Peace Week Update

Event Roster Growing as Peace Week Swings into July

Because of the organizational foundation (website, committee structure, processes, and policies) established last year, as well as the many volunteers who have stepped up from the faith and nonprofit community, we’re well ahead of where we were a year ago. Thanks to all of you!

Here’s What’s Happening:

  • Events: We have about 25 Peace Week Events already on the books statewide, including both new and returning ones. With more to come!
  • Event Sponsors: We have both returning and new Event Sponsors—all of whom are creating an exciting calendar of Events for you.
  • Steering Committee: A great group of about 15 energetic, committed people—including many new volunteers—handling activities important to Peace Week success: media relations, social media, fundraising, website management, and event-sponsor liaison.

–Including help from the Community Partner Support Group of the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services (thanks!).

–Each member of the Steering Committee personally donating to support the Steering Committee’s statewide promotion of Peace Week.

  • Kickoff Meetings: Held in New Castle and Sussex counties and upcoming in Kent County.

 

  • WebsiteImproved design and a dedicated webmaster.

 

Key Dates:

  • July 14:Deadline for registration priority for date / time on the Peace Week calendar for Event Sponsors returning from 2016.
  • August 11:Deadline to be listed on the Peace Week printed program for:

–Event Registration

­Financial and in-kind donations to the Steering Committee

 

What You Can Do:

  • Think about how your organization might sponsor a Peace Week Event. See Create an Event.
  • Be looking for media coverage of Peace Week.
  • Post a link to Peace Week’s Facebook page to your social media
  • Donate to Peace Week Delaware to support Steering Committee promotional activities. Donations of every size are appreciated. Your tax-deductible dollars do matter.
  • Look for future Peace Week Delaware Newsletters. Next month: a first look at 2017 Events.
  • Forward this email to your friends and colleagues and talk it up!

 

Event Registration Deadlines Set

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPEN

It’s time to register your proposed Peace Week Delaware 2017 event. Online registration is now open for Peace Week Events. The deadline is Friday, August 11, for inclusion in all forms of Peace Week Delaware publicity—including poster, program, and web listing.

Registration priority for dates and times is being offered to returning sponsors (people or organizations that ran a 2016 event) until Friday, July 14.

Please check the Event Criteria page before registering to be sure that your event will meet our standards to be approved for the Peace Week Delaware calendar.

Event Development Workshop June 12

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The Steering Committee is excited about how the plans for Peace Week Delaware 2017 are coming together.  It’s time to meet again, to connect the individuals and groups involved, and to develop your ideas for specific events. 

Please join the Peace Week Delaware “Event Development Workshop.” 

Monday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
730 Halstead Road, Wilmington 19803

(The church is at the corner of Rte 202 and Whitby Rd.  Please use the main entrance on Whitby Road.  Parking is available across the street, and on Halstead Road behind the church)

During the Workshop we will:

  • Update you on plans so far
  • Show you  the power of our website – peaceweekdelaware.org
  • Share graphic resources to help you promote your event
  • Work together on plans for events that you and others can sponsor during Peace Week

No registration required. Questions? events@peaceweekdelaware,com

Peace Week is ON for 2017. Join the team!

Peace Week Delaware 2017
Steering Committee Meetings
Event Planning Workshop

There remain several roles to fill on the Steering Committee—fundraising, publicity, website, data management, etc. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 19, 6:00 to 7:30 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Broom St., 19801. [meeting schedule].

If you or your organization have been been thinking about creating a Peace Week event this year, consult our event page  We’ll open online event registration on June 1 and hold an Event Development Workshop on June 12.

Daniel, Susan, Bruce, D-L, Kim, Terry, Julia, George, Jeff, Moira, Medard, Jason, and the rest of the Peace Week team

Welcome to Peace Week Delaware 2017

Neighbors Joining Together to Build
a Culture  of Peace in the First State


From September 17–24, peace-loving folks across our state will celebrate Peace Week Delaware—a series of events raising awareness, hope, and action for peace in our communities, nation, and world. Peace Week Delaware 2016 was an unqualified success, with more than 40 events statewide (read our report). We encourage you and your organization to join us by helping to create another successful Peace Week Delaware.

What is Peace Week Delaware?

