Student Peace Conference: 100 Students Made for One Powerful Weekend
“It can be so easy to be discouraged by animosity and apathy, but being here with all you beautiful, inspiring people has encouraged me to continue and made me feel hopeful for the future.”
PANYS Student Conference, 2017
This was a beautiful weekend.
At SUNY University at Albany, we hosted the first ever Student Peace Conference of the Peace Action network.
With 100 students from 2 states, 12 guest experts, 9 partner organizations and even a Member of Congress, we connected communities of activists, students and policy makers to take action to build a just and peaceful world.
We brought together: Amnesty International, Bread for the World, CODEPINK, Global Zero, Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, ONE Campaign, Peace Action, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Women Against War.
Together with these experts, 100 students from New York and Massachusetts learned the damaging effects of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, they heard from a Syrian doctor about the humanitarian crisis and attacks on medical professionals. 100 students were trained in de-escalation to stay safe in protests, and how to take care of themselves and others if they are faced with pepper spray or tear gas, and so much more.
These students walked away with hope, better prepared to be a part of the resistance for peace and justice in these uncertain political times.
Your donations made this conference accessible and affordable to each of these students. Because of past contributions from donors, we were able to provide this conference free of charge to students.
Congressman Tonko (D-NY20), our keynote speaker, reminded us that we’re all in this together. Community leaders, students, politicians, organizers, activists, policy makers and friends – we’re here, together, for peace and for one another.