Posts by Stephanie Van Hook

Food People Power: Mandela Market Place

“For many years, people living in West Oakland had accepted eating unhealthy food as a way of life. That is, until a small group of people decided to change their community through Mandela MarketPlace, a non-profit that partners with local residents and rural, minority farmers to bring fresh agricultural produce to their local corner stores.… read more

How to teach peace: key texts

A teacher recently sent this bibliography across the list-serv for the Peace and Justice Studies Association. She was looking for resources on how to teach peace, and this is what she received in response to her query.   •Page, J. (2008). Philosophy of peace education. In M. Bajaj (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Peace Education. Charlotte, NC:… read more

Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita appears as a section of 700 verses within the ancient Indian epic the Mahabharata, where the warrior prince, Arjuna, collapses in dismay at the prospect of going into battle against his own relatives. He is admonished and encouraged by his charioteer Krishna (none other than an incarnation of Vishnu), and the dialog… read more

Violence is Not Tough, Love is.

“I can see that in the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth truth persists; in the midst of darkness light persists.” ~ Gandhi Our world is on the brink of economic and ecological collapse: the dissolution of union rights in Wisconsin, immigrant deportation in Arizona, rockets firing in Israel/Palestine, nuclear disaster… read more