Peace Week Delaware is an expanded vision of peace led by the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which organized three peace marches in Wilmington and has held monthly public forums on how to achieve peace and address the impact of violence. Peace Week Delaware provides a coordinated outlet for that energy, widening the circle of nonviolent action across the state. The week of September 17–24, which includes International Peace Day (Sept. 21) brings Campaign Nonviolence Action Week to life in Delaware.

Who is involved?

The Movement for a Culture of Peace and its community partners are behind Peace Week Delaware. An independent steering committee will mobilize community participation and promote events for this week.

Why participate?

We challenge you to consider how you can bring the spirit of Peace Week into your life or organization. Our 2017 goal is to have 25% more events statewide under the Peace Week Delaware banner—including a doubling of events in Kent and Sussex counties. Serving on the steering committee or hosting a Peace Week Delaware event has several benefits:

  • Connecting with fellow activists working towards peace and nonviolence
  • Showcasing your organization’s work to a broader audience
  • Leveraging the power of Peace Week’s website and social media
  • Uniting with like-minded folks to celebrate your group’s mission
  • Building the Peace Week infrastructure for future years 

How can I get involved?

  1. Organize a Peace Week Delaware event. You can do this through your organization or as an individual or neighborhood. On our website are Peace Week ideas and an FAQ about how to create your own Peace Week event. Leverage our website and social media program to get the word out about your event.
  2. Join the Peace Week Steering Committee. We’re looking for committed, organized people who like to collaborate with other activists. Your skills aren’t as important as your desire for change. We meet bi-weekly and stay connected online, if you can’t attend every meeting (meeting schedule), you can still be part of it

Peace Week Kickoff Meeting – April 19

 

Movement for a Culture of Peace Kicks Off
Peace Week Delaware 2017 on April 19

We hope you’re eager to start creating Peace Week 2017.  We need your help to make it happen!

Let’s work together across our individual and organizational impact and presence in the community. Come to the Peace Week Delaware 2017 kick-off meeting to learn how.
Kick-Off Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 for meet and greet.
St. Stephens Lutheran Church
(in the Chapel, enter right side of church)
1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington 19806
This kick-off will be a facilitated, inclusive, idea-generating session. We welcome your ideas and participation—whether or not you or your organization was involved with or supported Peace Week Delaware 2016. Let’s widen the circle of peace!

We can do it again!

If you have discussed your involvement with Peace Week Delaware with a friend or colleague, or know of someone who may want to help out in 2017, please forward this email and report.
Your friends at the Movement for a Culture of Peace.
Judy, Jeff, Medard, Moira, Nancy, Marie, George, and Dorothy
 P.S.
Can’t attend the kick-off but still want to be involved? Email us at volunteer@peaceweekdelaware.org.
Questions? Email info@peaceweekdelaware.org.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Peace Week Delaware will continue in 2017

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The Peace Week Delaware steering committee has met several times since the close of the highly successful first Peace Week. More than 40 individual events, displays, and meetings were held during the eight-day “week.” Feedback from event sponsors and attendees was very positive.

It was decided in mid-November to organize a second Peace Week Delaware in Sept. 2017. 

It was also decided to continue Peace Week as a project of Movement for a Culture of Peace. There will be some reorganization of the committee structure of both groups to eliminate duplication of effort and overlapping responsibilities.

If you would like to join the Movement for a Culture of Peace or Peace Week Delaware steering committee to help organize Peace Week Delaware 2017, email info@peaceweekdelaware.org.

Groups and organizations that wish to hold an event during Peace Week Delaware 2017 should begin planning now. Event proposals will be accepted beginning in April 2017.

Celebrate International Peace Day in Delaware

cropped-PeaceWeek_logo2.jpgToday is International Peace Day, a global celebration of the possibility of peace. In Delaware, Peace Week continues on its fourth day, with six events statewide.

In New Castle County, the third of four sessions of the podcast Remaking “Murdertown”, a YWCA Delaware event focusing on their mission to eliminate racism and empower women, the Jaycees’ model for planning a peace project and an interfaith evening featuring international peace activist and founder of Campaign Nonviolence, John Dear.  In Rehoboth, a March for Peace honoring Peace Week Delaware and A Day of Peace with dedication of a Peace Pole. Events continue statewide through September 25.

Today’s events: Complete details here.

Third of four sessions for the podcast Remaking Murdertown.

