PJS Newsletter - 10/02/15

Happy Friday and Happy Birthday, Mahatma Gandhi!

Gandhi would have been 146 years old if he were alive today!

Be sure to check out all the events happening both on and off campus this weekend as well as new opportunities available!


  • Submit a proposal for the 2nd Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference for a chance to win $100!
  • Looking for a Job? Apply to be a Student PIRG or check out two new work study positions available in Somerville!
  • Looking for an excuse to get off campus? Check out Mujeres de la Guerra, a new Photo Exhibit at the Carr Center for Human Rights in Cambridge!

Campus News & Events

Water is a Human Right: Access to Water in Israel-Palestine October 2, 2015: 6:30-8:30 pm. Pearson Hall, Room 104

Join us in a conversation with three distinguished activists: Elaine Hagopian (Professor Emeritta of Sociology, Simmons College), Nancy Murray (Author of Rights Matter: the Story of the Bill of Rights), and Amahl Bishara (Associate Professor of Anthropoogy, Tufts University), to discuss the issues of water in Israel and the West Bank.

Hear a report on current water crises in three Palestinian communities, an analysis of historic agreements on water distribution in the Middle East and their effects today, and a plan for activism on water justice for Palestine in the Boston area.

6th Annual Women's Center Symposium on Gender and Culture

"What does it mean to belong, and what makes us feel like we belong? For the 6th Annual Women's Center Symposium on Gender and Culture, we are investigating the personal and political nuances of belonging. We encourage a broad interpretation of the theme "belonging" and welcome academic papers, and presentations across all disciplines and on a variety of topics.

Any interested Tufts undergraduate or graduate student may submit abstracts describing your topic and outlining your argument.

Please submit an abstract of ~300 words (no more than 1 page), describing your paper, presentation, performance, or other proposal to Bryn Gravitt."

Deadline to Submit: Wednesday October 16th.

Iqrit and Nabi Saleh: Palestinian Popular Struggles for Land in the West Bank and Israel.Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 12:30 pm. Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall

"Shadia Sbait and Ameer Toume of Iqrit, a small community of Palestinians who were exiled from their village in what became Israel in 1948, will tell the story of their ongoing struggle to return home. Iqrit’s inspiring model for peace–ful change encompasses a community of some 1400 Christian Palestinians who yearn to return to their village of origin.

Bassem Tamimi, a renowned human rights activist and former Amnesty International ‘prisoner of conscience,’ will talk about the popular resistance movement in his West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. For the last six years, residents have held weekly non-violent demonstrations to protest Israel’s illegal settlement expansion and violent military occupation."

Co-sponsored by: Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora; Colonialism Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine.

Lunch will be served!

For more information contact: Audrey Aduama

Women and Religious Peace Building: Tufts alumna Susan Hayward discusses her new book.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
2-3 pm (Refreshments)
Rev. Susan Heyward (A02, F’07)
Thursday, October 8, 1:30-3 pm, Location Goddard Chapel

Tufts alumna Susan Hayward is the director of religion and peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace. Her fieldwork has focused on Burma/Myanmar, Colombia, Iraq, and Sri Lanka, and her research interests include interfaith engagement in the midst of political violence, political Buddhism, and the role of religion in hampering and propelling women’s work for peace and justice.

Her new edited volume, “Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen,” examines the obstacles and opportunities women religious peacebuilders face as they navigate both the complex conflicts they are seeking to resolve and the power dynamics in the institutions they must deal with in order to accomplish their goals.

Hayward is a minister in the United Church of Christ and a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University. Come hear her discuss her speak on her book on Thursday October 8th!

Sponsored by Religion Department and the University Chaplaincy.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Call for Proposals: The Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Peace in Troubled Times

Deadline for submitting proposals: December 15, 2015

"The Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies along with the City of Muncie are very pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to present at the 2nd Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference.

Scholars, students, practitioners, and activists from all disciplines as well as laypersons are invited to submit proposals to present symposia, discussions, papers, and posters on the theme Peace in Troubled Times. Proposals will be blind reviewed. We welcome submissions that focus on strategies, research, and recommendations related to peacemaking and peacebuilding, and those that explore the bridge between activism and research."

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

• Community peacemaking/peacebuilding theory and praxis
• Community violence causes, analysis, alternatives, solutions
• School violence causes, analysis, alternatives, solutions
• Structural violence relative to race, gender, sexuality, class, religion
• Justice and reconciliation
• Race relations
• Domestic violence
• Volunteerism
• Poverty
• Religious intolerance and/or conflict
• Community organizing
• Legislative access
• Internet and social media for peacemaking/peacebuilding
• National/international law and local politics
• International peacemaking and peacebuilding/peacemaking and peacebuilding across borders
• Ethnic conflict
• Suicide prevention
• Human rights
• Health disparities
• Environmental issues

A $100 award will be given to the best student poster!

