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Alliance for Peaceful Action

Alliance for Peaceful ActionThe Alliance for Peaceful Action (APA) is a campus organization that intends to raise awareness and support for human rights all over the world. APA strives against apathy in the student body and in the world and also tries to be sustainable in what they do for the campus.

In realizing that change in the world cannot happen before change at home, members of APA raise awareness of political, social, and human rights issues on campus in hopes that students will spread that awareness at home.

Goals

  • Creating a tolerant and respectful world community, starting at Knox and spreading to your local community
  • Embracing all nationalities, religions, ethnic backgrounds, genders, and cultures
  • Having compassion toward others and valuing every human life
  • Standing in solidarity against oppression and violence perpetrated by any group or individual

Past events

  • The Fair Trade Fair, a week of events promoting fair trade and making it available throughout the campus. To learn more about fair trade, visit www.fairtradefederation.org.
  • Fairly traded items sold by APA in the past included earrings, necklaces, and other jewelry, chocolate, cheese and bread, and coffee beans
  • Human rights protests in Washington D.C., Chicago, and the Jericho Movement in New York, an annual march for the rights of political prisoners
  • Bringing speakers to campus such as Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the Weather Underground, and Keith McHenry, one of the founders of Food Not Bombs. To watch Bill Ayers' speech, click here.

The club held a symposium during the 2010-2011 school year that focused on skill-sharing between campus clubs such as henna-making, patch-making, alternative female products, speakers, and music fest.

APA meetings are held every week in the Human Rights Center and are open to all Knox students.