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Peace Initiative By International Youth
by Uma, Fiona, Anna (anna84 [at] inbox.as)
Wednesday Nov 6th, 2002 1:01 PM
We hope to bring to you a Youth Peace
Initiative we call the UWC Middle East Peace Initiative where we aim to
collect signatures supporting non-violent conflict resolution. We can be contacted by email and all relevant information can be obtained from our website:

http://www.uwc.ca/middleast/middleast.HTM

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Peace Initiative By International Youth

Hi!

We're international students, from the United World College of the
Pacific (Pearson College) in Canada. We hope to bring to you a Youth Peace
Initiative we call the UWC Middle East Peace Initiative where we aim to
collect signatures supporting non-violent conflict resolution.

On December 10 (which marks one year of our petition, Human Rights Day and
Nobel Peace Prize Presenatation), we will be sending all the signuatures
collected to the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. We hope to reach to as
many people as possible and add signatures to our growing list of 11,000 so
far from a 113 different countries. We can be contacted by email and all
relevant information can be obtained from our website:

http://www.uwc.ca/middleast/middleast.HTM

Here is some information about where we come from and what our initiative is
all about.

Our United World College is Lester B. Pearson United World College of the
Pacific.United World Colleges are a group of 10 international schools across
the globe that share some common ideals about international understanding
and attaining an all-rounded education to become leaders of a changing
world. (For more information please visit http://www.uwc.ca)

At our UWC of the Pacifc, we have begun a petition for Peace in the Middle
East and beyond, where we're aiming to collect signatures from a diverse and
large group of people. With each signature collected, we're hoping to
educate and create awareness about non-violent conflict resolution in the
Middle East and beyond. Our petition can be signed online at http://www.uwc.ca or
petitions can be easily downloaded, signed and sent back to us. When all the
signatures are sent to the UN, we hope it will show a strong international
voice of people who are educated on this matter and are concerned..

We hope for your support in this worthy cause and look forward to any
questions/comments/ signed petitions you might have.
Thanks in advance!

Sincerely,
Uma Selvanathan
ananova_ [at] hotmail.com

Anna Thingnaes
anna84 [at] inbox.as

Fiona Alexander
fi_alex [at] hotmail.com

Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
650 Pearson College Drive
Victoria, B.C. V9C 4H7
Canada
http://www.uwc.ca

Response/Rationale from our website.

To whom it may concern,


We are students at the United World College of the Pacific who come from
around the world to study and live together. We are bound by a belief in
peace and a rejection of violence. In response to the escalation of violence
in Israel and Palestine members of the college community have gathered to
discuss what can be done to ameliorate the situation. Our response is this
package. Included you will find our statement and call to action on the
current crisis occurring in the Middle East, as well as a petition that will
be sent to the United Nations and other governmental organizations.

We believe that violence is not a means to the end of this conflict. We wish
to emphasize the United World College ideals of peace, justice,
understanding and cooperation and the role they play in conflict resolution.
We encourage you to join us in our mission by signing this petition, or
campaigning for it in your community, then sending it back to the Pearson
address so they can be compiled and sent to the UN together. Working for
peace by any means possible to create awareness, understanding, and action
in your community can also have a huge impact. We believe we can make a
difference. Join us.



Sincerely,

Pearson College of the Pacific UWC



Contact us at:

Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
650 Pearson College Drive
Victoria, British Columbia
V9C 4H7
CANADA
uwcforpeace [at] hotmail.com or rtyner [at] pearson-college.uwc.ca

Picture by Bassam (Pearson College Year 27) Palestine

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