Peace Day Philly 2014

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All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Activities are in date order, and most have a CLICK HERE for more detailed information. You may also find an event by using the sort tabs on the left. We invite you to participate and share these opportunities with others in your network

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

9/21, 9:30am -1:00pm – Peace Day Philly 2014 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 activity. Before the program, yoga for peace at 9:30am – 10:15am and meditation (Be The Peace You Wish to See in the World w/ Jeff Carreira). 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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9/21, 10am – 1:00pmInternational Day of Peace Service and Event, Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes. Faith service, speaker interactive workshops, including Rev. Moore from Coalition for Peace Action, and free lunch. Medford Lakes, NJ. For full PDP listing, CLICK HERE.

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9/21, 11am – 4:00pmFootprints of Peace presented by the Penn Museum. Sonia Sanchez, poet laureate emeritus of Philadelphia and internationally renowned peace activist, 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 full PDP listing, CLICK HERE. , CLICK HERE. (Free/Discounted admission)
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9/21, 12:30-1:30pmThe Right to Peace & Environmental Justice  In support of International Day of Peace/ Peace Day Philly and the People’s Climate March. Speakers and Music! Gather at the Peace Monument, Broadway @ Ferry, Camden NJ. For full lPDP listing, CLICK HERE

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9/21, 1:00pm – 5:00pm- 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, Diamond Street and E. Reservoir Drive (off of Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park). Plenty of parking and SEPTA accessible. Part of xCultural Passport Week. For full PDP Listing, CLICK HERE.

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9/21, 1:15-3:15pmHip-Hop Sanctuary –  will be a 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. What is the role that music plays in our lives, in our community? How does it help us reach the answers to meaningful questions in our lives? Ethical Society Auditorium, Center City. For full PDP listing, CLICK HERE. For the Facebook event, CLICK HERE.

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9/21, 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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9/21, 3:30-5:15pm - Lives of Commitment: Working for Peace!
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. For Full PDP Listing, CLICK HERE. More info: 215-510-3465.

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9/21, 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 HEREFor a selection from last year’s collaboration, CILCK HERE. Germantown.

media Peace 9/21 – 4:30-10pm – Celebrating Peace – Media – Friends for Peace – Media hosts blessing, peace pole intentions, meditation and drumming. Events in Media on Sat. and Sunday, too. For full listing, CLICK HERE.

9/21, 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. Freewill offering, refreshments after the service. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St, center city. For full PDP Listing, CLICK HERE.

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9/21, 6:00 – 7:00pm4th Annual Sing Along for Peace To honor Peace Day Philly 2014, the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia is hosting this fourth annual event, which will include peace songs from the sixties and a special performance from the Earth Day Kids. Kids welcome, sidewalk chalk will be available for “Chalk 4 Peace.” South West Corner of Rittenhouse Square. For full PDP listing, CLICK HERE.

9/21, 6:30-7:30pmMeditation for World PeaceBrahma Kumaris Meditaiton Center, Cinnaminson, NJ. For full PDP Listing, CLICK HERE.

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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.


What Does Peace in The Prisons Look Like?

Tuesday, September 16
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Friends Center, 15th and Cherry Sts., Philadelphia

Beginning with the rise of tough-on-crime politicians and the War on Drugs, the prison population in the United States increased eightfold between 1970 and 2010.

How large is America’s prison problem now? More than 2.4 million people are either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That’s more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They’re scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Country facilities.
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Join American Friends Service Committee for an evening of dialogue about policy, politics and programs in prison that can make a difference.This event is free and open to the public.

Facebook invite – CLICK HERE

Eddie Conway and Dominque Stevenson, co-authors of the autobiography “Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther” and co-founders of the prison mentoring program Friend of a Friend will lead the conversation.Friend of a Friend is a prison based program that focuses on helping young men navigate violent situations and successfully re-enter the community.

Marshall “Eddie” Conway is a former Black Panther Party member and co-founder of the AFSC Friend of a Friend prison-based mentoring program. He was released from prison in March 2014 after serving 44 years. Arrested in 1970, he witnessed the explosion of the prison population and responded by reaching out to young men under threat to get trapped in the system. Dominque Stevenson, director of the Baltimore-based Friend of a Friend Program will join the conversation. Together they co-authored the autobiography “Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther” in 2011. Dominque continues to work with Eddie to expand his work in Baltimore with support from AFSC, the local Baltimore Quaker community, and other partners.

Download the flier – CLICK HERE

Statement of Support:
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. AFSC has more than nine decades of experience building peace in communities worldwide. As such we are proud to observe the International Day of Peace.

Hope4Philly Cleanup

Tuesday, September 16
8 am until the job is done!

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Every year, Hope4Philly celebration brings food, clothing, health screenings, free haircuts, and many other resources to families in need throughout the city. PhillyRising is partnering with the Convoy of Hope to assist with the event in Frankford where volunteers will clean up the Harding Middle School field. Volunteers will meet at 8:00 am for breakfast and prayer and the cleanup portion will begin around and continue until the place is spotless.

