Author Archives: Jonah McDonald

Alumni Spotlight: Safiyyah Ameer

When campers say goodbye at the end of each session, our hope is that they will return to their communities and find ways to use their skills and raise their voices to advocate for positive change wherever they see a need. Peacebuilders 2016 alum Safiyyah Ameer (known at camp as Gracen) did just that, and … Continue reading »

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Alumni Spotlight: Haden Bowden

In our first session of Peacebuilders 2018, campers learned about the right every human being has to a nationality. A few months after camp, one of campers from that week, Haden, met a man wanting to claim that right. Along with his mom and sister and some friends, Haden visited at Stewart Detention Center, one … Continue reading »

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Peacemakers Cody and Cortney Southerland of Special Kneads and Treats

Our final group of 2018 campers departed an hour ago – heading back to their homes in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Ohio. We cheered loudly for each other as each name was called at our graduation ceremony. 18 of these 20 campers are returners – some for a third year! Then the kids exchanged contact info, … Continue reading »

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Peacemakers Douglas Scott and Full Radius Dance

Peacebuilders Camp’s focus on human rights can lead us to take action in support of a wide range of causes and communities. In just these past three weeks, our campers have explored the Fair Trade movement, the Israel-Palestine conflict, health care disparities for migrant farm workers, hip hop and freedom of expression, Malala Yousafzai’s story … Continue reading »

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Peacemaker Isabella Pfeiffer

The February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida stunned and saddened our county. But in the midst of calls for thoughts and prayers, the surviving students stood up and took action. Isabella Pfeiffer is a rising senior at Stoneman Douglas High. After surviving the shooting, she and some … Continue reading »

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Peacemakers Jessica Lamb and John McKown

Thursday at Peacebuilders Camp was centered around one of the most stark and intense human rights: “No one should be held in slavery for any reason.” Unfortunately, human trafficking – a form of modern day slavery – is all too common in the world … and in the United States. When slavery is mentioned, many people have an … Continue reading »

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Don’t be a bystander!

During our discussion of the right to dignity, we seek to give campers tools with which they can disrupt injustice. What can you do when you see someone being disrespected, hurt, or oppressed? Campers first discussed the bystander effect: …and then they watched this video: Then campers split into groups of four and created skits … Continue reading »

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Guest Peacemaker Cameron Williams (aka C-Grimey)

Peacebuilders Camp welcomed a hip hop star to camp on Friday! C-Grimey (aka Cameron Williams) from Chattanooga joined us for a day centered around the celebration of the right to expression. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that all people have the right to freedom of opinion and expression. But as Cameron explained to … Continue reading »

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Guest Peacemaker Izzy Pitman

Izzy Pitman just graduated from Paideia School in Atlanta where she was a varsity ultimate player. As she drove up, campers Kalindi and Prince recognized her and cheered. Izzy had been teaching ultimate at their after school program for the last year and now here she was at Peacebuilders Camp! The boys were excited to … Continue reading »

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Guest Peacemaker Bill Harris

On Tuesday, to meet their first special guest peacemaker, campers traveled to Guatemala. Well, to the Guatemala house at the Habitat for Humanity Global Village in Americus. There they met Bill Harris, the founder of Café Campesino who is a strong advocate for fair trade. Through his leadership and example, Café Campesino has become part … Continue reading »

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