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Here are suggested issues in your personal life and in governments whose result can be a matter of choice. Pick one to work on as you take this journey into the Interactive Peace Museum.
An Issue of Human Rights
1. Women are being treated like property of their husbands. What can be done?
2. There is an active slave trade in your country. What can be done?
3. There is genocide taking place in a foreign country. What can you do?
4. In the 1994 Rwandan tragedy, many children were separated from their parents. Who can help reunite displaced families? How can it be done?
5. Hate crimes are being committed in your community. What can be done to stop the learned bigotry which leads to
SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA…..
EVERY HOUR Someone commits a hate crime.
EVERY DAY At least eight blacks, three whites, three gays, three Jews and one Latino become Hate Crime Victims.
EVERY WEEK A Cross is burned.
or choose your own issue. Make sure to state the issue clearly. Write it out on a piece of paper.
In fact, you might want to jot down the various paths you have taken as you venture through the Museum.
6. A public institution in your city/town is not accessible to the physically challenged. What can you do?
After you have picked one issue to work on, scroll down and pick three things you could do to resolve this issue. If you would like to read a prayer before going on, click here. If you would like to walk a labyrinth to meditate on your issue before starting, click here. http://www.lessons4living.com/finger_labyrinth.htm One way to walk the labyrinth which you might like: First circle: state your issue, Second Circle: state the emotions around the issue. Third Circle: State the physical and economic ramifications of your issue. Fourth Circle: How does this issue effect you personally and spiritually? Fifth Circle: Ask whoever is your highest power to help you. Sixth Circle: You get a manifestation. It may be what you already thought, but it may be something completely different. Seventh Circle: You get the first step. Middle: Relax-don’t think. As you come out of the labyrinth, in each circle think about what you learned. Peace!
For those who question whether their thoughts effect others, click here for a fascinating experiment:
http://www.masaru-emoto.net/ revised 1-14-10. mbh
1. Below are various techniques & steps you may choose to take to address your Issue of Human Rights.
Click on the three which you think would be most helpful.
2. After picking the three techniques/steps you think would be most helpful, research each by
a) Clicking on the suggested web links and
b) Research each technique/step on the web; in your library; with an expert of your choice.
3. If you would like to clarify your learning:
a. List your issue.
b. List the three choices you made and detail the research you have done on each.
c. State why you think that step or technique will work or not work. You might want to consider some of the questions
below in your analysis:
1. Is the step pro-active or reactive?
2. Can the step be done by yourself or do you need to create or join an organization?
3. Does the step mean that the culture in which you live has to change? In what way?
4. Does the step mean that the structure of your government has to change? In what way?
5. Is this a step to be taken world-wide, country-wide or on a smaller basis?
6. If this is a step you can take by yourself, what are the risks involved?
d. State what you think the results of your intervention will be.
e. State what you might want to do next, if anything. (examples: 1. form a discussion group through email or in
your geographic area 2. do further research.)
4. If you would like, send your summary in an email to the author of the Interactive Peace Museum. I would be happy to learn from you what you think of the Interactive Peace Museum, what you liked about it, and what could be improved. If you have techniques or steps and links you think would be useful in this website, please send them to me. Thanks!
The Road to Human Rights: Techniques and Steps
|1. Simple Ideas for Promoting Equity and Celebrating Diversity (revised/updated 1-14-10 mbh) http://www.tolerance.org “Hate can only be conquered by ordinary people willing to promote tolerance. You may already be one of them. Please share your successful strategies with the rest of America by dropping us a line at 101 Tools, c/o Tolerance.org, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.” A project of the Southern Poverty When Law Center. Ideas for Yourself Ideas for Your Home Ideas for Your School Ideas for Your Workplace Ideas for Your Community
Education in Human Rights added 1-16-2011
|2. Find out what the laws are regarding public access for the physically challenged and work to have them enforced. (revised 1-14-10) http://www.answers.com/topic/disabled-personsFind out how paralyzed veterans are being served: http://www.pva.org/site/PageServer?pagename=rights_main&s_src=Google http://www.specialiving.com/?gclid=CO-p1PuhpJ8CFSIjagodARezig http://www.hellolocal.com/switch.cfm?state=VA http://moodle.disabilitynet.net/ http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/node/22723
||3. Ask an expert in Conflict Resolution to work with you and the other party. For information about Conflict Resolution: (revised/updated 1-14-2010) http://www.transcend.org/tpu/ http://conflict.colorado.edu/ http://www.transformative
bibliography/ http://www.transcend.org/ http://www.gsoa.ch/gsoa/en/
|The Advocates Publishes New Manual on How to Monitor, Document and Advocate for Human Rights
http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights .org/the_advocates_publishes_new_manual_ on_how_to_monitor_document_ and_advocate_for_human_rights.html added 1-16-2011
|4. The Red Cross and UNICEF can be brought in the country where children are either orphaned or separated from their families. Through photo tracing, children’s photos may be identified by parents or relatives. (revised/updated 1-14-2010) http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/hum
_displacedchildren.html http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/ siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/57jpgz?opendocument http://photo-tracing-software.qarchive.org/http://www.unhcr.org/ 3ae68bf60.html
|5. When genocide is being done, hundreds of thousands of refugees flee from the bloody killing to other countries where they have no food, clothing, shelter or subsistence needs being met. Get both governmental and non governmental organizations to step in and help the refugees. (revised 1-16-2010) http://www.unrefugees.org/site/c.
