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Dear GYC Alumni,
Global Youth Connect would like to express our great concern about the conflicts which have flared-up again in the course of the last few weeks, particularly in Israel/Palestine and in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Our thoughts go out to all people (including many GYC Alumni) affected by these two conflicts, on all sides of each conflict, and we hope that we can spur all of our alumni and readership to get involved in helping to solve these crises in some way, including creating dialogue here on this blog post or on our facebook page (or in other forums you recommend).
I had a chance to ask Jennifer Kloes, GYC’s Executive Director Emeritus, who is currently developing human rights programming in Israel/Palestine for Bard College, if she could provide me with some good sites for learning more about the conflict there, what organizations are doing to solve it, and how GYC Alumni can get involved. These are the sites she suggested checking out:
A good link to just some of the many organizations working for peace in the region, on both sides of the conflict:
To learn more about one approach to ending the violence (both short and long-term), and various action steps related to it, she suggested checking out:
I personally thought that if I could highlight one of the most important ideas from the link Jennifer shared, to encourage you to read more, it would be this action step they suggest:
Actively express solidarity and support with all Israelis and Palestinians
Express your support, sympathy, compassion and solidarity with all the people of Israel-‐Palestine and for all of those suffering, as well as for all of those waging the conflict. Base your calls for peace and an end to violence and occupation on a fundamental respect for human beings and human dignity, while refusing all legitimisation and support for violence, occupation, and actions which deny and denigrate human dignity, freedom and security for all. http://www.insightonconflict.org/2012/11/global-call-stop-violence-israel-palestine/
Although the conflicts are very different in many ways, I think that the ideas for action expressed in the above statement and link about Israel/Palestine can also apply to the situation in the DRCongo (i.e. urge all sides to put down their weapons and resolve the conflict through peaceful means, with long-term peace and stability in mind). To that end, I am curious to know what the alumni are feeling and thinking about this issue as well, and what they think are the best ways to take action and encourage a peaceful resolution.
I found some links that I think will be helpful in sparking some discussion about this issue. I cannot say that I agree with the presentation/analysis of each of these sites, nor that I personally agree with everything that is mentioned as a solution in each of these links. I am posting them here to show what different groups are saying, and I look forward to learning more from you all about your opinions, and other sites/links that can create dialogue. Remember, any comments you leave will be available publicly on the web:
A summary of what the news and people were saying before Goma fell yesterday:
This is the latest news about the situation, as of my posting today at 6.30PM time in NYC:
Thank you all for your commitment to human rights — a concept which, if embraced by all, we believe will be the foundation of any lasting peace.
Global Youth Connect (GYC)
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