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#WATWB: Building Bridges with Respect

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Abraham Lincoln

Better Angels is a “bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify (a) divided nation.” The organization builds alliances between people with very different beliefs. The goal is to reconnect through respectful communication. With the growing polarization in the US  (and perhaps other countries) we desperately need to listen with respect, listen to understand, and look for common ground. In the following video, we see people who are very different politically, yet they build bridges by listening with courage, respect, and patience.

(Note: There are some brief, unpleasant scenes starting 1 minute and 8 seconds into the video with ABC news showing the problem of polarization, so if you want to skip over that part, go to 1:48 to get back to the solution.)

It’s interesting that in a longer video I watched, the closing media commentary included the report that both sides blame the media for polarization of “hyper-partisanship.”

I appreciate this program because it shows we can do better. We can learn to communicate and listen with respect even when we strongly disagree.

 

To learn more about Better Angels, visit: https://www.better-angels.org/

#WATWB brings positive stories on the last Friday of every month.

Thank you to our hosts,  Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen.

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#WATWB: Women Send Breast Milk to Help this Cancer Survivor Feed Her Baby

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Jennifer Campisano had a double mastectomy when her son was ten months old.

“After several years of various chemo drugs, my husband and I didn’t think another child was in the cards for us,” she writes. Then she found out she was pregnant.

In her moving essay, Jennifer shares how how friends, acquaintances, and people she barely knew sent sent breast milk to help her feed her baby.

 

 

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#WATWB: The Love of a Brother

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12 year-old Noah Aldrich has finished 15 triathlons pulling or pushing his brother Lucas. Lucas has a rare neurological condition that makes him unable to walk or talk, but he has a strong brother who loves him dearly.  I was moved by the Noah’s humility and perseverance shown in this video.

 

This story is offered as part of the We Are the World Blogfest which seeks to share and promote positive news stories. For more information, visit;

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  1. Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news  about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
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WATWB: Getting to the Bottom of School Shootings

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If we want to get to the underlying issues behind school shootings, we need to look deeper. What causes a young man to kill innocent students and teachers? Scarlet Lewis believes it has a lot to do with anger. I agree.

In 2012, Scarlett’s six year old son Jesse was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with 19 classmates and six educators.

“Scarlett realized this violent act started with an angry thought in the young man’s head that was responsible for the mass shooting. She also understood that an angry thought can be changed.”   Choose Love Movement Website

In response to her son’s death, Scarlett created the Choose Love Movement. I’m sharing about Choose Love today because we so desperately need prevention programs like this one. Choose Love teaches Social and Emotional Learning helping individuals to replace angry thoughts with loving thoughts.

I commend Scarlett Lewis and Choose Love for their continuing mission.

For more information, please watch the short video and visit the website.

We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world. For more information, visit:

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WATWB: Book Club for Minority Boys Takes Off

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When school administrators found a book about real life, the students at this Washington high school got into reading. They formed a book club that meets  once or twice a week at  8:15 in the morning. The students are enthusiastic and have started their second book.“They are now seeing that reading is amazing…” says the vice principle in charge of literacy. I commend not only the school administrators for thinking outside the box and supporting the students, but also the students for supporting each other.

This hopeful article in The Washington Post tells more about how it happened and why this book club is going strong. Now, there’s a girl’s book club at the school, too.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/these-kids-started-a-book-club-for-minority-boys-its-the-most-popular-one-in-school/2018/01/21/c15620e2-fc6d-11e7-ad8c-ecbb62019393_story.html?utm_term=.4792678287de

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This post is part of We Are The World Blogfest sharing stories that show love, humanity, and brotherhood but go beyond religion and politics. This month We Are The World is co-hosted by:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo.  Click on the WATWB link to read more or join in.


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Program Nurtures Young Men in Baltimore #WATWB

Project Pneuma strives to teach young men and boys “the art of forgiveness, self-control and discipline while giving them exposure to a new world of endless possibilities.” I was intrigued and encouraged by this program’s holistic approach incorporating martial arts, yoga, meditation, and love.

“The Mission of Project Pneuma is to Breathe New Life holistically into the young men we serve by challenging them intellectually, strengthening them physically, nurturing them emotionally and uplifting them spiritually.”

For more information, visit: http://www.projectpneuma.org/

This post is part of the We Are the World Blog Fest which takes place on the forth Friday of each month. #WATWB is hosted by  Andrea Michaels, Damyanti Biswas, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Susan Scott and Sylvia Stein.

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What Does it Take For a Black Man to Hug a Nazi?

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Watching the video, I can feel the frenzy in the crowd. The man in the swastika shirt was surrounded by protesters who “screamed, punched and spat on him before Aaron Courtney gave him a hug.”  It must have taken courage, love, and thinking and feeling outside the box to do something so different.

“I could have hit him, I could have hurt him … but something in me said, ‘You know what? He just needs love.’”    ___Aaron Courtney

Courtney asked, “Why you don’t like me?” He pleaded, continuing to ask the question.

Finally, the man gave an answer: “I don’t know.”

Here’s the coverage which includes a short video, but I think the story details are important, too.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/protester-hugged-nazi-pleads-hate-article-1.3575977

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