PJS Newsletter - 02/26/15

Interested in traveling to Ferguson, MO over Spring Break with PJS? See below and respond today!

Over the weekend of 3/13-15, which is the beginning of Spring Break, there is also a unique event being planned in Ferguson, MO: The Truth-Telling Project.

PJS Director Bruce Hitchner and I are making arrangements for myself, Prof. Laura Graham, and three students to attend, all expenses covered. I will be involved in the project in a couple of capacities. Students that participate may also be able to help co-facilitate small group discussions during the weekend. All of us who attend will be expected to return to campus and both ‘report back’ about the proceedings and contribute our ideas to further efforts here on campus to address race and inequality.

If this opportunity interests you, and you are able to be flexible with your spring break travel and plans, please contact me todayThursday to let me know if you are interested. If necessary, we will create a modest selection process for determining who will attend.



  • Rally for Cape Wind off shore windfarm this Saturday!
  • The Syrian Revolution: 4 Years Later -join us as we seek to understand the current situation in Syria and the ongoing humanitarian response!
  • Dying While Black and Brown- A dance performance on capital punishment and the disproportionate amount of incarcerated people of color.
  • Senior? job hunting: Check out new opportunities in the job section

Campus News & Events

The Syrian Revolution: 4 Years Later
Tuesday, March 3 at 7 PM in Barnum 104

With over 9.5 million displaced persons, Syria has been called the 21st century¹s worst crisis by the UN. As the fourth anniversary of the
Revolution approaches on March 15, join us as we seek to understand the current situation in Syria and the ongoing humanitarian response.

We will hear from chemical attacks survivor Qusai Zakarya, Nadia Alawa, the President and Founder of NuDay Syria, and Dr. Omar Salem, founder of the Karam Foundation and an active member of the Syrian American Medical Society. The event will conclude with a Q&A ses</sion.

Sponsored by Tufts Hillel, Tufts Muslim Students Association, Tufts
Chaplaincy, the Cummings Program on Holocaust and Genocide Education, Tufts Against Genocide, the Religion Department, the Sociology Department, the Peace and Justice Studies Department, the International Relations Program, the Arabic Program, and the Center for Humanities at Tufts.

War Is Not a Game- Reading at the Somerville Library (central branch at 79 Highland Ave.) Wednesday, 4 March, at 7pm

Dying While Black and Brown: A dance performance
Friday, March 6th 6pm to 8pm
2019 Milstein West, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School

Rally for Cape Wind!

Cape Wind was meant to be the nation's first offshore wind farm, setting an example and helping to jump-start wide-scale renewable energy deployment across the country.

But now the Cape Wind project is in trouble. Last month, the state’s biggest utilities withdrew their commitments to purchase power from Cape Wind after a series of lawsuits by oil billionaire Bill Koch made it hard for the project to secure full financing.

Cape Wind can still be saved, if National Grid -- one of the utilities that recently pulled out of the deal -- renews its purchase commitment. Marcy Reed, the president of National Grid in MA, has been a long-term supporter of offshore wind, and we need to call on her to step up rather than back down: Click here to add your voice to the Better Future Project petition.

As climate activists, we often find ourselves saying “no” to dirty and dangerous coal, oil, and gas. Let’s seize this chance to say “YES!” and demand the clean energy solutions we need.

At 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 28, hundreds of people will descend on Boston Common for a massive rally to save Cape Wind!

International Women’s Day Community Breakfast for Staff, Faculty, and Students
8:30am to 10:00am | WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Speaker: Tarja Halonen, 11th President of Finland (2000-2012)
At the turn of the 20th century, there was a critical debate percolating about the inequality of women and worker’s rights. In this atmosphere, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States in 1909. The following year at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, the group suggested an international women’s day, a day to collectively advocate for women’s rights. In 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, to hold public office, and end discrimination.

Co-sponsored with the HKS Office of Human Resources


Funding & Other Opportunities

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has launched a $25,000 fellowship designed to promote innovation that helps make the human right to water a reality. We are writing you because of your expertise in, and connection to, water issues. If you have an innovative idea to advance the human right to water, then please consider applying. We also ask that you share this announcement throughout your networks.

