Last week I stepped out of my usual network of activists and attended a Student Peace Alliance meeting. It was an enjoyable experience–SPA does some cool things and has some great people. I noticed some similarities with DFA in its meeting style, reminding me that we share common roots. Both groups were founded on the Brandeis campus by Aaron Voldman, an amazing activist and all-around awesome guy who graduated in 2009 and now leads the National Student Peace Alliance organization. I encourage you to reach outside your comfort zone every once in a while and visit the meeting of a group you don’t know so well.
SPA has a cool event tonight. They’re screening the film “Soldiers of Peace.” Member Etta King was kind enough to send along this blurb:
Movie starts @: 7:30 in Pearlman Lounge! Bring snacks/dinner and friends!
“We assume that war is human nature. That there’s an epidemic of war and it’s only getting worse. That it’s too profitable for some businesses to be stopped. And too effective for some governments to give up. That war will be with us forever. None of these things is true. The world is changing. We are changing.”
Join Student Peace Alliance for a FREE movie screening of the documentary Soldiers of Peace. Afterward we will share our reactions to the movie and discuss some new, awesome initiatives SPA is working on to effectively address youth violence in the United States. This movie chronicles stories from 14 countries around the world where ordinary people are doing what is necessary to end war and violence in their communities. AND the movie is narrated by Michael Douglas!
You can watch the trailer here: http://www.soldiersofpeacemovie.com/movie-trailer/movie.php