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December 3 Public Forum

Information and Intervention

Putting the CDC Report into Action


Saturday, Dec. 3 – 9 to 11 a.m.
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington 19806

2016-12-03_cdc_poster_sm-square_300The Movement for a Culture of Peace (MCP) forum on Saturday, Dec. 3 will focus on implementation of the 2015 report on patterns of violence in Wilmington by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

If you attended MCP’s January 2016 meeting, you learned about this report from DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf. The CDC recommended formation of a state advisory group to develop highly integrated, coordinated, and individualized services for young people who are identified as being most at risk for becoming perpetrators or vistims of violence.

At the Dec. 3 MCP forum, Secretary Landgraf will review the report’s findings and the work of the Community Advisory Group that she appointed in March.

Landgraf will be joined by Hanifa Shabazz, newly elected Wilmington City Council President, who made the initial request for the CDC study, and two members of the Advisory Group: Dr. Sandra Medinilla, medical director for violence prevention at Christiana Care Health System, and Dorrell Green, assistant superintendent of the Brandywine School District.

Following brief presentations by the panelists about the CDC findings and the work of the Advisory Group, our guests will take questions from the audience.

The CDC report, released in November 2015, looks at gun violence from a public health and social services perspective, not from a law enforcement perspective. The report recommended that Delaware develop the capacity to link and share data between state organizations, connecting data systems to identify potential candidates for intervention services, and provide highly integrated, coordinated, and customized services for high-risk populations.





Connected: Message of Peace at Delaware Art Museum


Spoken Word presented by 302 Guns Down

Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 1:00pm
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

Michaelena Dejesus from 302 Guns Down presents an afternoon of performed poetry inspired by art. Delaware Poet Laureate Nanamdi Chukwuocha and local spoken word artists will share their voices.

Live performances by Jea Street, Pieces of a Dream, Big Rex, Jahiti, Beyond Those Bars Students, Aziza Naila, Keke Lewis.

Special presentation by JCL Productions of “Broken.” Photography by Willie Var Gas.

Hosted by Eugene Young and DJ Soulbuck.


Connected is a new program series featuring events produced by the community, for the community. Each program is designed to make unique connections to the Museum’s collections and Delaware’s arts and culture. For a full list of programs and details, click here. All events are free and open to the public.

Building Peace in Our Schools



At Saturday’s Movement for a Culture of Peace Forum. Left to right: Malik Muhammed, president of Akoben; Siddiqi Muhammed, a student at Appoquinimink High School; clinical psychologist Dr. Christina Watlington; and Will Fuller, principal of Pusitive Change Academy. (Photo by Jeffrey Lott)


“Policies like zero-tolerance discipline and a heavier law enforcement presence in schools may sound like quick fixes, but they don’t do anything to address the psychological issues that are causing kids to lash out violently, speakers said.”

Wilmington News-Journal
Nov. 6, 2016
By Matthew Albright

Delaware needs to rebuild relationships with traumatized youth instead of rushing to punish them for acting out, a panel of local speakers said Saturday.

Policies like zero-tolerance discipline and a heavier law enforcement presence in schools may sound like quick fixes, but they don’t do anything to address the psychological issues that are causing kids to lash out violently, the speakers said.

“I would argue that, at the root cause of violence inside of schools – and maybe by extension, violence in communities – that it is about broken, violated or a lack of relationships,” said Malik Muhammed, a former Delaware principal who now runs a community consulting and training firm, Akoben. “That is not a cute or an easy answer or suggestion for folks. It really does require us to think about some solutions that are hard.”

Muhammed led a discussion at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington that was hosted by Movement for a Culture of Peace, a group of faith-based and community organizations dedicated to stopping violence.

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Nov. 5 MCP Forum



Saturday, Nov. 5.
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington 19801

This program repeats and builds on an outstanding program that MCP presented in April, which unfortunately was poorly attended because of weather and location. Those who attended were so impressed that we wanted to try to bring this to a wider audience—including educators, parents, and students who are interested in empowering our youth with empathy and compassion.

The interactive discussion will be led by:

Dr. Malik Muhammad, President – Akoben

Dr. Christina Watlington, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Will Fuller, Principal, Positive CHANGE Academy

Sadiki Muhammad, student at Appoquinimink H.S.


300 March in Wilmington for a Culture of Peace

cropped-culture-of-peace-banner.jpgThird Annual March Most Diverse Ever

About 300 people marched yesterday in Wilmington’s West Side to promote the possibility of peace in our neighborhoods, nation, and world.


The Movement for a Culture of Peace teamed up with 302 Guns Down, Wilmington Peacekeepers, and other groups..

The Movement for a Culture of Peace took a giant step toward diversity and inclusivity today with its third annual march. A new partnership with the grassroots community group 302 Guns Down brought scores of new people of peace into the movement that began in 2014.


The march today was followed by A Day Of Peace in Wilmington’s Judy Johnson Park, a purposeful and joyous festival focused on building individual capacity and stronger community in the West Side neighborhood.

The March and the Day of Peace were highlights of Peace Week Delaware—an entire week of events focused on transforming Delaware from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.

As the marchers gathered, a peace poem by Diamond McFarland, a member of the Wilmington Peacekeepers, dug deep into peoples’ hearts. Bishop Aretha Morton of Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church blessed the marchers and the movement for peace as they assembled in the park. Bishop Morton has been a pastor in Wilmington for more than 50 years.


