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Turning Fear Into Power:
One Woman's Journey Confronting the War on Terror
Linda Sartor, Teacher and Activist
Original Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Following 9/11/2001, I was called by a relentless internal voice to put my mind, heart, and body on the line because I could not abide what my country was doing in my name with my taxes. I discovered and decided to join the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine. I will discuss my experiences in seven war-torn countries where I traveled in the role of peacekeeper and citizen diplomat. I will comment on the political situation in the Middle East and US involvement and responsibility, as well as personal stories about the people I met in those places. My purpose is to inspire citizens to follow the call of their hearts in order to affect social change even when they are afraid. It is a story of the development of my personal sense of empowerment in the face of violent forces that had always appeared beyond my reach.
Linda Sartor joined the International Solidarity Movement in Israel/Palestine in June of 2002; she joined Iraq Peace Teams in Feb. 2003; went to Sri Lanka with the Nonviolent Peaceforce 2003-2008; did a Global Exchange citizen diplomacy trip to Iran in Oct. 2008, took her first trip to Afghanistan with Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Mar/Apr 2011; and was deported from Bahrain in Feb. 2012. Linda lives in an intentional community in Sonoma County, teaches research courses in graduate school, and guides wilderness trips with a non-profit organization called Rites of Passage.
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