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March 17th, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 17, 2016

We give thanks for the peacemakers-in-training in Iraqi Kurdistan, who recently passed the halfway mark of their training. We ask for endurance and fortitude for all involved in this training, as the group shares skills, learns history, and experiments with peacemaking and justice-seeking in this specific context.

*Epixil for Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 Sixth Sunday in Lent
Trainees in Kurdistan experiment with a "hassle line"
Trainees in Kurdistan experiment with a "hassle line"
Isaiah 43:19
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.
Isaiah 50:6-8

*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

March 16th

CPT-EUROPE: "Sinking in the Sea and Walking for a Better World"

CPTnet
March 17, 2016
CPT-Europe: "Sinking in the Sea and Walking for a Better World"
By Ronbir Mohammad

(This article is the first in a new series of reflections: "The Border is Everywhere.")

 

In the summer of 2013, I walked with a group of refugees and allies from Malmö in the South of Sweden to Stockholm, the Swedish capital, as part of what we called “Aylstafetten.” We wished to transform Sweden to a country where refugees would be treated as human beings. Many of the refugees walking with us had no legal status and were “without papers.” For many of them, it was the first time experiencing solidarity from so many white Europeans.

As we moved in the capital amidst its power dynamics, some of those same dynamics were reproduced among the walkers, whether we wanted it or not. Some of us were white Swedes, others non-white Swedes born in Sweden, some non-white Swedes born outside Sweden who had acquired citizenship, others refugees with residence permits, and some refugees lacking residence permits but present in the country legally. The most vulnerable were refugees without papers who could be captured at any time and deported to “their countries”.

But during the walk we were equals. Whether we were swimming in the blue lakes of Sweden, walking past the small red houses in the countryside, or handing out leaflets and shouting slogans, we were equals. We were equals when we enjoyed the tasty Afghan food our fellow comrades made, or when we were singing, reciting poetry, and giving each other massages. We were comrades. During the month we walked, conflicts broke out and were solved. Stories of love, jealousy, tears, and laughter. The solidarity between the walkers was so strong that sometimes, as I was simply walking along and smoking, my heart was so filled with joy I wanted to shed tears.

March 15th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: February 2016 Newsletter

in:

CPT Iraqi Kurdistan Newsletter - February 2016


FEBRUARY 2016

Iraqi Kurdistan

CPT 2016 trainees in Iraqi Kurdistan organised a public action to show solidarity with unpaid government workers in Kurdistan. The government has not paid the employees for last 5-6 months, so the workers are facing a very difficult situation now.

The trainees team envisioned the event to be held in Azadi Park in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan on Feb 19 th 2016. However, authorities denied approval for this action.

CPT trainees decided to perform it on the CPT office`s rooftop and capture it on video to share with you all.

To watch the movie, click here:
public action movie



March 13th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Apply by April 1 for CPT September Training in Berlin/Germany

CPT INTERNATIONAL: invites applications for the next Christian Peacemaker Teams Corps training organized in Berlin/Germany in September 2016. Deadline April 1, 2016.


Does Christian Peacemaker Teams’ style of peacemaking, confronting injustice, and undoing oppressions work fit with yours? Is now the time to take the next step and join the Peacemaker Corps? For the second time in the history of CPT, training for new Corps members will take place in Europe, this time in Berlin/Germany. The training will be held in English. Upon successful participation in the training, you will be eligible to apply for any of CPT’s stipended positions on one of our projects as well as any position at the administrative level.

If you are interested and you have participated in one of CPT’s delegations (or planning to do so in the next few months), please send your application to join the CPT Corps training by April 1, 2016. The training will take place in Berlin/Germany from September 1 to October 2, 2016. You can find the instructions for the application process at: http://www.cpt.org/participate/peacemaker/apply.

CPT is committed to anti-oppression work both in and out of CPT and seeks others interested in this work. If you have any questions, feel free to email Kryss Chupp, Personnel Coordinator, at personnel@cpt.org. 

