Author Archives: Jonah McDonald

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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Rest and Leisure are Human Rights

In a country with as much wealth and privilege as the United States, it can be easy to forget that many people do not have access to their human right to rest and leisure (Article 24, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic … Continue reading »

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How to have a Human Rights 4th of July

Here at Peacebuilders Camp, we recognize that not everyone has access rights that many people celebrate in the United States on the 4th of July. So we’ll be celebrating U.S. Independence Day by learning about the right to a nationality (Article 15, Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and doing activities that recognize that many people … Continue reading »

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2017 Peacebuilders Camp is here!

We hope you’ll follow along with our campers this summer! Here are ways to participate in Peacebuilders Camp from afar: Read our blog. Curriculum Director Marilyn McGinnis will be posting pictures and stories from camp on this blog in the evenings. Follow on Facebook. We’ll be posting pictures and videos on Facebook. At the end … Continue reading »

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Young Activist Spotlights

Our 2016 Peacebuilders have been doing great things since camp in July. In honor of Dr. King, we’re posting highlights of our campers’ service. Scroll down to see how these committed young people are keeping the Dream alive!

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Art, dignity, and community

After more than 9 months of preparations, Peacebuilders Camp welcomed Dwayne Szot of Zot Artz to Americus, Georgia. Dwayne’s career as an artist has led him to notice that the tools available to artists are not welcoming, useable, or accessible to many people with mobility differences. So he did something about it! He created Zot Artz, … Continue reading »

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Alumni Spotlight: Royce Mann

Royce Mann, a Peacebuilders Camp alum from 2011, has become quite famous recently. His slam poetry performance, “White Boy Privilege” has gone viral. Though we hope to interview personally soon, we’ll wait until he’s done fielding calls from CNN,, and People magazine. For now, please watch his inspiring poem and an interview with him … Continue reading »

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Our work for peace; our work for justice …between the pecan orchard and blueberry fields.

Peacebuilders Camp staff arrived at Koinonia yesterday afternoon, and we are hard at work preparing for the first session to begin on Monday. The farm is as welcoming and peaceful as ever, and it’s easy here to feel isolated, or at least buffered, from all that’s going on beyond the pecan orchard to the north … Continue reading »

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What would you do?

Peacebuilders Camp is uses the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a foundation to teach youth about social justice issues. In the 21st century, some argue that human rights issues are no longer a problem. We assert that these issues are still rampant and the problem of lack of access to human rights is still an … Continue reading »

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