lfIQKSOwFqG/b.4778881/k.BE35/Home.htm http://www.theirc.org/ http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/814/41882 http://www.cartercenter.org/peace /index.html http://www.genocideintervention.net/?gclid=CL-OmYKdqZ8CFQwTawodUiTCzg http://www.hollywood.com/news/
org.nz/ghana/refugeecamp/ http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/10/16/heroes. sarandon.mapendo/index.html
|6. Work to change the laws which subjugate women. (rev. 1-16-2010) http://www.pegasus.rutgers.edu/~wrlr/ http://www.law-lib.utoronto.ca/Diana/ http://www.awid.org/ http://www.amnestyusa.org/women
html?gclid=CPf7-Y-mqZ8CFSgtawod7Epf0g http://www.legalmomentum.org/ http://www.madre.org/ http://www.globalissues.org/Human
|7. Call, visit or email your elected representatives on issues of concern: join groups which watchdog current legislation, corporation and government practices so that you are up to date on the issues. http://www.wvecouncil.org/ http://www.moveon.org/front/ http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALL
magazine/v16n2/PE_Butler2.html http://www.cbn.com/ http://anticipatoryretaliation.mu.nu/
|8. Discuss with your friends, colleagues, families what is happening and things that can be done for human rights. http://www.ancestry.com/learn/ library/article.aspx?article=8272 http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/
|9. Read what various women writers have to say about women’s struggle for equality. http://faculty.msmc.edu/lindeman
march99/pizan3.html http://reactor-core.org/rights-of-women.html http://www.ingentaconnect.com/
org/Women_s_Human_Rights_ Program.html (added 1-16-2011) http://www.datehookup.com/content-the-life-and-times-of-amelia-jenks-bloomer.htm (added 12-13-2011 at the request of High School English teacher Tania Morrison and her students.) http://www.onlineenglishdegree.com/resources/ the-feminine-mystique-the-problem-that-has-no-name/ (request of Dorothy Fuldheim 11-8-2012
|10. To stop genocide before it begins, recognize the preliminary steps toward genocide. http://www.genocidewatch.org/
|11. Create a culture of peace. http://www.peacekidz.com/peacefairs/ http://www.people4peace.net/ http://www3.unesco.org/iycp/
uk/uk_sommaire.htm http://www.culture-of-peace.info/ http://www.culture-of-peace.info/cultureofpeace.html http://www.culture-of-peace.info/ssov-
intro.html http://culture.yurope.com/who.html http://www.peace.ca/vowworkshop
|12. Go on a March for Human Rights http://www.fiu.edu/~fcf/cumrks
com/2005/01/aggression.html http://museums.cnd.org/CND-US/CND-US.96/CND-US.96-09-21.html http://www.quangduc.com/BoTat
|13. Contact Non Governmental Organizations for help in human rights issues. http://www.hrw.org/ http://www.hrw.org/english/
- Do further research into current events which might lead to human rights violations or current human rights violations.
