Transforming Initiatives

JOAN BAEZ TALKS WITH CONCERT PROTESTERS

Joan Baez put her peacemaking principles into practice by talking to right wing protesters at a concert she gave in Idaho.  She engaged them in conversation, including some Vietnam veterans.  The encounter ended with them asking her to autograph their signs, which she did–on the back, not on the front with messages she thought was… Read more »

DONKEY PROTEST IN KENYA

In 2014 a herd of donkeys were set loose in downtown Nairobi with signs painted on their sides in protest against the rising insecurity in the countryside. http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30434172  

HOLDING HANDS AMID ETHNIC VIOLENCE

In his book Charred Lullabies, Valentine Daniel tells the story of J.D. Immanuel, a retired Tamil school principal in Sri Lanka.  Immanuel boarded a train to Kandy.  There was one other passenger in his compartment, a woman dressed in a typical Sinhalese sari.  Anti-Tamil riots had erupted in Kandy.  Sinhalese rioters boarded the training yelling “Get… Read more »

GREEK ORTHODOX BISHOP SAVES JEWS IN WWII

Bishop Chrysostomos courageously saved all the Jews living on the Greek island of Zakynthos during the Nazi occupation in World War II.  When told by the Nazi Governor to present the list of all the Jews to assemble for deportation, the Bishop gave the Governor a list with two names–his and the Mayor’s.  The resulting… Read more »

IRANIAN MEN WEAR HIJAB

Some Iranian men have begun wearing hijab in solidarity with women forced to wear hijab.  They are posting photos of uncovered women and men with hijab together to stand for freedom to choose how one dresses. Why Some Brave Iranian Men Are Now Wearing The Hijab