“Zeitouna is an effort by some people to approach what to the rest of the world appears to be an intractable problem… What Zeitouna has done is teach us that there are first steps. The first steps don’t solve the problem but they keep people in motion. Once people are in motion, they provide a model for others…” --- Richard Soble, Civil Rights Attorney

our mission


refusing to be enemies is a 501(c)3 nonprofit-sponsored organization which empowers people to make peace a reality in their lives and communities through education and dialogue.


refusing to be enemies operates under the umbrella of the Minerva Project, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in order to:

  • TOUR the film and the filmmaker
  • SUPPORT teachers & leaders to use the film as a catalyst
  • DISTRIBUTE the DVD to individuals and institutions
  • PILOT the teaching and learning of dialogue
  • CREATE the DVD’s companion guide


refusing to be enemies will serve as a catalyst to inspire and support individuals and groups to become active and effective peacemakers through the learning and practice of dialogue. We will provide people with concrete tools to help overcome fear, break down barriers, bridge divides, and engage the "other." We will reach out to organizations with similar missions and goals in order to help create and reinforce a broad-based, national coalition of peacemakers.

Mission of the Minerva Project, our sponsoring 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

To achieve social justice through education and community-building.

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