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  • "Earth Care Day Camp" at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church

    Published May 27, 2015

    Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland, OR last year helped to organize and host an "Earth Care Day Camp." The team provided for transportation, a nutritious snack and lunch every day for the campers, and introduced the 16 youth and 9 children to themes of water, trees, watershed management, food gardens, pollinators, wildlife habitat, wildlife. Tangible enhancements included increased native planting, the establishment of two pollinator gardens, increased water sources for wildlife, and a re-planting of a demonstration garden as an alternative to lawn. Only 3 of the 25 young people had had previous contact with CHPC and most brought ...

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    From Eco-Journey

  • International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

    Published May 26, 2015

    From the United Nations:

    The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 60/119 of 8 December 2005, requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

    In the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory is defined as a Territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government”.

    In 1946, several UN Member States identified a number of Territories under their administration that were not self-governing and placed them on a UN list. Countries administering Non-Self-Governing Territories are called administering Powers.  As a result of the decolonization process over the years, most of ...

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    From Swords into plowshares

  • Tell Congress to Advocate for Palestinian Children

    Published May 26, 2015

    From our colleagues in the Office for Public Witness:

    The detention of Palestinian minors by Israel raises serious concerns about lack of due process and ill-treatment.  These concerns serve as a call to action for those who feel a responsibility to care for the most weak and vulnerable members of society.

    According to the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, as of the end of March 2015, 184 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli custody.   Furthermore, as B’Tselem notes, “the military law applied in the West Bank…denies them the protections accorded to minors under both international and Israeli ...

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    From Swords into plowshares

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