To submit proposals, register and to learn more about this conference, visit the proposal website

Questions about the conference can be emailed to The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (765-285-1622)

Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement

The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement welcomes requests for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to active citizenship. Funding will be considered for student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage other students in their work.

Special funding is reserved for student activism that addresses issues of race and discrimination.

Individual applicants may apply for up to $500 in funding; groups from the same school may apply for up to $1,000; and groups including students from different schools are eligible for up to $1,500.

Click here for more information, or e-mail Maggie McMorrow

Promote Education in Prisons through the Petey Greene Program

The Petey Greene Program is starting at Tufts this fall. Petey Greene aims to supplement education in local correctional institutions by providing individualized tutoring to people who are incarcerated.

We work to promote academic achievement in prison classrooms in order to support people and build stronger communities. Petey Greene volunteers tutor in high school equivalency classes at the local house of corrections once a week for three hours. If you're interested in getting involved, be on the lookout for their general information meeting.

For more information contact

Amanda Borquaye '18, Petey Green, or Regional Field Manager Eleanor Roberts

Solar Campaign Internships: Fall and spring internships available -- apply by TODAY Friday, October 2

Environment Massachusetts is building a clean and renewable future powered by the sun.

We could meet all of America’s energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy of the sun. And we're making a lot of progress: in Massachusetts, solar energy has grown more than 200-fold since 2006.

But we’re still getting most of our electricity from dirty fossil fuels, and powerful utility companies are threatening to stop solar in its tracks. So right now, we’re building support for a goal of getting 20% of Massachusetts' electricity from solar by 2025. In order to persuade our governor to go big on solar energy, we’ll mobilize public support, build a powerful coalition of businesses and elected officials, and get the word out in the media.

As an intern with Environment Massachusetts, you’ll push for smart solutions to environmental problems and build the public support it takes to win. You’ll make a real difference on critical issues while developing valuable skills and experience in one of the nation’s leading environmental nonprofits.

We’re hiring interns for the fall and spring semester.


Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein: 617-747-4368.

Mir Centre for Peace: Unarmed Civlian Peacekeeping Program

Program Overview: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (UCP) involves the use of highly trained peace professionals who use the principles of nonviolence to provide direct physical protection to civilians in a variety of contexts. Some of the strategies used include protective accompaniment, creation of safe spaces, proactive presencing, interpositioning, monitoring and reporting, and relationship building.

The program is intended for an international audience, as the first five modules are offered on-line. The sixth or final module will be a two-week workshop occurring at the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College.

Learning Goals of the Program:
By the end of the program, students will be able to seek employment among organizations that engage in UCP. Specifically, the program will cover the following material:
• Introduction to Unarmed Civilian Protection
• Unarmed Civilian Protection: Objectives, Principles and Sources of Guidance
• Unarmed Civilian Protection: Key Methods
• Unarmed Civilian Protection in Practice: Preparation and Entrance into the Community
• Unarmed Civilian Protection in Practice: Living in and exiting the community

Program Length
This is a part-time program that will take one semester to complete. The five on-line modules will each take approximately eight hours each to complete.  The sixth module is a two-week in-person workshop, to be held at the Mir Centre for Peace.

Financial Assistance Available
Selkirk College hopes to offer financial assistance to international students, in order to facilitate their participation in the final module – the two-week workshop on-site at the Mir Centre for Peace.

Click Here for more information.

Earthen Vessels Tutoring Program

Earthen Vessels (EV) is a faith-based nonprofit in the Catholic social justice tradition. Founded in 1980, EV matches Boston-area college students form Harvard University, Boston College, and Tufts University in one on one mentoring/tutoring relationships with inner city youth from Dorchester & Roxbury.

EV’s after school tutoring program takes place from October - April. Tutors meet with their tutee one designated day each week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 4-5:45pm at one of EV’s two sites (St. Christopher’s and Harbor Point) a short walk from the JFK/UMASS T stop on the red line in Dorchester. Tutors from each campus travel to and from tutoring together. Tutors make a minimum one year commitment but most stay with their EVkid throughout their four years of college.

EVcorps students form a strong community of support throughout the academic year. In addition to the organic friendships that form at tutoring, EV also provides time to intentionally build community. Joining this community involves a monthly reflection, mass and dinner, as awell as an annual winter retreat.

Contact Heather Angell for more information/to inquire to see if applications are still being accepted.

