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"Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, 
or creed." - Bertrand Russell

"In fact, maybe the most elementary of moral principles is that of  universality,
that is, If something’s right for me, it’s right for you; if it’s wrong for you, it’s
wrong for me. Any moral code that is even worth looking at has that at its core
somehow...But, to try to rise to the level of becoming a minimal moral agent,
and just enter in the domain of moral discourse is very difficult. Because, that
means accepting the principle of universality. And you can experiment for
yourself and see how often that’s accepted, either in personal or political life.
Very rarely."-
An Interview with Noam Chomsky, On Responsibility, War Guilt
and Intellectuals by Gabriel Mattherw Schivone, 8/3/2007

"Two Figures on a Tahitian Beach", Paul Gauguin
"Two Figures on a Tahitian Beach," Paul Gauguin

Voltaire: A Treatise on Toleration, Chapter 22: On Universal Tolerance

This little globe, which is but a point, rolls through space, as do many other globes; we are lost in the immensity of the universe. Man, only five feet high, is assuredly only a small thing in creation. One of these imperceptible beings says to another one of his neighbors, in Arabia or South Africa: 'Listen to me, because God of all these worlds has enlightened me: there are nine hundred million little ants like us on the earth, but my ant-hole is the only one dear to God; all the other are cast off by Him for eternity; mine alone will be happy, and all the others will be eternally damned."

Nikola Tesla, (1856-1943), Autobiography.

War can not be avoided until the physical cause for its recurrence is removed and this, in the last analysis, is the vast extent of the planet on which we live. Only though annihilation of distance in every respect, as the conveyance of intelligence, transport of passengers and supplies and transmission of energy will conditions be brought about some day, insuring permanency of friendly relations. What we now want most is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth and the elimination of that fanatic devotion to exalted ideals of national egoism and pride, which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife. No league or parliamentary act of any kind will ever prevent such a calamity.

Children & Tolerance

A School for Iqbal

Abused Children

The American Forum of Global Education

Child Labor Coalition

Childsoldiers.org

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

Do Something

Earth Scouts

Facing History & Ourselves

Facing the Future

Free Child Project

Hague Appeal for Peace Youth Network

Human Rights in Action

iEARN

Middle East Children's Alliance

National Youth and Student Peace Coalition

One Day Foundation

One Day in Peace

PeaceBuilders

Seeds of Peace

Street Children

Students Against Violence Everywhere

Student Environmental Action Coalition

Study Guide for the novel, "Number the Stars"

Study Guide for the Study Guide for the novel
" The Devil in Vienna"

IEARN

Slavery Is...

Teaching Peace

Teaching Tolerance

UNICEF Voices of Youth

United for Peace

United Students Against Sweatshops

Why People Should Study and Remember the Holocaust

Wisdom of the Elders

Youth for Peace

"WAIT," SAID JIM..."WAIT, WAIT GO BACK TO THAT OTHER PAGE." The class of thirty third graders became quiet. "They elected a president who had slaves?" I'd been reading a passage from Julius Lester's To Be a Slave (1968). Jim's question interrupted the reading. After a pause he went on. "Did they know he had slaves when they elected him?" I marveled at the question-and from an eight-year-old boy! I marveled at the discussion that followed it. I marveled at the depth of thinking my young students had achieved."

From, "Did They Know He had Slaves When They Elected Him?" Young Children Can Ask Powerful Questions, by Wendy J. Hood. This is a chapter from the book,  "If This Is Social Studies, Why Isn’t It Boring?," edited by Stephanie Steffey and Wendy J. Hood, 1994, 248 pp/paperback, Stenhouse Publishers.

The Jewish Holocaust 
Why People Should Study and Remember the Holocaust

2000 Years of Jewish Persecution

Cybrary of the Holocaust, Remember.org

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

Holocaust History Project

Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust Testimonies

The Holocaust\Shoah Page

The Last Expression- Art  and Auschwitz

Nizkor

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Survivors of the Shoah Visual History

To Save A Live: Stories of Jewish Rescue

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Voices of the Holocaust

Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and
Heroes' Remembrance Authority 
   

"Of all the injuries inflicted by racism on people of color, the most corrosive is the wound within, the internalized racism that leads some victims, at unspeakable cost to their own sense of self, to embrace the values of their oppressors."

