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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly winter 2 0 08 82 and to be vigilant so that history does not repeat itself. When Buddhism is attacked, says Manuel, “it impacts the practice of those who aspire to Buddhist teachings everywhere.” The aim of the One Peace campaign is to respond to war and military occupation throughout the world, as well as to help communities in the United States that are challenged by youth violence. Over the next two years, BPF plans to host trainings and symposiums on how one cultivates compas- sionate action, and it will organize demonstrations, mostly through its chapters that are based across the U.S. and in a number of other countries. The final campaign, Too Young to Do Time, focuses on the increasing number of people age seventeen and under who are being imprisoned for life. “We want to provide an avenue for donations to a defense fund,” says Manuel, “because one of the reasons why youth are ending up with these life sentences is that they don’t having enough money for proper represen- tation.” Another Too Young to Do Time project that BPF is planning is an online healing website, in which members of the community or the family of imprisoned youth can post posi- tive stories about them. This is based on an old African tradi- tion of circling around someone who has just been released from prison and telling affirmative stories about that person. The purpose of the healing web, says Manuel, is to change the image of troubled youth in order for society to start seeing them for what they really are: children. Manuel has been largely responsible for the recent strategic shifts at BPF, but the fellowship has also been undergoing a cultural transition that began before she got involved. “We are redefining our base,” Vega-Frey explains. “When we did a survey of membership a couple years ago, the vast majority of people who identified as BPF members were white, middle or upper-middle class, and in their fifties. A lot of the folks who fit into that demographic are still committed members, but we realized that in order to fulfill our mission, we were going to have to change.” Part of that change involved recognizing the need for a more diverse perspective. Now the fellowship is headed by Manuel, an African- American woman, the majority of the board is non-white, and many members are younger and of different class back- grounds. “When an organization makes a commitment to diversify like this,” says Vega-Frey, “it brings to a head real tensions, but I think that we transitioned through that in a beautiful way. Not to say, though, that there weren’t painful conversations. It became clear the degree of institutionalized racism that existed in the organization and just how much it exists in so many organizations.” What is unique about BPF, concludes Vega-Frey, is that the people involved have been so willing to engage in the process of making diversity work. “It’s our effort to make this an organization that can hold both difference and unity,” he says. “This is an area in which we’re succeeding, and in which a lot of us feel the next stage of organizational development is going to be powerful.”