The application is open to all, and we are seeking qualified applicants from as diverse a group as possible. To find out more about the fellowship and apply online, please visit uusc.org/innovation

UUSC is a human rights organization that focuses on environmental justice, economic justice, and rights at risk in the United States and throughout the world. Moreover, it has 40,000 members and supporters in the United States.

Learn more about the Friends Committee on National Legislation Call to Conscience on Climate Disruption, which will be expressed during FCNL’s Spring Lobby Weekend (SLW). SLW seeks to bring 250+ young adults from March 14-17 to lobby Congress for bipartisan action on climate change.

The Call has been FCNL climate program’s major initiative. It is a discreet interfaith non-partisan grassroots based, in which interfaith and youth delegations meet with their representatives and staff in a positive constructive approach on the moral basis for action on climate. We seek bipartisan recognition of the climate science and impacts, and a commitment to act. It recognizes that

1) to solve a problem (climate change) one must first admit you (bipartisan Congress) have one,

2) the only antidote to organized money is organized people,

3) climate change is far more than an environmental issues, and therefore the moral foundation for climate action must be expressly affirmed, as it has been for all other successful social movements, and

4) for better or worse we need Congress to act, and no action is possible under the constraints of partisanship.

Learn more here

Understanding and Opposing the New AUMF: Call from Massachusetts Peace Action

Last week, President Obama sent a draft for the authorization of military force (AUMF) against ISIS to Congress.

A new AUMF could enable the U.S. military to engage anyone and anywhere they like. Obama's draft allows for action against "associated forces". Without an adequately clear definition of what that term means, operations could quickly extend to any affiliated group regardless of their direct involvement in the conflict. Otherwise, this will simply be a repeat of the failed borderless wars justified through the 2001 AUMF. Should Congress unwisely approve a new AUMF, specific geographic restrictions must be put in place in order to prevent the excessive spread of war beyond the confines of the present situation with ISIS.

Act now by sending a brief letter to Congress asking to oppose a new AUMF in favor of long term solutions.

Tisch College funding available for student activities which address issues of race and discrimination

Apply online today!

Recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and around the country have inspired a renewed wave of student activism aimed at addressing issues of race and discrimination. Recognizing the need for seed funding and advising to support this important work, Tisch College will make a number of mini-grants, through the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement, to students and student groups working to have an impact on these issues.

The application and criteria for funding are the same as for the general Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications are live at our website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/tischfund/.

The Tisch Summer Fellows (TSF) International program supports undergraduate, graduate and professional students working on creative, self-designed projects with an active citizenship theme. TSF provides financial support to help student groups bring their international initiatives to life. TSF projects are to be led by a group of two or more Tufts undergraduate, graduate or professional school students. Both official and unofficial student groups are welcome to apply. Individuals with very strong proposals will be considered for TSF International.Read about the last summer’s TSF International projects.

Applications for Summer 2015 must be submitted by NOON on March 6, 2015.
Fellowships will be announced by late March 2015.

Online Guide to Peace and Conflict Studies Programs (undergraduate and graduate)
This is a list of online links to undergraduate and graduate peace and conflict programmatic listings.
Click here to access resources

Conferences, Workshops& Study Abroad

New Field Studies Program in Scotland with CELL and the Findhorn Foundation

Join us for an unforgettable study abroad experience and the adventure of a lifetime while learning how to live sustainably.

Go beyond traditional study abroad programs. Be a part of local and global solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems. Experience some of the world¹s most inspiring examples of community sustainability from organizations like Heifer International. Learn experientially and through service learning opportunities that integrate classroom knowledge with real-world applications.

The world has great need of people who not only understand what
sustainability is all about, but who are committed to making a difference in the world. The world has a great need of people like you.

Our newest program is a two-week Maymester in beautiful Scotland, designed in collaboration with the Findhorn Foundation.

Sophomores: Apply to be a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow in summer 2015!

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a fully paid, five and a half week summer residential program for rising juniors who desire to make a difference. The program invites rising third-year students from diverse academic disciplines to join us near Washington, D.C. to immerse themselves in a leadership development program inspired by George Washington and today’s foremost leaders. This select, small cohort will engage in dynamic leadership education curriculum, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital; and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities, and a community service-focused capstone project.

Go to the following website for more info: http://www.mountvernon.org/library/leadership-programs/mount-vernon-fellows.

Apply for Global Engagement Summit 2015!

