Our Activities

In Spring 2022, we hosted an El Salvador Virtual Immersion at John Carroll University. We received a Mandel grant to cooperate with Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) on this project. CRISPAZ hosted us for a semester-long series of workshops. We learned how climate change—of which U.S. citizens are a leading cause—is causing emigration from El Salvador. We learned about the economics of migration—why illegal immigration makes economic sense to most Salvadorans, who can no longer make a living in agriculture due to climate change. We learned about gang violence, homophobic persecution, and El Salvador’s extremely high rate of femicide. The participants all spread the word about what they learned, using social media to encourage others to take actions consistent with our responsibilities to our global siblings.

We are seeking a board member who is either in El Salvador or wants to spearhead future El Salvador programs on a broader scale. We are preparing a poster and research on how the immersion changed attitudes.

We are seeking a board member who is either in El Salvador or wants to spearhead future El Salvador programs on a broader scale. We are preparing a poster and research on how the immersion changed attitudes.

In 2020, we produced a video of a wide variety of Americans’ wishing the people of Iran well during COVID-19. The video received numerous statements of appreciation by Iranians.

We are seeking permission from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to undertake virtual educational exchange programs between U.S. and Iranian universities. We are working on an op-ed asking President Biden to reestablish the Iran Deal and improve U.S.-Iranian relations by apologizing for the coup. We are also working on a video for Americans about how ordinary Iranians are being affected by U.S. sanctions.

We plan to host virtual classroom exchanges in which Iranian university students and/or professors will share information about their culture, challenges, and views on how to improve U.S.-Iranian relations. U.S. students and/or professors will provide information on cultural, political, economic, social, and/or international topics of interest to Iranian students.

We connected several pairs of Americans and Palestinians for friendship and mutual learning. We established a partnership with the West Bank-based Palestinian nonprofits Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center (Sabeel) and Youth Against Settlements (Kumi).

We are participating in a U.S. university student pro-Palestinian activist cooperative. This cooperative is working on how student groups can help each other and what support they need from Sabeel and Kumi to be maximally effective in providing educational and solidarityactivities for students. We are supporting Kumi and Sabeel by providing a volunteer to assist them with website development so that they can provide more information on Kumi’s weekly seminars to Americans who may be interested.

We will be promoting Kumi’s weekly seminars to spread information from the Occupied Territories on conditions, challenges, and activism opportunities. We plan to submit a proposal to develop an app to support pro-Palestinian activists in participating in planned actions, responding to media statements, and reaching out to officials.