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Nearly 80-year-old Vicki Ryder stood on the sidewalk of Peace and Justice Square on Franklin Street on Sunday, waving a sign calling for peace in Ukraine.

Dozens of other people carrying signs surrounded her in the square. Ryder, whose grandparents are Ukrainians, said she has seen war and Ukraine’s participation in war for most of her life.

“We know he never fixed a single problem – it just makes it worse,” Ryder said. “So we are here to say that we would like to see common sense prevail, that the Russian troops should withdraw and that they and the Ukrainians find a way to live as neighbors.”

Ryder was one of the organizers of a peace vigil that took place on Sunday afternoon.

Members of more than 10 organizations in the Triangle region, including the local Veterans for Peace chapter, Voices for Justice in Palestine and the Triangle branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, came together to offer their support and solidarity to Ukraine.

They lined Franklin Street from its intersection with Henderson Street to Columbia Street. Participants held handmade signs calling for peace. Passing cars honked their horns in response to the many signs reading “Honk for Peace.”

Their peace vigil was prompted by calls for a global day of action on March 6 to end the war in Ukraine, according to Lucy Lewis, one of the organizers of the event.

Vicki Ryder’s grandparents are from Ukraine, she said.

His heart breaks for the suffering people are facing. But she added that it was also important to think about the more limited media coverage and widespread solidarity around other similar events in recent history. She specifically noted Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria.

“I think we have to ask ourselves, what’s different this time around?” she says. “And I think we all know the answer. And part of it has to do with the skin color of the sufferers. The same day Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States bombed Somalia. Crickets.

Douglas Ryder, another of the vigil organizers and a leader of the local Veterans for Peace chapter, is a Vietnam veteran.

He said he had seen enough of the war.

“We need to look for citizens to overcome complacency and get involved and demand our government,” Ryder said.

Chapel Hill City Council member Paris Miller-Foushee who attended the vigil said the vigil represents the kind of solidarity and coming together we need as a global community.

“Being on Franklin Street, a very important place in the Chapel Hill city space, reminds those going through their usual day on a beautiful Sunday that some people don’t just see blue skies like we do,” Miller-Foushee says. . “They face bombs.”




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Ukraine crisis hits Wayne State community: Where you can donate medical supplies and more – School of Medicine News https://pledgepeace.org/ukraine-crisis-hits-wayne-state-community-where-you-can-donate-medical-supplies-and-more-school-of-medicine-news/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 20:04:36 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/ukraine-crisis-hits-wayne-state-community-where-you-can-donate-medical-supplies-and-more-school-of-medicine-news/

Members of the Wayne State University School of Medicine community who wish to support Ukrainian citizens by donating medical supplies can do so through the Ukrainian American Michigan Crisis Response Committeean informal association of organizations and individuals formed in response to the escalating crisis inflicted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The association collects humanitarian and medical aid for civilians and children in Ukraine, said Oksana Dubrovski, a student at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

“Classmates, teachers and mentors expressed sympathy and outrage over the war,” she said.

Doubrovski is a Ukrainian-American and third-year medical student raised in Warren, Michigan, part of a large Ukrainian diaspora located in southeast Michigan. Her father was born in Ukraine and came to the United States in the 1990s. Her maternal grandparents came from Ukraine after World War II, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins ​​still live in the west. from Ukraine.

“I was born into this community as the second generation daughter of World War II immigrants and the first generation daughter of an immigrant. I attended and graduated from the Metro Detroit School of Ukrainian Language and Culture on Saturdays for 11 years,” she said. “My youth was spent as an active member of the Ukrainian scout organization Plast. I am just one of a sea of ​​culturally aware Ukrainian-Americans who want peace, security and a future they can be proud of. I will always do my part.

Supplies needed include:

Tactical Medical Backpacks

Combat application tourniquets

Israeli bandages (6 inches)

Thermal blankets

Halo occlusive stickers (analogs)

Hemostatic Celox rapid gauze (analogs) NON POWDER CELOX

Nasopharyngeal probes

Burntec hydrogen sticker (analogs)

Decompression needles


All body armor, helmets, tactical knee pads and tactical goggles

Items are also available for donation through a Amazon Wishlist. Upon selection of the “Gift Registry” address, items will be shipped to the home of a committee volunteer.

