Peace Takes Courage.com
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Ava Lowery feels that, as a “Southern values” Christian, she has a duty to do something for peace. She has had two uncles serve in Iraq, and gets exasperated when people accuse her of not supporting the troops. She is also frustrated with the way right-wingers have coopted religion to justify the Iraq war.
Following the 2004 election, the Alabama teenager decided to express her opinion online. She launched peacetakescourage.com, a website showcasing her homemade antiwar videos.
Over the past several years, Lowery’s flash animations have garnered widespread attention. She has been interviewed on major TV networks and appeared at the YearlyKos blogging convention in 2006.
Now 17, Lowery continues to make videos and is excited to make her voice heard in another way—by voting for the first time in the 2008 elections.