Friday, March 27, 2009

Peace-TAGGING Peacemakers!

Peace-taggingpeople (publicly presenting a PeaceTag to a “peacemaker”) was initiated during the 2008 Seeds of Compassion conference. I will never forget the moment that Emily Hine presented the Dalai Lama with a PeaceTag! It was magical. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd of hundreds convened at a forum on “compassionate philanthropy.” That day, Peacetags became emblematic of the global effort to create more peace in the world and to help heal the wounds of war.
Well, intrepid PeaceTags Ambassador, Emily Hine, is at it again! Emily recently attended the Peace Alliance Conference in Washington D.C. (March 20-23rd, 2009). The aim of the conference is to create a United States Department of Peace! (Now there’s an awesome concept!!!)

Here is Emily “Tagging” Rita Marie Johnson, an amazing woman who founded a peace education organization called the Rasur Foundation, and the Academy for Peace of Costa Rica.
Rita is about to address the conference attendees:

Here is Rita Marie Johnson addressing the 500 conference attendees (wearing her PeaceTag!):
And with our friend Emily:
Emily was also delighted to “Tag” a remarkable man, Azim Khamisa.
Azim’s son Tariq was killed when he was 20 years old as part of a gang violence initiation. The killer was 14 years old. As Azim processed his grief, he realized quickly that there were two victims in this killing, one on each side of the gun. So, he started the Tariq Khamisa Foundation which is dedicated to Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence by Empowering Kids, Saving Lives, and Teaching Peace.

Here is Azim signing copies of his book, “The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit: How to Bounce Back from Life’s Hardest Hits” (His PeaceTag has slipped inside his jacket but it's there!)It's amazing how many people are talking about, thinking about and working for peace!!! We are living in complex and challenging times. That's for sure. But nothing can hold back peacemaker momentum! Thank you Emily for introducing the PeaceTags community to these fantastic peacemakers!!!!

Who creates more peace in your world? Shouldn’t they be wearing a PeaceTag?…….

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