Platform Talk: Mindful Activism and Peace with Hugh Taft-Morales

Sunday, September 17, 11am
Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square

Free and open to the public

Building peace is not only an act of compassion. To be sustainable, peace building must also be guided by equanimity and thoughtfulness. When advocating for peace, however, we are often confronted by hostile proponents of violent methods and brutal militarism. How can Ethical Humanists, and others, strongly resist these proponents while practicing “ahimsa,” or non-violence toward all living things?

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Hugh Taft-Morales is the Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Baltimore Ethical Society. His vision for Ethical Culture is that it flourish as a clearly defined and reenergized movement inspired by Ethical Humanism and effective in collective ethical action and social justice campaigns.

Workshop/Performance “Dark Waters: 2,379 Days and Counting”

Sunday, September 17 
Penn Museum, 3260 South St, Philadelphia

11am to 5:00pm: Open Workshop with acclaimed Syrian-born contemporary artist Issam Kourbaj (Free with Museum admission)

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Live-Streamed Performance of Kourbaj’s notable video piece, “Strike” (Free in the Museum’s outdoor Stoner Courtyard)
On September 17, 2,379 days will have passed since the Syrian uprising on March 15, 2011. This interactive community project continues Issam Kourbaj’s exploration into creating art about his homeland. Through this afternoon drop-in workshop with the artist, people of all ages are asked to join in the creation of 2,379 small tin foil and plaster boats to be incorporated into a live-streamed performance of Kourbaj’s notable video piece titled Strike at 5pm.
See the artist’s work currently featured in the exhibition Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq.

See the Press release for this event HERE.

PDP “Peace and Love” Kickoff Concert with The Jost Project

Sunday, September 17 at 3:00pm
Philadelphia Ethical Society
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square (on the South West corner of the Square)

Free, though donations are appreciated

The Jost project is a group of highly acclaimed jazz artists who are devoted to reaching new audiences for jazz with innovative arrangements of music.  A sampling of songs includes “Get Together”, “Wonderful World”, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and “America the Beautiful.” The Jost Project is reaching into the “baby boomer” and subsequent generations who came of age with rock and roll, the Beatles, hard rock, and other genres which are rarely played by jazz groups.

At this concert, the ensemble will play selections from their upcoming “Peace and Love” CD by Dot Time Records.

Tony Miceli conceived of the album seeking out a generation when young people stood up against power and war. His hope is that dialogue will ensue and more peaceful times will occur. 
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Paul Jost, vocals; Tony Miceli, vibes; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums.

For more information, go to:

Watch the Peace Day 2017 Video with the Jost Project’s performance of “Get Together” - CLICK HERE


Exhibition Opening: Iraqi Songs in Color

Sunday, September 17
Phila. Folklore Project Gallery, 735 S. 50th Street, West Philly

Iraqi painter Mayyadah Alhumssi uses brilliant colors and images to interpret Iraqi folk songs. Her paintings celebrate and revive her cultural traditions and preserve these songs for the next generation. This exhibition features a collection of Mayyadah’s most recent paintings, coupled with the folk song lyrics that inspired her work.
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Stop by to meet Mayyadah, view her artwork and enjoy some delicious Iraqi treats.

Recognizing and Interrupting Racism

Monday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia

Presented by: The Peace Center with support from American Friends Service Committee

Free and open to the public

Interrupting expressions of bigotry can be intimidating, but with some practice, we can learn how to move past our shock and concern and move into Upstander mode. Join us as we explore some of the stereotypes and assumptions people have and how we can best respond while keeping everyone safe.
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Please REGISTER for this free workshop!

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Barbara Simmons has been with The Peace Center since 1987. She is founding director of PeaceTalks radio, producing radio documentaries from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Rwanda, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States. Ms. Simmons is also an adjunct professor for the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Masters Program at Arcadia University where she teaches Facilitation for Conflict Transformation and Advanced Mediation.

Camille Turner will receive her doctorate in Conflict Transformation from New York Theological Seminary. Her work focuses on trauma impacted experiences of women and girls and the power of their stories to dismantle oppressive narratives and empower their sexual agency. In addition she is working with survivors of military sexual trauma and community gun violence victims and the socio-political intersections that are instrumental in creating effective community and individual and care.

Global Migration Crises, Local Solutions

Tuesday, September 19, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Philadelphia Ethical Society
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square (South West corner of Rittenhouse Square)

Presented By: Amnesty International, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility, UN Association of Greater Philadelphia and Peace Day Philly

Free, though donations benefiting Amnesty International are

What is the global refugee situation at present? Discussion areas will include the state of refugee camps around the world including issues such as housing, health, education, exploitation and human rights. What is the life of a refugee like?
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The discussion will then turn to local questions. What is the city of Philadelphia doing to help refugees? What are the economic benefits of refugees? What are the conditions in deportation prisons? And, how can you make difference in life of refugees personally?

Register HERE for this program!

“Before the Flood” Film Screening

Tuesday, September 19, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street

Free and open to the public.

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? “Before the Flood” features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

“Before the Flood” presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.

Screening will be followed by facilitated discussion by Sam Rubin and Ashley Hagerty of Food and Water Watch.

This program is made possible through a partnership with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).


CLICK HERE to view UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio speaking at the United Nations General Assembly for the 2016 Student Observance of the International Day of Peace.

Interfaith Ally Workshop

Tuesday, September 19, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, 100 W. Oxford Street, Philadelphia

Free and open to the public, light refreshments offered.

Speak up and speak out! This workshop will provide opportunities to learn about and exercise the skills needed to intervene with family, friends, and colleagues to combat discrimination and prejudice. Rooted in bystander intervention techniques, this workshop will specifically focus on how to address religiously focused hate speech and discrimination.
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Anneke Kat –  Anneke is the Youth & Community Programs Manager at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. She has 5 years of experience working with refugees, youth, and women in the United States, West and Southern Africa on issues of education, economic empowerment, employment, and community building. Anneke holds an M.A. in Community Development and Planning from Clark University.

Rev. Josh Blakesley – Rev. Blakesley has over 18 years of experience in working with diverse groups of religious and non-religious organizations, promoting education and service for the common good. See his BLOG.


“Undoing Racism Day: Embracing Difference” – The CommUNITY Breakfast of the Main Line

Wednesday, September 20, 7:30am – 9:00 a.m.

Villanova Room, Connelly Center, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA
(Park in the St. Augustine Center for the Liberal Arts Parking Garage and walk over th the Connelly Center)

This year’s program will be co-presented by the NAACP Main Line Branch, “WE THE PEOPLE Standing on the U.S. Constitution.”

Enjoy a delicious buffet with people of all ages, races, ethnicities and religions, as well as participation of several township’s administrative professional staff and police officers and neighbors from civic, educational and business constituencies.
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Request a registration form here:
Deadline SEPTEMBER 10.

Mail registration form and $10 payment to:
The CommUNITY Breakfast of the Main Line – “Undoing Racism Day”
c/o St. Thomas of Villanova RC Parrish
1229 E. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA  19010