept the proposal.  Please submit the summary in third person)

  1. Please tell us how you see your proposal fitting with the Conference’s theme, “Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Tensions and Opportunities”.
  • Legislation/policies/standards to deliver initiatives at the K-12  or Higher Education level
  • Legislation/policies/standards in colleges of teacher education or within other disciplines
  • Program best practices at the grassroots/community level, in government/non-profits, in primary/secondary schools, or in colleges/universities
  • Evaluation methodology
  • Innovations in use of media and technology
  • Creation of policy implementation structures
  • Consideration of obstacles to success
  1. Audience(s) for your presentation (Please circle all that apply):

College Administrators           College Faculty/Staff             College Students

K-12 Educators                                    Health Educators                    Gender Based Violence Prevention Practitioners

Public Policy Advocates         Social Workers                       Counselors

Safe School Centers                Departments of Education     Youth Serving Organizations

Juvenile Courts                                    Juvenile Detention Facilities Juvenile Prisons

Public Health Officials                        Policy Makers

  1. Briefly (one paragraph or less) share how the policy or practice is culturally tailored to the demographics of the region in which it is being applied.
  2. Briefly (one paragraph or less) share what form of evaluation is being used in order to show effectiveness of the policy or practice?

NATIONAL WEEK of ACTION in SOLIDARITY with the People of Ferguson, St. Louis and Beyond

By: David J. Smith, December 1, 2014

The Peace and Justice Studies Association, Center for Education Equity, The Sophia Project, Code Pink, Hands Up Coalition – D.C., and Why We Can’t Wait-D.C.,  call on all people of conscience to participate in a week of action to bring awareness about ending police violence against all people, especially people of color. This week of action begins Monday, December 1, 2014 and continues until December 5, 2014. We do this to stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and the larger St. Louis area.

The National Week of Action can involve any or all of the following:

1) Observing 4.5 minutes of silence at 12 noon outside your high-school, college campus building, business, government office, or place of worship.  This length of time is symbolic of the 4.5 hours Michael Brown’s body lay in the street after he was killed on August 9th, 2014.  His parents have asked for such an observance; beginning at 12:00pm each day

2) Conducting human rights teach-ins about police brutality, racism and racial profiling, civic responsibility, and nonviolent action

3) Organizing dialogues in your community on race, legal reforms, and methods of citizen oversight of law enforcement

4) Organize vigils, reflections and prayers in communities around police violence, the targeting of minority communities, and the militarization of our society.

If you would like to facilitate a teach-in or dialogue and need resources and/or contacts, please see the attached document titled “Learning from Ferguson & Beyond”.

This conversation cannot end! We cannot conduct business as usual!  Black lives matter! All lives matter!

We encourage all to act at whatever level appropriate and comfortable for your setting, but please do something.

Every act helps, no matter how small. We can stop the violence. Thank you for your participation to end police brutality.

It would be wonderful if you record your event and upload to thetruthtellingproject.org

Please forward this email, facebook and tweet this message using hashtags:

#fourandahalf

#speaktruth

#blacklivesmatter

Visit the facebook event and spread here.

CONTACTS:

Dave Ragland:845-475-8205, Visiting Professor, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, and a native of St. Louis, MO,and Co-Director;The Truth Telling Project :thetruthtellingproject.org.

Cris Toffolo: crisetoffolo@gmail.com. Professor & Chair, Justice Studies Department, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago IL.

Barbara Wien: Faculty Member, American University, Washington, D.C.

Alex Bodkin: The Truth Telling Project, bodkin@slu.edu: thetruthtellingproject.org