Action Groups Turn Goals Into Realities
The heart of The Race to Peace is action groups. They are power that moves ideas into concrete steps towards building Peace. Post your project and your "call to action" here, or if you're looking to get involved this just might be the place. There are lots of organizations that need your talents, your time and your resolve. It's up to all of us!
Story of the Month:
Craig Kielburger first became a spokesperson for children's rights when he was 12 years old. Searching for the comics in the local paper, a front-page article caught his attention. He read about a young boy from Pakistan who was sold into bondage as a carpet weaver, escaped and was murdered for speaking out against child labor. Craig gathered a group of friends and founded the organization (Kids Can) Free the Children.
Seven years later, Craig, now 19 years of age, has traveled to more than 40 countries visiting street and working children and speaking out in defense of children's rights. He frequently addresses business groups, government bodies, educators, unions and students around the world. He has advocated on behalf of children in meetings with political and religious leaders including Prime Ministers and Presidents, CEOs of major corporations, Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth II and the late Mother Teresa. Craigs work has been featured on major television programs in North and South America and Europe, including CNN, the Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes.
Tell Your Story to Others
Like anything worth doing, winning the Race To Peace will take patience, commitment, and energy. Your involvement will give you energy -- and telling everyone what youre doing can empower others as well. Remember, word of mouth can be the most powerful way of spreading a new idea. We choose our "Story of the Month" from messages submitted on our Peace Connections bulletin board as well as notes sent directly via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Organizations to Choose From
One guideline -- the organization you work with needs to be one that helps others or directly creates peace. If you prefer to work with an organization thats not on this list, go ahead. There are many others to choose from at the end of Chapters 7, 8, and 9. The following organizations are just a starting point. Whatever organization you choose, be sure to register at RaceToPeace.com so other people doing the same thing can find you. We need to support and inspire each other.
Ending Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty
Oxfam America www.oxfamamerica.org
The Hunger Project www.thp.org
Kids Can Free the Children www.freethechildren.org
Americas Second Harvest www.secondharvest.org
National Coalition for the Homeless www.nationalhomeless.org
Habitat for Humanity www.habitat.org
The Childrens Defense Fund www.childrensdefense.org
Eliminating Gun Violence
Million Mom March www.millionmommarch.org
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun violence www.bradycampaign.org
Ending the Production of Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear Age peace Foundation www.wagingpeace.org
Peace Action www.peace-action.org
Building Tolerance and Equity
Teaching Tolerance www.Tolerance.org
Do Something www.dosomething.org.
for activities for elementary-aged children, go to http://coach.dosomething.org/coach/sitepages/index.cfm?formid=120
Local or Global Action for Peace
The Hague Appeal for Peace www.haguepeace.org
UNICEFs Voices of Youth Program www.unicef.org/voy/meeting/meethome.html
ACR Association for Conflict Resolution www.acresolution.org
Youth M-Power www.youthm-power.org (for young people)
Peace Angels Project www.peaceangel.org