Archive for January, 2009

Peace Talks Radio with Audri Scott Williams and the Trail of Dreams

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Join us on PEACE TALKS with Audri Scott Williams and the Trail of Dreams Team on Life Conversations Radio EVERY Friday @ 12noon. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/life-conversations

This Friday’s guests include:

1. Artists for Peace Sake – Baba Ras D of Washington, DC sharing
“Pray For Obama” from his new CD entitled “JAH Is A Melody”
http://www.myspace.com/babarasd

Andaiyesings - http://www.myspace.com/andaiyesings

Three Generationz – http://www.myspace.com/threegenerationz
Three Generations is a traveling musical theater company dedicated to the preservation of Native American and African song and storytelling. This exciting troupe combines the elements of song, history, geography, language, rhythm, culture and dance to create an entertaining, educational, spiritually elevated performance full of audience participation. Three Generations is a family company formed in 1997 by our beloved medicine keeper and visionary Grandmother Mountain Eagle Woman. Grandmother taught her family to use the energy of sound to nourish the emotions, cleanse the spirit and wake up our collective ancestral memory. Three Generations carries the audience on a magical cloud back in time using the tools of culture to teach oneness, good problem solving and decision making skills and a heightened sense of self confidence. Three Generations repertoire begins with the traditional stories and songs of our Afrikan beginnings, moving gently into the chants, songs and stories of our Native ancestors here on Turtle Island. Each member of the company presents what their generation has to offer showing the beauty from blues to hip-hop and everything in between leaving the audience spellbound.


Essential MC
, California – http://www.myspace.com/essentialmc
Sol Aponte the Essential MC was born with a unique purpose to raise consciousness through the power of the spoken word. He has worked with local and national organizations as a lecturer, hip-hop emcee, spoken word artist, mentor and workshop facilitator. Some of the organizations have been the Agape International Spiritual Center, NAACP, National Urban League, HeArt Foundation, Star Education, J.U.I.C.E., Avant Yard and others. As a speaker, Essential has been known to captivate audiences in his keynotes by delivering his message in a style that resonates with the attendees. He innately tunes in to the energy of the audience and “uplifts them to another level of consciousness”. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith (The Secret). Essential adds a component of centeredness, vision and self determination from the perspective of a young, focused leader, that is transformational and quite essential to future leaders.

2. Healing Our Communities – Onaji Muid, Philadelphia – As a social justice/human rights activist, Onaje Muid has a combined thirty four year history of community organizing, human services and human rights advocacy. His professional interest in trauma theory become crystallized in the early part of 2003 in the discovery of the work of Dr. Joy Leary, PhD and Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Ph.D, post traumatic slave syndrome and historical trauma, respectively. These two doctors in social work research influenced his thesis title, “ ..Then I lost my spirit: An Analytical Essay on Transgenerational Trauma Theory Applied to Oppressed People of Color Nations. He posits the concept of Nation Trauma Theory as an explanation of maladaptive social functioning in oppressed nations.
http//:www.onajemuid.com

Huong – Is an artist, former journalist, mother, Vietnam War refugee and fervent social activist. Nearly 15 years in the making, Huong’s Peace Mural is the culmination of searing memories that bring history to life and depict the universal pain of war and hope for peace. The complete mural includes nearly 2000 paintings. Far more than simply an exhibition of art, the Peace Mural is highly interactive and participatory as it evokes civic engagement and calls forth from viewers a response through reflection, dialogue and action. An extraordinary two-month interactive exhibition in a 10,000 sq. ft. venue with a diverse program of special events and civic dialogues on themes of art, education spirituality, public policy, and citizen action for the advancement of a culture of peace. Please join us we engage the conversation and the challenge of peace development and conflict transformation in our personal lives, our local community, our nation, and around the world.
http://www.huong.org/

3. Eco Mindfulness: Towards a Sustainable Future – Fred Wright, Chicago
http://www.blackoakscenter.org/about.html

A former transportation executive now devotes his life to sustainability. Fred is a certified teacher of Permaculture by the Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. He has been trained in photovoltaic & biodiesel by Solar Energy International. He is ccertified as a Peak Oil Community Leader by the Community Solution. “Black Oaks is a clearing for transitioning to a Post Carbon World.”

Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living is entrusted to its founders, Fred Carter and Dr Jifunza Wright Carter. The Black Oaks Center is 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our Commitment to each other and to the creation of safe, healing spaces began 14 years ago when we promised to make our marriage a clearing for abundance and prosperity within our own family and our surrounding community.The Black Oaks Center is proof of our continued commitment to each other, our community, and the land.

Audri Scott Williams
Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk
www.trailofdreamsworldpeacewalk.com
www.audriscottwilliams.com

Statement on the Crisis in the Middle East from URI

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Approved by the Standing Committee on behalf of the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative (URI):

As trustees of the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative, we write to urge an immediate and complete ceasefire of violence that is currently happening in the Middle East, and a commitment by all parties, including the international community and the world’s religions, to find the will to complete, implement and invest in a comprehensive peace agreement that will allow current and future generations of Palestinians and Israelis to live their lives in peace.

We write as leaders of the URI, a global interfaith organization active in 70 countries, through the work of 400 member Cooperation Circles.
URI’s purpose is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. We have many members in the Middle East, including Palestinians, Israelis, Jordanians and Egyptians. The URI has consultative status at the UN through ECOSOC.

As leaders of an interfaith organization dedicated to resolving conflict without resorting to violence, we recognize and laud the heroic work of Palestinians, Israelis and peace advocates all over the world who are dedicated to rising above the violence and working for peace, justice and healing.

We believe that a new day is possible when a comprehensive, just peace will allow current and future generations of Palestinians and Israelis to live their lives in peace.

We call on all involved – Israelis and Palestinians, people of other nations, international bodies, religions, and grassroots groups working heroically for peace -to take the following steps to speed the dawning of that day:

* To stop the violence immediately.

* To supply immediate humanitarian aid to address urgent suffering
and long-term aid to rebuild.

* To commit to negotiate, invest in and implement a comprehensive
peace agreement that will allow current and future generations of Palestinians and Israelis to live their lives in peace.

* To invest in every means possible to weave a fabric of genuine,
mutually honoring community among Palestinians and Israelis at the grassroots level.

* To invest less in armaments and more in social and economic
infrastructure.

We commit to do all we are able, beginning with support for URI member Cooperation Circles in Israel and Palestine, and engaging our members around the world to help these steps be fulfilled.

And we commit to pray and meditate that violence will cease, peace prevail and a life of hope be restored to the long-suffering people of this region.

United Religions Initiative (URI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of enduring and daily interfaith cooperation in order to end religiously motivated violence, and to the creation of a culture of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. Founded in 2000, with a central hub in San Francisco, California, URI has 400 Cooperation Circles representing over 100 faiths working on community-based projects, which serve over one million people, in more than 70 countries worldwide. Having attained special consultative status with the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations in 2007, URI’s network continues to grow and expand in areas of interfaith peace building, conflict resolution, economic development, heath, ecology and education.
For more information about URI visit: www.uri.org