Peace Day Philly 2014

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Schedule of Events As of September 1, 2014
Events in date order…Programs and activities FREE unless otherwise noted.

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Monday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept. 19
8am – 8pm - Free 30-minute mediation sessions (or conflict coaching sessions if needed) will be offered with appointment by the Good Shepherd Mediation Program. Germantown. Call (215) 843-5413 to schedule your free session!

Monday, September 15
3:30-5:00 p.m.Conflict Mediation Workshop
Why are intelligent and capable parties often unable to resolve disputes on their own? Whether confronted by conflict in the Middle East, in labor relations or in your local community, this workshop illustrates why mediators are necessary. Workshop led by Judge Abraham Gafni and offered by the Center for Peace & Justice Education, Villanova University NOTE: Waiting List Only as of August 25 - Please RSVP to to be placed on the list.

7:00pm – 10:00pmThe Musician’s Fellowship Celebrates Peace Peace Day Philly’s Warren Cooper will officiate this special peace celebration edition of the gathering which will include food, fellowship and musical celebrations from the Musician’s Fellowship Community. Free will offering. Refreshments served. Cedar Park Presbyterian Church, East Mt. Airy.

7:30am – 9:00amUndoing Racism Day CommUNITY Breakfast. Breakfast Keynote Speaker will be A. Hirotoshi “Hiro” Nishikawa, Ph.D. of Haverford, past president and current board member of the Japanese American Citizens League, Philadelphia Chapter. Villanova. ($10)

Phila Urban Creators
12noon – 4pmCommunity Garden Work Day organized by Philadelphia Urban Creators with volunteers from Repair the World. 11th and York Sts., North Philadelphia. For full PDP Listing, CLICK HERE. Volunteers Needed! E-mail for details.

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7:00 – 9:00 pmFilm: “Groundswell Rising” - Directed by award-winning film-maker Renard Cohen, this film shows what we can do to stop the risk to our health, and our clean air and water, by a moratorium on “fracking” (hydraulic shale fracturing) in Pennsylvania for gas wells. With guests Renard Cohen, Director and Mark Lichty, Producer. Presented by Coalition for Peace Action, PA Peace Voter and others. Friends Center, Center City. To download the flier, CLICK HERE. For full PDP listing, CLICK HERE. For more info, CLICK HERE.

EveningNew Lobby Opening Event, National Liberty Museum. Old City. (Ticketed event)

Thursday, Sept. 18
12:00 noonNo Drones In Philly Petition Signing, an effort of the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia. A giant Peace Poster will be created as well. Rittenhouse Square, center city.

King Gandhi SNV
5:30 – 8:00pmChangemakers Across Borders: Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King, and the Unlikely Flow of Ideas – Speaker program exploring the transnational influences on peace movements, as well as how one small action can create great change. Samip Mallick will share stories from the SAADA archive about Gandhi/MLK connections and flow of ideas between United States, South Africa and India. Reverend David Brown of NewCORE will also be a featured speaker. Networking to follow the program. Presented by SAADA and The Welcoming Center, with support from Peace Day Philly. Free Library Main Branch. Part of xCultural Passport Week. RSVP HERE! For full PDP listing, CLICK HEREFor the flier, CLICK HERE

Friday, September 19
Throughout the Day and EveningPhilly Police for Peace – For the 3rd consecutive year, the Philadelphia Police Department will offer diverse peace related activities in community venues within Districts across the city. List of districts and activities coming soon.

Right to Peace Close Up
11:30am – 1:30pm  Right To Peace Lecture and Discussion - Centered on human rights and actions for the global, local and personal Right to Peace. Offered as part of the Drexel Academic and Action Program with support from Drexel University’s Office of International Programs and other Drexel Offices/Departments. University City. Free lunch included. For the program flier, CLICK HERE.

7:00pmBoomer’s Dance Party Celebration of Peace Day Weekend at 7165 Lounge. With Doug Henderson of WDAS as well as Warren Cooper and the Peace Day Philly Band. Mt. Airy. More info to come.

Saturday, September 20

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9am -1pm- Peace Day Community Project at Ridgeway Park. This community event will be a collaborative gathering of organizations, led by PhillyRising Collaborative, to support community residents in providing benches and tables for this park, as well as park clean up and garden planting. Kids activities, food, etc. 13th & Carpenter Sts. Lower South Philadelphia.

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11:00 – 3:00pmCulture Connection: Exploring Arab Heritage
Offered by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and the Morris Arboretum of the University of PA. Guests will enjoy music and hands-on activities in traditional Arabic art. Tours highlighting trees in the Arboretum’s collection that originate from Arab countries will be offered throughout the day. CLICK HERE for more information and 1/2 price coupon. Also part of xCultural Passport.

