Peacebuilders Camp On The Web is off to a great start! With surprisingly few technical glitches, eight campers gathered on Zoom, started to get to know each other through games and activities, watched a video about human rights, considered how their different identities give them special insights into important issues, and together composed the camp covenant that will guide our work together as a community. That’s a lot to accomplish in one day!
Campers were asked to consider different groups that they identify with, then to think about the great things and not-so-great things that come along with that identity. What stereotypes do others have of people in that group? What valuable perspectives do they hold as a result of their experiences as part of the group? Here are some of the things we learned:
- Muslim girls and women can face judgment from others if they choose not to cover their hair and can be accused of not really being Muslim.
- Many people who identify as LGBTQ have found a strong and nurturing community.
- People of color are strong because history has made them strong. They have an enhanced sense of empathy.
- People with invisible disabilities face special challenges that can make ordinary living scary for them and for the people who love them.
- Many people of color feel that they are stereotyped as dangerous, uneducated, unpredictable.
- LGBTQ individuals have insight to offer to the Black Lives Matter movement, and have a special concern for Black trans women who are under attack.
As you can see, in even just one day together, we’ve started to build trusting relationships and tackle some significant issues. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds!
We are so grateful to our supporters who have continued to fund our work through the past uncertain months, and who have helped us remain committed to providing the best programming possible for our campers. Besides our generous donors, we appreciate the support we receive from New England War Tax Resisters, Georgia Council for Developmental Disabilities, and the Clif Bar Family Foundation.