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Lynn McMullen
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  • Shelton, WA
  • United States
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In which state do you live? (Please provide the full spelling, not the state abbreviation.)
Washington
If you are a student, which school are you attending?
School of Life SPA wanna be
What first attracted you to peace activism?
Long story; active in the Vietnam War movement on my college campus. Lived in Yemen in 1974-74 teaching school at age 24 with my husband and my daughter age 21/2 and a famine hit the country's coastal villages due to red tide. A million people crowded in to the nations capitol, and since I was living in the oldest part of the city with courtyards and narrow passages, I was forced into direct physical contact with humans starving to death. Women begged me to take their babies. The pulled up their shirts to display their empty breasts and motioned for me to feed their babies. I still dream about this. So I went to the US Embassy to ask for help for these people and their babies and was told by two officials some version of 'Dont feel bad, these women are used to their babies dying. Because this happens frequently the people dont get as attached to their children as we do.'. I said that what scared me most was that from the look in his eyes he actually believed what he was saying. This event woke me up to the fact that our "people" abroad are not doing the right things on the ground and are not serving local people. It was my time in El Salvador during their civil war that I came to appreciate the real connections between poverty, violence, and war. It is my deepest faith in humanity overall; from my twelve years as an elementary school teacher, that fuels my work and my vision. Working with Sam Daley Harris, Muhammad Yunus and many others, I learned that a groupd of COMMITTED citizens can cause amazing things . From these successful lobbying campaigns I saw what was possible politically. But it was people issues and booth the national and local levels that undermined our growth and potential at RESULTS. Then I went to work for Marshall Rosenburg and learned NVC from the best trainers around and count many of them as my dearest friends. A few NVC angels in my life and want to thank out loud are John Kinyon for mediation services and personal empathy gifts; Miki Kashton and all the team at Bay NVC, for her conference calls with our network. Once I learned NVC I felt that NVC practioners working as lobbiets for peace could not fail. So here I am, I can do not other.

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Believing in Peace

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It is so urgent and natural for us to gather and talk of peace. Why? I find in my daily life that I get discouraged sometimes, and wonder if humanity will ever get its act together. Youth violence is out of control since homicide is the second leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds, make that number one for African American youth.



This fact startles me everytime I say it or write it or hear it.



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Posted on June 27, 2009 at 2:35pm — 5 Comments

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At 8:35pm on May 31, 2010, Patricia Simon said…
Lynn, you are so much on my mind! So many pressures get in the way of my emailing you. I hope that rest is bringing more healing. You are so missed, and so loved.
At 8:54am on March 27, 2010, al rogers said…
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At 2:09am on August 22, 2009, Mimi Lenox said…
Hi Lynn!
Thank you for being such an active participant in the hope for peace.
I am thrilled to find this site. It is extremely user-friendly!

I am the Founder of BlogBlast For Peace. We are about to launch our 6th online event on November 5, 2009. There are currently 47 countries participating. Please check it out and join us! ~ Mimi Lenox

http://mimiwrites.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-get-your-peace-globe-2009.html
At 7:15am on August 20, 2009, Mong Mong Thun Marma said…
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At 7:13am on August 20, 2009, Mong Mong Thun Marma said…
Dear Friend,

What do you think that Peace is not hiding at the hunger, poverty and illiteracy?
At 7:05pm on June 27, 2009, Deborah Lindholm said…
I am delighted!! You are FABULOUS!!!
At 3:39pm on June 27, 2009, Laura Ruderman said…
life is a bit complex right now. Mom was diagnosed with an agressive cancer in November. It was a little scary (still is), but she is responding to the treatment (allopathic and other) incredibly well. Then Craig's sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor about a month ago. That's not going as well. At the same time, the 787 is about 2 years late and Craig is all stressed out at work and this is my busy season.

But I think about you and things that i have learned from you a lot and every night at dinner we all go around the table and say two things we are grateful for and one thing we wished hadn't happened. It's a great way to teach the kids about gratitude and to hear about their day :~)

I sent the link to DoPeace to my mother. She wanted to know more...
 
 
 

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