Archive for March, 2012

Ibtisam Mahameed, Not Afraid to Speak Out

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Peace Jihadi

“If I consider myself a peace activist, then all my words and actions must be devoted to peace.
For me this is Jihad, and if I die doing this I will be considered a martyr.”

- Ibtisam Mahameed

Ibtisam MahameedTen years ago Ibtisam Mahameed decided to run for public office. It was a perilous decision for the 41-year-old, modestly dressed, Arab Muslim woman, married with three children. Traditionally, women did not play any role in politics in her village or any other Israeli Arab village. Knowing her decision invited controversy did not dissuade her.

Ibtisam lives with her family in Faradis (think Paradise, but with an ‘f’), an Arab village of 11,000 inhabitants in northern Israel, near Haifa. An Arab-Israeli citizen with an Israeli passport, she considers herself a Palestinian and can trace her family’s history in the region back 300 years.

Her decision to run for public office in 2002 cannot be appreciated without knowing the back story. A year earlier Ibtisam had approached the local sheikh of her village, requesting that he deliver a lecture for the women of the community on the rights of Muslim women, according to the Kor’an. “We don’t know what Islam allows us. Our husbands don’t teach us, and we would like to learn,” she explained.

The sheikh agreed amicably. A few days later he found himself facing several hundred women from Faradis, all eager to learn what Prophet Mohammed had allowed and proscribed for them. To their astonishment, they learned that, according to the Kor’an, they had extensive rights: marriage rights, divorce rights, inheritance rights, even rights to run for public office. The sheikh cited historical examples of outstanding and illustrious Muslim women who had been leaders in education, business, and jurisprudence, stories they had never heard before…

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1000 Peace Cranes

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

The University Museum at Texas Southern
presents
The 1000Words | 1000Kalema Exhibition
A Photographic Odyssey: Messages from Around the World
March 2—April 1, 2012

For Immediate Release March 21, 2012
 
MORE on What’s your view of the world?
 
Take a journey into other worlds during the month of March at the University Museum at Texas Southern with the 1000Words | 1000Kalema Exhibition, March 2nd through April 1st.

“A picture is worth a thousand words, and
a thousand words creates the stories.”
P.K. McCary

Join us this month for a series of events honoring this exhibition and work behind it. For more information contact the Museum at 713-313-7120 or call P.K. McCary at 713-893-1304 or email her at office@thinkpeaceinternational.org. The competition was originally sponsored by Think Peace International who partnered with a host of peace organizations in the world. The exhibition has traveled to several cities and countries in an effort to show that the arts can serve as a tool for understanding, building bridges and making peace around the world. Don’t miss the following events.

Through the Eyes of a Child (Part 1)
1,000 Peace Cranes for Our Children
March 24th at The University Museum at Texas Southern University
The Peace Crane has become an international symbol of peace because of the sad, but inspiring life story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki. In August of 1945, the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima where Sadako lived. She was only 2 years old. When Sadako was in the sixth grade (1954), she was diagnosed with Leukemia, what some people called the “bomb disease.” Sadako’s treatment was long and difficult. While in the hospital, she was shown colorful paper and shown how to make an origami crane. She was told about a Japanese legend,which said that anyone who made 1,000 paper cranes would be granted a wish. Her wish–world peace.

“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”
Sadako Sasaki

Now, thousands upon thousands of peace cranes are done each year. One of the reasons is to remind people of the devastation of war and its cost. At one of our events for the 1000 Words | 1000 Kalema exhibition, we hope to make 1,000 peace cranes between now and the first of October. These 1,000 peace cranes will be hung at two major events: The Children Defense Fund’s Children Sabbath and the 1,000 Lights for Peace, which celebrates Gandhi’s life and work.

But, there is an additional reason we want to create the cranes. Recently, the news concerning the death of a young man, Trayvon Martin, has us once again shaking out heads at the futility of violence. Trayvon, whose life, like Sadako, was taken because of “war”–this time war against a race, against a culture–reminds us that we have much work to do. Injustices to children happen every day, but these injustices are unacceptable. Whether or not it is because of the “cradle to prison pipeline” or disparities in healthcare and education, they are unacceptable. But the biggest threat to our young is violence! Learning to make these cranes is a productive way to bring attention to the injustices against our children, displaying the cranes (made by children and adults) is another way to value our children.

Bring your children to The University Museum and learn about origami peace cranes. Packages to make your own peace cranes with your group or organization will be made available on Saturday. Sign up packages for Gandhi-sponsored competitions will also be made available.

