MEMBERS OF ONE FRAME

All human beings are members of one frame

since all, at first, from the same essence came.

When time afflicts a limb with pain

the other limbs cannot at rest remain.

If thou feel not for other’s misery

a human being is no name for thee.

Sa’adi (13th century Persian poet)

What other’s misery are you feeling these days?

What hopeful solutions give you energy?

“ACKNOWLEDGING THE TRAGEDY; CONSIDERING THE LEGACY; LEST WE FORGET”

Over a span of 500 years, more than 18 million people were forcefully removed from Africa under an economic system that provided free labor to the Americas and Europe. The United Nations General Assembly has resolved to erect a permanent memorial at UN headquarters in New York City to honor the victims of one of the greatest assaults on the integrity and dignity of human beings. The memorial will also educate people about racism and prejudice and the lingering consequences of slavery in our world today.  Honoring the victims of the largest forced migration in the history of the world, the monument will be completed in 2013. To learn more, go to   http://www.unslaverymemorial.org/     (English only)

UN INFORMATION CENTRES (UNICs) AROUND THE WORLD

“The United Nations cannot reach its purposes if the peoples of the world are not fully informed of its aims and activities. Located in over 60 countries, UN Information Centres help local communities obtain up-to-date information on the UN and its activities.” (UNIC website)

To see where UNICs are located in your part of the world, go to

English            http://www.un.org/aroundworld/unics/english/about.htm

French             http://unic.un.org/aroundworld/unics/fr/index.asp

Spanish           http://unic.un.org/aroundworld/unics/es/index.asp

THE INNER WORLD OF THE IMMIGRANT CHILD: AUTHOR COMES TO THE UN

In February a talented teacher and published author participated in the Commission on the Status of Women. Cristina Igoa’s eight days in New York City were filled with governmental sessions, side events, discussion groups, and meeting people. She conversed with Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and now Director of UN Women; Fatima Abdel Mahmoud, first woman to run for President of Sudan; and Marta Santos Pais, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children. In each case Cristina made connections to her numerous classroom experiences with immigrant children.

Cristina’s words: “My time at the UN was a profoundly moving experience that left me invigorated with new energy and inspiration to continue to help immigrant children receive the interventions they need to succeed in school and to be productive members of their new society as well as the global community. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this event.” For more information go to www.cristinaigoa.com.

TWO HOPEFUL SOLUTIONS

This short documentary captures people around the globe trying to make a living despite challenging situations. Relationships with the earth and with others are highlighted as hopeful solutions to the needs of our world.  In Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Kiswahili, Português, and Russian.  http://www.momentaufnahme.at/video.php/

An amazing 5-minute video shows how to turn plastic back into oil. Watch ingenuity in action.  http://www.flixxy.com/convert-plastic-to-oil.htm  (in Japanese with English subtitles)

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR JAPAN

Go to this website for inspiring Stations of the Cross for Japan:

http://bit.ly/eYrQZv

THE MILLION TREE PROJECT

Join Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in The Million Tree Project, a reforestation effort by the people of Anapú, Brazil. 
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