2017 Peacebuilders Camp

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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Food desert to food oasis

Do you know what a food desert is? Our campers do! Not only that, they also now know someone who has turned a food desert into a food oasis! We were honored today to have Jeff Delp of Carver Market in South Atlanta join us for the afternoon. He described his neighborhood, just a mile … 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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Right to a fair trial, part 2

Our second week campers had a great experience on Friday learning about the right to a fair trial. In the morning, we were joined by Brian Hoffman from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s office in near-by Lumpkin, Georgia. Brian and other attorneys in the SPLC’s SIFI program work there to represent asylum-seekers who are detained … 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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Is health care a human right?

Our campers are off on their overnight trip to Ellenton, Georgia, where they will be stocking a food pantry at a clinic that serves migrant farmworkers and their families, touring the fields where these workers harvest the produce that ends up on our tables, and exercising their right to leisure at the paddle-in campground at … Continue reading »

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What does dignity mean?

There is a lot of information that needs to get into our campers’ heads each Monday of camp. They learn the names of their fellow campers and of staff members, they become familiar with Koinonia’s campus and customs, they review the rules of camp, and they are introduced to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. … 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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