Thursday, June 03, 2004

Hello loves,
so, in my wanderings and wonderings and worries i have found and been given the opportunity to plant some seeds in a beautiful field. I have a position with American Friends Service Committee as the "Peace Education Fellow." I am so happy and excited to be able to do what my heart drives me to do. I can do it with the help and guidance of others, I can focus on it, I can feed myself from it, I can learn and teach and I can love in this position. I am masaya-saya. Some translation of that is really, truly happy. It's taken time, doubt, moving, pain, trust, faith and love, and finally i am here. Thank you all for your hearts and friendship and love. Please know that I carry you with me always. I'd love to hear from you and maybe I'll even be able to visit you as this job requires some travel, though mostly just in the US. Call me! 215-743-4884 or 989-621-1934.

NEW YORKERS - i want to come visit soon! i will. maybe this weekend or maybe the weekend after, we'll see. i miss you!

the company i'll be working for/with: The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

(here is some of the job description) - Peacebuilding and Demilitarization Program staff develop peace education curricula, conduct trainings and workshops; develop resource materials on peacebuilding issues and concerns, do media outreach and communications work, engage in coalition building and support grassroots awareness-raising and organizing efforts with aim of (1) understanding the root causes of war and violence; (2) exploring peaceful alternative to war and violence; (3) building awareness on immediate peacebuilding issues and concerns such as: nuclear weapons and missile defense system, small arms proliferation; socio-economic, political and environmental impacts of military bases, etc.; overall effect of military spending on national budgets and its social consequences; the use of economic sanctions as weapon of war; the role of defense corporations and the military-industrial complex on the lives of people both inside and outside the U.S. (4) strengthening youth involvement in peace-building work; (5) supporting and building a new peace movement in response to the widening war proposed by the U.S. government.
1. Act as a liaison between AFSC and various national youth and student peace coalitions, including but not limited to the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition (NYSPC).
2. Assist staff in developing and conducting trainings using the "Building a Culture of Peace" resource/curriculum with youth and those working with youth.
3. Respond to inquiries from the public on peace education issues.
4. Develop resources on peacebuilding and demilitarization; especially materials geared to youth audiences.
5. Do outreach to schools, community youth organizations and youth advocacy organizations, including but not limited to Quaker youth organizations.
6. Assist staff in coordinating national initiatives and projects relating to college campuses.
7. Assist staff in planning program's web site and developing content that will attract, inform and motivate youth.
8. Provide support to special projects, such as publications, campaigns, mobilizations and workshops, as needed, including but not limited to Beats for Peace.
9. Assist with the administrative tasks of the program - typing, word processing, data entry, and filing - in accordance with program needs.


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