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Middle school students who participated in the 14th annual Linda Jewell Memorial Essay Contest believe in a better future. They believe it starts at home, and they possess the talent and courage to define their vision.
“Imagine your house right now,” writes College Place Middle School 7th grader Yasmeen Busse. “Put trash and debris on the ground. Add babies crying, dogs barking and cars zooming by. Oh. Forgot to mention that your walls are made of cardboard and metal, and the metal is rusty. In the Philippines, some people live like this every day.”
Yasmeen knows this firsthand. She visited the Philippines a year ago. The sights and sounds she encountered there leap from the page of her award-winning essay.
She and two other students earned cash prizes of $50 each as first-place winners in the annual event. Six second-place winners were awarded $25 each.
Linda Jewell, who started the essay contest in 1996, had been a teaching assistant at College Place Middle School. The event is sponsored by Peace Action of Snohomish County, formed in Edmonds in 1983 to champion issues of peace and justice.
“When Linda died in 1999,” says coordinator Phyllis Fiege, “Peace Action named the contest after her. It was our way of honoring her commitment to the principles she held so dear.”
"If we want to make a difference, we have to figure out a way to come together," said Miller. "In Princeton, North Philadelphia, and other communities all over the country there are more of us concerned about making efforts towards peace than all the folks that stand for the kind of foolishness that we have seen for way to darn long."
... Miler, who has picketed Philadelphia gun shops with other ministers, was recognized for his leadership efforts in a grassroots movement called Heeding God's Call that pressures gun shops to adopt a code of conduct for not selling guns to illegal buyers.
More than 50 people attended the event to kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend, relaxing with a picnic and peace songs before the awards presentation that focused on gun violence and peace in Iran.
Local political party chairmen on both sides of the aisle said it was a good thing to turn more of the country over to the Iraqis, but some of the strongest criticism of the plan in the area came from the left, by an activist who argues the move doesn't get troops out fast enough...
But Ray Nakley of Peace Action Youngstown said the president's campaign promise of an Iraq pullout seems empty...
"[President Obama] campaigned on taking us out of Iraq, and even with the redeployment from cities to American outposts, we'll still have 130,000 troops in that country," he said.
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