"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances
of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary"
- M. L. King Jr.
- ..build an independent, nonprofit,
international network of potters concerned with peace and justice issues.
We will maintain this concern principally through interchanges involving potters
of the (overdeveloped) North and (underdeveloped) South. PFP aims to provide
socially responsible assistance to pottery groups and individuals in their
search for stability and improvement of ceramic production, and in the preservation
of their cultural inheritance. "
Who is Potters for Peace?
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FOR PEACE STATEMENT IN OPPOSITION TO WAR IN IRAQ
POTTERS FOR PEACE REACTS TO THE TSUNAMI EMERGENCY
The recent Tsunami emergency in Southeast Asia has brought into sharp
focus the possibilities inherent in the Potters For Peace Water Filter
A comparable low cost water purification system simply does not exist.
In the past several years PFP has worked with several organizations to
set up filter making facilities, two in Cambodia, one in Indonesia,
and one in Thailand. These facilities were contacted immediately after
the onset of the emergency to determine the feasability of providing
Logistics are being worked out for this, but these shops can only help
with a miniscule fraction of the need.
has contacted more than thirty relief organizations who might wish to
cooperate with us in setting up more filter making facilities, and
are underway with several already interested in working with us.
As reported in the media, immediate emergency water supplies will be
provided by various stop-gap measures such as flying in bottled
water, U.S. warships
utilizing their on-board filtering plants, and local breweries
converting to potable water production.
Those are all only very short term solutions; it is estimated that
the area's infrastructure won't be back to normal for a minimum
of ten years. This is
where the PFP Filter Technology comes in.
If we can set up filter making shops throughout the area, the immense
long-term problem of locally available potable water will begin
to be addressed. In
addition to communicating with relief groups, PFP is meanwhile
locating all pottery making centers in the area which might serve as
Time is, of course, of the essence; many human lives hang in
Starting from scratch it is normally three months before a
filter shop is in full production. In addition to providing
With enough funding, Potters For Peace could also independently
set up water filter shops.
Donations to Potters For Peace can be sent to: Potters
For Peace, P.O. Box 1043, Bisbee, Az. 85603
If you would like
more information on any of the titles below, click to e-mail a note.
always glad to
hear from you.
- For a complete
description of PFP's various ongoing programs.
Water Filter Project
- To contact the people
involved in this project or to request information regarding the Filtron.
- For information about
the tours to Nicaragua.
- Purchase a variety
of Nicaraguan pottery.
- To receive a complimentary
copy of the latest PFP Newsletter, or to submit an article/advertisement/etc.
- Our in-country staff
- For information on
water filter candles.
- Become a member of
the PFP family.
Why "Potters for Peace?"
- In 1986 a group of Washington
DC potters held a benefit sale for the Guadelupe Carnay Pottery Co-op
of Estelí, Nicaragua. A banner was made with the logo and name of "Potters
for Peace" to promote the sale. That year several potters visited Estelí
and other Nicaraguan pottery sites first hand. Potters for Peace was
PFP grew in the US as well.
The pottery visit became an annual Pottery Brigade to foster a closer
relationship between US and Nicaraguan potters. Material aid was collected
and sent to various projects. As our friendship deepened, we realized that
the most profound contribution we could offer was not our material excess,
but our personal accompaniment.
Since 1989 we've maintained
a staff in Nicaragua. This allows us to provide technical consulting, training
and moral support when, where and how it's needed. We also sponsor exchanges
between groups of Nicaraguan potters who have often never been able to share
their experiences and skills outside their immediate environment.
PFP's focus now includes projects
around the world. We have been contracted to assist in projects throughout
Latin America, to Africa and South East Asia. PFP is a unique organization
devoted to socially responsible development and grass roots accompaniment
among potters. Benefit sales in North America are our main source of income.
POTTERS FOR PEACE STATEMENT IN OPPOSITION TO WAR IN IRAQ
February 28, 2003
Potters for Peace is a network of potters who are interested in peace and
In 1986, Potters for Peace began supporting Nicaraguan potters while opposing
the U.S. military aid to Nicaraguan contras. We believe that peace is achieved
through justice, and justice is achieved through the creation of a society
that values all other cultural traditions and through the building of cross-cultural
relationships with peoples outside of our borders. Economic justice is a
Now, as the United States is engaged in a war on Iraq,
Potters for Peace wishes
to speak out. As an organization, Potters for Peace:
- does not support the use of military violence against Iraq.
- does not condone the current actions of the United States in its preparation
for war against other countries in the Middle East, nor do we concur
with past actions of the U.S. government against other countries
that have resulted
in the deaths of innocent people nor do we condone acts of terrorism
on the part of any government or people.
- supported the United Nations weapons inspection process, and supports
processes of resolution of international conflicts that are in
accord with international
- supports the United Nations charter that maintains that no nation
has the right to attack another.
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