H. Jack Geiger


"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

Maya Angelou


In Germany, they came first for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist;

then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew;

then they came for the Trade-Unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Trade-Unionist;

then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I am a Protestant;

then they came for me, and by that time no-one was left to speak up.

Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945  Also, the Gentle Survivalist, "We are All One."


"In 30 years of troubles, Protestant tears are the same as Catholic tears. That would be the message I would hope to get across, that Protestants and Catholics are the same in the sense that we can work together for social harmony."

Words of Alex Calderwood, who joined a Protestant paramilitary group at 16 and spent 13 years in jail for killing a Catholic.  In jail, he experienced a religious experience and  repented. Now, he works with other at-risk youngsters, trying to keep them from giving in to the culture of violence that envelops them. From: May 21, 1998 CNN Interactive article, "N. Ireland families want their children to inherit peace." 

Thoughts & Action....

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures
is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them;
that is the essence of inhumanity.


-From The Devil's Disciple, by George Bernard Shaw


A Force More Powerful- A Century of
Non-violent Conflict

AIDS: Global Health Catastrophe |
Global Health Failure

American Friends Service Committee

Americans for Peace Now

Amnesty International

Amnesty International USA

Analysis of Bias: The Public Record of Pat Robertson,
the President of the Christian Coalition

The Andrei Sakharov Foundation

Anti-Defamation League

Arab American Institute

Asian Human Rights Commission

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Beliefnet

The Cambodia Landmine Museum

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carter Center

The Center of Concern

Center for Constitutional Rights

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors

Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute

City of New Orleans

Civilrights.org

Coalition Against Hate Crimes

Coalition for an ICC
(International Criminal Court)

Coalition For International Justice

Committee for the Defense of
Human Rights

The Consortium on Peace Research,
Education & Development

Crimes of War Project

Crosspoint Anti Racism

Derechos

Earth Charter Initiative

Ellsberg.net

Fellowship of Reconciliation

First Step...

Freedom, Democracy, Peace;
Power, Democide, and War

Genocide Awareness

Gendercide Watch

Global Dialogue Institute

Global Exchange

Global Network Against Weapons
& Nuclear Power in Space

GRACE Nuclear Project

Guantánamo Bay - a human rights scandal

Hague Appeal for Peace

International Campaign for Tibet

Islamic Fundamentalism | Introduction

Harvard Sussex Program on
CBW (Chemical & Biological Weapons)
Armament & Arms Limitation


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights

Human Rights First

Human Rights Internet

Human Rights Links

Human Rights Watch
World Report 2005


Human Rights Web

IGC Internet

Institute for Policy Studies

Interfaith Alliance

International Action Center

International ANSWER

International Campaign to Ban Landmines

International Committee of
the Red Cross

International Coalition of Historic
Sites of Conscience


International Peace Bureau

Intolerance and the Christian Right

Islamic Human Rights Commission

The Justice Project: Campaign Against
Wrongful Executions

The King Center

Kiva

The Longest Walk

Make Poverty History

Middle East  Research and Information Project

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

The Montreal Institute for Genocide
and Human Rights Studies

MRA- Initiatives for Change

NAACP

National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People

National Coalition Against Censorship

National Organization of Women

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam
Oasis of Peace

"I would like to see the moment when there will be such a thing as Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam not only between the Palestinians and Israelis, but between all the people in the Middle East." -Faisal al-Husseini, Palestinian Leader

"Peace actually begins in our homes, in communities like this and in our hearts.  And it has to be nurtured between and among human beings,  and then passed on to our children." -Hillary Rodham Clinton

Non-violence Web

NGO Global Network

The One World Project

Ontario Consultants on  Religious Tolerance

Pathways to Peace

Peacewire

Peace Action

Peace Education Network

Peace Links

Peace Brigades International

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Pioneers of Change

The Portland International Initiative
for Ecology, Culture & Learning
(PIIECL) & the Learning (LECL)
master's program at Portland State
University

Positive Futures Network

Professors World Peace Academy

Quakers: The Religious Society of Friends

Radio for Peace International

Relief Web

Revolutionary Association of the
Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

Rome Statue of the International
Criminal Court
| U.S. the Loser by Opposing
World Court

Same-Sex Marriage Civil
Unions/Marriages in Vermont

The Shalom Center

Shundahai Network

Southern Poverty Law Center

Speak Truth to Power

The Sunshine Project

Tikkun.org

Tolerance.org

Tookie: Stands Against Gang Violence

Towards a Global Ethic (An Initial Declaration)

