The Veterans of Hope Project

We are a community-based educational initiative on religion, culture and participatory democracy. We encourage a healing-centered approach to community-building that recognizes the interconnectedness of spirit, creativity and citizenship.

Our materials and programs are designed to support reconciliation, nonviolent social justice organizing and an appreciation for the value of indigenous and folk wisdom for contemporary times.

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We have interviewed over 70 older women and men who are “veterans” of movements for social change. Explore their stories here.

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Our Work

We sponsor workshops, international exchanges and other programs on links between spirituality and social justice activism in communities of color.

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Spirit and Struggle is where we share stories and encouragement from global artistic, ritual and activist traditions. As our co-founder, Vincent Harding, loved to sing, “We Are Building Up A New World” – and we hope you who are visiting this site will take some strength and inspiration for the work ahead of us from the examples you find here.

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This is a magnificently beautiful song in honor of the Orixá, Nanã Buruku. In Candomblé, Nanã is an elder, feminine, earth-based energy. She is the energy of the primal connection between earth and water, the holy mu...

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