Originally posted in the Midland Daily News, Monday, April 24, 2017
To the editor:
Is there an alternative to the violent conflict resolution that is negatively impacting our country and world? An amazing woman, Tiffany Easthom, will address that question on Monday, May 15, at Creative 360, gathering at 6:30 p.m., with program at 7 p.m. Her vision is not pie-in-the-sky optimism. Ms. Easthom is the executive director of the international organization, Nonviolent Peaceforce, which formed in 2002, and one year later had a team active in Sri Lanka.
She served as the NP program director for the Middle East and country director in South Sudan and Sri Lanka. This past December, after presenting at the UN Security Council, recognizing the value of unarmed civilian protection, called on the UN mission in South Sudan to explore how it can be used to enhance the ability to protect citizens.
Despite the challenges, Ms. Easthom has a hopeful message — standing up and speaking out against violence is critical. NP peacekeepers inspire local communities to action, using nonviolent strategies and personal resolve. She will share their stories that played out in 2016 in Myanmar, South Sudan and Standing Rock.
Hearing Ms. Easthom speak on May 15 may bring to mind that famous Margaret Mead quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” I know I will be there to hear her sorely-needed hopeful message, and I hope I will see you there, as well.
KATHY MCCREEDY, member, NP-Midland Chapter