Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Partnerships & Prevention: A Path to Peace

Ron Scott, an activist and media personality for over forty years, will discuss his successes at the Citizens for Peace meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7 pm at Unity of Livonia, 26880 Five Mile Rd. Livonia. (East of Middlebelt).
Ron Scott is the spokesperson for Peace Zones for Life, an organization which provides support to Detroit neighborhoods to create safe and viable communities.  They take a holistic approach including residents of all ages, especially the youth, as well as local businesses, religious and government institutions.   Through the practice of Peace Circles, residents are taught methods of conflict resolution, and intervention is taken with youth who have or are at risk of engaging in violent behavior. 
Citizens for Peace member Ann Abdoo will also talk about the Youth PROMISE Act, that when passed by Congress will greatly help organizations like Peace Zones for Life.

Scott is a well-known co-host on CW50 public affairs show, “For My People.” He also was the producer/co-host on WDTW-1310 AM radio program “Fighting for Justice,” and one of the first producers of the public television program “Detroit Black Journal.” Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, founded by Grace Lee and James Boggs.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

“Weaving Life: the Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry

Join us for the film Weaving Life: the Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry.
Dan Terry spent almost 40 years devoted to the people of Afghanistan and was among 10 humanitarian aid workers assassinated in Afghanistan in August 2010. Students at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) made this documentary that includes interviews with Terry’s wife and daughter and breathtaking scenes of Afghanistan. After 13 years of war in Afghanistan, deepen your understanding of this country by viewing it through the eyes of a peacemaker.

Kim Bergier knew Dan Terry as a student at Woodstock boarding school in northern India and will share her experiences in our discussion after the film.                                                           
 All are welcome to this free program.
7 PM. Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Unity of Livonia - 28660 Five Mile Road

Friday, May 16, 2014

Human Trafficking Solutions

Alternatives for Girls

Deena Policicchio will share her 19 years of experience working with exploited young girls and women. She will speak at the Citizens for Peace meeting on Tuesday, June 10th.  The meeting is at 7 pm. at Unity of Livonia (28660 Five Mile Rd). Ms. Policicchio is the Director of the Outreach & Education Services Department at Alternatives For Girls (AFG).

AFG is a Detroit-based nonprofit organization providing services to girls who need respite and resources from predators. These efforts help participants to heal and move forward with their lives. When talking about the girls traumatized by exploitation, Ms Policicchio has stated: “the damage on their psyche is worse than being at war.”

In the last several months, Citizens for Peace have been collecting travel- sized 
toiletries to donate to the Alternatives for Girls. If you would like to contribute, please
bring your donations to the meeting. Bring a friend.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Detroit Success Story

Positive News About Detroit!!

Jon Barth, marketing and outreach director of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, will share his transformational experience that led him to living and working in Detroit.  He has dedicated his career to the city's revitalization and building a healthy and peaceful community in the Springwells Village area of Detroit.

Join us and bring your friends to hear this uplifting presentation at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 13th at Unity of Livonia (28660 Five Mile Road).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Power of Kindness

If you missed Caleb's talk, click on this link to hear it & then go and practice random acts of kindness!

Click HERE

Sergeant Caleb Magnan of the U.S. Army shares about the Power of Kindness at work in his life at the upcoming “Citizens for Peace” meeting in April.
Returning home from deployment from Iraq, he was a changed man.  The person before his mission was not the same person who came back.  Abroad he had an eye-opening experiencing from day one that impacted his life forever.  He saw both good and bad things, which made him a completely different human being.  Caleb went from negative to positive, almost overnight, and has never looked back since by striving to do at least one act of kindness every day he’s alive.
“Since my time overseas, I am a lot more patient, kind and forgiving.  I would never give others the time of day, but now, after being exposed to a path of humility, I make an attempt daily to brighten at least one person’s day through my actions.”
Sgt. Magnan enlisted in the United Stated Military back in 2007 and is still currently serving in the Army National Guard.  He resides in Chesterfield, Michigan with his fiancĂ©, daughter and son.
Come hear his transformational experience at the April 8th meeting at 7 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Also giving a brief presentation will be The Peace Alliance’s National Field Director, Dan Kahn.  The Peace Alliance works to promote leading-edge peacebuilding tools, through legislative advocacy, public education, and community mobilization.

Dan and Student Peace Alliance Coordinator Sally Kaplan are traveling to promote the formation of Peace Alliance Action Teams – citizen groups creating political will for peacebuilding breakthroughs through the power of communication. 

Great Article!!

Matthew Albrecht, Executive Vice President of the Peace Alliance, Get's a Great Article in the Huffington Post!!

Here's the link to his article:

The Leading Edge of Peace

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Spirit of Survival Highlighted at the Citizens for Peace Meeting

Hear an Amazing Story from an Inspirational Woman on March 11th! 

Here is the link to Irene's Talk. Thank you Irene!

Irene Miller

A story of survival through the eyes of a child as she and her family fled from one hell to another in escaping from the Nazis during WWII is recounted by Irene Miller at the Citizens for Peace meeting Tuesday, March 11th at Unity of Livonia (28660 Five Mile).
Irene Miller, a West Bloomfield resident, shares her and her family’s spirit of survival in her book Into No Man’s Land: A Historical Memoir, which will be available for sale at the meeting. 

She describes in vivid detail her family’s harrowing experiences, as part of some 300,000 Polish Jews who escaped to the Soviet Union from 1939 – 1941. Her personal account of the escape, life in a Siberian labor camp, an impoverished village in Uzbekistan, an orphanage, and life in Israel are highlighted.

Irene’s determination and perseverance led her to getting a double Master’s degree, and a career in hospital administration. Her compassion motivated her to work for civil rights, and help women with substance abuse issues.

Irene serves on the board of the American Jewish Committee, volunteers as a court mediator, and speaks at the Holocaust Memorial Center of Farmington Hills.
“In my small way, I work to make the world a better place for all”, says Irene in the epilogue of her book.

Meet this extraordinary woman at the March 11th meeting at 7 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 17, 2014

What a Great Start to a Year of Peace!

We have had two outstanding speakers to start us off on another great year of working for peace!

If you missed either meeting, or would like to hear our speakers again, click on the links below.

Thanks Kevin 'Mr. Peace' for recording our meetings!


Reverend Rich Peacock Talk
How to Turn MLK’s Dream into a Reality
Citizens for Peace Meeting January14, 2014

Robert Weir Talk
Love in Our Hearts: Peace in Our World
Citizens for Peace Meeting on February 11, 2014