I am responding to your inquiry about peace activism.
We (SARAH) also believe that we have to be the Peace we wish to see in the community. As women of the community, we accept the responsibility to behave in a manner that promotes generosity, kindness and harmony. When our early vision of creating a lapel pin of our logo was realized and we were holding it in our hand, we realized we had to do more with this little heart shaped token. It was then that our Empowerment Pin was manifested. We created a pledge that accompanies the pin, "When I wear this pin I remember that I am a women of my community dedicated to creating a safe and harmonious environment with my daily actions." You can see the pin on our website www.sarah4hope.org
This is our way of empowering women to be reminded that our actions alone can create a more peaceful society.
Another way we promote peace is through our annual initiative of bringing the community together for a county wide weekend of community service. As an interfaith organization, we have had lots of experience bringing the community together to be spoken to or provided dialogue opportunities. However, what we really learned was that communities thrive and grow, not just when we sit and talk, but when we focus on a unifying goal. Last year we activated 1000 people out to 96 service projects and we know that those who otherwise would not come to the table found themselves working shoulder to shoulder with one another doing something for someone else less fortunate. Walls come down, barriers dissolve and we can develop relationships from a new perspective to create a more peaceful, understanding community. (also on our website).
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