Remaking ‘Murdertown’:  Poverty, Punishment & Possibility’—DCJ Podcast Club
Episode 3 “Tidal Wave”

12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm (bring your lunch), The Delaware Center for Justice
This four-part podcast follows one individual, Ricky Reyes, as a case study in the roles that poverty and public policy play in Wilmington crime. Bring your lunch and join us in listening to Episode 3 “Tidal Wave,” and then discussing the episode together. The final episode will be shared on Sept. 22.

How the YWCA Delaware addresses racism and empowers women, and tour the Home-Life Management Center. 

YWCA Delaware Mission Tour

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – YWCA Home Life Management Center

Experience YWCA Delaware’s mission by hearing about our racial justice and advocacy work, how we address social barriers and create opportunities through our statewide programs and by touring our Home-Life Management Center, where we help families achieve their full social and economic potential. Hosted by CEO Stephanie Staats.  Advance Registration Required:  Adam Caplan, acaplan@ywcade.org

Learn how to plan a project to work toward peace in your community. 

Jaycees Workshop:  Engage Your Local Community For Peace

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Wilmington Jaycees

Learn the concepts behind Peace is Possible (www.peaceispossible.cc) to effectively plan a project to promote peace in your community. The Wilmington Jaycees will give you the tools necessary to go from idea to plan, then help you review and improve your project.  Advance Registration Suggested:  thewilmingtonjaycees@gmail.com 

An evening of peace with legendary peace activist and founder Campaign Nonviolence, John Dear, nominated by Archishop Desmond Tutu for the Nobel Peace Prize.  

 

In the Spirit of Peace:  Practice Nonviolence

7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 with music by Ami Verrill) – First Unitarian Church

Commit to nonviolent action for peace in Delaware in this interfaith evening with John Dear.  Father Dear believes that peace is not something static, but “is to be engaged, mind, body and spirit.” He teaches to love yourself, your neighbor, your enemy, and the world and to understand “the profound responsibility in doing all of these.”

Back-to-back events in Rehoboth Beach, a March for Peace and a Celebration of Peace with Dedication of a Peace Pole

March for Peace Honoring Peace Week Delaware

Gather at 4:00 pm – Rehoboth Boardwalk, near the water fountain

March with banners and posters down the boardwalk to Baltimore Avenue and on to Camp Rehoboth.

Celebration of Peace Week Delaware and Dedication of Peace Pole

Beginning 5:00 pm – Camp Rehoboth

Local musicians from various groups will play and sing, followed by a brief program acknowledging the importance of peacemaking in all major faiths.

We Can Realize the “Peace Dividend”

cropped-PeaceWeek_logo2.jpgThe following Delaware Voice column was published by the Wilmington News-Journal on Sept. 9. It is available online here

By Michaelena de Jesus, Rachel Livingston & Boyd Sorenson

People say that real, lasting peace is impossible. They say, “Just look at human history with wars, violence, injustice, conflicts, winners and losers. How can the message and benefits of peace survive faced with constant violence, terrorism and threats of war?”

Cynics say that the “protection industry,” military, police, criminal justice world and prison system, have overwhelming economic and political power. Perversely, they say “non-peace” is in “our” best economic interests.

Jobs are at stake.

Yet people are uniting to demand peaceful behavior from our families, communities and governments. In Delaware, for the first time, people throughout the state will celebrate the benefits of peace for an entire week, Sept. 18 to 25. Peace Week Delaware has more than 30 events statewide and more than 100 volunteers, sponsors and funders. The work to bring Peace Week to Delaware is forming stronger coalitions to build a culture of peace in our state and our world.

You can join us.

A change of attitude, that a culture of peace is possible, benefits us all. Peace and peaceful actions make sense because peacemaking is our number one strategy to overcome fear and violence. If we adjust our mindset and actions, we can make peace possible now.

Consider the benefits of peace and peacemaking: We will rely on love and understanding rather than fear and separation. We will reduce suffering and loss caused by violence. We will educate our children to use alternatives to violence for conflict resolution. We will seek reconciliation rather than separation and revenge.

With our children and neighbors, we must learn to talk, listen, understand, and act for peace as the default alternative to violence. We must preach the blessings and practices of peace from our pulpits. We must demand that our governments act in ways that support peace. Real social and economic justice depend on this.

And there is a Peace Dividend. A peaceful world, nation, state and community will spend fewer resources on the protection industry. Shift economic resources from prisons and punishment to jobs and programs that produce opportunities for all people. Create a culture that benefits from the best of us all.

