PJS Newsletter - 11/23/15

Dear friends,

The Peace and Justice Studies Program would like to wish you all a splendid time off.

If you are going home this week, we wish you safe travels!

We also ask you to keep in mind the mourning of the families around the world who have lost loved ones in the recent tragic events. During your time off, send your thoughts and prayers to Paris, to Beirut, to Baghdad.

In that spirit, here is a video worth watching: "British Muslims Send Message to ISIS and the world- and it's spot on," a video by the Daily Kos.

Thank you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to thank the people in your life. Enjoy good food and good company.




  • The PJS "Peace a Pizza" Event is tonight! Be sure to email us (pjs@tufts.edu) no later than 4 PM to let us know if you are coming and any pizza topping requests! We can't wait to see you there! There will be crayons and radical coloring book pages and of course, pizza!!
  • Are you still looking for classes to take this semseter? Be sure to check out PJS Courses offered this upcoming semester, including ED92-04: Prosocial Education For A Democratic Society as well as ED 013: The Global Educator: Education in Post-Colonial Africa!
  • The 100 Projects for Peace 2015-2016 Competition: COMING UP SOON! Information Sessions will be held on Dec. 1, 12-1pm, and Dec. 2, 4-5pm, Locations TBA. Save the dates!

Campus News & Events

TODAY'S THE DAY! The Peace and Justice Studies Program invites YOU to "Peace a Pizza" tonight, Monday, November 23rd at 7 pm in basement lounge of Eaton Hall!

Join us in the basement lounge of Eaton Hall (just outside of the PJS office- Eaton 209). 

Come meet other PJS students and hang out with PJS Office Staff, Nats and Lylee. Relax and enjoy a meal together before Thanksgiving break!

We will have crayons and radical coloring book pages.

~Open to ALL Tufts students interested in Peace and Justice Studies Come one, come all!~

***Email us (pjs@tufts.edu) by 4 pm TODAY if you can make it and include your pizza topping request***

We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to Join our Facebook Event.

Special Discussion with Congressman Seth Moulton, TODAY, Monday, November 23, 2015. 2:00-2:45 pm. Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room.

"Join CIVIC, ALLIES, and Tisch College for a special discussion with Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts. The Congressman will be coming to campus to offer his insights on the state of American politcs as well as share his experiences of being a United States Marine veteran and how that has effected his life in public service.

The Congressman will be taking student's questions so feel free to come with a prepared question!"

Click here to join the Facebook Event.

TCU Senate Presents: Turkey Shuttle

"Need transportation to Boston Logan or South Station? The Turkey Shuttle can get you there for just $5! Buy your tickets at the Campus Center info booth or online at tuftstickets.com!

Buses leave on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 6:30 pm, and on Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 am and 8:30 am."

~Safe travels to all!~

Chistmas Decorating at Goddard! Monday, November 30, 2015. 4:00-6:00 pm.

"Take a study break and join us in decorating our lovely chapel for the Christmas season! We'll be playing music and there will be snacks available. Anyone is welcome to help out. Hope to see you there!

Co-hosted by the Tufts University Chaplaincy"

Click here to check out the Facebook Event.

ALL STUDENTS: Spring Semester is just around the corner! Not sure what classes to take? Be sure to check out all the PJS Courses!

Here are two of the classes being offered:

ED92-04: Prosocial Education For A Democratic Society
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:30-2:45
Instructor:  Dr. Deborah Donahue-Keegan

Surely, we should demand more from our schools than to educate people, to be proficient in reading and mathematics.  Too many highly proficient people commit fraud, pursue paths to success marked by greed, and care little about
how their actions affect the lives of others. - Nel Noddings, 2005

In this course, we will explore how prosocial teaching and learning in schools can further the civic mission of public education, and promote a more just democratic society. Prosocial education involves the social-emotional, civic, and ethical dimensions of learning and teaching.

During the semester, we will explore

1) the philosophical and historical roots of prosocial education,

2) relevant evidence-based developmental science and education research

3) the ways in which prosocial policies and practices can further an intersectional approach to equity and civil rights in schools and society.

Case-studies and interactive discussions will guide our exploration. A field experience requirement will involve a one-time visit to a local public school.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Donahue-Keegan

ED 013: The Global Educator: Education in Post-Colonial Africa.
Mondays & Wednesday from 9:00-10:30AM
Instructor:  Linda Beardsley

"In this course, students will experience an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the challenges faced by the developing world in creating an educational system that supports the conditions for a good quality of life.

This course will encourage students to re- shape their notions of what education means in both the developing world and in their own communities.

In this course, students will be asked to consider the role of philanthropy in assisting educational initiatives and the importance of forming partnerships without replicating a new form of colonialism.

This course will introduce students to committed educators and activists whose work creating the Maranyundo School for Girls in Nyamata Rwanda serves as a narrative for the course.
Fulfills a requirement for the Education minor."

Questions? Please contact Linda Beardsley

Interested in seeing all the classes being offered under the Peace and Justice Studies Program?

