Statement from The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Program at Arcadia University
June 12, 2020
The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Program at Arcadia University
Statement on the Recent Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the Ongoing Racial Tension in the US
The faculty and staff of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at Arcadia University affirm that Black lives matter and that we envision a future free of systemic violence and structural oppression. As peacemakers, we often desire to “be the change we wish to see” in the world. Desires and dreams need to become action. We need to reassert our commitment to actively pursue the change. In the 20 year existence of the IPCR program, we have trained and supported over 300 peacemakers, many of whom have entered the field of conflict transformation in pursuit of a vision where peace and equity are the norm not the exception. Many work in communities across the globe, fighting for equity and social justice. This is important work, but more needs to be done domestically to transform the systemic racism that has led to the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. Now is the time to practice what we preach, gather the skills and resources we have, and recommit to racial justice for all. The struggle for peace is never easy; history has taught us this. We affirm that there are many ways to work towards peace. There are many voices calling for justice and many different strategies to fight for justice. Addressing the root causes of conflict is the only means to finally move us toward the just and peaceful society that is so overdue. These are the basic tenets of our field of peace and conflict resolution. We call upon everyone to work toward peace and racial justice throughout their communities and strive for a better tomorrow. We all have a part to play in educating ourselves and others, working for justice and countering fear, hatred and structural violence.
In unity and peace,
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