Phila United jazz Festival
12 noon – 8pm - Philadelphia United Jazz Festival, featuring the Sun Ra Arkestra celebrating 100 years! Presented by Life Line Music Coalition - 15th/16th and South Street, Philadelphia. For more info, CLICK HERE.

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3:00pm - Interfaith Service to End Gun Violence. Join us for a moving interfaith service mourning the lives lost already to gun violence in our city and calling for action to keep our city safe. Be a part of our Living Memorial display, which powerfully demonstrates the scale of gun violence in Philly.Organized by Heeding God’s Call. Independence Mall, Center City. For full listing, CLICK HERE.

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7:00pmSecond Annual International Peace Day Concert, presented by Harmony for Peace Foundation, Kimmel Center. This is a multicultural music collaboration by internationally, regionally, and locally known performers. The goal is to play and pray together for peace and non-violence. Among many other artists, world-renowned cellist Ohad (Udi) Bar-David, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will lead an Eastern influenced ensemble of special guests, Hanna Khoury, Hafez Javier Kotain and Jiebeing Chen. Maestro Reona Ito will conduct the Harmony For Peace Symphony finale. Center City. ($25-$35) Flier, CLICK HERE. More info, CLICK HERE. Give the Gift of Music to youth! Learn more HERE.

Sunday, September 21 (The U.N. International Day of Peace)

9:30am -1:00pm - Peace Day Gathering, People’s Plaza, Independence Mall (South Side of Market btwn 5th and 6th) – Peace Day Philly’s 2014 gathering will include the Global Minute of Silence at Noon (a worldwide activity in all timezones), global and local reflections on healing and peace, a performance by The Earth Day Kids and collaborative peace art activities. Before the program, from 9:30am-11am FREE meditation (Be The Peace You Wish to See in the World w/ Jeff Carreira) and yoga instruction will be offered. After  the global minute there will be a participatory drum circle facilitated by by Philadelphia Area Community Drum for Change (12:01 – 1:00pm). For Full PDP Listing, CLICK HERE. Download the flier HERE.
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10am – 1:00pmPeace Service and Event, Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes. Faith service, speaker workshops, including Rev. Moore from Coalition for Peace Action, and free lunch. Medford Lakes, NJ.

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11am – 4:00pmFootprints of Peace presented by the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Sonia Sanchez, poet laureate emeritus of Philadelphia, lends her vision to a joyful and transformative afternoon designed for all ages. The program will weave in art and poetry from more than 100 West Philadelphia children. University City. For more info, CLICK HERE. (Free/Discounted admission)

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1:00pm – 4:00pm/5pm- P3: Philadelphia Plays for Peace – World Cup style final tournament to include activities for kids, health information and more. Presented by collaborative group of organizations including the UNA-GP and MOIMA. Edgeley Field, off of Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park. Plenty of parking and SEPTA accessible. Part of xCultural Passport Week.

JUST ADDED! 1:15-3:15pmHip-Hop Sanctuarya spiritual event connecting those invested in Hip-Hop culture, offering them a space to process current events in the context of a search for peace. In a three part split, a performer will tell a story or perform spoken word. John Morrison, featured DJ, will then lead a 40 minute set, with a mash up of songs and instrumentals exploring the topic. This is meant to be a meditative reflection, so silence will be encouraged. Finally, there will be a nonresponsive dialogue, which will allow people to speak their personal truths. Ethical Society Auditorium, Center City.

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3:00 – 4:00pmBrundibar and The Children of Theresienstadt. An original, inspiring version of a children’s opera that tells the story of the children who gave 55 performances of the opera Brundibar in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during WWII. Presented by International Opera Theatre with support from Old Saint Joseph’s Church. For Full PDP Listing, CLICK HERE. Free will offering. Old City.

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4:00pm – 5:30pm - 2nd Annual Peace Day Concert presented by the Philadelphia Sinfonia and Keystone State Boychoir, First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. Will include selections by each group of fine young musicians as well as collaborative selections. Free will offering. For full PDP listing, CLICK HERE. For a selection from last year’s collaboration, CILCK HERE. Germantown.

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4:30-5:30pm - Film Screening: Creating a Lifetime Commitment to Peace Activism – and How to Do It!
Julie Rainbow – author, playwright and oral historian – got to know the Granny Peace Brigade, and in this film depicts the group’s commitment to a life-time of hard work for peace and justice. Ms. Rainbow will lead a post screening discussion, and Evelyn Alloy and Sherm Libovitz, both active in the Grannies, will add some of their experiences. Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader of the Ethical Society, will add additional perspective. Ethical Society Auditorium, Center City. More info: 215-510-3465.

