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News :: Environment
With Earth and Each Other: Pete Seeger and Friends
04 Nov 2010
An hour-long internet-based group-watching experience hosted by Emmy and Tony Award Winner Mandy Patinkin, With Earth and Each Other will feature celebrities, special musical performances including the legendary Pete Seeger, and segments highlighting many of the wonderful and moving examples of Middle East cooperation.
Across the Middle East, despite great cultural, religious, and political divides, individuals and organizations are coming together to find common ground and friendship on platforms ranging from the environment to music to soccer and so much more. Join with friends in your community and like-minded people around the world for a once-in-a-lifetime gathering to support and celebrate the many cooperative and cross-border efforts between individuals at the grassroots level with the hopes of building a new, sustainable, and better Middle East

An hour-long internet-based group-watching experience hosted by Emmy and Tony Award Winner Mandy Patinkin, With Earth and Each Other will feature celebrities, special musical performances including the legendary Pete Seeger, and segments highlighting many of the wonderful and moving examples of Middle East cooperation. With Earth and Each Other will demonstrate that there is more to the Middle East than conflict.

This is not a political rally. The purpose is not to take a side, say who is right or wrong, or suggest what the peace process or the solution should look like. Instead, the purpose is to raise the voices of those on all sides, and throughout the world that yearn for peace, to marginalize those who try to undermine it, and to show the world that there is another side of the conflict in which people across borders are striving to work together for the betterment of all.

So spread the word, sign up to attend a local rally watching event, and let's join together for this special day to bring hope to a new future for the Middle East and for all of us.

Sponsoring Organizations Include:

The Abraham Fund Initiatives serves as both a private funder of coexistence and reconciliation programs, as well as a direct provider of programs aimed at strengthening coexistence, equality, and cooperation among Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens. (www.abrahamfund.org)

The Adam Institute for Democracy & Peace creates and runs educational programs to promote tolerance and respect, teach conflict resolution skills and strengthen democratic principles in Israel and the region. The Institute reaches out to Jews (religious and secular), Arabs, school children of all ages, teachers, new immigrants, veteran Israelis, women’s groups and community activists. Cross-border programs include dialogue seminars for Palestinian and Israeli educators, journalists and young leaders. (www.adaminstitute.org.il)

A New Way brings together Arabs and Jews in Israel through joint activities for schoolchildren involving music, art, drama, science, and environmental studies. By teaching the children, and as a result their teachers, parents, and communities, about each other’s cultures, A New Way reduces prejudice and stereotypes while promoting mutual respect, trust, and enrichment. (www.anewway.org.il)

The Arab-Jewish Community Center, established in 1993, fosters better understanding, tolerance, and democratic values among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations in Jaffa while preserving ethnic, religious and national identities. The Center provides the community with a wide variety of programs, ranging from social welfare and assistance to families in need, to educational programs, empowerment initiatives, multi-cultural events and celebrations.

At the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Jewish and Arab university and graduate students cross political boundaries to conduct joint research on environmental and natural resource matters. Living and studying together, they also explore and learn about their respective cultures, building peace and a sustainable environment. (www.arava.org)

AREEN/Future Vision is a Palestinian NGO founded in mid-2005. The organization’s vision is to strengthen the role and participation of Palestinian youth in building a Palestinian democratic civil society, with institutions and a legal system which will offer social justice within society especially for women, youth and children. Our vision, message, and programs are geared towards improving the terms and conditions of life and increasingly involve working with Israelis and Jews. (www.3areen.org)

Artsbridge, Inc.: Making a Difference Through Artutilizes collaborative art making and reflective dialogue to build lasting relationships between youth caught on either side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We provide a safe environment, which cultivates creativity, voice, respectful listening and dialogue, empowering today’s youth to become leaders in the quest for peace in and between their own communities. (www.artsbridgecamp.org)

Beyond Words works to empower women, heal emotional wounds and traumas, and undermine prejudice relating to the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflicts. The organization runs workshops, training sessions, and courses for Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze, Arab and Israeli women educators, professionals and leaders using an innovative multi-disciplinary educational model. The sessions touch participants on physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels all at once. (www.beyondwords.org.il)

CARE aims at promoting dialogue, democracy accepting the other, recognizing the right of the other to live secure, promoting Human Rights and non-violent conflict resolution. CARE also initiates and engages in Palestinian Israeli Joint educational projects. (www.care-palestine.com)

The Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is a Palestinian NGO committed to an alternative approach to conflict transformation. We cherish the values of peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, respect and hope. It is our mission to contribute to a prospering, non-violent Palestine by empowering marginalized groups to participate in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. CCRR seeks to strengthen democracy, human rights and justice as they are essential to a lasting peace. (www.ccrr-pal.org.)
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See also:
http://withearthandeachother.org/

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