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Are you our next project partner?

Are you our next project partner? Do you work with a population we should serve? Are you an organizer who believes in resilience in laughter? Clowns Without Borders is looking for more project partners to expand our programming. We always … Continue reading

What’s All This Talk About the NEED for Laughter?

Manfred Max-Neef, a Chilean economist, postulates that across all cultures and societies, humans all have the same needs. And unlike Maslow, Max-Neef argues that these needs are not hierarchical, or in other words, the need for food is just as … Continue reading

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Clowns, Standing Rock, and Tribal Connections

Demonstrators at Standing Rock have been protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota since early April of this year. The numbers of protesters and police at Standing Rock have grown substantially, as have tensions and arrests. Frigid temperatures … Continue reading

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Clowns Without Borders USA Condemns Creepy Clown Pranks

Dear Reader, On October 14, 2016, Clowns Without Borders USA issued a press release condemning the actions of the “creepy clowns.” What follows is the exact language of our press release. We are including the release as a blog post … Continue reading

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What We Don’t Take Pictures Of

By Naomi Shafer Clowns Without Borders Funds Development Officer   On August 28th, 2011, Hurricane Irene hit my hometown. The photographers arrived before the National Guard. As we walked with our neighbors to explore the damage – houses, roads, orchards … Continue reading

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Laughter Transforms Discrimination

By Nadiya Atkinson Clowns Without Borders USA Guest Blogger   Language surrounds us. Contemporary rhetoric is constantly utilized, from conversations to the media, to debates, to institutions, to water-cooler chats, to political discourse, and to novels. It is a necessary … Continue reading

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Look Away From Fear and Towards Education

By Molly Rose Levine   As someone with friends and colleagues scattered around the world, the fallout of violence and disruption hits close to home, no matter where that happens to be: Juba; Beirut; Nice; Baghdad; Athens; Aleppo; Paris. After … Continue reading

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New Education Program: Take Laughter With You

By Naomi Shafer   What do Albany, NY, Dallas, TX, Burlington, VT, and Boise, ID all have in common? Craft Beer? Bears? Nope (well, maybe): Each is a designated Refugee Resettlement City. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is a … Continue reading

Finding a Place for Displaced Children

By Nadiya Atkinson Approximately 51 percent of the world’s refugees are children, fleeing from war and poverty-stricken areas of the world. Often without a home or adult guidance, these displaced children are the most vulnerable group of people in the … Continue reading