Author Archives: Jonah McDonald

Alumni Spotlight: Madison Werner (Counselor in Training)

What I Learned From Being a Counselor at Peacebuilders Summer Camp, a Program Helping Middle Schoolers Explore Social Justice Issues Originally published in Affinity Magazine The history of humankind has been one of innovation; however, with innovation comes suffering. While civilizations have consistently been evolving, this sort of extensive change always comes at the expense … Continue reading »

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Alumni Spotlight: Izabelle Cool

To prepare myself for the future, I plan to go to college and get a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. This major includes the studies of women, peace, Black culture, and other cultures. I plan to go to the Peace Corps for their 2 year program and teach English in another country. From there I plan … Continue reading »

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What is our duty to the community?

The last day of camp is unusual because the theme is not a human right, but rather a duty. Article 29 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.” Why wrap up camp with discussion of our duties … Continue reading »

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Actions you can take to create peace

All summer, we’ve been highlighting the human rights our campers have been exploring at camp and offering you ways you can act in solidarity to create more peace and justice. Here’s that list of actions all in one place: The Right to a Nationality (Article 15) Instead of just hot dogs and hamburgers for a … Continue reading »

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The freedom of conscience is central to peacebuilding

One of the most meaningful ideas our campers learn about at camp is the right to freedom of conscience. At the age of 13 and 14, they are very focused on developing their sense of conscience and defining what they believe. So this is a perfect age to introduce our campers to adults who have lived a … Continue reading »

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The right to food

Our third and final group of 2017 campers arrived at Koinonia Farm yesterday. Our counselors are tired, yet inspired to see the passion and commitment of our campers. Today, we explore the right to food, which is part of Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living … Continue reading »

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Your right to a fair trial is essential because…

Our campers just returned from Ellenton, Georgia, where we had a very FULL two days. We restocked a food pantry for migrant farm workers, took a tour of local farms and saw firsthand the inequality between the farm owner’s mansion and the laborers’ old trailers, and we exercised our right to leisure by paddling, swimming, … Continue reading »

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Healthcare – a right for all!

If only our Senators, Representatives, and President could attend Peacebuilders Camp this summer! Though the debate in Congress centers around whether healthcare is a right or a commodity, we believe strongly that all humans deserve the right to medical care. And the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is clear that healthcare is a right for all. Article 25: “Everyone has … Continue reading »

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Who doesn’t have access to the arts?

To be excluded from participation in the arts might not seem as essential as lacking access to the right to food, clothing, or housing. But human rights are often interconnected and people with less access to housing and food are often also restricted from artistic expression. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights doesn’t separate the arts out either, … Continue reading »

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Express yourself! (and help others access this right)

We hear a lot about freedom of speech as laid out in the U.S. Bill of Rights. However, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights takes a slightly different approach in Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and … Continue reading »

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