For any questions, call Ukrainian American Michigan Crisis Response Committee hotlines at 313-920-9642, 313-920-8245 or 313-920-8959. For more information, including supply needs, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions, visit https://www.uacrisisresponse.org/

Local collection centers include:

Ukrainian Cultural Center (only accepting medical supplies and monetary donations), 26601 Ryan Road, Warren, MI 48091

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact: 586-757-8130

Motor City Church, 3668 Livernois Road, Troy, MI 48083

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact: Sofiya Kulikovska, 248-275-4691

How has Trayvon Martin’s death affected police-community relations in Sanford? – Central Florida News – Social Justice https://pledgepeace.org/how-has-trayvon-martins-death-affected-police-community-relations-in-sanford-central-florida-news-social-justice/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 11:01:56 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/how-has-trayvon-martins-death-affected-police-community-relations-in-sanford-central-florida-news-social-justice/ Georgetown, like Goldsboro, is a historically black neighborhood in Sanford. In the 10 years since Trayvon Martin’s death, the police department has worked to improve police-community relations. Photo: Allegra Montesano, WMFE News

SANFORD — A decade ago, the Sanford Police Department drew protests from members of the city’s black communities when it failed to charge Trayvon Martin’s killer.

Distrust of law enforcement, they said, had deep roots in this central Florida town.

Nationally, Martin’s death and the acquittal of his killer more than a year later sparked the modern Black Lives Matter movement and a call for police reform. In Sanford, the case also resurfaced a troubled past for some of the city’s historically black communities and reminded leaders of the urgent need to ease tensions between black people and law enforcement.

Francis Oliver is the founder of the Goldsboro Museum and Welcome Center in Sanford.

She said the tension was felt especially in Goldsboro. It was one of the oldest incorporated African-American cities in the United States. But over 100 years ago, in 1911, Sanford annexed Goldsboro.

“That’s when the city of Sanford dissolved the charter of Goldsboro, which at the time was its own city, its own government, its own municipality, its own post office and everything,” Oliver said.

Neighborhoods like Goldsboro were formed after the Civil War to provide provisions and shelter for freedmen and refugees. When the community was annexed to Sanford, a lot changed. Racial disparities were highlighted and their history squashed.

A year after Martin’s death, Oliver told WMFE she hopes relations between Sanford police and residents will improve.

Andrew Thomas, Sanford’s director of community relations and neighborhood engagement, said he understands the history of the African-American community there. Thomas said he recognizes that black residents need to be heard for the relationship to be repaired.

“It was a lot of listening, in terms of what the community had to say… about what was being done, what had been done. As you probably well know, there’s a lot of history in this community,” Thomas said. “That particular incident with Trayvon kind of rejuvenated a lot of the history that Sanford and the African-American community had gone through.”

Amid the Trayvon Martin case, Thomas said many in the Sanford community feel confirmed in their distrust of law enforcement. They felt like it hadn’t been handled the way it should have been.

Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said he immediately saw the need to improve the city’s relationship with police when he took over as department head in April 2013. He felt the problems outside and inside the department needed to be resolved.

Smith initially focused on internal issues, beginning by encouraging his agents to go door to door in Goldsboro so residents could get to know them.

“The first meeting I had with some of my guys, they told me I was crazy because I wanted to walk around Goldsboro,” Smith said. “So if you’re scared to go out and do this job, you don’t have to be here to do this job – you can’t be scared of the community that you say you’re supposed to go out and protect and to serve.

With door-to-door presentations and “chats with the chief,” in which he invites residents to have a drink and chat with him, he said he believes the Sanford community and the police department were now on the same wavelength.

“We have this understanding that we are all human, that we all want to live in harmony and that you give us the opportunity to ensure the peace and tranquility that you have in society today and to work with us to make so that it continues. “Smith said.

Oliver has been one of the Sanford Police Department’s most vocal critics in the past. Now she says that while they still have work to do, they have come a long way.

“I wouldn’t say there aren’t certain things that could be done better. But it’s better than it was. It’s better than before Trayvon. It’s better than it was before Cecil arrived,” Oliver said.

FoodCorps members plant seeds for community health in Van Buren https://pledgepeace.org/foodcorps-members-plant-seeds-for-community-health-in-van-buren/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 03:00:14 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/foodcorps-members-plant-seeds-for-community-health-in-van-buren/

Tiffany Knight may be a first-time gardener, but the seeds she plants in Van Buren will be harvested for generations to come.

Knight is a member of the FoodCorps service at James Tate Elementary and Oliver Springs Elementary, alongside Rebecca Christie, who serves at King Elementary and Central Elementary in Van Buren.

“I’m a city girl, so I’ve never gardened a day in my life,” Knight said. “Really, the kids taught me how to garden.”

Learning goes beyond school walls for the elementary students Christie and Knight work with at FoodCorps, as they dig, plant and harvest in campus gardens.

“We are responsible for tending the gardens, working with the children…teaching them where the food comes from, introducing them to different foods that they may not have tried before,” said Christy. “…Also part of it is responsible for maintaining the garden, planting the seeds so that eventually when FoodCorps leaves, the schools can continue the garden programming.”