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Peace Center Honors 2015 Peace Builders at Annual Peace Party
More than 150 supporters of Topeka Center for Peace and Justice attended this year’s annual Peace Party on Thursday, April 16 to honor this year’s Peace Builders. One of the additions to this year’s Peace Party was the silent auction, featuring books, paintings and other items.
This year’s Peace Builders are:
- Education: Judy Nickelson
- Faith Community: Central Congregational Church for Turnaround Tuesday, Rev. Longbottom
- Organization: Living the Dream
- Youth: Paige Corum
- Individual/Family: Robert & Jacque Bugg, and Omar Hazim
Read the Topeka Capital Journal’s coverage of the event.
Topeka Center for Peace and Justice is pleased to announce that we are now in the process of developing a mediation program and are currently training mediatiors. Visit our Mediation page for a link to our new brochure on parent/adolescent mediation.
Overview of Bullying Initiatives
During 2014, The Peace Center’s Bully Prevention Specialist, Lindsey Schwartz, has worked with many leaders in the Topeka and Shawnee County community to reduce bullying in our public schools. See our Bullying Prevention page (listed under “Justice”) for an overview of Lindsey’’s impressive work.
Community leaders discuss gun violence
How to reduce gun violence in Topeka and Shawnee County was the topic of discussion at a gathering of local law enforcement officials, faith leaders, school safety officers, mental health practitioners, and other community leaders Sunday, March 15.
Topekans Against Gun Violence and Topeka Center for Peace and Justice organized The informal gathering, held at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Topeka.
“Our goal was a frank, candid discussion that would allow people to truly express the realities of what they see every day,” said TAGV coordinator Kevin Carr, who facilitated the discussion. “Today, a conversation on gun violence in the community was begun.”
The meeting was set to coincide with the visit of the Rev. James Atwood, author of “American and Its Guns: A Theological Expose.” Rev. Atwood began the discussion by emphasizing that the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S. is a spiritual and moral problem, not a political one.
Questions addressed during the round-table discussion included:
- What is the current state of gun violence in Topeka?
- What are current efforts to deal with each major problem?
- What ideas do you have that might make this a community that’s safer?
- What else could be done to enhance current efforts? What specifically would you recommend that would help?
Among those attending were:
James McCollough, Topeka Center for Peace and Justice
Captain Steve Purney, Topeka Police Department
Herman Jones, Shawnee County Sheriff
Phil Bloom, Shawnee County Under Sheriff
Ron Brown, Topeka USD 501 School Safety
Rev. Tobias Schlingensiepen, First Congregational Church
Rev. Delmar White, New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Rabbi Debbie Stiel, Temple Beth Sholom
Rev. Carl Frazier, Southwest Baptist Church
Duane Johnson, Topekans Against Gun Violence
Dr. John Calbeck, Prevention and Recovery Services/Safe Streets
Bill Cochran, Topeka Police Department and Suicide Prevention Coalition
Jerry Aday, Owner, Holsters and More
Kevin Carr, Topekans Against Gun Violence