Why We Are So Much More Than Our Labels

Why We Are So Much More Than Our Labels

In an inspiring talk at the Virginia Holocaust Museum this past November, Peace is Loud speaker Clemantine Wamariya challenged her audience to think past the labels ascribed to genocide survivors and to refugees, and to examine how words we use to describe ourselves and others can isolate and divide, instead of cultivating compassion and empathy.

Karima Bennoune: How the Right and the Left Are Getting San Bernardino Wrong

14 people are dead. 21 are injured. A young couple armed for battle attacked a Christmas party full of the husband's colleagues. In the face of this nightmare -- both the 355th mass shooting in 336 days in the United States, and one that came less than three weeks after the Paris attacks -- right and left alike are sticking to their scripts rather than grappling with the complex reality. If we are to successfully prevent future massacres, that has to change.

Cherifa Kheddar on Algerian Women Confronting Extremism

Cherifa Kheddar on Algerian Women Confronting Extremism

In June, Peace is Loud launched a campaign calling for grassroots women human rights defenders to be meaningfully included in global discussions on countering extremism, starting with the reconvening of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism during the United Nations General Assembly in September. Cherifa Kheddar was one of the few women from civil society invited to participate in the Summit.

Almudena Bernabeu on Genocide, Justice, and Accountability

I spoke with Almudena Bernabeu, a Peace is Loud speaker and an international attorney at San Francisco’s Center for Justice and Accountability, on her work leading the prosecution against Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt, the challenges of addressing genocide and racism, and the future of justice for Guatemala, especially in light of Montt’s latest attempts to evade prison.

Breaking the Trend of All-Male Panels

Breaking the Trend of All-Male Panels

I find it hard to believe that all-male, all-white panels these days are unintentional. The recent Atlantic article, “The Odds That a Panel Would ‘Randomly’ Be All Men are Astronomical”, highlights at least the gender aspect of uneven group arrangements and serves as an important read on the discourse addressing the stark inequality often present in the speaking world.