Peace Movement Sets Open Forum on Violence

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How is government working to stop the violence that plagues our community?
How can we achieve a culture of peace?
What must we do together as individuals and organizations?

Delaware’s Movement for a Culture of Peace (MCP) is continuing its monthly series of public forums on Saturday, Dec. 6, with a panel of city and state government leaders. The event will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington 19801.

Panelists will include:

  • Shawn Allen, deputy director of Parks and Recreation and assistant to the mayor
  • Patrice Gibbs, program manager for Cease Violence Wilmington
  • Doug Iardella, public safety liaison for City of Wilmington
  • Daniel Logan, deputy attorney general and member of Crime Strategies Unit

MCP is the successor to the Sept. 27 March for a Culture of Peace. First Unitarian Church was a principal organizer and participant in the march and remains involved in the movement.

The goal of the MCP is to enable individuals and organizations to work together to build a new culture of peace in our community. It is not so much an organization as a collective of activists for peace in our community. In addition to FirstU, its steering committee includes representatives of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, Heeding God’s Call, Pacem in Terris, One Village Alliance, and Wilmington Peacekeepers.

Dozens more community and faith groups are partners in the MCP. Heeding God’s Call will work with First Unitarian on the Memorial to the Lost display that will highlight the toll of gun violence in Wilmington since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012.

To learn more about the Dec. 6 Ending the Violence Forum, go to the MCP website. To register to attend, click here. The forum will begin with networking, coffee, and snacks at 9:00 am; the formal program will run from 9:30 until 11:00.


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