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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?




Addressing the Trauma of Violence in Delaware


Seeking Community Input on a Holistic Plan for Peace

2017-04-30_Trauma_150On Sunday, the Movement for a Culture of Peace (MCP) moves forward with its plans to convene in the midst of the extreme violence and trauma that our Delaware community has seen this week. With collective community input, we will develop a more holistic Action Plan for Peace that includes our work against the Death Penalty. Sunday’s action forum invites a present, hurting community, complete with raw wounds and complex emotional experiences in a holistic and inclusive plan. We urge you to come prepared to think radically about how we address the extraordinary amount of trauma as a result of violence and the intersectionality of our holistic movement toward a true culture of peace in Delaware.

Sunday, April 30 – 3:00 to 5:00 – Grace Church – 900 Washington St. 19801
Corner of 9th and West St. – Ample free parking

MCP will reframe Sunday’s forum to provide an opportunity for members of the Delaware community to engage with this trauma and work toward a better future. The path to peace must include action against the systematic injustice of capital punishment. Yet the causes of violence intersect across the whole community and our action plan needs to consider everything that peaceful, healthy, thriving communities need. Come be a part of this vital forum about rejecting all forms of violence—including the violence of silence—and creating a culture of peace in Delaware.


What is a Culture of Peace?

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.

Lock the Door on Delaware’s Death Penalty — April 30


Action Forum to Stop HB 125
Sunday, April 30 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Grace United Methodist Church

Movement for a Culture of Peace (MCP) is teaming up with Delaware Citizens Against the Death Penalty (DCODP) and other groups to take action to defeat HB 125, which seeks to restore capital punishment in the First State. Delaware’s former death penalty statute was declared unconstitutional last year by the state supreme court.

We need to act now to stop HB 125, which is currently scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, May 3. After opening remarks from civil rights attorney Jeremy Collins and Kristin Froehlich, vice president of DCODP, we’ll get to work writing letters, sending postcards, making posters, and preparing to rally against capital punishment at Legislative Hall May 3. Persons interested in testifying against the bill may receive training and tips on how to be most effective.

Not in our names. Movement for a Culture of Peace opposes the death penalty. A culture of peace can never be achieved when the state puts persons to death in the name of its citizens.

For more information about the so-called Extreme Crimes Protection Act and why we need to lock the door on the death penalty in Delaware, visit the DCODP website.  And join us at our Action Forum on April 30.

Please help us publicize by printing and distributing our poster and mentioning this meeting on social media. You will find various versions of this graphic on our Resources Page.


Peace Week Delaware Kickoff


Peace Week Delaware 2017
Kick-Off Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Doors open at 5:30. Light refreshments. Program begins at 6:00

St. Stephens Lutheran Church
(in the Chapel, enter right side of church)
1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington 19806

Peace Week Delaware 2016 was an unprecedented success. We can do it again!

This kick-off meeting 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!

NOTE: The first meeting of the Peace Week Steering Committee will be held on Thursday, April 20, at St. Stephens’s—also at 6:00 pm. We hope you will join the organizing team. Attend one or the other meeting—both if you are able!

Your friends at the Movement for a Culture of Peace.

Judy, Jeff, Medard, Moira, Nancy, Marie, George, and Dorothy

Bring a friend—forward this email or share our website.
Can’t attend the kick-off but still want to be involved? Come to the steering committee (April 20), or email us at
Questions? Email

Organizers and Supporters

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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