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Radio and theatre help bring peace in South Sudan

This article by Georgi Gotev originally appeared on Euractiv on 2/19/2018. Radio programmes and participatory theatre are playing a strong role in reducing rumours and inflammatory speech that divide communities in South Sudan. EURACTIV spoke to a person instrumental in the project, who received a prestigious award last week. Daniel Lokolong, the media coordinator of Search for Common Ground, came to Brussels from South Sudan to receive the Austrian Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA) for the project Communicating for Peace in South Sudan: A Social and Behaviour Change…

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Hurricane Harvey: Fear and Courage after the Storm

In early December, nearly four months after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc along the Gulf Coast, Kathleen McTigue of the UU College of Social Justice and I traveled to Houston, Tex. to meet with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) partners providing disaster relief and recovery assistance to those affected by the storm. In line with UUSC’s commitment to grassroots collaboration, our grants to these groups target community-based organizations reaching populations that struggle to access mainstream relief and services. Two such groups in Houston include Living Hope Wheelchair Association and Fe y…

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Puerto Rico Sí, Hedge Funds No: Solidarity Pressures Harvard

Grassroots International joined nearly 200 people in Harvard Yard January 24th to stand with an island still facing disaster. Rallying before the austere John Harvard statue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, protesters demanded the university drop its investments in a hedge fund complicit in Puerto Rico’s continued devastation. “We are here in front of Harvard University because they have decided that it’s better to make money than to support a whole island that right now is suffering,” said Julio López Verona, state director of Make the Road CT and an organizer from…

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Ash Wednesday Reflection: How Am I Willing to Change?

by Brayton Shanley February 14, 2018 Joel 2:12-18, 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with fasting and weeping, and mourning.” Joel 2:13 Lent is a time for fasting, and Ash Wednesday is one of the most spiritually propitious days to fast as we prepare to undertake the 40 days of Lent. Our God through the prophet Joel proclaims, “Even now, return to me by the way of fasting,” a God-inspired fast that turns the searchlight within. A fast that helps us to…

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Staying Golden: the legacy of Sierra Leone’s “Golden Kids” radio show

With a youthful energy and stylish flair, 27-year-old Pascal Masuba speaks passionately. His outfit is carefully coordinated: modern circular glasses, flashy pants covered with images of tigers that he designed himself, a matching scarf. He claims that he was a shy child, an absurd idea to anyone who encounters him. He has unique charisma: when he talks, you’re drawn to listen. I met him at his presentation called “Impact Beyond Measure” — a powerful testament to how his time as one of Sierra Leone’s Golden Kids sculpted the…

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The Cost of Dissent in Honduras

I’ve just returned from a week-long emergency delegation to Honduras, urgently requested from religious leaders and human right activists who have been protesting since the fraudulent November 2017 elections. During our time we were asked to accompany the people still brave enough to turn out for demonstrations in the face of unremitting state violence. One of the most chilling things I saw was the scores of troops, armed and in uniform, lining the streets in wait of the protests. They often covered their faces with balaclavas, and wore little or…

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A Valentine’s Message to Those Transforming Hearts, Minds, and Lives

This Valentine’s week, we’re sending love and solidarity to all our tireless grassroots partners who work to  build safer, more just, and welcoming communities for all. Check out the reflections from our staff below, on some of our incredible Love Resists partners. These organizations are on the frontlines every day, challenging domestic policies that harm their communities and the criminalization of people on the basis of their identity. Sign and send  Valentine’s Day notes to show your love and appreciation for their critical work. Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative From: Phil Hamilton,…

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