Saturday, 7 November 2009

The Search for Common Ground

Interesting to learn recently of the annual Common Ground Awards, given by Washington baed charity Search for Common Ground, which works internationally to find non-violent ways for communities to deal with conflict.

I like to keep these articles short, but here are just a couple that struck me as interesting.

Cease Fire - The Campaign to Stop the Shooting is run by the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention. They rely on outreach workers and `violence interrupters` (individuals `familiar with gang culture` who have now channel their energies into preventing violence). The organisation also goes in for more traditional activities, such as marches, rallies and vigils after shootings. They believe in mediation and changing community norms.

Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish is a medical man who seeks to bring about reconciliation between the Palestinian and Israeli communities. He refuses to become discouraged, despite losing three daughters and a niece to an Israeli shell earier this year. In their memory he has begun Daughters for Life, a charity aiming to provide access to education and medical care to women throughout the Middle East.

Full details of awards and nominees on the Common Ground website (see below).


Common Ground -

Cease Fire -

Daughters for Life -

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