Through the Eyes of a Child (Part 2)
Learn About the World through the Lens of a Camera
March 31st at The Unviersity Museum at Texas Southern University
Ray Carrington and Earlie Hudnall are photographers who have filmed the world as they know it. They have also shared their experiences with young people. Learn about the impact of photography on our view of the world. Event will have demonstrations along with a tour of the exhibit currently on display. Mr. Hudnall will showcase his work over the years.

These Saturday events are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for children ages 6 to 17. You can also sign up for the photography competition sponsored by The University Museum at Texas Southern University. Parking available at Ennis at Blodget. For more information call 713.313.7145.
 

The Peace Hour, an initiative of Beyond the Decade
“Voices for Peace”
Heard on the Think Peace Radio Network,
Podcast, Blogspot Radio and OHZone.org Weekly
Host and Founder: P.K. McCary
(713) 893-1304 / (281) 677-4227 HOUSTON
(831) 250-6860 / (281) 677-4227 CARMEL

RIP Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Dear All,

Greetings,

Today we have lost one of the biggest and most sincere supporters to peace and love in the world, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria. I would like to present my deep condolences not only to our Orthodox brothers, but to the whole world in the loss of such a great man. Pope Shenouda was awarded UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence and or facilitating dialouge between religions.

Pope Shenouda was the pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. He was the head of The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria. He had served as Pope of Alexandria since 14 November 1971, presiding over a worldwide expansion of the Coptic Orthodox Church. During his papacy, Pope Shenouda III has appointed the first-ever bishops to preside over North American dioceses that now contain over two hundred parishes (200 in the United States, 23 in Canada and one in Mexico), up from four in 1971, as well as the first bishops in Australia and the first Coptic Churches and bishops in South America.

May his soul rest in peace

Abdallah

An Invitation–Gallery Exhibition at Texas Southern University

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

For Immediate Release

You Are Invited!
What’s your view of the world? Take a journey into other worlds during the month of March at the University Museum at Texas Southern with the 1000 Words|1000 Kalema Exhibition. In 2011, writer and peace activist P.K. McCary mentored Jordanian student Morad al-Jarrah in an exercise in peacemaking through a photographic competition. Join us this month for a series of events honoring this exhibition and work behind it. For more information contact the Museum at 713-313-7145 or email us at perri@thepeacehour.org. The competition was sponsored by Think Peace International and has traveled in several cities and countries in an effort to show that the arts can serve as a tool for understanding, building bridges and making peace around the world.

EVENTS:
Friday, March 2nd (6-8 p.m.) Reception and Introduction. 1000Words/1000Kalema Exhibition–A Photographic Odyssey: Messages of Peace from around the World.
 
Sunday, March 11th (4pm). Film Screening of “Muslims” produced by Anisa Mehdi and a roundtable discussion of people of various faiths on why films and photographs help us understand one another. Sponsored by CAIR and HPJC.
 
Tuesday, March 13th (6pm-8:30pm). A View from the Judges—A roundtable discussion sponsored by CAIR and HPJC  with guests, Anisa Mehdi, Emmy-awarding winning filmmaker, Randy Goodman, award winning photojournalist, whose work Beneath the Chador will be exhibited for 3 days, and Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Curator of The Museum at Texas Southern University. Each will share their perspective of the competition, its outcomes and the need for peace work in the various media they work in. Sponsored by CAIR and HPJC.
 
Wednesday, March 21st (10:30am-Noon). Students Speak.
What’s Your View of the World? The discussion will center on how various media influence one’s view of the world. P.K. McCary and Dr. Serbino Sandifer-Walker facilitate this discussion.
 
Sunday, March 18th (7-9pm). A Gandhian Perspective. Discussion on Gandhi’s Life, a book review analysis on The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Join in the discussion with others on Gandhi’s autobiography.
 
Saturday, March 24th (2-5 pm). Photo Competitions for Young People. Change that you can see in the world through writing, oration, film and photographs. This event is sponsored by the Gandhi Library.
 
Saturday, March 31st (2-5 pm). Through the Lens of the Young. TBA but working on having Ray Carrington and Earlie Hudnall talk about their work. Would also like to invite newspaper and magazine photographers to share their experiences with young people.
 
Sunday, April 1st, Closing Day (2-4pm). Messages of Inspiration. TBA P.K. and Morad al-Jarrah (via SKYPE) will talk about their work together and how through more than 18,000 SKYE messages 1000Kalema was born.
 
This series has been organized by the University Museum, Think Peace International inc., CAIR, and the HPJC.

 

The Peace Hour, an initiative of Beyond the Decade
“Voices for Peace”
Heard on the Think Peace Radio Network,
Podcast, Blogspot Radio and OHZone.org Weekly
Host and Founder: P.K. McCary
(713) 893-1304 / (281) 677-4227 HOUSTON

(831) 250-6860 / (281) 677-4227 CARMEL