Volunteers needed! Contact Sanya Brown,

Community Garden Work Morning

Wednesday, September 17
9am – 12:00 noon
11th and York Sts., North Philadelphia

Organized by Philadelphia Urban Creators w/ volunteers from Repair the World

Volunteers Needed!
E-mail for details
Donations of garden tools and supplies also needed!

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For the event flier, CLICK HERE
July 2014 article about PUC: CLICK HERE

“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

Open House at Good Shepherd Mediation Program

Wednesday, September 17
6:00 -7:00 pm

5356 Chew Avenue, Germantown Section

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Come to Philadelphia’s only nonprofit community mediation center to see a mediation demonstration and find out how alternative dispute resolution and other restorative practices help increase the peace. Meet and ask questions of Good Shepherd Mediation Program staff and Board members, and learn about programs and services, trainings for youth and adults and volunteer opportunities.

Learn more about Good Shepherd Neighborhood Program – CLICK HERE

Reade Chestnut Hill Local article about GSNP: CLICK HERE

Light refreshments provided.

PLEASE NOTE! GSNP is also offering FREE 30 Minute mediation consultations Monday 9/15-Friday 9/19 – Reserve your session!

RSVP required for open house and FREE mediation sessions email ptr call 215-843-5413.

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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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.

To download the flier, CLICK HERE

For info on this event on Coalition For Peace Action Page, CLICK HERE

Also Learn about the Global People’s Climate September 20-21st and sign up for buses to NY! For 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.


Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8:00pm
7165 LOUNGE – 7165 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

The 7165 Lounge will celebrate Peace Week a special edition
co-hosted by PEACE DAY PHILLY that will celebrate Peace and Peacemaking in Philadelphia.
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Featuring Brett Jolly and the W.N.G.S.J. All-Star Band, and the Open Mike performances by artists from across the region. October Gallery artists will also be featured in exhibit with works for sale.

For flier, CLICK HERE

Admission is Free – Food and Beverage available for purchase
Come Out and Get Your Groove On For Peace
Call: 215-247-0186 Email:

Film – The Five Powers

Thursday, September 18

12-2 pm – Arcadia University, Kuch Bldg, The Great Room
450 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA *

7pm – 8:45pm – Swarthmore CollegeLang Performing Arts Center Cinema
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore PA **

Both screenings are free and open to the public.

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The 5 Powers is a documentary film about the transnational peace work of three “superheroes of peace” – Thich Nhat Hanh,  Sister Chan Khong, and Alfred Hassler. Narrated by award-winning actor Orlando Jones, this 1 hour film uses the dramaturgical structure of a classic documentary, woven together with comic book animation, its narrative unfolding through recurring symbols and themes pertinent to the principles and ideals of its heroes. Read more about the film, CLICK HERE. For The 5 Powers film trailer – CLICK HERE.

Arcadia Screening: Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Gregory Kennedy-Salemi, Director/ Producer of the film and co-founder of Peace Is The Way Films. The event is co-sponsored by Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program and Peace Is The Way Films. Contact: Amy Cox,

Swarthmore College Screening: Followed by a discussion with the producers of the film (Anthony Nicotera, Gregory Kennedy-Salemi, and Stuart Jolley), Laura Hassler ’70, and George Lakey (who worked with Alfred Hassler of the Fellowship of Reconciliation). Sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies, Film and Media Studies, the Religion Department, Asian Studies, the Swarthmore College Libraries, and the Peace Collection. Contact: Lee Smithey,

Dave Gibbons, legendary graphic novel artist (Watchmen and Green Lantern) says, The 5 Powers film is a moving fusion of documentary footage, historic montage and vivid animation that sends a powerful message of peace. Using modern technology and dramatic storytelling, the film focuses on three true heroes and their efforts to promote the non-violent resolution of conflict through a mindful, compassionate approach. It’s beautifully crafted. 

From main entrance on Easton car..
Turn right and follow road as it wraps around Arcadia’s campus to back parking lot- Kuch center parking lot. Park here or in parking lots by Brubaker Hall. From parking lot walk right – follow sidewalk around side of building and look for signs. Entrance for Kuch Bldg. is located between main Kuch center and Brubaker Hall.

**DIRECTIONS FOR SWARTHMORE:  See the campus map at Enter campus at the NORTH ENTRANCE and follow the drive, Whittier Place, to the first large parking lot on the right. For drop-off, continue to follow Whittier Place, turning right at the corner of the parking lot.  The drive will proceed around the back of several buildings to a circular turn around at the Lang Performing Arts Center  For more information about accessibility at the Lang Performing Arts Center, visit For those parking in the large lot, walk to the corner of the lot, cross the street, and proceed diagonally across the quad to the Lang Performing Arts Center. The cinema is located just to your left as you enter the main lobby.

Changemakers Across Borders

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

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

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Program Speakers will be Mr. Samip Mallik of SAADA and Rev. David Brown of NewCORE, with Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center moderating. Photos from Transnational Journeys: Bhutanese Experience Through A Family Lens by Manisha Patel will be displayed in the program space.

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.