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March Today 3:00 – Helen Chambers Playground

Today’s March for a Culture of Peace will begin at 3:00 pm at the Helen Chambers Playground, at Sixth & Madison Streets in Wilmington. An earlier draft version of the march poster was included by mistake in yesterday’s email.


The march will proceed as planned through West Center City to the Wilmington Friends Meeting House at Fourth & West Streets, where we will call for Nonviolent Wilmington.
We apologize for any confusion caused by this error.

March Set for Sept. 29

March in West Center City Will Call for Nonviolent Wilmington

The sixth annual March for a Culture of Peace will assemble at the Helen Chambers Playground at Sixth and Madison Streets. We’ll march north to Ninth Street before turning south on Jefferson and Washington streets to end the march with a public declaration of Nonviolent Wilmington at the historic Wilmington Friends Meetinghouse at 4th and West streets.

There we will be joined by city and state officials as we call for a new Nonviolent Wilmington and enroll our city in the Nonviolent Cities movement created by Campaign Nonviolence.

Let’s make this the strongest call ever for a new Culture of Peace in our city, count, and state. Gather your friends, your organization, your faith community, and all the villages that raise their voices for peace.

Make your commitment to nonviolence, to peace through justice, and to the principles of Gandhi and King. Join us on Sept. 29!

To learn more about Nonviolent Wilmington, go to

Show Up for Shabbat in Solidarity with Pittsburgh


A message from the Jewish Federation of North America:

Last Shabbat, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North American history — the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. This Shabbat, we are responding with our greatest show of solidarity: A continental Solidarity Shabbat with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.

At synagogues, community centers and homes across North America, we will be gathering together in prayer, compassion and unity — as one people. And as the Federation Movement. From Toronto to Tampa. From Milwaukee to Montreal and in every city and in between, we stand as a reminder of the power of community. 

Here’s how you can take part in #SolidarityShabbat and #StandWithPittsburgh, and here are some resources for Solidarity Shabbat. We are pleased to partner with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on #ShowUpForShabbat and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on #NeverIsNow.

Here in Delaware, according to the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the following congregations are inviting visitors during their Shabbat this weekend.

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth
6 pm Friday night and 9 am Saturday morning
4412 Washington Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Congregation Beth Shalom
6:30 pm Friday night and 9:30 Saturday morning
Egalitarian Conservative
1081 Baynard Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Congregation Beth Emeth
7 pm Friday night and 9:30 am Saturday morning
300 West Lea Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802

Temple Beth El
6 pm Friday night
301 Possum Park Road
Newark, DE 19703

Chabad Lubavitch
5:50 pm Friday morning and 9:30 Saturday morning
1811 Silverside Road
Wilmington, DE 19810

Seaside Jewish Community
7:30 pm Friday night
18970 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth, DE 19971

One City, One Voice, One Love

Video by TC Davis.

Fifth Annual March for a Culture of Peace— Saturday, Sept. 22

Let’s bring everyone together—city and suburban; black, brown and white; Anglo, African, Asian, and Hispanic; native-born and immigrant; advantaged and disadvantaged; Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Jew; young and old; people of all political views—to show that we are one community opposed to violence, poverty, racism, and exclusion.


Who: All Peace Loving People
What: Fifth Annual March for a Culture of Peace
When: Saturday, Sept. 22 – Steps off at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Adams Street Courts “Under the Bridge” at 2nd & Jackson Sts. 2018 March Map

The march will be followed by “A Day of Peace
sponsored by 302 Guns Down.

If you attend any Peace Week Delaware event this year,
this should be the one.

IMG_7826What is the Movement for a Culture of Peace?

The Movement for a Culture of Peace is a broad-based coalition of faith, nonprofit, and community groups formed in 2014 in response to ongoing violence in Delaware. Supported by dozens of partner organizations, it has organized peace marches in a different Wilmington neighborhood each year.

In 2016, the Movement launched Peace Week Delaware to advocate for non-violent solutions to Delaware’s high rate of violence and other justice issues.

Look for a new initiative from the Movement in 2019: Nonviolent Wilmingon. Join our Movement!



by Ken Butigan

Fifty years ago, Dr. King was working on his last initiative: “The Poor People’s Campaign.” He was assassinated in April before it was launched in June.  Now, half a century later, a new Poor People’s Campaign is sweeping the country—and Campaign Nonviolence invites people everywhere to join this powerful new effort which, like CNV, is connecting the dots between poverty, racial injustice, militarism, and environmental destruction.  Led by the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis, the Poor People’s Campaign will launch six weeks of direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience across the country this May.

We urge you to take action with the Poor People’s Campaign this spring as we build toward the fifth annual Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions this coming September 15-23. Campaign Nonviolence envisions 2000 marches and rallies across the US and beyond that week, including a powerful march from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to the White House on Saturday, September 22.  Let’s take action with the Poor People’s Campaign this May and June—and build toward the CNV Week of Actions in September!

Here is a great article in the National Catholic Reporter that reports on the growing traction of the Poor People’s Campaign.

March for a Culture of Peace – Sept. 23, Rodney Square



The fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace will step off from Rodney Square in the center of Wilmington at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. It will be one of the culminating events of Peace Week Delaware. Upon our return to Rodney Square, we will participate in the third annual Day of Peace, organized by our grassroots anti-violence partner 302 Guns Down.

This year’s march will show our support for the residents and children of Wilmington’s West Center City, We’ll walk from Rodney Square to Washington Street, then return to the Square via Market Street. The one-hour march will cover about a mile.

The Movement for a Culture of Peace is a broad-based coalition of faith, nonprofit, and community groups formed in 2014 in response to ongoing violence in Delaware. Supported by dozens of partner organizations, it organized peace marches through Wilmington neighborhoods in 2014, 2015, and 2016—and again this year. Since 2014, it has sponsored monthly forums and peace activities. In 2016, the Movement created Peace Week Delaware to advocate for non-violentsolutions to Delaware’s high rate of violence and other justice issues.

We define a “culture of peace” as:
A coordinated approach to building alternatives to the 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 nations and neighborhoods.

To join our movement, all you have to do is “show up for peace.”  Will we see you in Rodney Square on Sept. 23?




Organizers and Supporters

Become a Supporter of the 2015 March for a Culture of Peace.
Register your organization today at the Register Your Organization page.
Organizations and sponsors will be listed here as they register.


• 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