Conferences, Workshops& Study Abroad

Cambridge Forum Opens New Season on October 7th beginning with Wen Stephenson on Climate Justice

Location: 3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Cambridge Forum opens its new fall schedule of programs on October 7, 2015 with journalist and author, Wen Stephenson addressing the issue of climatejustice with reference to his own personal wake-up call, in response to the imminent and catastrophic threat he sees being posed by climate change. Stephenson's new book “What we are fighting for now is each other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice” provides a close-uplook at some of the “new American radicals” who are risking everythingto build a grassroots climate justice movement.

All Cambridge Forum programs are free, unless otherwise stated, and open to the public. Cambridge Forum is recorded and edited for public radio broadcast .Webcasts are available on the WGBH Forum Network, and select forums can also be viewed on YouTube.

"Compelled to Servitude": The Story of Belinda
Performances by storyteller Tammy Denease

Location: Royal House and Slave Quarters (15 George Street Medford, Mass 02155). Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 12:00 noon & 3:00 p.m

In 1783, in the wake of the American Revolution, a formerly enslaved woman named Belinda successfully petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for a pension from the estate of Loyalist Isaac Royall. Her eloquent petition is among the earliest narratives by an African American woman. Storyteller Tammy Denease brings Belinda to life on the site where she lived and worked, telling the story of the young African girl who was taken from her home, shipped to Antigua via the brutal Middle Passage, then forced to spend more than fifty years in service to the Royall family in colonial Massachusetts.

The Royall mansion will be open to visitors after each 45-minute performance. Content is appropriate for ages 10 and up. On-street parking is available, and the museum is located on the 96 and 101 MBTA bus routes.

Tickets are $5 for Royall House and Slave Quarters or Historic New England members, and $10 for non-members.

Space is limited; reservations are required.

Buy tickets online or call 617-994-6678. ( To receive the member discount online, Royall House and Slave Quarters members should enter RHSQ MEMBER (all caps) in the WebStore Coupon box.)

The 12th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue October 24, 1-5pm at the Ikeda Cener for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue.

Location: 396 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA
"Continuing with our recent focus on dignity, this year's Ikeda Forum will explore complexities and opportunities related to this important topic. Building on themes that were raised at last year's Forum, we will consider dignity in relation to peace, global citizenship, and justice. Inspired by the work and scholarship of this year's three speakers, we will examine dignity as a practice that requires continual reflection, engagement, and action. We will also explore the role dignity plays in cultivating peaceful communities.

Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve.
Click here for more information and to RSVP!

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice Webinar to Discuss Responses to Trafficking of Boys: October 6, 2015, from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

" The Coalition for Juvenile Justice will host “Boys and Trafficking: Identifying and Serving Silent Survivors.” This webinar will discuss the prevalence of boys among survivors of human trafficking and the unique challenges they face. Presenters will share new data about the prevalence of human trafficking among boys and provide an example of how one local jurisdiction is responding to their needs. This webinar is part of a series on human trafficking."

Click here to Register!

Coming This Week to the Carr Center: Mujeres de la Guerra Photo Exhibit: October 1-Jan 2016

Located at: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (79 JFK Street, Cambridge, Massachussetts 02138)

"Mujeres de la Guerra, Historias de El Salvador documents the lives, stories and work of twenty-eight women leaders in El Salvador. Through a documentary film, photography exhibits in both the US and El Salvador, and a photo essay book, Mujeres de la Guerra provides these women with the opportunity to tell their inspiring stories and share their hope, wisdom and dedication with the world.

The Carr Center will be hosting these powerful photographs from October 1-Jan 2016. Please stop by and check out this powerful exhibit.

*Special thanks to HRPIC Leader Tedde Simon for bringing this exhibit to life, and to the Carr Center

Read more about the exhibit, and look at a sample of the photographs"

What Works: Closing the Gender Wage Gap in the City of Boston: Friday, October 9, 2015, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

"The public-private partnerships facilitated by the Mayor and the Boston Women’s Workforce Council provide a model for municipalities to lead by solving this social and economic issue. Learn about the innovative design and research based interventions used by the Mayor in the City of Boston to close the Wage Gap as well as individual and organizational strategies that can be applied."

Click here to register for FREE


Apply for Student PIRGs
The Student PIRGs are hiring Campus Organizers to fight for social change at 40 colleges across the country. Today, on any college campus, you can find students who feel driven to take on problems outside the classroom, whether it's global warming, big money in politics, or hunger and homelessness.

As a PIRG Campus Organizer, your job is to recruit these students to get involved -- and to train them to be effective leaders who can run campaigns that make an impact in the community, in the state capitol, in Congress, at the White House, or wherever it will make a difference.

If you have the passion and the drive it takes to fuel the power of student activism, win positive change, and build even more victories in the future, consider working with PIRG.

Apply today

WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITY #1: The Commmunity Action Agency of Somerville is looking for interns!