March 10th

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 10, 2016

We give thanks for the peacemakers-in-training in Iraqi Kurdistan, who recently passed the halfway mark of their training. We ask for endurance and fortitude for all involved in this training, as the group shares skills, learns history, and experiments with peacemaking and justice-seeking in this specific context.

*Epixil for March 13, 2016 Fifth Sunday in Lent
Trainees in Kurdistan experiment with a "hassle line"
Trainees in Kurdistan experiment with a "hassle line"
Isaiah 43:19
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19

*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

March 1st

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 1, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 2, 2016

Give thanks for the nonviolent activists in Hebron who faithfully carry out the Open Shuhada Street demonstrations every year. Twenty-two years after Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein slaughtered twenty-nine men and boys while they were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque, these activists from Hebron and their supporters continue to demand their rights to live a free and dignified life in the area where Palestinian rights became severely restricted after the massacre. 

March 6, 2016  Fourth Sunday in Lent

Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart. Psalm 32:10-11

 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

February 29th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY: Supporting the Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt at Short Hills Park


“Hunting lies at the core of Haudenosaunee Culture, just as much as growing gardens,” a 2015 report from the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority stated. “Our relationship with the animals reminds us of our place within the circle of life. If we are to remain people of the land, protectors of the natural world, we need to maintain our place within that circle: feeding our people by hunting reminds us of our continuing responsibilities.” 

As it did in 2014, CPT provided a team of four to five individuals for all six to support the Haudenosaunee right to hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park (November 14-15, 19-20, 28-29). They joined Supporters of the Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt – which included many Indigenous people, a local women’s drumming group, and the Hamilton Animal Liberation Team (HALT). Together with Supporters of Haudenosaunee Right to Hunt, the team helped organise a ‘Peace Food Table’ (food supplied by Food Not Bombs as well as through financial sponsorship by churches), to shift the supporters’ message from one of opposition to invitation.  

The anti-hunt protest consisted of up to twenty-five people, with seven individuals consistently present in the morning and evening of the hunt. 

February 26th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Week in photos 16-23 February 2016

 

Shuhada Street

Pictured here: A group of forty-fifty Palestinian, Israeli and international activists processed down to the gate of the army base in Bab il Baledeyya in a nonviolent demonstration organized by Hebron Defense Committee. The demonstration was held in Hebron for Open Shuhada Street to commemorate the 1994 massacre at the Ibrahim Mosque, and to ask for the freedom of Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qiq who has been on hunger strike since November.
(20/02/2016)

February 24th

Prayers for Peacemakers, February 24, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, February 24, 2016

Pray for the European Convergence currently taking place in Hamburg.  Pray for the participants as they come up with strategies for a CPT training in Europe this year and for continuing CPT-Europe’s ministry to refugees and asylum-seekers crossing the Mediterranean.

February 28, 2016  Third Sunday in Lent
Photo from last year's European Convergence in London
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk
 without money and without price.  Isaiah 55:1
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

February 23rd

IRAQI KURDISTAN VIDEO: Action in solidarity in unpaid state in employees

CPTnet
23 February 2016
IRAQI KURDISTAN VIDEO:  Action in solidarity in unpaid state in employees

What if you had to go to work every day and not get paid?  The 2016 Christian Peacemaker Trainees in Sulaimani wanted to show solidarity with Kurdish Regional Government employees facing exactly this dilemma.  They had planned to undertake their action in Suleimani’s Azadi Park on 19 February 2016, but the government authorities denied them a permit.

Instead, they shot this video on top of the roof of the CPT apartment.  Please share widely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXbPKIP7EYg

 

Currently, our CPT Iraqi Kurdistan needs a new washing machine,that would allow team members to wash clothes without wasting too much water, electricity and time.

A new functional washing machine costs $350 in Iraqi Kurdistan.
If you decide to help us, please, click on this link and make sure you mention that you would like to donate for new washing machine. 



Thank you very much!