photo by Douglas Stephenson
Linda Speel -West Coast More than Warmth contact- and Co-Founder of Peaceroots Alliance presents quilt
Matthew McCue Iraqi soldier farmer and PeaceCorp volunteer
Story to right~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
photo by Jim Selin
"Mama D (Dyan French Cole)"7th ward angel and activist,who organizes creative
kids in her neighborhood," Peter Schweitzer (peter@plenty)
Jim Selin, of Nashville, returns to The Gulf, monthly, to bring supplies to those in
"Mama D (Dyan French Cole)"
photo below and above.
the Oakland, California, Friendship House POW WOW, on Saturday, October 20th, we are honored to have a prayer song for More than
give away quilts in the spirit of our great friend, Rhino.
worked with and helped the Indian
people in many ways as he helped our people with health, healing,
laughter and drumming. In the spirit of Gary's life and great heart may
continue to heal and
for my self
or my world.
Check out Free the Slave's new website, for update and film, ways to help, and classroom ideas. Also, a map of
Three boxes of large quilts just left for India, to boys freed from rug factory slavery.
"It is profound for students to learn that slavery exists, to learn that it plays a huge part in our
lives, products we buy, that we can be educated, and it can be stopped."
-Judith Biondo Meeker
Channel Announces "Take A Veteran to School Day, A New National
The History Channel has developed a Take A Veteran
to School Day campaign to link veterans of all ages with young people in our
schools and communities. This nationwide initiative will help strengthen ties in
your communities and bring history to life in classrooms. The History Channel is
encouraging educators and parents throughout the country to organize events at
their schools in the weeks leading up to Monday, November 12th, the official
Veterans Day holiday. Our heart goes out to all soldiers. This month we
Matt McCue, and his healing journey from Iraq to Africa.
Swords to Plowshares - One
Soldier's Story PVC Matthew McCue
"I witnessed many unforgettable things in Iraq but the aspect that
changed my life more than any other was the way the farmers kept working and
selling their produce through the chaos of a regime change."
his tour, Matt became a Peace Corp volunteer in Africa, and signed on to
Farms Not Arms. He recently spoke in NYC as a Iraq war veteran turned
farmer. Matt took this More Than Warmth quilt back to Nigeria, Africa to give to
a child or school in need. He was very excited and said he'd get photos of where
Read more of Matthew's story of healing after war.
photo top left:
Linda Speel, a cofounder of PeaceRoots Alliance, an activist group,
founded in Non Violence principles after September 11th, delivered the quilt to Matt. Linda helped
send our very first quilts to Afghanistan with Global Exchange and Medea
Benjamin, to Israelies and Palestinians, with Barbara Lubin and Meca For Peace,
Uganda with HOPE, Bolivia, Columbia, Venezuela, and made and has help send many other
quilts around the world.
than Warmth is an educational project for students of all ages to learn
about word cultures. It fosters understanding, knowledge and compassion among
cultures through nonviolent, nonpolitical, and nonreligious
We are visitors on this planet. We are here for
ninety or one
hundred years at
the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something
useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people's happiness, you will
find the true goal, the true meaning of life.
- The Dalai Lama of Tibet
Quilts have been made and sent as gifts since 2001
Victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, and
Sudan and Chad
More quilts were sent to Nicaragua to those suffering from Hurricane Felix. See September MTW