Decided to throw together this list of links related to peace and other humanitarian efforts. I strongly encourage all of you to check them out and to volunteer, if there's an opportunity and you're interested. Enjoy!
For every multiple choice vocabulary question you answer correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the UN World Hunger Program. Dust off those dictionaries, and get to feedin' all those hungry people out there!
Self-explanatory, for the most part. Send in an application, and if you're accepted into the Corps, you'll be sent to a developing country, after a bit of training, to help its citizens "work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation." Happy volunteering!
"Nonviolent Peaceforce is an unarmed, professional civilian peacekeeping force that is invited to work in conflict zones worldwide." Volunteer, or help out with donations. Have fun!
The Peace Alliance
The organization heading the campaign for the establishment of a U. S. Department of Peace. Help with grassroots campaigning, lobbying, fundraising, and donations. Attend the annual conference if you can. Scholarships are available, and we'd love to see you there. Sign up at http://dopeace.ning.com/ to make friends with fellow activists and to participate in discussion of the campaign and peace activism in general. Help make this a reality!
Student Peace Alliance
The youth campaign for the establishment of a U. S. Department of Peace. You can be a middle school, high school, or college student of any age, and join your local Student Peace Alliance (SPA) chapter. If you don't have one, make your own! (You can do that here: http://www.thepeacealliance.org/spa/affiliation.htm) Help with grassroots campaigning, lobbying, fundraising, and donations. Get creative and organize a Peace Walk on your school's running track, or a SPA Spa Day - with facials, massages, the whole nine yards. The possibilities are endless!
International Day of Peace
Do something special on September 21st of this year and, ideally, every year. Speak peace, do peace, be peace!
Vision of Humanity
"Vision of Humanity groups together a number of interrelated initiatives focused on global peace. It brings a strategic approach to raising the world’s attention and awareness around the importance of peacefulness to humanity’s survival in the 21st century." Plenty of food for thought here!
United States Institute of Peace
"The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) provides the analysis, training and tools that help to prevent, manage and end violent international conflicts, promote stability and professionalize the field of peacebuilding." The Institute offers grants and fellowships, as well as a couple of free online courses on Conflict Analysis and Interfaith Conflict Resolution. Go forth, and educate yourselves!
I'll be updating this list with a Part II as soon as I find a good number of more related sites. Until then, keep your eyes peeled while you're on the web, and leave a comment if you happen to stumble across something. I'll look into it, and it just might end up in my next "Links for Peace" blog.
Take care, everyone!