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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


Border Convergence - Oct. 2016

Members of the Dallas Peace & Justice Center joined the School of the Americas Watch in Nogales for a spirited veteran-led march across the US/Mexico border to advocate for human rights and demilitarization. October 8, 2016.

Photos, videos and articles
from the Border Convergence

A Report Back From the Border Vigil Against US State Violence

Photo: Steve Pavey

Over a thousand activists from the US and Mexico converged at the border wall on Sunday, October 9th, for a vigil to remember the victims of US state violence and celebrate our resistance against it. Gathered on both sides of the border, in Nogales, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico, we commemorated those whose lives were lost to this violence by saying their names to bring their spirits and witness before us. After each name we sang ¡Presente! to remember that the victims of violence are still here with us, they are not forgotten, and we will continue the struggle to resist US state violence in their name.

Read the full article by Steve Pavey here:

Photo: Steve Pavey

The World We Want:
An Activist Dispatch From the SOA Watch Convergence

On October 9th, 200 of us marched along the dusty highway between Nogales and Tucson toward the Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Tubac, Arizona. At the front, those of us prepared to risk arrest clutched painted crosses in our hands, each bearing the name of someone murdered by US-trained assassins or the militarized US-Mexico border.

You can read the full article by Gus Bova here:

To view more photos, visit:
Hope in Focus: Steve Pavey Photography

For videos from the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border,
visit the Watch page on the SOAW website:

For additional articles, visit the media page:

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Environmental Justice

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Young Advocates

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