Click here for a full list!

Funding & Other Opportunities

*NEW* Apply Now for the 2016 Fletcher Summer Institue for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict. DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 3, 2016.

"The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the leading professional education program in the world focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance.

Civil resistance campaigns for rights, freedom, and justice are capturing the world's attention as never before. Nonviolent campaigns against corruption in Guatemala, Moldova, and Cambodia; against dictatorship in Burkina Faso; to protect democracy in Hong Kong; for police accountability in the United States; for indigenous rights in Latin America; and for women's rights in India are all examples in recent years of a profound global shift in how political power is developed and applied.

Since 2006, more than 450 participants from nearly 100 countries have gathered at FSI to learn and share knowledge. The program is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists from past and current struggles. It provides both a firm academic grasp of the subject of civil resistance as well as a practical understanding of the use of nonviolent struggle in a variety of conflicts for a wide range of goals. FSI is organized by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) in conjunction with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University."

When: June 19-24, 2016
Where: The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts. Deadline: January 3, 2016


The 100 Projects for Peace.The Vision of Katheryn W. Davis.

About: "The Projects for Peace program is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2015.

The projects judged to be the most promising and feasible will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace."

Projects for Peace is an initiative inspired by the late Kathryn W. Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist. Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in February of 2007, Mrs. Davis, mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program, chose to celebrate by committing $1 million for one hundred Projects for Peace. "I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives—things that they can do during the summer of 2007—that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world." The Davis family is continuing Projects for Peace for the summer of 2015."

Keep in mind that the Deadline to submit a proposal will occur in January of 2016. However, it is never too early to start brainstorming ideas!

Click here for more Information.

SAVE THE DATES: Information Sessions will be held on Dec. 1, 12-1pm, and Dec. 2, 4-5pm, Locations TBA.

More information to come!

Honos Civicus Applications for the Class of 2016 Are Live!

The Honos Civicus Society honors and publicly recognizes graduating seniors who have excelled as active citizens during their time at Tufts. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 28th. Faculty, staff and students can also recommend a deserving senior.

For more information contact Maggie McMorrow or check out the Honos Civicus Website.

KEEP IN MIND: THE DEADLINE FOR THE "Call for Proposals: The Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Peace in Troubled Time" IS COMING UP!

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)

Volunteer: United South End Settlements Seek Mandarin Speakers.

"United South End Settlements, the first settlement house in Boston, is looking for 4-5 mandarin speakers to help with their Food Distribution Program who can volunteer between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month. Responsibilities will include registration, customer assistance, and follow-up calls."

For more information, contact Charlotte

PETITION SIGNING OPPORTUNITY: Tell Congress to Pass the Genocide and Atrocities Act!

"While the president created the Atrocities Prevention Board in 2010, which has been active since, it doesn't have any permanence. This will will make it so and ensure it will continue to do its work.

The Act will coordinate an interagency approach to preventing mass atrocities, integrate early warning systems, oversee development and implementation of atrocities prevention strategies, and conduct atrocities specific planning.

The Act will make it national policy:

-to prevent mass atrocities and genocide as both a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility;
-to mitigate the threats to United States security by preventing the root causes of insecurity, including masses of civilians being slaughtered, refugees flowing across borders, and violence wreaking havoc on regional stability and livelihood;
-to enhance its capacity to prevent and address mass atrocities and violent conflict as part of its humanitarian and strategic interests;
-to work to create a government-wide strategy to prevent and respond to genocide and mass atrocities"
Send a message to your Members of Congress today by signing our PETITION.


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

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.

Help Kids Learn through Jumpstart

The Tufts Jumpstart site, housed at Tisch College, is seeking student leaders and corps members for the 2015-2016 academic year. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community Corps members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Jumpstart corps members have a unique opportunity to work directly inspiring young children to learn while serving in a local community, working on a team, and building professional skills. Positions as Jumpstart Volunteer Coordinators are also available.

Click here for more information, or e-mail Darby Sanders

Conferences, Workshops& Study Abroad

A Message from AFSC Peace & Economic Security Program: No War- Rally for Syrian Immigrants.


Even as much of our energy turns toward advocating for the desperate Syrian refugees, midst the madness, we need to keep reiterating that war is not the answer. In addition to opposing Republican calls for U.S. ground troops to lead what would be another self-defeating U.S. Middle East War, Hillary Clinton’s call for a no fly zone could lead to military incidents and war with Russia. (ISIS doesn’t have warplanes!) See AFSC’s statement “Responding to the ISIS Attacks.”

On the same subject we need to shame Reps. Lynch and Keating for voting to prevent Syrian refugees from being welcomed into the United States. Please send thank yous to Rep. Moulton and others who voted against HR 4808 and who have challenged Gov. Baker for his brutal and heartless approach to Syrian war victims.