The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) assists Somerville residents in housing search and income maximization activities.

The CAAS Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) focuses on advocating on behalf of households in danger of eviction. HPP is seeking 3-5 student interns who will assist HPP in building capacity to provide housing search and income maximization services to low-income households in Somerville, regardless of whether they are in danger of eviction. Interns will spend at least one semester (preferably longer) learning about the needs of low income families in Somerville through case management in the areas of Housing Search and SNAP advocacy.

Interns will meet with Somerville residents to assist them in a variety of housing search activities as well as applying and re-certifying for SNAP food stamps, utilities discounts, and other benefits. Interns will also have opportunities to assist in researching subsidized and affordable housing programs in the Greater Boston Area and developing resource guides, training tools and basic protocols for future housing search volunteers.

Interns should be available on a regular schedule for half or full days during work hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Ideally interns would also be available to assist our Housing Search Clinic on the second and fourth Thursday evenings of each month (5:00 to 7:30 PM), although students who cannot commit to the Clinic are still encouraged to apply.

Ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese or other languages is a plus because many of our clients are recent immigrants.

Interested students can contact CAAS through the executive director David Gibbs

WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITY #2: The Somerville Community Corporation is seeking interns!

Founded in 1969, Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) is a membership organization with a mission to develop and preserve affordable housing, offer services and programs, and build a collective voice through community organizing and planning in order to realize a stable, diverse, and affordable community.

SCC is looking for 1-3 volunteers to assist with our First Source Job program which is a part of the Asset Building Department.

Primary responsibilities will include assisting low to moderate income adults with job search, filling out job applications online and conducting outreach for First Source events. If interested, student could take on additional responsibilities such as providing interview preparation, resume writing, cover letter writing and creating flyers in Photoshop.

Ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese or other languages is a plus because many of our clients are recent immigrants.

For more information, check out the website

Flexible hours-Weekdays between 9am-6pm, (possibly 7pm on certain days of the week if needed). Would prefer a commitment of 1 full day or 2 half days.

Interested students can contact SCC through the program manager Laura Denison


The Refugee Crisis: Demilitarising Masculinites (From The Open Democracy By Jennifer Allsopp- September 17 2015)

"Photos emerging from the borders of Europe weave a new narrative around what it means to be vulnerable, to be a man, to say no to war and to be a refugee.

Three photographs of the refugee crisis unfurling at Europe’s borders have resonated particularly strongly with us from behind our tablets and TV screens as consumers of news, drawing empathetic gasps and a profound disquiet."

Click here for full article

How Prisons Help Inmates Live Meaningful Lives (From TED Talks Ted 2015. 10:32. Filmed March 2014)

"In the United States, the agencies that govern prisons are often called ‘Department of Corrections.’ And yet, their focus is on containing and controlling inmates. Dan Pacholke, Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, shares a different vision: of prisons that provide humane living conditions as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning."

Click here to watch the talk

ICTs for Feminist Movement Building: Activist Toolkit(From Association for Progressive Communications By Just Associates (JASS)- August 2015

"This toolkit draws on the experiences and contexts of women activists in southern Africa and beyond. It aims to assist activists to think through their communication strategies in a way that supports movement building. It offers a practical guide to writing a communication strategy and reviews a number of tools (ICTs) and technology-related campaigns that can be used while organizing work."

Click here for more information

Ukraine to Ban Flights by Major Russian Airlines (From New York Times By Andrew E. Kramer- September 25 2015)

"Ukraine will ban major Russian airlines including Aeroflot, the Russian national airline, from flying to its airports starting next month as part of a broad set of trade sanctions imposed on Russia for supporting a separatist revolt in Ukraine.

The ban, which will take effect on Oct. 25, was authorized in sweeping legislation passed this month that lists 90 Russian companies and about 900 individuals as targets for sanctions. It is the latest step in a wide-ranging trade war that has raged along the sidelines of the armed conflict, which has been in abeyance lately even as the political atmosphere has deteriorated.

Speaking to the Ukrainian cabinet on Friday, Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk said that Russian airlines, “primarily Aeroflot and Transaero,” another large carrier that is in the process of merging with Aeroflot, will be banned from Ukrainian airports under the sanctions measure. It was not clear what other Russian airlines might fall under the ban."

Click here for the full article.

What’s In This Newsletter?






Quotable: "The majority of people fleeing war and violence are refugees and have the right to seek asylum without any form of discrimination. It is not a crime to seek refuge and asylum"

-Mogens Lykketoft, president of the U.N. General Assembly


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Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights

"Our mission is to create a more peaceful, just and gender equitable world through programs designed to:
• produce cutting edge gender analysis of war and peacebuilding
• transform gender and security research and policy agendas
• foster innovative education, activism and practice."


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