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The Peaceable Schools and Communities Group (PSCG) came together in response to the first Gulf War in 1992, when a number activists and educators felt that we needed to create community to support one another, find ways to respond to the violence and despair we encountered, and lift up the possibilities for peace with justice in our communities and in our schools. We stayed together because we needed solidarity, and we needed to act. We crossed lines of race, culture, religion, social class, age, profession, and gender identity. We shared our own stories and talked about strategies for nourishing schools, communities, and one another that would be equitable, grounded in justice, and peace-building. We began to apply our collective efforts working with other communities and generating a network of collaborations that has thrived in a challenging political and economic climate, and that has offered alternatives to a culture of violence. From our conversations, we developed a summer Institute to highlight our different approaches, beginning in the summer of 1993. Each following year, we chose a theme for the Institute that reflected current local and global concerns.
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