/conf_resolution.html http://www.betterworldlinks.org/ http://www.globalissues.org/ http://www.hrw.org/events/ http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/sudan98/ http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture
/Issues_and_Causes/Human_Rights/ http://www.speaktruth.org/ http://www.oneworldphoto.org/
|15. Find out about organizations which act against those who would enslave others. http://www.childtrafficking.com/
homepage/resources/link.htm http://www.stop-traffic.org/ http://freetheslaves.net/ http://www.antislavery.org/ the oldest human rights association in the world (1839) http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/
scuk/jsp/whatwedo/theme.jsp?section=exploitationprotection United Nations Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery : http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu
6/2/training.htm http://www2.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/ about/children_victims.html
|16. Promote, call for and develop peace education in schools which emphasizes human rights. http://www.ppu.org.uk/learn/ peaceed/pe_ednetcurriculum.html http://www.peacefulschools international.org/links.htm http://www.paxchristi.net/work
|17. ” Addressing Root Causes – including peace building and meeting people’s basic human needs as well as transforming deep structures and deep cultures of violence, transforming social, economic, and political systems which are themselves rooted upon and based in violence and inequality, including creating at every level social, political, and economic democracy – people’s power.” Johan Galtung, Transcend Peace University. http://www.fes.de/europolity/Summary
DEMOCRACY_A_FORM.htm http://www.nepd.org.uk/ http://countrystudies.us/uruguay/13.htm http://www.mainegreens.org/electoral/
|18. “Ending violence – normally considered as ‘cease-fires’, but also meaning ending violence in all its forms, from the micro- level to the macro, including physical, emotional, psychological and verbal, working to end domestic violence, sexual violence, and the institutions and structures of violence and war.” Johan Galtung, Transcend Peace University http://www.infoforhealth.org/pr
index.html http://www.bahai.org.uk/dp/evif.htm http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_
do/issues/gender/bp66_evaw.htm http://www.culture-of-peace.info/intervention/chapter7-17.html http://www.starhawk.org/
|19. As a medical professional, consider helping people in conflict zones where helpless non combatant victims are injured. Dr Jean-Hervé Bradol, President of Médecins Sans Frontières. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ http://www.msf.org/ http://www.msf.org.au/ www.stopnato.org.uk/roma/
|20. Create a petition and get people to sign it. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/?ltl=
1111416620 http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/ petition/internet.htm
|21. Grow Your Own Candidates: Fed up with the conduct of your elected representatives? Form a group and Grow Your Own Candidates. Get the issues you want discussed out there. And Vote! http://www.gp.org/ http://www.votenader.org/ http://www.greenparty.org.uk/ http://www.greens.org/
|22. Read this poem from the Metta Sutta, A Discourse of the Buddha on Loving-KindnessThis is what should be done by those who are skilled in seeking the good, having attained the way of peace: …Whatever living beings there are, whether they be weak or strong- omitting none- Whether long, large, average, short, big or small, Seen or unseen, dwelling near or far Born or to be born-may all beings be happy. Let no one deceive another or despise anyone anywhere. Let none out of anger or hostility wish suffering upon another. Just as a mother would protect with her life her own child, her only child, So should one cultivate a boundless mind toward all beings and friendliness toward the entire world. One should cultivate a boundless mind-above, below and across, Without obstruction, hatred, or enmity. Standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, throughout all one’s waking hours, One should practice this mindfulness; this, they say, is the supreme state…. Translated by the Nolanda Translation Committee, Excerpted from “Friendliness” a translation of the Metta Sutta. Shambala Sun, May 2005.
||23. Clarify visible and invisible consequences of violence. http://lists.iww.org/pipermail/iww-news/2003-January/001184.html http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?id=484&print=yes http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22Consequences+of+Violence%22&btnG=Google+Search http://www.batteredmen.com
nfo/media_violence.cfm http://www.psych.org/public_info/ http://www.hawaii.edu/medicine/
|24. Organize a campaign to ask your country to participate more in UN Peace Keeping operations and to support the creation of a permanent international peace keeping force which is ready to intervene within 24 hours if a genocide is being prepared somewhere in the world. http://www.campusaction.net/
1988/un-history.html http://reference.allrefer.com/country-guide-study/cyprus/cyprus160.html http://www.pmo.gov.to/index.php/
|25. Work for a constitutional amendment to ban gay bashing, to establish equal rights for all human beings in your country. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/
|26. Do nothing. http://www.well.com/user/jct/Sreedhav’s_ Poems_2/In_Torment.htm http://biology.queensu.ca/~scb/041
panorama/3577575.stm http://www.cbpp.org/12-17-04socsec.htm http://www.suntimes.com/output/
|27. Social Investments were initiated in the U.S. in the 1920’s. Europeans had to wait until the 1980’s before they could invest in morally, socially, and environmentally correct companies. A socially controlled economy allows investors to live up to their principles. Instead of giving their support to companies that turn out weapons, pollute the environment or have something to do with tobacco, alcohol, gambling or child labor in third world sweatshops. http://www.calvert.com/
| 28. Organize a large group of peace keepers to flood the disputed area of genocide. http://www.angsbacka.se/teacher/
Marshall%20Rosenberg/index.php http://www.bapd.org/gbanon-2.html http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-nonviolentcomm.html http://www.nonviolentcommunication.
