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Local Peace Economy


Local Peace Economy explores cultural, social and economic models that cultivate a sense of respect, and uplift all people.

Local Peace Economy is a project conceived by CODEPINK and produced in partnership with the Independent Media Institute.

Every transaction we make in our daily lives ultimately contributes toward building a peace economy or a war economy, a world of compassion and well being, or a world of indifference and violence. The peace economy model encourages us to reinvest in our local communities. We cannot make these changes without the foundational building blocks of the very peace we are seeking.

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Chief Correspondent, Writing Fellow for Local Peace Economy

April M. Short is an editor, journalist, and documentary editor and producer. She is a co-founder of the Observatory, where she is the Local Peace Economy editor. Previously, she was a managing editor at AlterNet as well as an award-winning senior staff writer for Good Times, a weekly newspaper in Santa Cruz, California. Her work has been published with the San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, LA Yoga, the Conversation, Salon, and many other publications.

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