A love letter to the peacemakers of the world

Dawn Arteaga
Posted February 19, 2019 from United States

I want to thank each of you who are out in your spaces, your communities, your neighborhoods, your cities, your countries living and building peace. I see you and I acknowledge you; the grandmother sitting on the front porch and calling out to children getting into mischief. I see you: the mother of a baby conceived from violence but born into a loving family and raised knowing nothing but the warmth of her mother's breast. I see you, the sister fighting for justice, even if it means going to war with your own family to have the freedom to divorce your cheating husband and show your children what respect for women looks like. I see you, the mother fleeing violence in your hometown, clutching your little ones to you as you dodge bullets, then resettling in a new home and teaching your children to love others, not fear or hate the "other."

I see you all. You inspire me to look for ways to build peace in my own home, my neighborhood and my community. I see you. And I thank you.

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Hello, Dawn,

What a beautiful post of solidarity for our sisters all over the world longing for peace! Thank you for your love and empathy.

Dawn Arteaga
Feb 19
Feb 19

Thank you Karen for providing sooo much inspiration!

Jill Langhus
Feb 19
Feb 19

Hey there Dawn,

What a great post and tribute to all the women doing it and living it:-) I want to thank you for all you do, too. Your work is acknowledge, and appreciate, too, dear! Namaste:-)

Dawn Arteaga
Feb 19
Feb 19

Thank you Jill! I hope you know how much I appreciate all you do too!

Jill Langhus
Feb 20
Feb 20

You're welcome:-) Yes, but thanks for the reminder:-)

Hope you're having a great day!

Ngwa Damaris
Feb 20
Feb 20

Thanks my dear sister. Together we will build the peaceful world we long for.

Sis. Salifu
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dear Dawn,
I also see you, the hard working and devoted sister, mother, and wife. I see you, your every effort at world pulse
I am with you and I pray you continue in perseverance with your up building comments and posts for us in world pulse :-)
Warm regards

Kathy Dixon Crowley
Mar 08
Mar 08

And we see you!
You are a light in the world. Thank you for inspiring so many!

Tola Makinde
Mar 26
Mar 26

Hello dawn,

This is a fantastic post. We must continue to speak up for what is right so that generations after us will thank us.
Thank you for sharing

Beth Lacey
Mar 28
Mar 28

You do so much for the Women of World Pulse!