Kathleen is a new member of Meta Peace Team, committed to serving those most vulnerable. She is a retired teacher and grandmother volunteering with Meta Peace Team in support of migrant families seeking asylum alongside of Unified US Deported Veterans, Al Otro Lado, and the National Lawyers Guild serving those most vunerable at the border in Tijuana. She’s an active associate member of Veterans For Peace and is currently working in collaboration with About Face: Iraq Veterans Against The War, Poor People’s Campaign among others. She was part of an international Witness For Peace team in the Colombian Humanitarian Zones. Kathleen also volunteers as a legal observer and has attended and organized numerous trainings on peacekeeping and non-violence. She is a co-founder of MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. Kathleen says; “As I have the experience and training background with skills to reduce violence, I believe I must act to support those who flee from violence. I commit to doing this work without exploitation or doing harm and in so doing to uphold US and international humanitarian law.”
Kim, a nonviolence trainer and member of MPT's Core Community, has served on several domestic and international peace teams, including teams in the West Bank, Egypt, and the U.S. - Mexico border. A high school theology teacher and mother of four, Kim's commitment to peace is grounded in a fierce commitment to work for a world free of racism, poverty, and militarism for the sake of children everywhere. When she is not working with MPT, Kim volunteers as the vice-chair of Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, the Faith Action Committee of the People's Water Board, and Detroit Women in Black. She is one of the founders of a weekly imigration solidarity vigil in Southwest Detrot, We Stand With Our Neighbors, and spends her spare time blogging, swimming, and gardening.
Hello everyone. I am late-comer to activism, but have been brought into the fold due to the dedication I have observed in others and because of the call of each of us to do what Thea Bowman called “my little bit.” My Beloved Community, faith and META Peace Team experiences have convinced me of the power of love, dialogue and non-violence to change hearts, minds and actions. I want to take action, not just read and weep.
I am not walking into this naively; MPT has trained me in listening, strategies of non-violence, peace-making and self care; in addition, I have served on a number of domestic peace teams. This will be my first international peace team, and I am preparing for a challenging, real, poignant and life-changing experience.
Thank you for any support you can lend our team. We carry your thoughts, prayers, and good wishes with us. Your financial contributions will transport us, house us and feed us.
With appreciation and love,