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Matthew Albracht
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Matthew Albracht is the Executive Vice President and a co-founder of The Peace Alliance, an alliance of organizers and advocates throughout the United States taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities. They mobilize a network of grassroots teams in hundreds of cities, towns, colleges and high school campuses. He has worked with The Peace Alliance since its founding in 2004 and prior to that worked on various campaigns over the years to help create a more just and sustainable world. Mathew is the author of Living Out Loud: Young Adults, Finding Our Purpose, Shaping a Better World. Matthew has a B.A. in psychology from Sonoma State University in California focusing on ecopsychology. He also has an M.A. in humanities and leadership with a focus on culture, ecology and sustainable community from New College of California. Learn more at

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Another School Shooting -- and What We Can Do About It

(183) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 8:34 AM

Once again, a school shooting has killed young adults in America. This time at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. This is the 45th school shooting this year in America. It's the 142nd school shooting since the Newtown massacre in 2012.

It does indeed feel there is...

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Five Game-Changing Peacebuilding Policies

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 5:51 PM

We live in a world that faces constant and often debilitating conflict and violence. As we see daily, this trauma intimately touches our lives, our families, our communities and reaches across the planet. From Baltimore to Syria, from Sandy Hook to Afghanistan, the examples are tragically, countless.

From an economic...

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Teaching Peace and Life Skills in Schools: Why Not?

(5) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Schools are our main social avenue of learning. While the primary focus of teaching in schools is predominantly on academic skills, many feel that life skills are equally important.

We face conflict and sometimes violence at almost every stage and in every area of our lives. In fact, conflict that...

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"I'm Tired of Hating People" -- A Growing Movement Based In Love

(10) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

I recently watched Zak Ebrahim's moving TED Talk. In it, he reveals that his father was a prominent convicted American terrorist who had plotted to bomb tunnels, bridges and even the United Nations headquarters. Zak grew up...

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Interrupt the Cradle to Prison Pipeline with Empowerment and Support

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:05 AM

By supporting the Youth PROMISE Act and other programs that save lives, we can give every young person the chance to reach their full potential.

Were you aware that in the United States, homicide frequently ranks as the second leading cause of death for youths aged...

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The Leading Edge of Peace: Our Evolutionary Path Forward

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:11 PM

The news headlines tell us everyday that we live in a violent world. From global violence in places like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now the build up in Ukraine, to urban and domestic violence -- and school shootings that are growing so frequent they don't always even make the top...

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What About Honoring our Own Local Nobel-Worthy Peace Laureates?

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Each year in early October the Nobel Peace Prize recipient is announced. The announcement will either be ignored or alternatively greeted with celebration, surprise, befuddlement or as is sometimes the case, disdain. Global peacemakers certainly deserve as much note and praise, if not more, as those achievers in film, music,...

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'From the Bosom of the Devastated Earth,' a History of Mother's Day for Peace

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:05 PM

"Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of tears!... We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom...

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Prominent Public Leaders and Entertainers Write Pres. Obama Urging Criminal Justice Reform

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 3:09 PM

Over one hundred prominent public leaders, entertainers and civil rights icons have signed a letter to President Obama urging him to support extensive criminal justice reform for our youth.  And, specifically, they are calling for his support of the Youth PROMISE Act. Signers include: Will Smith, Michael Moore, Lil Wayne,...

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It's Time for a National Conversation on Preventing Violence

(17) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 3:00 PM

This is a troubling time for our nation. The frequency of mass shootings, often involving children, is on the rise in a way that few could have imagined only decades ago. Sadly, this is happening in the U.S. far more than anywhere else in the world. Just consider: 15 of...

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