turning-fear-into-powerTURNING FEAR INTO POWER
One Woman’s Journey Confronting the War on Terror

by Linda Sartor

This book brings to life author Linda Sartor’s peacekeeping and citizen diplomacy work from 2001 to 2012 when she traveled with several different peace and justice organizations to six war-torn countries: Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Iran, Afghanistan, and Bahrain. Her travel was a result of the torment she felt due to the USA’s response to the terrorist attack of 9/11. Linda was driven to take action, and protesting was not enough any more. She needed to take a stand with her body that her life as a US citizen was not any more precious than any other lives in the world. She believes the global systems of domination deliberately perpetrate a culture of fear in order to maintain power. Her stories are meant to inspire readers to follow their hearts even when fear is present, with the hope of changing these systems of domination–even if we do not get to witness the changes in our lifetimes.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: My Tormented Heart

Chapter 2: Israel/Palestine

Chapter 3: Feeling More Alive Than Ever

Chapter 4: Iraq

Chapter 5: First Stays in Sri Lanka

Chapter 6: Two Final Years in Sri Lanka

Chapter 7: Iran

Chapter 8: Afghanistan

After Thoughts

About the Author:  

Linda Sartor has always been a peace/justice activist and an educator and has been arrested a number of times protesting atrocities committed by the US “in her name with her tax money” such as the development and testing of nuclear weapons. After she saw how the US responded to 9/11, educating and protesting weren’t enough any more. First, she joined the International Solidarity Movement in Israel/Palestine in June of 2002, then Iraq Peace Teams in Feb. 2003, then went to Sri Lanka on the pilot team for the Nonviolent Peaceforce 2003-2008, did a Global Exchange citizen diplomacy trip to Iran in Oct. 2008, took her first trip to Afghanistan for two and a half weeks with Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Mar/Apr 2011, and was deported from Bahrain in Feb. 2012. During her more regular life, Linda lives in an intentional community,  teaches research courses in a master’s in leadership program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, and guides vision quest wilderness trips with a non-profit organization called Rites of Passage.

Interview with Linda Sartor by Stephanie Van Hook at the Metta Center for Nonviolence, posted at Waging Nonviolence: http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/turning-fear-power-interview-unarmed-peacekeeper-linda-sartor/