Real peace, right now, is more than idealistic lip service. Our digital world is an asset to people and groups that are peace builders. New connections – like those being built by Peace Week Delaware – allow peacemaking to serve people as never before with peace education, peace programs and peace networking. Our grassroots coalitions and combined advocacy will better compete with the many forms of violence that dominate our culture.

Along with our neighbors, those who we know and those who we have yet to meet, we are committed to promoting the actions and blessings of peace that will lead us to a better society. “Neighbors joining together to build peace in the First State” is the theme for Peace Week Delaware.

Michaelena de Jesus is a mother of two boys, full time optician and community leader of a peace movement called 302GunsDown. Rachel Livingston is the Minister of Social Action at Mother African United Church and worked for the Delaware Repeal Project. Boyd Sorenson is a retired businessman and peace advocate who lives in Yorklyn. 

 

First Peace Week Delaware Starts Tomorrow

After months of planning and lots of hard work by dozens of volunteers and event sponsors, the first Peace Week Delaware will launch on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Three events will be held at the Delaware Contemporary (formerly DCCA) at 200 South Madison St., on the Wilmington Riverfront. Additional events will be held in Center City Wilmington and in Rehoboth Beach. Between Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, more than 35 events are scheduled.
Peace Week Delaware is an expanded vision of peace led by the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which organized anti-violence marches in Wilmington in 2014 and 2015 and has held monthly public forums on how to achieve peace and address the impact of violence. Peace Week Delaware provides a coordinated outlet for that energy, widening the circle of nonviolent action across the state.
A detailed, up-to-date listing of all events is at www.peaceweekdelaware.org/events.

Sunday, Sept. 18 Events
New Castle County

Visions of Peace: Free Family Sunday
12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, The Delaware Contemporary

DSC_0162In conjunction with the opening reception for the Pacem in Terris Children’s Peace Art Exhibition, The Delaware Contemporary invites families to create artwork representing their own visions of peace at its regular first Fall Free Family Sunday. Materials provided. All ages welcome!

Opening Reception: Children’s Peace Art Exhibition
1:00 to 3:00 pm, The Delaware Contemporary

peace-art-largeWhat does peace look like? What does a peaceful world look like? A children’s art exhibit for students in grades K-12 sponsored by Pacem in Terris. Conceived as a dialogue between youth and older citizens, the exhibit features images and words describing the world our youth envision. How will we respond to their vision?

Peace & the Spoken Word
3:00 to 4:30 pm, The Delaware Contemporary

PeaceReadings Graphic_jpegStories can be central to peacemaking. Brief narrative readings—all spoken aloud—will present the ideas and experiences of great thinkers and writers. During these participatory readings, audience members will be invited to read out selected passages. Today’s topic: Americans Abroad.If you think travel makes us better, this is for you. Readings will include Dr. Howard Thurman in India, Bayard Taylor in Germany, and James Baldwin and Charles Sumner in France. Sponsored by Plays of the World. Advance Registration Suggested: playsoftheworldhere@gmail.com or call (302) 463-4095

 Also in Wilmington is a great opportunity to share a potluck meal across religions and cultures at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SSaM), 719 N. Shipley St.

 Breaking Bread Together
4:30 pm (meal served at 5:00), SSaM

Bread and HandsAn opportunity to meet our Muslim neighbors and to offer them our friendship. All ages and religious backgrounds (or no religion at all) are invited to come together around a shared meal. Foods from diverse cultures are welcome. Come as you are—with or without food—to celebrate our common humanity. Advance registration suggested: dlcasson@ssam.org. Sponsored by: Masjid Isa Ibn-e-Maryam and SsAM.

In Sussex County

The first Peace Week Delaware event in Sussex County will be a learning experience about a much talked-about alternative to incarceration and punishment.

Restorative Justice: Peace Making in Latin America
7:00 – 9:00 pm, Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth

Epworth_ValavachiCharito Calvachi-Mateyko, a restorative justice practitioner, will give a brief overview of the approach that restorative justice uses, how it relates to building peace in Latin America, and the implications for peace building in our country and in our individual lives.  Participants will be invited to ask questions and dialogue. Where: 19285 Holland Glade Rd., Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sponsored by: Delaware Humanities Forum and Epworth United Methodist Church

More information on all Peace Week Delaware events is at www.peaceweekdelaware.org/events

Sept. 17-24, 2017