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2007 post from Sarah on her work in Columbia

Seeds with Wings - Sarah Weintraub is bloging about her tiny house and tiny houses in general. She also blogs for the tiny house people at Tumbleweed.

3-06-09 - Sarah Weintraub writes about
The Dar Papaya Project - Documenting Youth for Peace

Dear Friends and Family,

I am writing to tell you about a project I am working on and to invite you to be a part of it. First I want to thank you for all your past support of me and of peace in Colombia.

As many of you know, Colombia human rights work has been at the center of my life and heart for the past six years. I lived in Colombia for three years, in both a rural peace community and in the capital. For the past three years my work on Colombia has taken many different forms, while I have lived at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have returned to Colombia.

I am currently working on two Colombia projects. The first is a book about my experience in Colombia, within the context of the war and the struggle for peace there. This time, though, I want to tell you about the Dar Papaya Project, a film project about youth peace activists in the US and Colombia.

This film project will focus on a delegation that Fellowship of Reconciliation (the organization I used to work with) will bring to Colombia this spring. The delegation will bring together Colombian and US youth who creatively resist war. Through filming this delegation, we will both explore the stories of these young activists and bring awareness to the situation in Colombia.

I am working on Dar Papaya with Kore Oliver, one of my oldest friends and a documentary filmmaker. One of the inspirations for Kore to study film was the situation in Colombia, where she visited me twice to learn about the country's culture, history and current conflict.

The Colombian conflict is the United States' hidden war. In the midst of this suffering, the movement for peace and human rights is active, creative, and vibrant. These young people are doing inspiring peace work - please help us share their story!

Please join us! There are many ways you can support this project:

* Donate! If you can contribute even five or ten dollars, it will help us get to Colombia and gather the footage we need. If you can contribute more, great! Donate!

* Learn more!

* Stay connected!

the dar papaya project blog

the dar papaya project on facebook

* Spread the word! Please forward this email widely.

It is an interesting moment to be making a film about creative resistance to war. With the new administration in this country, there are whispers of hope for a more peaceful and just world. However, it is also a difficult economic climate for funding art and peace work. We have given and will continue to give our time, energy, and money to this project. We look forward to collaborating with these dynamic youth to explore Colombia and youth resistance to war, on film.

Thank you so much for your continued support.


Sarah Weintraub

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