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Activism

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

Don’t wait for the leaders. Do it alone. Person to person. Mother Teresa

We are all agents of transfiguration. Go forth and transform your personal relationships, your community, your world, so it becomes hospitable to joy, to justice, to freedom, to peace. Desmond Tutu

Big change looks impossible when you start and inevitable when you finish. Bob Hunter, founder of Greenpeace

Today more than ever the world’s youth are agents of change, and to change the world we need to share knowledge and information.

World Youth Conference Mexico 2010[i]

Individuals can make a difference when we work for the cause we believe in; think of the social change created by President Lincoln and the abolition of slavery, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton for women’s right to vote, Gandhi liberating India, Martin Luther King advancing civil rights for Blacks, Rosa Parks igniting the Civil Rights movement by not giving up her bus seat, and the campaign for hope generated by President Barach Obama. Former President Jimmy Carter has written books about how to have peace in the Middle East and worked to help negotiate it. You add to the list of individual peacemakers.

Women like Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, organized thousands of women to join in peace talks to end their country’s civil war. They walked out onto the battlefield and refused to leave until a truce was reached. Muslim and Christian women worked together to end civil war in Liberia.[ii] Women from different ethnic backgrounds also have come together to make peace, as with Kup Women for Peace in Papua New Guinea, composed of four rival tribal groups.[iii] When fighting broke out, the women spent two weeks camping on the battlefield using a megaphone to call for a truce and visited the villages of the warring factions talking about peace and they succeeded. Small groups can generate change.

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