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Global Day of ListeningApril 21, 2012
Charlotte Koons' report back:
At the Pax Christi LI's Awards Brunch at the very same SRUU that Medea Benjamin spoke at on Thursday, we took part in a 'Global Day of Listening', an international project that connects people to a group of Afghan Youth for Peace.
Kate Kelly moderated the whole process, which had some tech glitches and a very patient audience while translations took place. LI High School students that had been involved "Global Listening" for over a year were so well informed and spoke so compassionately and clearly about what they had learned and were honored by Pax Christi LI. We even had a woman who spoke Pharisee, and Arabic and made things so much richer for those assembled.
The Afghan youth really spoke to the devastation brought by our drone attacks; so during the Q & A, I offered a ray of hope, namely that Medea had written a book, "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control," and had started your book tour at the very same location from which we were broadcasting.
This was to help counter the alarming statistic that 80% of the population of the USA were in favor of the use of drones, though very few really knew what they were and how ubiquitous their use is. I maintained this was a beginning of re-educating the American people and offered avenues of action for us.
Since we were also connected with peace activists from Algeria and others around the globe, "Drone Warfare" has gotten some much needed, world-wide publicity. May all our efforts "fly away, fly away ... home."
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