Mother’s Day for Peace 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 4:00-6:00pm Event | 5:30-6pm Reception
Agnes Scott College, Presser Hall, Gaines Auditorium
141 E. College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Please join Georgia WAND's for this year's Mother's Day for Peace.
MD4P is GA WAND's premier fundraising gala in which we inspire activism by generating enthusiasm; educate members about our issues; and celebrate those among us whose bold efforts have brought us closer to a just, peace-filled world.
This year's event will feature a dialogue between Mustafa Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus and Alex Toma, Executive Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group. Mustafa and Alex will examine the façade of “safety and security” in order to ground a 21st century vision of peace and justice in the U.S. South.
Mustafa Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus, a civil and human rights organization that links culture, communities, celebrities, and politics for positive change. For the past 17 years, Mustafa has worked with communities on both the domestic and international front to secure environmental, health and economic justice.
Prior to joining the Hip Hop Caucus he served as the Environmental Justice Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. He was the Designated Federal Official for A Workgroup on Nationally Consistent EJ Screening Approaches of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee to the U.S. EPA.
Learn more about Mustafa Ali: Video interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.
Alex Toma is the Executive Director of Peace and Security Funders Group, a network of public, private, and family foundations and individual philanthropists who make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security. Alex has over fifteen years of experience working at senior levels of politics, government, advocacy, and philanthropic organizations.
Prior to joining PSFG in 2013, Alex was Executive Director at Connect U.S. Fund and a Director at the Ploughshares Fund, where she founded the Fissile Materials Working Group, a coalition of 80 international NGO partners working to expand action-oriented policy to combat nuclear terrorism. Before her nonprofit experience, Alex served as a foreign policy and defense advisor to Congressman Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts.
2017 AWARD HONOREES
ED ARNOLD ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AWARD | Rev. Gerald Durley
POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT AWARD | Columbus Ward
PEACE AND JUSTICE AWARD | Dr. Tina Pippin
FAITHFUL SERVICE AWARD | Emilia Pasalic
COMMUNITY LEGACY AWARD | Rev. Leo Woodberry
On the heels of President Trump’s releasing his “blueprint” budget, which increases military spending by $54 billion, Georgia WAND held a strategy meeting for our members to discuss "Safety and Security," and determine how we, as a community, wanted "take action" in this critical moment. We asked, “what does ‘security’ look like?” Which populations seem to matter most in creating a more “secure” state?
The group defined our lack of understanding about one another as the key barrier to building long-term, sustainable peace and justice. To counter this, we decided to bring together key leaders to engage in "linchpin dialogues”, to develop relationships across differences. Building trust and awareness will result in large-scale strategies being more effective. People who have influence over others will have a ripple effect in communities that need each other to thrive, to persevere, and to ensure that peace and justice will prevail in all corners of our communities, and across the globe.
In order to create lasting alternatives to national violence and war, Georgia WAND must continue bringing awareness about the relationship between environmental justice and militarism, especially how women and children are disproportionately affected by radiation, like exposure to releases from nuclear weapons production in Shell Bluff, Georgia.
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Now Calling for MD4P 2017 Host Committee!
Honor your Mother at MD4P! Please donate today to become a member of the MD4P 2017 Host Committee. Your name will be listed in the event program and other promotional materials. Levels range from $150 to $5000. In addition to event tickets, as a Host Committee member, you will receive:
-Special reserved seating for your family and guests
-A message/memorial honoring your mother or a special mother in you life printed in the event program (140 character limit)
Host Committee Levels:
|$150||Peace Producer||Includes 1 Ticket|
|$250||Peace Promoter||Includes 2 Tickets|
|$500||Peace Partner||Includes 4 Tickets|
|$1,000||Peace Protector||Includes 6 Tickets|
|$2,500||Peace Patron||Includes 8 Tickets|
Contact Executive Director, Becky Rafter, to see how you might help and get a sense of what we can do together at email@example.com or 404.524.5999.
We are seeking Planning Committee and Event Day volunteers! Having a group of strong volunteer planners with varied perspectives & skills is vital to the success of this event. Please share your time & expertise with us. Let's make this MD4P an event to remember!
Contact Executive Director, Becky Rafter, to get a sense of what we can do together at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.524.5999.