Peace Works Travel Blog

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Program Highlight: Urban Studies - Chicago, IL

“True peace is not the absence of tension, but the presence of justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King In January of 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved with his wife Coretta and their four children to a third floor apartment at 1550 South Hamlin in the North Lawndale community of Chicago. From North Lawndale, King launched what he called the “action phase”… [Read Full Article]
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Packer Collegiate Institute: Digital Storytelling - Cambodia 2019

Day One - Finally! We have arrived! We started off our day pretty early at 7:00 AM with a nice breakfast of cassava bread and instant ramen. We then had a fairly short introductory lesson in Khmer where we learned how to say hello, goodbye, how are you, I’m fine and thank you. After the Khmer lesson, we got into… [Read Full Article]
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges on the 2019 Westridge Border Trip

Westridge students write messages of hope and peace in chalk on the border wall. Abby Y. '20 On February 17th, the front page of the New York Times featured an article about Central American migrants’ current status at the border; the previous evening, eight other Westridge students and I gathered around a dinner table in Tijuana to listen to a member of… [Read Full Article]
Thursday, November 29th, 2018

U.S.-Mexico Border Dispatches: What Can We Learn as Educators?

People-to-People Connections with a Migrant Woman in Tijuana “Siempre quise estudiar.” I always wanted to study, my friend K. tells me. Such a simple desire resonates with me as a teacher and as a learner. Yet it originates from a human being who finds her circumstances in stark contrast to that earnest wish against a complicated backdrop of disruptive, violent… [Read Full Article]
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

What's Happening on the U.S. - Mexico Border?

"The situation at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry has been chaotic and confusing in recent days. And reactions from the American public suggest that photos and footage from the scene serve as a sort of Rorschach test. On Sunday, for instance, U.S. agents closed a major border crossing and fired tear gas at migrants attempting to cross into… [Read Full Article]