Jeff Lott of First Unitarian Church, Chandra Pitts of One Villaga Alliance, and Bishop Aretha Morton of Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church

Marchers then walked  about 0.8 miles on Fourth Street, Franklin, and Second Street. Residents waved from porches and windows in support and some joined the march back to Judy Johnson Park, where they heard the Movement for a Culture of Peace’s calls to action for 2016: renovate and revitalize the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center; make a lasting commitment to community policing, and bring education in conflict resolution and trauma reduction into our schools.

2016-11-05_poster_squareMovement for a Culture of peace will offer a workshop in restorative justice and trauma-informed education on Nov. 5 at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andres and Matthew. Subscribe to this blog to receive updates on this and other future programs.

Minister Rachel B. Livingston of Mother African Union Church delivered closing remarks to the marchers. Her topic was “Transforming to a Cultural Norm of Peace.” She called for a “new reality” that rejects the cultural norm of violence—our reality today. Peace, she said, is no longer “normal” in our society. This defies the conventional definition of peace as the absence of war and violence.



Minister Rachel B. Livingston of Mother African Union Church

To transform from our culture of violence to a culture of peace, Livingston said, requires a new reality, a “new norm” that defines peace differently. A culture of peace, she said, includes education, economic opportunity, anti-racism, equal justice for all, human rights, gender and sexual equality, democracy, and disarmament of nations and communities.

The march ended with a large circle of commitment, in which people prayed and connected for peace, holding hands and pledging to keep working for the transformation of our community.




Peace Week Events Multiply


First Peace Week Delaware Launches Sept. 18 with More Than 30 Events Statewide

Noted Peace Activist John Dear to Speak on Internatinal Peace Day, Sept. 21

Third Annual March for a Culture of Peace is Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m.



The Movement for a Culture of Peace (MCP) has partnered with dozens of organizations and individuals across the First State to present a week-long series of more than 30 peace and justice oriented events September 18 – 25, 2016.

Events will include art exhibits, films, workshops, talks, meditation, yoga, readings, rallies, marches and more. Events will be offered in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties. There are more than 30 events on the Peace Week Delaware schedule.

MCP sees the purpose of Peace Week Delaware as two-fold: (1) To build our state’s capacity to achieve our collective goals for peace and justice by collaborating to create Peace Week together and (2) To offer peace-loving people across Delaware the opportunity to join together to recognize the possibility of peace and energize their actions.

sp-john_dear-cMCP will sponsor a talk by noted peace activist John Dear at First Unitarian Church at 7:00 p.m. on September 21, International Peace Day. Dear has spent over three decades speaking to people around the world about the Gospel of Jesus, the way of nonviolence and the call to make peace. He has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States.

MCP envisions a coordinated approach to building alternatives to Delaware’s prevailing culture of violence based on education, economic opportunity, anti-racism, equal justice, respect for human rights, equality between women and men, respect for LGBTQ rights, democratic participation, the free flow of information, and disarmament of our neighborhoods.



Peace Week Delaware was launched in early 2016. MCP has sponsored monthly forums on peace and nonviolence for two years, as well as the 2014 and 2015 Marches for a Culture of Peace in Wilmington. MCP’s third annual March for a Culture of Peace will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in Wilmington’s Judy Johnson Park.

Peace Week Delaware volunteers and event sponsors believe that we are more effective working together than we can ever be working separately—and that working together will accelerate the change to a culture of peace across the First State. The hope is that Peace Week Delaware will be an annual event, broadening in scope, participation and impact each year.

Peace Week Delaware is grateful for the involvement of the many event sponsors, shown on and for our financial and in-kind sponsors:


Neighbors Joining Together to Build Peace in the First State

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Tomorrow: 1k Mothers and Fathers Against Violence

Join 1,000 mothers and fathers against violence

Five meet-up locations—all marches converging on Rodney Square

Christina Park – 4th & Church
Congo Parking Lot – 25th & Market
Cool Springs Park – 10th & Van Buren
Rodney St. Park – 4th & Rodney
Jackson St. Boys and Girls Club – Elm & Jackson

All locations will have a designated person to lead marchers to Rodney Square.


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Organizers and Supporters

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• Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
• First Unitarian Church Social Justice Forum
• Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence
• One Village Alliance
• Pacem in Terris
• Wilmington Peacekeepers


• Ainsley's Pharmacy
• Sating Francis Healthcare

• Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty
•The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
•Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals
• Edgemoor Revitalization Cooperative, Inc.
• St. Helena's Parish Social Ministry
• Brandon Lee Brinkley Foundation
• Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement
• Newark Friends Meeting
• Silverside Church
• Delaware Center for Justice
• ACLU of Delaware
• North Brandywine Civic Association
• Because U Matter Community Outreach
• Congregation Beth Emeth
• Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware
• Warriors4Christ
• Safe United Neighborhoods S.U.N.
• Quaker Hill Neighborhood Association
• West Side Grows Together
• Hopes Academy
• St. David's Episcopal Church
• Trinity Parish
• City Church of Wilmington
• Missio Grace
• Stop the Violence Prayer Chain Foundation
• St. Francis Healthcare
• Hanover Presbyterian Church
• Trinity Episcopal Church
• Latin Community Center / El Centro Latino
• The Awakened Kitchen
• M.O.T.H.E.R.S Inc.
• Center for Joyful Living
• Urban Promise
• YWCA Delaware
• Churches Take a Corner (CTAC)
• Salesianum School Center for Faith and Justice
• Murder Victims for Reconciliation
• Girls Inc of Delaware
• National Assoc. of Black Veterans, Chap. 94