2016 Peacemaker Awards Dinner

The Dallas Peace & Justice Center hosted the Annual 2016 Peacemaker Awards Dinner on December 1s, 2016.

Five awards were presented:

Peacemaker of the Year Award
Karen Blessen

Karen Blessen
Pulitzer Prize-winning artist & writer Karen Blessen has devoted her life to advancing nonviolence, since a young man was murdered in her front yard in 2000. She’s Founder & Executive Artistic Director of the nonprofit 29Pieces, which involves thousands, and impacts millions, with its mission - Monumental Change: Monumental Art.

[Learn more about Karen Blessen]

Justice Seeker of the Year Award
U.S. Congressman Marc Veasey TX. Dist. 33

Congressman Marc Veasey
Recognized for his leadership upholding the rights of all voters as the lead plaintiff in Veasey v. Abbott. Congressman Veasey took on the 2013 Texas voter ID law, which was struck down by one of the most conservative courts in the country.

[Learn more about Congressman Veasey]


Media Accountability Award
Candice Bernd

Candice Bernd
Candice Bernd is an editor/staff reporter at Truthout. She is also a contributor to Truthout's anthology on police violence, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? from Haymarket Books. Before Truthout, she was an editor/environmental reporter for Generation Progress, an intern at In These Times magazine and a co-host of a former Dallas-based progressive talk radio program.


Peacemaker Organization(s) of the Year Award
NorthPark Presbyterian Church and Masjid Al-Islam

northpark and mosque

In recognition of their Interfaith outreach efforts to
create peaceful bridges of understanding.

[Learn more about these organizations]


Peace Legacy - Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Abramson Evans

Linda Evans photo
United Nations Association Dallas Committee on Refugees founder and coordinator since 1998, Evans developed the Volunteer Guide to Refugee Service Agencies in Dallas Fort/Worth, facilitating support for the agencies that provide essential services to refugee newcomers in our community.

[Learn more about Linda Evans]



Thursday, December 1st
Vendor Reception 5:30-7:00 PM
Program Begins 7:00 PM

Park Plaza Tower
13111 North Central Expressway
7th Floor
Dallas, Texas 75243
Our Sponsors - So far:

VIP $1000.00
Dallas Peace and Justice Center - Nuclear Free World Committee
Lon Burnam
Peacemakers Inc.
Carol Donovan
Jan Sander
Justice Seeker $500.00
Richland College Institute of Peace and Human Rights
Organization Sponsor $750.00
29 Pieces
United Nations Association-USA Dallas Chapter
Congregation Beth Al Binah
NorthPark Presbyterian/Masjid Al Islam
First Unitarian Church of Dallas - Social Justice Committee
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff - Social Justice Ministry
Jan Sanders
Pax Christie Dallas
North Texas Veterans for Peace
Society of Native Nations
Justice Friends
South Asia Democracy Watch
Grace UMC

Peacemaker - $500.00
Richland College Institute of Peace and Human Rights
Justice Seekers - $200.00
Daniel Foyt
Katherine Fox
Veletta Lill
Hind Jarrah