“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 welcome
“Peace and Love” CDs will be available for sale

In conjunction with the kick off of Peace Day Philly 2017, The Jost Project – a local band that performs worldwide – is launching their new CD “Peace and Love” (Dot Time Records).

The band – Paul Jost, vocals; Tony Miceli, vibes; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums – interpret classic rock in a jazz format. A sampling of songs includes “America” (Simon & Garfunkel), “Get Together”, “Wonderful World”, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and “America the Beautiful.” Tony Miceli conceived of the album seeking out the hippie 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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Watch the Peace Day 2017 Video with the Jost Project’s performance of “Together” - CLICK HERE

The Jost Project is made up of highly acclaimed jazz artists who are devoted to reaching new audiences for jazz with innovative arrangements of music by such artists as The Beatles, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Blind Faith and many others. Their CD Can’t Find My Way Home (Dot Time Records) is played regularly on Sirius XM radio and has audiences raving about their unexpected interpretations of this music. They are 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.

For more information, go to: http://www.thejostproject.com/.

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

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!

Facilitated by Barbara Simmons, Executive Director of The Peace Center. 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. Simmons is certified in Family & Divorce Mediation, Conflict Transformation, Compassionate Listening, Healing and Rebuilding our Communities, Crisis Management, Trauma Healing and Alternatives to Violence.

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

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?

Light refreshments will be served.

Interfaith Ally Workshop

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

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 within the context of religious identity.

Rev. Josh Blakesley will facilitate. 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.

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Wednesday, September 20, 10:30am – 12:00noon

Gathering Place: Porch area of 30th Street Station

Approximately 250 students, as well as teachers and people from diverse peace-building organizations across the city, will begin the 2017 march on the Porch area of 30th Street Station. From there the group will march down Market Street to City Hall (North Apron – Broad Street side), where the students and others will assemble for remarks and performance.
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All are welcome to march with the students!

The State of Global Peacefulness

Wednesday, September 20, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Penn Campus (exact location TBD)

What’s the State of Global Peacefulness?

The past ten years have seen historic increases conflict deaths, the number of refugees and displaced people, and terrorism. What is the state of global peace today and how can we understand these complex trends? The Global Peace Index is now in its 11th edition, measuring trends in violence, conflict, and peace around the world. It identifies the factors of Positive Peace, or the attitudes, institutions, and structures that support peaceful societies. What can we learn about peace from this data-driven approach?

Speaker: Michelle Breslauer manages the programs of the Institute for Economics and Peace, working with diverse stakeholders to build IEP’s profile and partnerships. In this role, she produces conferences, publication releases and partnerships for the range of IEP research, including the Global Peace Index and Global Terrorism Index. She works closely with UN agencies, contributing to consultations and global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals. Breslauer speaks frequently on peace, violence and development at public events and has presented at leading universities, think tanks and multi-lateral organizations, including Stanford University, the Wilson Center, US Institute of Peace, the World Bank and the United Nations.

Breslauer holds a master’s degree in urban studies from the London School of Economics, where she researched the impact of social capital, and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the American University of Paris.

Mindful Activism

Wednesday, September 20, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Come practice and share techniques for “mindful activism” with Annalisa Castaldo and Hugh Taft-Morales. Together we will explore how to nurture compassion for oneself and others through disciplined but simple mindfulness practice. These techniques can improve our ability to stay calm and caring in the middle of tense political talk or public protest.

Learn about the physical and psychological patterns that get in the way of mindful activism. Find a path to social engagement that is sustainable and joyful. We will discuss many questions, including:
– How can you be engaged with the world but retain a sense of inner peace?
– How can you deal with social and political conflict in a healthy and mindful way?
– How can you be an activist who remains compassionate and doesn’t burn out?
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Register HERE for this free program!

Annalisa Castaldo, a Zen Buddhist priest, and Associate Professor of English at Widener University, will lead participants in several mindfulness exercises and then facilitate an interactive conversation about the important role mindfulness can play in our daily lives.

Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, will offer insights about applying mindfulness to activism during these politically turbulent times and then will guide small group discussions.

Light refreshments will be offered.

This program supported by the Philadelphia Rotary Club


Peace Day Philly 2017 Concert

September 21, 7pm – 9pm
Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
Donations appreciated

This very special event will feature Farah Siraj, World Fusion Artist (http://farahsiraj.com). Farah fuses her influences of middle eastern music, flamenco, jazz, bossa and pop. She has performed at venues worldwide including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall, the World Economic Forum and the Kennedy Center. As a humanitarian, Farah focuses on raising awareness about the consequences of war and violence, and advocates for women’s rights, refugee rights and animal rights.
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Watch Farah’s music video “What If,” dedicated to refugees, HERE

(If you are a peace group who would like to share your materials related to peace activities at this event, please contact us at info@peacedayphilly.org.)

Dialogue Across Difference: Creating Compassion to Bridge the Divide

Saturday, September 23, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Temple University main campus (Philadelphia)

Cost: $40 ($20 for students), includes lunch*
* sliding scale discount available – email info@dialogueinstitute.org if needed

In the wake of the Presidential election, courage is needed to address and reduce conflict and hostility. How do we create compassion when tensions have so divided people in the public square?

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This workshop, facilitated by DI Executive Director Rebecca Mays and Nazarene Christian Pastor Per Faaland, will help address that question, inviting you to develop your own dialogue skills and capacity for compassion in engaging others across deep difference. We will explore basic principles and techniques of dialogue and nonviolent communication, and practice tools for dealing with polarization and prejudice in our own unique contexts.