5:00pm - Jazz Vespers For Peace - Monthly Jazz Vesper Service will feature Peace Day Philly’s Warren Cooper and his group The Sacred Jazz in a Sacred Jazz Vesper Celebration of the International Day of Peace and peacemaking efforts personally, locally and globally. An inspirational closing to Peace Day. Discounted parking is available next door to the church. Freewill offering, refreshments after the service. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St, center city.

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6:00 – 7:00pm4th Annual Sing Along for Peace, South West Corner of Rittenhouse Square, hosted by the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. This annual community event will include classic folk songs of peace as well as more modern selections. Kids welcome, sidewalk chalk will be available for “Chalk 4 Peace.” The sing along will close with a brief walk around Rittenhouse Square and circle gathering. Center city.

6:30-7:30pmMeditation for World PeaceBrahma Kumaris Meditaiton Center, Cinnaminson, NJ.

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Special Peace Skills Trainings (closed to the Public):
Thursday, September 18 – Drexel University’s Office of Equality and Diversity (OED), in conjunction with program management staff from Mothers in Charge, will offer a full-day training, facilitated by Millicent Carvalho-Grevious, Ph.D. specifically for staff and volunteers of Mothers In Charge.

This training will introduce a relational-cultural approach (or mutual empowerment approach) to violence prevention that addresses issues of respect and disrespect in Philadelphia communities. It will particularly focus on communities where there has been a history of poverty and conflict. Training will assist participants to engage negative emotions (i.e., anger, hate, shame, frustration, fear, etc.) that can block our ability to think in conflict situations, and where there is unresolved grief.

Wednesday, September 24 – The Peace Center will generously offer an in-service training to the staff of Education Works related to effectively managing conflict situations.


Film Screening: Groundswell Rising

Wednesday, September 17, 7:00-9:00 PM
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Center City. Free and open to the public! $10 parking with validation, lot across 15th Street; near Suburban Station

Coalition for Peace Action and Partners Present:
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MEET the FILMMAKERS! This film, produced by Mark Lichty and directed by award-winner Renard Cohen, shows what we can do to stop the risks to our health, and our clean air and water, by a moratorium on hydraulic fracking in Pennsylvania for gas wells, and help grow the rising US movement. Expose the myth of “clean” energy from fracking, learn what we can do to stop it, and replace it with renewable energy sources. Also Learn about the Global People’s Climate September 20-21st and sign up for buses to NY!
To download the flier, CLICK HERE

Fur bus tickets to the NYC People’s March on Climate Change, 9/21, CLICK HERE

Co-Sponsors:,, Brandywine Peace Community, Peace Day Philly, United Nations Association-Greater Philadelphia, Resolution Pictures and others.

Changemakers Across Borders

Changemakers Across Borders: Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King and the Unlikely Flow Of Ideas

Thursday, September 18, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Room 405

How can ideas travel across national borders to change people’s lives? This evening event will highlight little-known stories of such “transnational change-making” in the United States and beyond, with a specific focus on peace. Program Speakers will be Mr. Samip Mallik of SAADA and Rev. David Brown of NewCORE.

This program will also include photographs depicting the Bhutanese immigrant and refugee experience in Philadelphia.

To register for this FREE event: or call 215-557-2626
To download the flier, CLICK HERE

This event is offered by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) and Peace Day Philly, with support from the Free Library of Philadelphia. It is also part of xCultural Passport Week and National Welcoming Week.

Community Garden Work Day

Wednesday, September 17
12noon – 4pm
11th and York Sts., North Philadelphia

Organized by Philadelphia Urban Creators with volunteers from Repair the World.
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Volunteers Needed!
E-mail for details.

“Developing Urban Gardens helps to foster a sense of self-sustainbility and cohesion within inner city communities, therefore inspiring peace and collaboration. Our farms and gardens have evolved into safe-spaces for community gathering, vision building, and healthy living, and have already had a major affect on the social and environmental fabric of our neighborhood. We look forward to you joining us in this effort to promote peace and well being in North Philadelphia.”
– Alex Epstein, Philadelphia Urban Creators

Interfaith Service to End Gun Violence

When: Saturday, Sept. 20th at 3pm

Where: People’s Plaza on the lawn of the Liberty Bell Center, located at the corner of 5th and Market, Center City Philadelphia

Join us for a moving interfaith service mourning the lives lost already to gun violence in our city and calling for action to keep our city safe. Be a part of our Living Memorial display, which powerfully demonstrates the scale of gun violence in Philly.
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Facebook Event Link: CLICK HERE
Download the Event Flier: CLICK HERE

About Heeding God’s Call:
Heeding God’s Call is a faith-based, grassroots organization devoted to reducing gun deaths and injuries. It is an expanding coalition of faith and civic communities that takes action to stop straw purchases and stem the flow into the streets of illegal handguns, which fuel the gun violence plaguing our society. Our ultimate goal is thus to quell the bloodshed saturating our society and to help establish the milieu of peace, cooperation, security, and productivity of a civilized society.

