IWagePeace: Painting For Peace
We do not need to agree on everthing to work for peace and justice

Painting For Peace is an exciting hands on peace project created by IWagePeace.Org. where community members from diverse backgrounds hand paint their own interstate peace billboard. The first Painting For Peace sign was hand painted in 2007 in the West Bank of Palestine by Israeli and Palestinian children side by side with Combatants For Peace. Four more signs have followed. To view the completed handpainted murals displayed for viewing on our Connecticut highways, visit our Billboard Campaign Collection.

Painting for Peace with Jerusalem Peacebuilders on the New Haven Green, July, 2018

On July 10, 2018 over 30 teenagers from Israel, Palestine and the U.S. joined teens from mosques, synagogues and churches in our local communities on the New Haven Green to hand paint a 48 foot billboard sign declaring "We Welcome Refugees" to send a message of respect and tolerance. The visiting teens were participants in the Jerusalem Peacebuilders' Service Learning Program, an initiative that brings together visiting Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth ages 15-16 for nine days to study their own faith traditions, explore each other's diverse backgrounds, and develop peacebuilding skills while volunteering at local community organizations in New Haven.

The billboard was designed by artist Russell Rainbolt and inspired by a 2017 NYT times photo study called “Refugees Made Visible.” The sign will hang along I-95 in Connecticut courtesy of a long-time partnership with Barrett Outdoor Communications.

“A passion for peace in the Middle East drives our mission and partnerships power our program. Painting for Peace on the Green combines both. Our young Israeli and Palestinian leaders are proud to work with the interfaith community in New Haven and our partner Barrett Outdoor Communications to honor religious difference and to share their belief in the sanctity of all human life,”

.................Rev. Nicholas Porter, the Executive Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders

“God calls everyone to be a peacemaker.”

................ Bruce Barrett President, Barrett Outdoor Communications and IWagePeace

Read our News Coverage:

The New Haven Independent:

"Mural Unites Israeli, Palestinian Teens"

Painting For Peace in Brattleboro VT.

Our Painting For Peace event was held on a beautiful summer weekend at Jerusalem Peacebuilder's Acer Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont. IWagePeace empowered Muslim, Jewish, and Christian high school youth from Israel, Palestine, and the United States to design and hand paint a mural for an interstate highway sign on I-95. The project was designed in partnership with an interfaith fellowship of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian youth, Kids4Peace. As part of the IWagePeace Combatants for Peace Tour, we travelled to Vermont for the youth retreat weekend. The youth at the camp were thrilled at meeting adult fighters from their own nations who found a path to peace. Together, they hand painted the 14x48 foot billboard sign of their design reading “Peace in Jerusalem is Possible.” IWagePeace Inc. Kids4Peace, and the Combatants For Peace ended the retreat by visiting the Bridgeport Rotary Club to share their experience. The sign, with viewership of 100,000 per day, remained on I-95 for the entire summer and shifted to I-84 in the fall of that year and is still posted on various Connecticut highways.

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Painting For Peace on the New Haven Green We had a blast on when PeaceMakers from area mosques, synagogues, and churches broke the myth that they can not work together for peace. "This myth, that we fight and always have been fighting, is historically false," says organizer Bruce Barrett. "We painted these signs together, Muslim, Christian, and Jew, as a public demonstration of our commitment to peace, health, and justice for the Israeli and Palestinian people," declares the group."Popular media and bad preaching told us that our faith traditions have nothing in common; and yet here we are, painting and working together for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine." Twelve groups each raised Five hundred dollars ($500) which we donated to The Combatants For Peace ,a non-violent group of Israeli and Palestinian veteran fighters turned peacemakers.

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