Troy Anthony Davis

U.S. State Department's Country Reports
on Human Rights Practices

UNESCO

UNOCAL in Burma

The United Nations

United Nations Development
Programme

United for Peace

Universal Rights Network

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library

UrgentCall.org

VietKa- Archives of the Vietnam Boat People

Vietnam War International War Crimes Tribunal

War Resisters League

Wellesley Centers for Women

West Africa Network for
Peace Building

Western States Legal Foundation

Wisdom of the Elders

Women's Action for New Directions

Women's International League for
Peace & Freedom

WomanWarPeace.org

World Conference Against Racism, Racial
Discrimination, Xenophobia & 
Related Intolerance

The World Development Movement

World Peace Prayer Society

World Social Forum

Worldwatch Institute

Quest for Peace
Quest For Peace ©
Dana Tiger


"
Women and men must start now to pay back the earth for the seasons of bounty we have been allowed.

We must be reverent toward our surroundings and share our vision of peace with everyone we meet.

When all the people of the world agree there is no need to fight, our debt to Mother Earth will be paid."

Further Acts of Intolerance and Cruelty

No man should experience this.
No woman should experience this.
No child should experience this.
No animal should experience this.
No words can describe this cruelty.
There are no words.
No tears are enough.

Evil must be opposed.
It must be fought.
Yet love transcends all.
It must. It must.

Lowell Greenberg
 

The American Anti-Slavery Group, Inc.

American Slave Narratives

Anti-slavery

Armenian National Institute

Bosnia Homepage

Cambodian Genocide Program- Yale University

Caste Discrimination: A Global Concern |
End Caste Discrimination

The Dark History of Medical Experimentation from the
Nazis to Tuskegee to Puerto Rico

East Timor Action Network/US

Free Burma Coalition

Genocide in Kurdistan

Genocide in Iraq:
The Anfal Campaign Against the Kurds

Clusters of Death
A global campaign is aimed at halting
the use of cluster bombs, which scatter
hundreds of ''bomblets'' and are
responsible for the deaths of thousands of
 civilians worldwide, most recently in Iraq.
The 57 nations that stockpile these
munitions reject a moratorium.


The Jamestown Foundation

Kashmirnet

Kurdish Human Rights Project

Leave None to Tell the Story:
Genocide in Rwanda

Lest We Forget

Liberation War Museum Online: Bangladesh

The Nanking Atrocities | The Nanking Massacre Project

Patterns of Global Terrorism | 2000 Report

Revelations from the Russian Archives

School of Americas Watch

Studies on Slavery

Slavery is...

Slavery in Today's Brazil

Slavery in the United States- 2010

Tibet Online

The Vanished Gallery

The Witches: Myth and Reality

WWW Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre
(1937-1938)

"There is no consensus on what a slave was or on how the institution of slavery should be defined. Nevertheless, there is general agreement among historians, anthropologists, economists, sociologists, and others who study slavery that most of the following characteristics should be present in order to term a person a slave. The slave was a species of property; thus, he belonged to someone else. In some societies slaves were considered movable property, in others immovable property, like real estate. They were objects of the law, not its subjects. Thus, like an ox or an ax, the slave was not ordinarily held responsible for what he did. He was not personally liable for torts or contracts. The slave usually had few rights and always fewer than his owner, but there were not many societies in which he had absolutely none. As there are limits in most societies on the extent to which animals may be abused, so there were limits in most societies on how much a slave could be abused. The slave was removed from lines of natal descent. Legally and often socially he had no kin. No relatives could stand up for his rights or get vengeance for him. As an "outsider," "marginal individual," or "socially dead person" in the society where he was enslaved, his rights to participate in political decision making and other social activities were fewer than those enjoyed by his owner. The product of a slave's labour could be claimed by someone else, who also frequently had the right to control his physical reproduction". From: "Slavery." Britannica CD 98® Multimedia Edition © 1994-1997. Emphasis, Bold and Underline are my own.


In myself I see a reflection of all humankind. I see the potentialities of all cultures and norms of behavior within me. To the extent I see, or I should say feel, the human capacity to be blind and indifferent, I feel the need to stay awake and alive. The realization that we are all part of one whole enlarges my self compassion and hopefully my ability to extend that compassion to my students.

Life & the Universal

 

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