April 15-19th | Northwestern University

GES is a five-day capacity-building summit for students committed to social change in their communities and around the world. Accepted delegates come together to develop the skills to better plan, execute, and participate in change-based projects. GES focuses not only on the “what” and “how,” but also challenges delegates to think critically about the goals, impact, and broader implications of their project.

Check out the brochure and video for a glimpse into the experience you could have as an American Delegate. Visit theges.org for more information.

Tufts Microfinance and Community Development Seminar

During spring break (March 15-23), Tufts students have the unique opportunity to participate in an academic seminar with the organization Human Connections (or Conexiones Humanas) in Bucerias, Mexico. Human Connections, founded by Tufts class of 2011 alumna Elly Rohrer, offers several educational seminars throughout the year for college students. Tufts students will get the chance to learn about microfinance, small business development, and social entrepreneurship by working directly with clients and leaders in the community. Professor Grenier, who currently teaches the Microfinance class at Tufts through the ex-college, is the faculty sponsor and will lead Tufts students on the trip. Come to the info session to learn more about the seminar and the application process! Also, take a look at the Human Connections website: http://humanconnections.org/


Teaching Opportunity for Tufts Grad Students and Exceptional Undergrads!

As you may or may not know, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts is a member-based adult education program for older adults: retirees and those nearing retirement. Most of our classes are led by our own members‹"seniors teaching seniors"‹ but we generally supplement our offerings with study groups led by Tufts grad students and exceptional undergrads, who, in addition to a small honorarium ($20/hour), get valuable classroom experience, an opportunity to develop a course in a subject they're excited about, and the joy of knowing that everyone who signs up for their class has done so out of genuine interest, not merely to fulfill graduation requirements.

We're currently soliciting proposals for 1-, 2-, and 4-session study groups for our 2-week summer program (June 1-12). Classes can meet once or twice per week at either 10am-noon or 1:30-3:30pm, either here on the Medford campus or at our "satellite campus" in Lexington (Brookhaven at Lexington, a retirement living facility).

For a better idea what sorts of classes we generally offer, flip through the PDF of our current spring catalog. All of the study group leaders whose names are marked with an asterisk on page 4 are Tufts students, and their classes were wonderful additions to our program!

Feel free to contact me by phone or email if you'd like more info, or if you have a course idea you'd like to discuss. Course proposals should be submitted via our online proposal form as soon as possible, as we'll be "locking" our summer program at midnight on March 1, just a few days from now!

CACHE in Medford seeking summer interns for street festival series!

Circle the Square, Medford’s summer street festival series, will be returning for its fourth season this summer with music, art, activities and other free entertainment throughout Medford Square for people of all ages. Events will be held in and around Medford Square on the afternoon of the third Thursday of each month from June through August.

We are seeking interns who are interested in learning about the ins and outs of running a public festival, and who can assist us with coordinating the details of our events. Interns would attend planning meetings, help to develop programming, contact businesses, artists and performers to participate, and assist with organization and set-up on the day of each event. This is an unpaid position.

If you are interested, please contact:

Laurel Siegel 781-393-4950 circlethesquaremedford@gmail.com

For more information about Circle the Square, please go to www.circlethesquare.org

Massachusetts Peace Action

Is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to develop the sustained political power to foster a more just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy. Through grassroots organizing, policy advocacy and communityeducation, we promote human rights and global cooperation, seek an end to war and the spread of nuclear weapons, and support budget priorities that re-direct excessive military spending to meeting human and environmental needs in
our communities.

MAPA is looking for progressive-minded student leaders to join in Peace Action’s student organizing campaign. The Student Organizer will lead efforts to identify, organize, and inspire students to TAKE ACTION about the issues they care about, and form a Peace Action student chapter on their campus.
Approximately 10 hours per week. Student’s work will be conducted mainly outside MAPA’s office and on his/her school campus.

To Apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter to Alina Michelewicz at alina@masspeaceaction.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

SENIORS: Learn about the Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellowship program!

Fellows will be trained by Immigrant Justice Corps at the start of their fellowship and will meet biweekly throughout the course of the fellowship for professional development, skills training, and support. Community Fellows will be deeply networked in the legal and immigrant rights community and profoundly committed to developing creative strategies to fight poverty and ensure access to justice.

