Local Artists Painting For The Women of Sudan/South Sudan




Exhibit At The Skinny Pancake , Burlington, Vermont October 11-18 Auction Saturday, October 18, 2014 7-10PM Burlington, Vermont – The Canvas Peace Project, a coalition of artists working to raise awareness and local funds for women in Southern Sudan and Sudan, will host a major exhibit and auction on October 11-18, 2014 at The Skinny Pancake to help finance educational and vocational initiatives for

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Peace & Hope: Global Debut of Art by Syrian Refugee Children in DC




The Carl Wilkens Fellowship is a proud community partner of Peace & Hope. We invite you to join us for a large art exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC displaying over 1,760 feet of paintings done by syrian refugee children in Zaatari refugee camp. The exhibit will be up during the Marine Corps Marathon and is expected to receive 50,000+ foot traffic

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I believe in Humanity. Will you join me?




A few weeks ago I experienced the loss of a tremendous friend, Cipora Katz. Cipora was a child survivor of the Holocaust and, at four years of age, survived underground in a potato silo with members of her family for 22 months and 3 days until liberation came. The loss of Cipora was profound and shook the core of my spirit. For over a

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To Reclaim, To Live




“Surviving is more than just staying alive; surviving is learning how to live again.” When I first read this quote by Carl Wilkens, I knew I wanted to know more about the man and his activism.  It felt like someone had captured the meaning of what it means to survive and overcome trauma which is the result of oppression that can take the form

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The Importance of Collaboration & Movement Building




About two weeks ago I attended a DC-wide community forum as a response to the events in Ferguson, MO. The room was packed, and several prominent leaders of the Black community provided their own reflections and calls for action in front of the audience and those watching on television. There are some common themes from the conversation that are worth noting: the need for

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The Art of Persuasion: Video Game Activism




Due to its nature as an interactive medium, the video game offers uniquely different approaches to activism. Unlike other audio/visual media like film and TV, video games consist of processes enacted by players. More specific, they contain rules systems known as algorithms that the player navigates to become successful at the game. And through that process of learning that algorithm a new form of

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Survival, Hope, Compassion




Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg speaking with two young museum visitors (photo credit: Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center) Survival is an amazing concept: a human story, which through perseverance, creativity, or just plain happenstance, is able to continue. Working at Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center, I see survivors daily. Each and every one of them is committed to a single purpose: “Never again.” That’s why they come

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Re-launching the Fellowship: Class of 2014




On the weekend of August 15-17, we had the privilege of attending the first retreat of the 2014 Carl Wilkens Fellows (CWF) in Hermosa Beach, CA. They traveled from their local communities in Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington DC and Southern California. Their native countries include Armenia, Congo and South Korea. During the day, Katie-Jay Scott Stauring of i-ACT facilitated lively,

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