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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.

EVERY LOCATION TO LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 11 a.m.

Wear your shirts and bring your posters!

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Vigil for Black Lives: Wednesday, August 10, First Unitarian Church

 

Movement for a Culture of Peace
Supports Black Lives Matter Vigil

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Members of First Unitarian Church dedicate banners in support of Black Lives Matter on May 29. The banners have been vandalized three times during the past week. A vigil will be held on August 10, followed by a rededication of new banners on Sunday, Aug. 21.

On Weds, Aug. 10 at 5:00 pm, First Unitarian Church will host a peaceful vigil in support of Black Lives Matter at the corner of Whitby Road and Route 202.

Members of the community are invited to stand with the church in solidarity with people around the nation who are doing the hard work of dismantling racism in our society.

IMG_5546Members of First Unitarian Church of Wilmington intend to persevere in advocating for Black Lives Matter in the face of ongoing vandalism. In the past week, the church’s two Black Lives Matter banners on Concord Pike have been damaged three times. The vandalism occurred over night on Friday July 29, Tuesday August 2, and Wednesday August 3. After the first two incidents, new banners already on hand were immediately erected. The church is currently out of spare banners, but plans to re-install new ones at a rededication ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 21.

After the second incident First Unitarian added a new sign informing the vandals that not only would the church continue to erect new banners, but would make a contribution to Black Lives Matter UU each time an act of criminal vandalism occurred. It has made two donations in response to the vandalism, insuring that these cowardly criminal actions lead to positive work for racial justice.

BLM-SSLChurch members know that many in the Wilmington community—especially the faith community—are eager to have honest conversations about race, justice, and the value of black lives in America. “We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from members of the community since the vandalism began,” says Rev. Roberta Finkelstein. “We have received calls and emails and Facebook messages. People have offered to help pay for replacement banners.”

Are you ready for Peace Week Delaware?

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It’s time to get involved: Create. Volunteer. Plan. Give.

Peace Week Delaware (PWD) is gaining momentum and attracting attention across the First State. Our inaugural series of peace-themed arts events, workshops, lectures, concerts, films, and festivals will run from Sept. 18 to 25 – Sunday to Sunday – bracketing International Peace Day on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

We’re excited to report that events are in the works for Rehoboth and Lewes, in addition to the many events planned for New Castle County. All told, we anticipate more than two dozen events statewide—maybe more!

Here’s what we know now:

PWD will begin Sept. 18 with a children’s peace art exhibition at the Delaware Contemporary. It will include a potluck friendship dinner with Muslim neighbors, meditation workshops for envisioning peace, training in alternatives to violence, a talk by internationally admired peace activist John Dear, street events in Wilmington neighborhoods, a Day of Peace in Judy Johnson Park, and the third annual March for a Culture of Peace. PWD will close Sept. 25 with the youth-oriented Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.

View the current schedule. New events are being added as they are finalized. Check back often to see how the list is expanding.

How can you help?

Create – Create an event and have it added  to the PWD calendar! We will accept event plans at any time – but after August 14, we can’t add your event  to our print materials. The sooner you submit your event,  the more publicity we can provide!

Volunteer – We’re still seeking someone with media skills to help us promote Peace Week Delaware statewide. We have great ideas to promote PWD but need someone like you to put those ideas into action. If you can pitch in, email volunteer@peaceweekdelaware.org. Additional volunteer opportunities are described here.

Plan – The PWD Steering Committee can always use more brainpower! We’re meeting weekly until September 18. Email info@peaceweekdelaware.org to receive meeting invitations, agendas, and minutes.

Give – The Movement for a Culture of Peace is grateful for the outpouring of support for Peace Week Delaware – but many of the things we’d like to do depend upon receiving additional funds. If you, your organization, or group would like to financially support Peace Week Delaware, please visit our Support page.

We can astonish our state with our commitment to change.

Our goal is to build Delaware’s capacity to work together to solve our problems and create a culture of peace. Our vision is that Delaware will become known for its transformation from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.

Visit www.peaceweekdelaware.org to find out how you can become involved.

If you have questions, reach out to info@peaceweekdelaware.org.

Are you ready for Peace Week Delaware?

Project Manhood: August 13 Event

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Thursday: Community Briefing on Racism in State Government

One Year Later: Racism in State Government

6:00 pm
July 21, 2016
Ezion Fair Baptist Church
1400 B Street, Wilmington DE 19801

Community Briefing

Armor of Light — Pacem Film Series

Pacem in Terris Great Issues & Solutions 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 7 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1502 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE

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THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro­-gun and pro­-life?

In what RogerEbert.com calls “one of the year’s most powerful documentaries” and The Christian Science Monitor describes as a “gripping portrait of courage,” director Abigail E. Disney tracks an Evangelical minister trying to find the moral strength to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. In THE ARMOR OF LIGHT Reverend Rob Schenck breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Rev. Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida. ARMOR follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens.

ALL people deserve the right to live in peace.

Free and open to the public.  All events are in the Meeting Room adjacent to Rodney Chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE. Free parking is available at Westminster Presbyterian Church parking lot at 13th & N. Rodney Sts. This series is sponsored by Pacem in Terris. This film is co-sponsored by DE Coalition Against Gun Violence. For more information: Pacem in Terris, or call 302-656-2721.

Register in Advance for Free Tickets to “Under the Gun”

Ticket are FREE, but advance registration is required for this Saturday’s exclusive advance screening of UNDER THE GUN, a new film about gun violence in America, executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric. The showing will begin promptly at 9:00 and will be followed by an open discussion of what you can do to reduce gun violence in Delaware.

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9:00 a.m.
Penn Cinema
at the Riverfront
401 S Madison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Tickets are free but advance registration is required: HTTP://BIT.LY/UNDERTHEGUNDE

Sponsored by Movement for a Culture of Peace with Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence and EPiX.

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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.

PRINCIPAL ORGANIZERS

• 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

2015 SPONSORS

• Ainsley's Pharmacy
• Sating Francis Healthcare

2015 PARTNERS
• 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

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