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Building a Stronger Britain Together

Building a Stronger Britain Together

Jo Berry with some students at Langdon Park School which is one of the  schools we will be working in. New Funding Building Bridges is thrilled to have received funding to work in school in Tower Hamlets. The project will be carried out in schools, ‘Schools partnership for empathy based mutual respect’. As well as being deliver the work we love to do we are now part of a network of others countering extremism. We are providing a positive alternative to…

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Talk in Leeds

Talk in Leeds

Discussion: Building Bridges for Peace with Jo Berry and Patrick Magee November 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm £4 – £5In 1984, the IRA bombed the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton, killing five people, including Jo Berry’s father. Pat Magee was later imprisoned for planting the bomb. In an incredible feat of human forgiveness and reconciliation, they now work together to promote peace and conflict resolution throughout the world. This powerful talk is part of a series of events at Left…

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Splash for Peace

Splash for Peace

We need your help right away to prepare for our splash of autumn activity which will build our impact: • getting a book and a film about empathy as the route to peace out in the world • helping vulnerable young people in this country stand up to radicalisation • attending gatherings to influence leaders seeking better approaches to securing peace around the world Promoting more widely We have a publisher interested in Jo’s story and we are very keen…

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Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge The International Institute for Restorative Practices Europe Conference

Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge The International Institute for Restorative Practices Europe Conference

C General Information   9-10 May 2017 – Dublin, Ireland – “Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge,” the IIRP’s Europe conference, will address significant issues manifesting in the current world climate. Leading practitioners and thinkers who are shaping the emerging social science of restorative practices will discuss radicalisation, migration and immigration, the disruptive impact of political movements, and sexual abuse and exploitation.   “A lot of things that were somewhat fixed in our society are becoming more fluid,” says IIRP…

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New Video and report of three events

New Video and report of three events

I spoke at three events in the last week of November and each has been amazing and powerful. ​The first event was ​R​ising 2016 held in Coventry Cathedral where there were speakers for two day​s, ​ the panel on violent extremism interest​ed​ me greatly and ​Lord​ ​Alderdic​e asked ​u​s all in challenging times to find new ways to live and engage with those we don’t like, how true. I saw a powerful film on Northern Ireland called ​’B​orn and ​R​eared​’​…

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Jo Berry and Patrick Magee spoke to the Scarriff Foroige Youth Club

Jo Berry and Patrick Magee spoke to the Scarriff Foroige Youth Club

Jo Berry and Patrick Magee spoke to the Scarriff Foroige Youth Club as part of the Scariff Festival in Country Clare, Ireland. Tracey Doyle, the youth leader, wrote after, ‘It was an absolute pleasure to meet you both and listen to your story. Our members are carrying on the valuable conversation that was started during your workshop. I hope that they continue on to make the world a better place and continue to be ambassadors for peace and resolution following…

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Belfast Interface Project

Belfast Interface Project

Feedback from our work with Belfast Interface Project Over the period 2013 / 2014 Belfast Interface Project secured funding from N.I. Community Relations Council to deliver a program entitled ‘Past and Present’ which would involve a number of workshops / discussions to local communities in Belfast. These dialogue sessions would explore their experiences in reconciliation and dealing with the past. This project brought a lot of people but particularly victims and survivors together to experience a post conflict journey within…

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R.I.P Anne Gallagher

R.I.P Anne Gallagher

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Anne Gallagher who died on August 7th, 2013  in Dublin,. She made a huge impact around the world and her story can be seen here.  Jo Berry, Pat Magee and others close to her share their tributes. Jo Berry “I first met Anne in 1985 when I went to Northern Ireland to make sense of my Father’s death from the IRA in 1984. Anne warmly welcomed me and introduced…

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Jo Berry and Pat Magee visit Israel and Palestine

Jo Berry and Pat Magee visit Israel and Palestine

In April Pat Magee and Jo Berry went to Israel and Palestine for a 8 days speaking tour. It was a huge success with a mixture of talks and workshops, visiting projects and many meetings. “We spoke to some groups which were just Israeli, some just Palestinian and some with participants from both communities. We also spoke to a leading newspaper and a internet media and we were told that,   ‘I’m pretty confident we’ve reached tens of thousands Israelis, possibly hundreds of thousands…

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