NVC.pdf http://www.cnvc.org/mrbio.htm www.muslimwakeup.com/main/
archives/ hug_a_jew/index.php – 43k – Apr 16, 2005 http://www.gsoa.ch/gsoa/en /europe/interven.htm
|29. Work for people who are in charge and do whatever they say to do. http://www.nhrdbangalore.com/Library/
why-downsize.htm http://isc.bke.hu/htm/course/iec684.htm http://www.pitt.edu/~nsp3/jobs.html http://www.nhrdbangalore.com/Library/
why-downsize.htm http://isc.bke.hu/htm/course/iec684.htm http://www.pitt.edu/~nsp3/jobs.html http://www.motherjones.com/news/featur
ex/2003/07/we_455_01.html http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=6008 http://www.dom.com/index.jsp http://www.need.org/awards/2001awards
- Uses of active nonviolent actions have been the result of a conscious decision by those who organised and prepared the revolutions. From paper: Peace research needs to reorient by Jorgen Johansen
resources/nonViolent198.htm http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=%22Peace+People++in+Iraq%22&btnG=Search http://pora.org.ua/en/content/
view/499/2/ http://www.gsoa.ch/gsoa/en/europe /interven.htm http://archives.samizdat.net/globe
- Call the Police.
|32. Develop equitable trade markets with other countries. http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/0/6D0279B929 D7450A85256A11005478FF? OpenDocument http://www.fairtrade.net/ http://www.ipsnews.net/focus/tv_g77/
- Non-cooperation (deliberate withdrawal of cooperation with person, activity, institution or regime with which the activists areengaged in abuse of human rights.
http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org/ resources/nonViolent198.htm http://pdamerica.org/newsletter
|34. Ban biological & chemical weapons: all weapons of mass destruction. Ban the making of all weapons. http://hrw.org/english/docs/2000
- Try to stay away from the wrong-doer.
|36. Tired? Visit one of the many peaceful gardens around the world.
|37. Nonviolent intervention (a class of methods involving the disruption or destruction of established behavioral patterns, policies, relationships or institutions that are considered unacceptable; or creation of preferred alternatives) (Sharp 1973) http://quixotic1.com/E/2005.04.
http://trainingforchange.org/ content/view/89/33/ http://trainingforchange.org/ content/view/7/34/ http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org /resources/nonViolent198.htm http://www.gsoa.ch/gsoa/en/ europe/interven.htm
|38. Find out about how the United Nations promotes women’s rights. http://portal.unesco.org/search/ui/SearchServlet?form
=10&rThesaurus=&tUserInput=%22Women%27s+Rights%22&give+a+try=SEARCH http://www.unesco.org/cpp/wcp/ http://www.unesco.org/cpp/uk/projects/
gender.htm http://www.un.org/womenwatch/ http://www.escwa.org.lb/ecw/ http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/
|39. De-glamorize cultural violence. http://www.indyweek.com/durham/2001-05-30/movie2.html http://www.lewrockwell.com/
|40. Organize workshops for journalists all over the world focusing on the presentation of possible solutions of the human rights violations. Diffuse information about the human consequences. http://www.stthomasu.ca/new/
pulse/pulse_27.html http://www.iwpr.net/index.pl?training_upcomingworkshops.html http://www.iwpr.net/index.pl?caucasus_pan_index.html http://www.hirondelle.org/hirondelle
|41. Lobby to convince the United Nations Security Council to appoint a Wise People Commission (e.g. with Nobel Prize Winners like Carter, Mandela, Gorbachev) which could find solutions acceptable to all. http://www.cartercenter.org/default.asp?bFlash=True http://www.parl.gc.ca/committee/
CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=61558 http://www.fin.gc.ca/news03/03-014e.html http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Hornet/irin-120799.html http://www.unescap.org/oes/state/
|42. If the country is said to be undemocratic, support a UN (and other regional organizationsdemocracy/ human rights campaign in this country)which could supervise free elections. This has been done rather successfully in Cambodia, in Namibia, and in East Timor. http://theunjustmedia.com/UN/Scandals%20of%20Oil%20for%20Food.htm http://www.democracy.org.na/
- Investigate how bigotry is learned.
34/amim.htm http://weeklywire.com/ww/11-30-98/nash_film-lede.html http://www.cccinc7candlesticks.
|44. Learn tolerance. http://www.cse.iitk.ac.in/~amit/courses
/751/99/ravip/ http://www.tolerance-net.org/news/podium/podium041.html http://www.dekalbdare.org/tolerance.html http://www.isnm.de/projectinfo.php?id=13 http://www.english.education.gov.qa/
|45. Ten Ways to Fight Hate
- Unite 3. Support the Victims
- Do Your Homework 5. Create an Alternative 6. Speak Up 7. Lobby Leaders 8. Look Long Range 9. Teach Tolerance 10. Dig Deeper
|46. http://www.peacebestill.net/ ethics.html (added 8-5-2011) How do we treat one another?
||47. Women’s Suffrage is also an integral part of Human Rights http://www.onlineenglishdegree.com/resources/ the-feminine-mystique-the-problem-that-has-no-name/ (request of Dorothy Fuldheim 11-8-2012
||48. Articles on aspects of human rights around the world: http://www.themindfulword.org/?s=human+rights&submit.x=11&submit.y=10