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The Peace Party Project

by Phin Washer

This past winter the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship concluded a pilot Peace Party Project, small group gatherings which sought to inform participants of the content of the legislation (H.R. 808) to establish a Department of Peace on a cabinet level in the United States government. Instruction was then offered by a pair of presenters on how to constructively communicate in print with members of Congress. Those attending were then invited to write their US Representative requesting his/her support of this significant government entity that, if established, could engineer for peacemaking a support similar to that which the military academies do for military preparedness.

New Wave of Threats Sweeps Across Colombia

The following story comes from the Latin America Working Group. Please consider taking action through the advocacy suggestions within:

Another wave of threats has once again swept across Colombia, this time warning of an imminent “social cleansing” of “undesirable” individuals from Colombian society. Colombian churches and others are reporting that the violence unleashed by these alleged paramilitary threats has already left three young people and seven fishermen dead in Chocó.

Update/Lodging for Christian Peace Witness for Iraq

Plans are in the final stages for the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq worship and action to end the War in Iraq, to be held in Washington DC on April 29th and 30th!!!

Gaza Conflict Background

PPF National Committee member Walter Owensby was on the staff of the PC(USA) Washington Office staff for 15 years and covered the Middle East, as well as other international issues. We commend his paper to you as we work together for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

THE LAND AND PEOPLE  -  Gaza is small, 25 miles long and 5 miles wide on average - 139 square miles.  (That is less than one-tenth the size of Rhode Island and only twice the area of the District of Columbia.)  With just 6 percent of the area of the combined Palestinian territories, Gaza is separated from the nearest point in the West Bank by some 25 miles of southern Israel.  But with almost 1.5 million people, Gaza has over 37 percent of the local Palestinian population.  More than a million Gazans are registered refugees who trace their heritage to families displaced in 1948 from their ancestral homes in what is now the State of Israel.

Christian Peace Witness for Iraq: April 29-30


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