With great joy the Board of Directors of IWagePeace has elected to change our name, broaden our leadership, and narrow our mission. Our new name, American Friends of Combatants For Peace, expresses our refined mission. The original mission of “IWagePeace,” was to “inspire and educate Americans about peacemaking in the Middle-East through film, creative gatherings, and public displays of art.” That mission was very broad, and out of pragmatic necessity and interest, our film “The Billboard for Bethlehem”, our peace walks, tours, painting events, forums, and public gatherings were focused on Israel, Palestine, and the inspiring work of our Peace Partner, Combatants For Peace. Our new name and mission celebrates and continues that work.
With our peace partners, Combatants For Peace, we have formed an ad hoc steering committee to consider and soon adopt a refined mission statement along the following lines: “American Friends of Combatants For Peace will educate, inspire and engage 100,000 Americans with the peacemaking work of Combatants For Peace.” The phrase “ 100,000 Americans” is intended to excite interest and set a clear measure of success worthy of all of our time and expertise.
Under our revised mission, we will stay the course, engaging Americans through “documentary films, public displays of art, public gatherings, peace walks, discussion forums and other means that creatively advance our educational goals.” We will remain advocates of non-violence, peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians, and we will continue learning about peacemaking in Israel and Palestine through the peacemaking efforts of our peace partners, Combatants For Peace.
I want your thoughts on the revised mission statement. Send me your comments with this link: Mission@IWagePeace.Org
With the advice of our ad hoc board of advisors, we will form a new board of directors with a diversity of cultural and religious backgrounds. With the advice and consent of the new board, we will further refine our goals, revise our website and logo, and employ staff able to carry out the mission and decisions of the board of directors. I will remain directly involved, though in time, our new staff will carry the work forward.
Over the next few weeks and months, I will send you reports on our progress, with news of an exciting new film about Combatants For Peace, about a possible visit by the Combatants this October, and how you can become involved in ways far more exciting than any we have yet experienced.
Thank you for your patience and support over the years. With prayers of gratitude,
Bruce A. Barrett
Disturbing the Peace
Directed by Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young
Starring the Combatants for Peace
About the film:
"In a world torn by conflict—in a place where the idea of peace has been abandoned—an energy of determined optimism emerges. When someone is willing to disturb the status quo and stand for the dream of a free and secure world, who will stand with them? DISTURBING THE PEACE is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities."
"DISTURBING THE PEACE follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace. While based in the Middle East, DISTURBING THE PEACE evokes universal themes relevant to us all and inspires us to become active participants in the creation of our world."
Release Date: November 11,2016