Second Annual International Peace Day Concert

Saturday, September 20th at 7:00pm
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Verizon Hall

Harmony for Peace Foundation presents a multicultural music collaboration by internationally, regionally, and locally known performers. The goal is to play and pray together for peace and non-violence. Among many other artists, world-renowned cellist Ohad (Udi) Bar-David, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will lead an Eastern influenced ensemble of special guests, Hanna Khoury, Hafez Javier Kotain and Jiebeing Chen; and Maestro Reona Ito will conduct the Harmony For Peace Symphony finale. For more information, CLICK HERE. To download the event flier, CLICK HERE.

Please give the “Gift of Music” to school children and join us at the concert. Find out more about this gift!

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Performers and Groups will also includeMetropolitan Ballet Academy, Chester County Youth Choir and Chorale, Philadelphia Girls Choir, Philadelphia Boys Choir; Samuel Walter, Cello, Micah Walter, Violin, Harmony For Peace Quartet; Christina Lamberti, Soprano and Daniel Maimone, Tenor.

Peace Day Philly 2014 Gathering

Peace Day, September 21
9:30-11am; 11am – 12:01pm; 12:01 – 1pm
People’s Plaza – South side of Market Between 5th & 6th St., Philadelphia

Join us as we connect with each other and people across the world for our Peace Day Philly 2014 gathering! Come to all or any part of the activities as you wish!

9:30am -10:15am – Free vinyasa style yoga*
10:15am – 11:00am – Free Be The Peace Meditation**
11:00am – Peace Day Philly Program – will include global and local reflections on peace and healing, performance and interactive art activities.
12:00 noon – Minute of Silence for Peace (global activity in all time zones)
12:01pm – 1:00pm - Participatory Drum Circle – All welcome to join, facilitated by Philadelphia Area Community Drum for Change. (Bring your own drum and chair, if possible. For those who don’t have a drum, the group will have extra instruments!)
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For the Program Flier, CLICK HERE
To join the Facebook Event, CLICK HERE

* Peace Yoga offered by Elyse Venturella – In Vinyassa yoga, the assanas (postures) are linked together in a series of movements that are synchronized with the breath.
**Peace Meditation -”Be The Peace You Wish to See in the World” Mediation with Jeff Carreira - If we want to witness the source of violence in the world we only have to look inside. Our inner world is often a commotion of criticism, judgment, blame and insistence on having a problem. We do violence to ourselves in subtle ways everyday. There is a source of peace that always already exists even in chaos. To be the peace we see in the world we must rise above the violence we habitually do to ourselves. In this session Jeff Carreira will introduce a form of meditation called “The Practice of No Problem” that shows how we can become the peace we want to see in the world.

Brundibar and The Children of Theresienstadt

Peace Day, September 21
Old Saint Joseph’s Church
321 Willings Alley (near 4th and Locust Sts., Old City)

An original, inspiring version of a children’s opera that tells the story of the children who gave 55 performances of the opera Brundibar in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during WWII. Free will offering.

Presented by International Opera Theatre
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Read article Why Philly Children are Passionate about Brundibar and the Children of TheresienstadtCLICK HERE

Concert for Peace

Peace Day, September 21
First Presbyterian Church In Germantown
35 W Chelten Ave, Phila.

Philadelphia Sinfonia and Keystone Boychoir, two organizations supporting the development of young performers and global citizens, again join in collaboration to present a Peace Day concert. Selections, both classical and modern, from last year’s concert included I Need You To Survive and Da Pacem Domine. Free Will Offering.
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See Philadelphia Keystone State Boychoir, CLICK HERE
See Philadelphia Sinfonia’s video, CLICK HERE

From Philadelphia Sinfonia’s Artistic Director Gary White:
Our daily interactions with each other shape the world as we know it. We must and should learn to interact with each other in ways that show respect and appreciation for all. Peace Day Philly’s message has such great appeal to our local, as well global communities. Our students want to help spread this universal and critically important message however we can.

Music is often viewed as a “common language” we can all share and shared experiences have the power to bring us together and help us to get to know and respect each other. Our musical interactions are often very powerful shared experiences for both our audiences and the performers. Many times long lasting friendships and continued communication and discussion are the result of a concert long after it is over! This helps to bring us all together and better understand and appreciate each other.