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Watch, Listen to the Democracy Now! Special Report on the Democratic Uprising in Egypt

The Peace Education Center website hosted Saturday’s “simulcast” of the Democracy Now! two-hour broadcast special on the Egyptian uprising and the growing pro-democracy protests across the Arab world. The show was presented by Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo along with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez in New York.

If you missed it, you can watch a replay of the program here. Click the play button below to watch and listen.

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Peace Education Center Announces Feb 19th Local Youth Event, “World Friendship Day”

The Peace Education Center and local community organizations will hold “World Friendship Day,” a free, fun-filled educational event for Mid-Michigan middle school students on Saturday, February 19, 2011 in East Lansing. The event will provide an opportunity for youth to connect with people of diverse backgrounds while exploring issues of peace, diversity, and tolerance. The students will experience an active day involving music, art, and dance; workshops during the day-long event will promote unity, individual empowerment, and encourage participants to be the change they wish to see in this world. A delicious international luncheon will be served to all student participants

“World Friendship” program is for youth ages 12 – 15. Adult advisors of Mid-Michigan youth groups, student organizations, and community service groups are encouraged to register for the event by sending an email message to or call the Peace Education Center at 517-515-5634. Registration is now open.

The event will be 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at The Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing, Michigan 48823. The event is not affiliated with the church and has been organized by the Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing, the Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA), and the local education partnership, LATTICE, or Linking all Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education.

The students will get to hear guest lunchtime speaker, Christiane Leitinger (see picture at right), Director of the international Pennies for Peace program, which is an international service-learning program that helps broaden children’s cultural horizons and helps them understand their capacities as philanthropists, one penny at a time.

Pennies for Peace, a program of the non-profit organization, Central Asia Institute, was founded by Greg Mortenson, co-founder and executive director of Central Asia Institute, and co-author of the #1 NY Times Best-seller, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School At A Time.

“World Friendship Day” workshops for the youth will include hands-on activities from around the world focusing on peace through understanding. The day will include live international musical performances, education games, and arts and crafts activities. Youth participants will enjoy a delicious international luncheon donated by local restaurants.

For additional information about “World Friendship Day,” please contact the Peace Education Center at 517-515-5634 or peaceedcenter[at]gmail[dot]com.

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