For Peace and Justice,


World Cafe Dialogue: Racism, Violence, and Community Youth. Monday, November 23, 3-5 pm. UMass Boston Integrated Sciences Complex, 1st Floor Lobby, Boston, MA.

"UMass Boston’s Breaking the Cycle of Violence Initiative & Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement is hosting a World Café dialogue titled “Racism, Violence and Community Youth,” Monday, November 23rd from 3pm – 5pm.

Participants will be members of the UMass Boston community and our partners, but the event is open to the public. The goal of the dialogue is to deepen the discussion and understanding of structural racism’s contribution to violence in our communities and it’s impact on youth.

The World Café format is to have 4 – 5 individuals sit around a small table, with beverage and snack, and have in-depth dialogue about this issue, writing keys points on paper provided at the table. The notes jotted down will be collected at the end and shared with all participants prior to leaving the event.

There will be opportunity for networking and imagining how to supportively affect change."

It is free to attend but you must register. If you have more than one participant that is coming, you need to register each person.

For questions,

Contact Sherrod Williams by email or by phone at 617-287-6077.

Boston Branch NAACP Monthly Meeting. Monday, November 23, 6 - 8pm. Twelfth Baptist Church. 160 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

"The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and
economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

We welcome you to become a member and join us at our monthly meetings. "

Click here for more information!


MIT Center For Energy and Environmental Policy Research is looking for a RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Social dynamics and discrimination in transportation.

Project Description: The goal of this project is to understand whether transportation systems provide equal service to customers of all races and genders. We are recruiting students of varying backgrounds to assist with this study by reserving and taking travel options in the Boston metro area. The research assistant is primarily focused on data collection, but the project will involve some data formatting after the experiment.

Self-motivated and willing to perform work in the afternoons and evenings, and able to commit for the duration of the experiment (up to six weeks).

Sponsor: MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research


Hours: 40-80 hours total
Salary: $11/hr
Contact: Stephen Zoepf
Office: E19-429c
Phone: (201) 315-2889

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

For more information, click here.

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


8 Ways to Defend Against Terror Nonviolently (From Waging Nonviolence by George Lakey)

"One of my most popular courses at Swarthmore College focused on the challenge of how to defend against terrorism, nonviolently. Events now unfolding in France make our course more relevant than ever. (The syllabus was published in “Peace, Justice, and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide”in 2009.) In fact, the international post-9/11 “war against terror” has been accompanied by increased actual threats of terror almost everywhere.

In the first place, who knew that non-military techniques have, in actual historical cases, reduced the threat of terror?

I gathered for the students eight non-military techniques that have worked for some country or other. The eight comprised the “toolbox” that the students had to work with. We didn’t spend time criticizing military counter-terrorism because we were more interested in alternatives."

Click here to read on.

Effective Altruism: Are you doing good, better?(From Devex by Jenny Lei Ravelo- November 17, 2015).

"During a recent discussion on effective altruism, a friend shared she’s spending approximately $7 a month for Ratricia, a Gambian pouched rat under training by Belgian nonprofit Apopo to detect landmines in Tanzania.

The commitment was personal: The giver is an animal lover. She also thinks demining is a neglected issue, and finds the strategy employed by Apopo as seemingly low-cost and high impact.

This is the same across all her charitable givings; she donates to the Free Yezidi Foundation as a way to help the thousands singled out by the Islamic State group in Sinjar, Iraq, as well as to UNICEF to meet her desire to help children in need."

Click here to read the full article

Helping Make Safe Drinking Water for All a Reality (From Just Means by Just Means- November 18, 2015).

"A glass of clean water. Something so simple that we take for granted daily. An estimated 1.8 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. That amounts to 1 in 4 people, most of whom are relying on unimproved water from nearby lakes and rivers. As a company with 142 years of experience in WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Kohler Co. used its experience and capabilities to make a real difference for those who lack access to safe water.

Kohler has a long history of product innovation that blends design and technology, supported by our corporate mission of enhancing the level of gracious living for everyone touched by our products and services. We looked to this mission as we decided to become involved with global WaSH initiatives, because we believe gracious living shouldn’t be limited to a portion of the population."

Click here to read the full article.

Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls (From TED Talks Ted2012. 14:39. Filmed Mar 2012).

"Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell — of her own life's transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?"

Click here to watch the inspiring talk!

What’s In This Newsletter?






Quotable: ""We must take every opportunity to learn from one another so that the day of birth is a happy occasion for all, no matter who they are or where they live."

-Mercedes Juan López, Mexico's Secretary of Health


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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."

The Next Step System Project: Building Power Connectivity: Medea Benjamin on System Change

"Check out this short film in which the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODE PINK and NEXT SYSTEMstatement signatory Medea details her path from international-development specialist to an organizer and institution builder commited to changing the underpinnings of the US political economy."

Check out Hubevents for events at colleges and universities in the Greater Metropolitan area of Boston, MA!

So Just Corner!

Socializing for Justice (SoJust) is all about building a cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community, network and movement in Boston based on the Philosophy of Abundance.

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