To recognize September 21st as the International Day of Peace, the Afghan Peace Volunteers launched a petition titled "The People's Agreement to Abolish War." We hope you will
and consider signing the petition.
The Afghan Peace Volunteers are a group of grassroots peacemakers based in Kabul, Afghanistan who founded the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre. Over the past five years, representatives of the Center for Peacemaking have regularly visited the peace volunteers and developed an online course on nonviolence that the peace volunteers have completed.
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) recently renewed a grant agreement for the Center for Peacemaking to implement the Peace Works program in select MPS schools. The Peace Works program is returning for a second year at Synergy South and Southeastern Education Center and is being launched for the first year at St. Charles.
The Peace Works program uses a curriculum consisting of games, role play, discussion, and reflection to teach students skills linked to academic success and integral to social success. These skills include conflict resolution, verbal and nonverbal communication, dealing with emotions, and setting goals.
Last year in MPS 95% of students expressed satisfaction with the Peace Works program and 96% of program participants demonstrated progress toward their individual learning goals.
Alumna works for food justice in Omaha
While a student at Marquette, Ali Clark (Arts & Sciences '11) served on the Center for Peacemaking's student advisory council and organized a group of students to read about and discuss the intersection between peacemaking, food, and the environment. After graduating, Ali moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she has started Big Muddy Urban Farm and Snowshoe Candy Co. She was recently featured in the Summer edition of Marquette Magazine.
Foodie with a flair
, Marquette Magazine
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Iraqi youth participate in peacebuilding workshop at Marquette
Youth from the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, participated in a one day Peace Works workshop on Marquette’s campus led by Pam Stahler, the Center for Peacemaking's Peace Works Coordinator.
The young leaders learned about topics including conflict escalation and de-escalation, understanding multiple perspectives, restorative justice, and principles of nonviolence. Each of these topics fit into an overarching activity of “creating a country.” The workshop concluded by tying together all of these concepts to understand the ways peacemaking principles can positively impact relationships between countries, relationships between individuals, and their relationship with themselves.