Veterans for Peace

https://www.veteransforpeace.org/

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Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

  • To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war
  • To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
  • To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
  • To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
  • To abolish war as an instrument of national policy
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

March For Our Lives

March For Our Lives

https://marchforourlives.com/

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Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of an assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.

This is not just schools, though. This is churches, nightclubs, concerts, movie theaters, airports, and more. A child should not fear a bullet on their walk home. We may be children, but we are not fighting for just children. All lives are precious, and our country must make the safety of its citizens a number one priority.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students of all ethnicities, religions, and sexualities across the country. We will no longer sit and wait for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass shootings. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is assure that no special interest group or political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. We demand morally-just leaders to rise up from both parties in order to ensure public safety.

Specifically, we are working towards…

  • Universal, comprehensive background checks
  • Bringing the ATF into the 21st century with a digitized, searchable database
  • Funds for the Center for Disease Control to research the gun violence epidemic in America
  • High-capacity magazine ban
  • Assault weapons ban

We came together on March 24th and through continued unity, we will save lives. We will not stop our advocacy until we see the change we demand – a change that is necessary in order to save innocent lives across our nation.



Everytown For Gun Safety

Everytown For Gun Safety

https://everytown.org/

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Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.

But something is changing. More than 4 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives.

Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town.



Moms Demand Action

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America

https://momsdemandaction.org/

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Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.

Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment, but we believe common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day. Whether the gun violence happens in urban Chicago, suburban Virginia, or rural Texas, we must act now on new and stronger gun laws and policies to protect our children.

Moms Demand Action envisions a country where all children and families are safe from gun violence. Our nonpartisan grassroots movement has grown to include a chapter in every state across the country. We are educating, motivating, and mobilizing supporters to take action that will result in stronger laws and policies to save lives.



Staysafe.org

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The online world offers a wealth of resources for education, entertainment, and connection with other people. Unfortunately, the internet also poses new dangers, and those dangers threaten teens especially. The following guide provides the resources necessary for both parents and their teens to safely utilize the Internet.

https://www.staysafe.org/teens/

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The Uncomfortable Conversation

The Uncomfortable Conversation

http://theuncomfortableconversation.org/

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The Uncomfortable Conversation, grew out of the response to Sarah Beaulieu’s TEDx talk in 2016. Since then, she logged hundreds of hours talking to men on the topic of sexual violence and immersing herself in what makes sexual violence such a polarizing and uncomfortable topic.

The most interesting discovery throughout this journey has been the realization that men and women alike have little idea how to talk about sexual violence, a startling prospect given how unfortunately prevalent sexual violence is in our society today.

This void led to The Uncomfortable Conversation, dedicated to normalizing these conversations, especially for young men. The Uncomfortable Conversation, Inc. has produced more than 50 short-form videos that illustrate these conversations in educational, engaging, and often, humorous ways.

Over the next several months, The Uncomfortable Conversation will be distributing this content and conducting outreach to ensure it reaches those who need it the most, starting with college campuses and ultimately expanding to K-12 schools and employers.



I Can Finish College

I Can Finish College

http://www.icanfinishcollege.net/

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"Through education individuals should be encouraged to find his or her own voice. Students should come to better understandings of themselves in multiple contexts, allowing them to understand the world better in the way that most plays to their own strengths." -Marcia Y. Cantarella, PhD

Other Information:
Dr. Cantarella has given numerous workshops for students in programs and institutions ranging from Hunter and Bergen County Community College to Futures and Options, A Better Chance, Prep for Prep, SEO, and Eagle Academy to name a few.
The focus is typically for students to understand how to use the college experience to achieve their ultimate goal of professional success. However, themes like leadership, study skills and time management are also often requested. Each is customized for the program and institutional goals as well as the needs of the audience. A focus has been on the most at risk students: first generation, low-income, minority and males. Workshops have also been given for those working with the targeted population of most at risk students and can be customized as appropriate as was done for the Mid Career Fellowship Program through the McGraw Center at Princeton University, CACNY (College Access Consortium of NY) and also through Prep for Prep’s professional development series.

American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee

https://www.afsc.org/

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Worldwide

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Mission
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

Vision
AFSC envisions a world in which lasting peace with justice is achieved through active nonviolence and the transforming power of love. We work toward a world in which:

  • All persons affirm the common good and recognize our mutual interdependence
  • Societies steward resources equitably
  • Caring, respectful economic development, including work with dignity, promotes wellbeing for all
  • Communities and societies fractured by exclusion and marginalization are healed and transformed, embracing inclusion and equality
  • Conflicts are resolved through restorative means and without force or coercion
  • Governments and societal institutions are fair and accountable



We Are All The Same Inside

We Are All The Same Inside

http://weareallthesameinside.org/

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Location:
New York, NY

Mission Statement/Vision:
The primary purpose of We Are All The Same Inside is to help all peoples and life long learners to embrace our common humanity, while exploring the various aspects of diversity.
A building or community having diversity policies does not necessarily build acceptance or tolerance for differences.
Even when a mission and organization’s culture is built on wanting differences to be valued and respected, lack of understanding and respect for each individual can make eliminating intolerance, scapegoating and lack of acceptance for differences a challenge.

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The Sage Doll-Making Workshop

In We Are All The Same Inside, there is a mind-shift from “blue-to-you,” as participants and / or students meet a neutral and highly likable blue-colored Sage character, who is an alien from space with all the same internal organs as a human-being, and see Sage turn into a personalized doll / puppet, or avatar, of their own creation with an outer skin they individually design on their own.
This program subtly brings the message about reasons our differences on the outside do not separate us in the most important of all ways, who and what we are inside.

Kyoung’s Pacific Beat

Kyoung's Pacific Beat

http://kyoungspacificbeat.org/

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Location:
Brooklyn, NY

Mission Statement/Vision:
Kyoung’s Pacific Beat (“KPB”) is a peacemaking theater company based in Brooklyn, New York, which promotes a culture of peace through the production of new works of theater written and directed by Kyoung H. Park. Our company develops its work over the course of multiple years, in collaboration with artists from different cultures and different disciplines. During this process, we research and engage in local communities to explore personal and communal experiences of oppression and transform the stories we gather through radical experimentations with theatrical forms. Our goal is to give voice to marginalized perspectives in society through community-based events, workshops, and touring productions that bring together like-minded individuals that believe peace matters.

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