Our hearts are broken from the news of senseless gun violence every day in the United States, especially after the horrific massacre in San Bernadino, California. We're dismayed to hear the media demonizing all Muslims because of the actions of a few. We're committed to organizing and strengthening our communities to build bridges of understanding and respect, instead of hate and prejudice, and that's why we're asking you to participate in Pop-Up for Peace gatherings.
Conversations over meals have been a place for healing and peacemaking for millennia. When we share stories and ask questions, we learn and feel more connected. There is so much confusion and fear around Syrian refugees, growing Islamophobia, ISIL/Daesh and whether peace is even possible. We feel it is time to gather our communities in conversation and connection.
Will you facilitate a Pop-Up for Peace gathering in your community to talk about the Middle East conflicts and growing Islamophobia here at home?
Beginning with last night in Los Angeles, the CODEPINK Local Peace Economy is organizing Pop-Up for Peace gatherings at restaurants and homes across the city. We have outreached to the Middle Eastern communities to partner with us and local media is alerting the community to the gatherings.
We are encouraging CODEPINK members nationwide to take this opportunity to gather and lead a conversation. Use your imagination: you can host a gathering in your home, make it potluck and invite friends. You can ask a local restaurant to make space available and reach out to the larger community. Pick a date, venue and format that works for you. Invite people from the Middle East to share stories or read stories from the press about the struggles refugees are facing. You can pass around the Menu for Peace, which will support conversation with facts and recipes for peace. People are longing to connect and talk. You can provide an easy format for that to happen. Our team is here and ready to support you.
Hungry for change,
PS: Join CODEPINK to be an international delegate for peace! Check out our upcoming trips to Cuba and events happening in Washington, DC.