Want to purchase a ticket, but still not sure you can afford one? In order to join us, and support MPT's critical conflict intervention work, this month consider giving up just one of the following:
Two weeks of coffee at home, not coffee-shops
3 movies with popcorn
two nights out to dinner
Bike don't Drive - Do it yourself, and ask two loved ones to skip a trip in the car each week; donate the money saved toward a ticket.
Or: Ask your workplace, organization, place of worship to sponsor a ticket!
We at Michigan Peace Team are counting the days until our Signature event,Living Justice: Celebrating the Life and Work of Edward Said and Rachel Corrie. The event will be held at the elegant Greenfield Manor of Dearbon, and will feature speakersGrace Said (sister of political and intellectual figure Edward Said) and Cindy Corrie (mother of Rachel.Corrie, a young peace activitist killed working in the West Bank). This is a not-to-be-missed event that will include a spectacular meal, an exquisite silent auction, great talks, and dabke dancing.
We know that these are very challenging economic times, and yet the work has never been more important. We are asking you to seriously consider making the sacrifice to support MPT's work for peace. To order your tickets, send your check made out to Michigan Peace Team to Sr. Mary Ann Ford at 24071 Oneida, Oak Park, MI 48237 or purchase online at mptsigevent.blogspot.com. You can also call Liz Walters at 517-484-3178 or 517-231-7403 for more information.
We cannot guarantee seats after Nov. 3. Tables are filling quickly . . . RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY.
International Team Deployment Coordinator
Michigan Peace Team
(586) 419-1070 (direct line)
WIN 2 FREE TICKETS TO MPT'S
*Applications are due this Sunday, October 31st, 2010*
Why: You need a ticket; we can always use committed volunteers.
How it works: Submit a half-page 'essay' (300 words or less), explaining why you should get the tickets. You must include the following THREE THINGS:
1. Briefly state your Economic Need
(i.e. limited or no income, recent unemployment, student, etc.)
2. Make a signficant and meaningful commitment to volunteering with MPT between now and March 1st, 2011, and tell us HOW you will participate.
Choose one or more projects below (or suggest your own):
Create a Wiki Page for MPT Advanced Trainings (must have tech know-how)
Become an assistant Trainer for MPT (hands-on, on-site learning required-- mostly weekends)
Volunteer for Team Training Roleplays 3x (usually in Lansing, MI on Saturdays)
Interview new MPT Team Members (domestic or international team veterans only, 1-2 hours per interview)
Serve on an International Teams Policy Committee, early 2011 (great for returned team members or anyone who is familiar with conflict intervention work)
Volunteer in the MPT office in Lansing (assist staff, data entry, phone calls, and more)
Virtual Volunteer located anywhere, to work with International Teams Coordinator (via email and phone) on team deployment projects, must be tech-savvy and have reliable internet access
Volunteer to cook for 2011 Advanced Trainin weekends
Detroit Metro Area Volunteer to work with International Teams Coordinator on team deployment projects
Stuff Evelopes for upcoming campaigns
Commit to being an Anchor for an International Team for 1-3 months (International Team Veterans only, tell us what quarter of 2011: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)
Or, suggest your own project to benefit MPT!
3. List WHEN you are available to volunteer (Examples: weeknights? weekends? Fridays? Every other Thursday from 3-5? One Saturday a month?).
This team is currently on hold due to lack of an Anchor/veteran team member to lead the team. Without an anchor, a Winter team will not deploy, and prospectice Winter team membrs will be asked to consider joining the Spring Team in April (below). For general program info, see FAQs.Training begins late Fall. Contact Nicoler.MPT@gmail.com.
(scroll down to Events List at bottom of Idealist link).
This training intensive is a great step toward being a key member of International or Domestic Peace Teams with MPT! It's also wonderful for practicing everyday skills you can use for communication, conflict transformation and more-- at home, work and in your community.
Advanced Training is Now Open to everyone, not just International Team members! Learn advanced nonviolence skills, including intervention, affinity team building, communication tools, roleplay practice, and more. Advanced registration required for this Friday-Sunday intensive workshop (you chose the date that works for you, one of four + options per year). To register or for more information and upcoming dates: NicoleR.MPT@Gmail.com.
(Please note that it is the goal of MPT that information on this blog by our Peace Team members be presented in the most professional, factual way possible; however, the views or opinions expressed are those of the writer(s) only and do not necessarily reflect the view of MPT as an organization.)
MICHIGAN PEACE TEAM (MPT) SENDS TEAM OF FOUR TO THE WEST BANK
Citizens of the West Bank report that the presence of MPT members is effective in decreasing violence in the region.
West Bank; April 8, 2008: A four member team of the Michigan Peace Team, ages ranging from 26 - 69, has arrived in the Occupied West Bank. The team will be working with Palestinians, Israelis and other Internationals to promote nonviolent conflict resolution. MPT’s violence reduction team is prepared to engage in a variety of nonviolent methods to de-escalate potentially volatile situations. Team members accompany Palestinian children to school and shepherds to their fields (both of which are in danger of being attacked by extremist Israeli settlers), and act as international observers at military checkpoints. Additionally, they join with other Israelis, Palestinians and other Internationals in demonstrating against the Separation wall Israel is constructing on Palestinian land. On March 13, 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Islamic Summit in Dakar and relayed that violence against unarmed Palestinian citizens continues to escalate. He said that Israel’s disproportionate and excessive use of force against the Palestinians has led to a large number of civilian casualties, including children. "Israel has to comply with the law and international legality and show restraint. We condemn the Israeli attacks on Palestinian peoples," he said. Michigan Peace Team was founded in 1993. It provides trainings in active nonviolence designed for the specific needs of the participants, and deploys peace teams into places of conflict (both domestically and internationally) to reduce violence. MPT convenes, supports, and participates with local peace action groups and gatherings, and mentors individuals seeking experience with international tams in places of conflict. It also educates the public to the vision and practice of active nonviolence. MPT has deployed peace teams into areas of potential violence around the world. XXX
MPT Fields Four Special Teams in 2009!
Click here for our Special Exploratory Juarez Team Blog
MPT in India
International Ghandi Award: Founder Peter Dougherty Honored
Click here for our blog on the MPT Team to the Gaza Freedom March