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Dec 22, 2015, 2:11pm Kathy Kelly
December 20th -  Here in Kabul, young friends with the Afghan Peace Volunteers look forward  to learning more about “The Tea Project” in late December, when Aaron Hughes arrives, an artist, a U.S. military veteran, and a core member of...
Dec 9, 2013, 6:24pm Michael Lapsley
“I am a product of the people of South Africa.”Imagine for a moment what would have happened if Nelson Mandela had walked out of prison and said, “It’s time to get them.” We would have died in our millions. it is...
Jul 20, 2013, 7:12pm Nozomi Ikuta
Shortly after Madiba was released from prison on February 11, 1990, he traveled to New York, where he was greeted as an international hero. As the coordinator of a project related to the World Council of Churches – an organization that had stood up...
Apr 23, 2013, 2:33pm FOR
Sadly, the Syrian regime has imprisoned thousands of nonviolent civilians. We’re keeping track of 71 nonviolent prisoners of conscience who have been imprisoned for 60 days or more.Syrian organizations are leading the call to release...
Dec 6, 2012, 4:30pm Judy Bello
While I was in Pakistan in early October, I spent a day in Karachi with the family and supporters of a Pakistani political prisoner in the United States named Aafia Siddiqui. In Karachi it was clear that there is a lot of public support for Aafia...
Aug 25, 2012, 5:13pm Maureen McDonald
As I try to find words compelling enough to explain the ornate nature of these men and women that have earned the title “Prisoners of Conscience,” I struggle. My hope is that you will take a moment of your day to pray, write, or advocate...
Jun 16, 2012, 6:21pm Maureen McDonald
Writing letters is one of the best ways: It reminds the authorities that you are well aware of the person who is now missing from the lives of family, friends, colleagues and associates for one reason or another. In most cases the...
Jan 18, 2012, 12:51am Mohja Kahf
Who populates the Syrian revolution? The Syrian revolution has three core populations: urbanite survivors of the 2001 Damascus Spring, disenfranchised classes rural and urban, and the traditional opposition. Local histories, not dissidents abroad or...
Oct 27, 2011, 6:28pm Leila Zand
Current FOR status: Discontinued.The raging conflict in Syria is of great concern to peacemakers everywhere. The Fellowship of Reconciliation believes that domestic issues in any country must be resolved by citizens of that country, and we...
Sep 22, 2011, 1:33pm Leila Zand
In September of each year, heads of state from around the world arrive for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) is often actively engaged in meetings related to this event. This year the launch of the...