CELEBRATING THE 2013 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
CPC's late Executive Director, Barbara Boughton, spoke
at the International Day of Peace celebration at the Railroad Street Youth Project
in Great Barrington, Massachusetts .
Setting the tone was a quote from
Across That Bridge
by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a civil rights hero who marched with Martin Luther King:
"Our purpose while we are on this earth, in the most basic sense,
is to be a light that shines&151;to fully express our gifts so that others might see.
When they witness our splendor, when we show them it is possible to shine radiantly
even in the darkest night, they begin to remember that they are stars also, meant to
light up the world....Be a mentor to encourage others to create and flourish."
Here's Barbara Boughton's full speech.
PEACE CONFERENCE A BIG SUCCESS!
Pathways to Peaceful Living: Tools and
Explorations, co-sponsored with Hancock Shaker Village,
took place September 17, 2011 at Hancock
Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA, a designated City of
Keynote Speaker for the Conference is Congressman
Congressman Dennis Kucinich gave a stirring and inspiring keynote address about lasting peace, and
there were 18 interactive workshops focusing on diverse peaceful
practices, from the past and the present, that inspire
people to live more peaceful lives.
You can now view that speech online.
As quoted in the Berkshire Eagle, Kucinich praised the conference, saying
that such gatherings "have great power. Through the luminous quality of
these gatherings you create a counter-balance, a potential for a new world
to emerge. People are gathering all around the world for a similar
The evening was capped by an outstanding concert by
Paul Winter, a journey through his world of "living music."
Here's detailed coverage
of the event as described in the Berkshire Eagle. (pdf)
Greenagers was founded by The Center for Peace through Culture
based on an idea that originally came out of a
forum held by CPC in the 1980s. We invited two scientists, two artists and
two philosophers from around the country to meet together around a pressing issue: there was so much pollution on
Long Island at that time that the water was unsafe to drink. We then led them through a
think tank process we developed, and they came up with the idea of recruiting teenagers into an
"environmental army" to awaken their parents, teachers and fellow
students into action around the issue. Their name would be Greenagers.
In September 2007, The Center For Peace Through Culture launched
today's Greenagers project in Great Barrington, MA. Greenagers is now an independent organization, and the
intellectual, spiritual, creative, and physical energies of young people
continue to focus on projects that will make a difference to local communities and to the
MONTEREY MEETS NGALLA / PEOPLE TO PEOPLE PROJECT
CPC has established a Sister City relationship between a small town in the
western mountains of Massachusetts and a small African city. Monterey, MA and Ngalla,
Cameroon, are working together to strengthen human and financial resources to fight
the spread of Malaria and HIV/AIDS through African Action on AIDS.
Benis on Graduation Day
An African Action on Aids / Batonga Foundation Scholar selected for
Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program.
Eighteen year old OYEBOG Benis ADAH is the youngest of a family of 6 children. Their mother is
a woman farmer who lives in their native village. Benis and her sister
Akwi have been under Batonga Foundation/ African Action on AIDs
Scholarship since 2007. They are raised by their paternal uncle in
Yaoundé. After a very slow start due to the psychological shock of
loosing her father and moving from rural to city school, Benis is now
doing extremely well. She got her GCE-Ordinary level with 11 papers
grade A and B.
She was named the Girl of the year by African Action on
AIDS not only based on her academy success but for her leadership in
the community! Though a very strong sciences student, Benis has
decided to registered for GCE- Advanced Level in Arts. She was the
President of the Health and Environmental Club in Mario Academic
Complex and also the School Sanitation Prefect in 2013/2014. In this
capacity, she made sure that the school environment was clean and
encouraged her school mates to keep their bodies clean for better
health. Recently she was the best in a school contest on detail
knowledge about HIV/AIDS. This is good news in a country like
Cameroon where only 26% of women and 38% of men can speak easily
The conference will be held in The United States from July 25-August 15, 2015
The Aunty Laraine African Action on AIDS toilet, one of two toilets honoring CPC Board members
for their work getting clean water and toilets to the people of Negalla.