Georgia WAND Represents on Peace Panel

On Saturday, January 26, Becky Rafter spoke at the monthly Chai & Just Chat event in Johns Creek. The discussion, entitled “World in Pieces or World at Peace: Women as Peace Drivers,” was riveting and everyone in attendance, including the speakers, learned so much and felt much peace.The discussion featured Alicia Michael – Past District Governor, Rotary International, Domestic Public Health; Geeta Mehrotra – CEO, Sadhu Vaswani Center; Heather Gray – Host – Just Peace, WRFG Public Affairs; John Naugle – Founder & President, Atlanta: City of Peace; Marina Ovtsynova – Allatra International Peace Movement; Rev. Gerald Durley – Veteran, Civil Rights Movement; Rony Delgarde – Founder & President, The Global Paint for Charity; Soumaya Khalifa- Founder & President, Muslim Speakers Bureau; and Becky Rafter – Development Lead, Georgia WAND. We were joined by a group of people from the Allatra Peace movement via video stream who were in Ukraine (where it was midnight).

Panelists talked about their life’s journeys and what brought them to the stage that day. They also shared how they think about Peace, examining different functions essential to the construction of peace and creating a global culture of nonviolence. There were a couple themes that really jumped out: the need to have inner peace and self-love; and the need to be inclusive of people of all races, gender identities, spiritual beliefs, and cultures in building a lasting peace that is in step with mother Earth. It was a deeply moving event, and we were honored to be a part of it.

For more information, contact becky@georgiawand.org.”Chai & Just Chats” are hosted through Nazeera LLC – www.nazeera.net; which also includes a link to Chai & Just Chat on-demand videos: http://nazeera.net/chai-just-chat/.

The monthly community Chai and Just Chat tends to advance the field of humanitarian efforts through interactions among professionals, community advocates & experts and shared resources while focusing on advocacy, communication, education, and action oriented dialogues.