Community Fellowships run two years and are available to students who are completing their undergraduate degrees and are committed to immigrant justice. They will be placed in community-based host organizations throughout New York City.

Community Fellows will become accredited representatives of the Board of Immigration Appeals. They will conduct outreach and intake around the city, and assist immigrants with a range of cases such as naturalization and adjustment applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and more.

Questions? Contact info@justicecorps.org, or campus representative Laura Garbes at lgarbes@justicecorps.org.

Student PIRGs Organizer

Early Application Deadline: March 1st

Students founded PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) over 40 years ago, based upon the simple idea that America has more problems than we should tolerate, and more solutions than we use. When you become an Organizer with the Student PIRGs, you’ll recruit, train and organize students to tackle these problems head-on. You’ll teach them to run campaigns that make a difference in their community and our country, and help develop them into leaders who can continue to make an impact years after they graduate. For more information, visit http://www.jobs.studentpirgs.org/

SENIORS: Match Education seeking teachers-in-training!

This teacher training program was recently recognized by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its innovation. Program participants receive training on how to become highly effective first-year teachers (there is a near 100% placement rate in high performing urban schools). In addition, teacher residents receive housing and a living stipend while completing their Master’s. The teacher residency is only available in Boston, but there are tutoring opportunities (for those just looking to do an urban education gap year) also available in Boston.

Here are some links that you may be interested in: Match Education’s “About Us” page, Our Graduate School of Education, Info on our 1-Year Tutoring Program.

We’re looking for seniors who either (1) want to spend a year working closely with students in Boston while training to be a teacher, OR (2) want to spend a year in Boston working closely with students before heading off to grad school or another career. You can contact our recruiting team directly at Recruiting@MatchEducation.org.

Make a difference in the lives of our guests by teaching English as a
Second Language (ESOL). Classes meet twice a week during day and evening hours for a 10 week semester. No teaching experience or knowledge of another language required. Training and curriculum materials are provided.

Monday and Wednesday from 9:30AM to 11:30AM ? 1 Teacher Needed
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30AM to 11:30AM ? 2 Teachers Needed
Thursday from 6PM to 7PM ? 1 Teacher Needed
We are also looking for several volunteers to lead knitting and/or
crocheting workshops during weekday hours. To find out more about getting involved with the Women?s Education Center, contact Volunteer Services at 617.318.0226 or volunteer@rosiesplace.org.
There are lots of volunteer openings in March for dining room and food
pantry shifts so be sure to sign up now! Thanks so much for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

If you are interested in browsing through development jobs to get an idea of what kind of career options are available for PJS majors, visit DevEx's website, where they have the most comprehensive listing of international development, global health, and humanitarian aid jobs: http://www.devex.com/en/jobs



King v. Burwell: A Quick Take on a Crucial Case
(From NY Times,)
A case before the Supreme Court jeopardizes Obamacare’s ability to expand access to health insurance across the country.
The justices will hear arguments in the case, called King v. Burwell, next week. It centers on a small piece of the complex health law, with potentially big consequences. At issue is whether the law’s language allows the government to help middle-income people buy insurance everywhere in the country — or only in states that have set up their own insurance marketplaces.
Click here for more.

The right to Hong Kong
( Open Democracy,LILY HO 23 February 2015)
Over the past few decades, Hong Kong’s wealth inequality has been widening. Its Gini coefficient, an index for wealth disparity, went up from 0.45 in 1981 to 0.54 in 2011, exceeding that of China and the US. The conclusion that wealth in Hong Kong’s gleaming society lies in the hands of 'the 1 percent' is inescapable.

And nowhere is this divide more apparent than in urban space – the scarcest and therefore the most contentious resource in Hong Kong. The average living space per person is roughly 12m squared, one of the smallest in the world.
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How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
(From TED Talks TEDMED 2014 · 15:59 · Filmed Sep 2014 )
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
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Sweden’s Foreign Minister Explains Feminist Foreign Policy
(From USIP Monday, February 9, 2015 By: James Rupert)
When Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström announced last year that her government would pursue a “feminist foreign policy,” the idea “met with considerable derision,” she says. “We call it the giggling factor.” And where the response was not quiet laughter, it was often confusion, including in Washington. “No one knows what this means” for Sweden’s approach to conflicts such as the Russia-Ukraine war, a Foreign Policy headline declared in December.
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