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Peace Camp Canada Inspires Massachusetts Peace Camp

Len and Libby Traubman sent us the following story about how the work of peaceful dialogue is blossoming through an expanding network of Peace Camps. Beginning in 2002, three high school girls — Muslim, Christian and Jew — met in Ottawa, Canada. These daughters of diplomats engaged, communicated well, and transcended borders to find their shared humanity and dreams. One girl, 18-year-old Michelle Divon, had a dream of expanding relationship building that she wouldn’t let go of. With tireless pursuit, her vision soon became Peace Camp Canada (http://peacecampcanada.org/).

Now the Canadian experience has spread to Massachusetts, to help birth Peace Camp Boston (http://bostonpeaceinitiative.org/). The camps’ co-directors are Palestinian, Ibrahim Miari (imiari@gmail.com) and Jewish Elan Divon (elandiv@hotmail.com). This 2007 summer, Peace Camp Canada is again convening with 10 Israeli, 10 Palestinian and Canadian youth delegates. Their camp experience includes intensive dialogue, the creative arts and leadership building. To spread this story around Earth, a film team from Harvard University is participating in this year’s camp. They will produce a feature documentary about the campers and their transformative experiences. Their story on film will help change many more hearts and minds — and human relationships. These camps are part of an expanding family of independent North American camps for the Middle East public peace process. For more information, visit Len and Libby’s website: http://traubman.igc.org/camps.htm.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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