15 07, 2016

Statement on the Recent Violent Events in our Nation & World

2021-05-20T17:41:55-04:00July 15th, 2016|Tags: |

This statement comes from Peace Learning Center's Board Chair and Executive Director. We the Peace Learning Center would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all of the families and communities affected directly and indirectly by the recent traumatic events. Our country is enraged and hurting over the injustices, racial tension, police brutality and insensitivity we have all been bombarded through countless media outlets. No place is sheltered from these events. Social alertness and social identities are directly connected with the level of identity one has with a particular social group. These identities influence how we engage in, connect to and process different spaces and environments. Events (especially violent ones) involving a particular social group will have a greater impact if your social identity is higher with that particular group than people within other groups; it is natural to feel these events directly impact you. Conversations about these issues will not be easy. In fact, conversations and dialogues will be challenging and uncomfortable. However, we must not be insensitive or ignorant in our communications, comments or questions surrounding these traumatic events. We must remember we are one society, one nation with many spaces filled with different people with a common thread; love. Love involves promoting open safe dialogues where all questions and feelings are valid.  Peace Learning Center has always been concerned with neighborhood and family violence and committed to promoting peace building and conflict resolution among all communities and

16 01, 2014

What’s your dream?

2021-05-20T17:43:01-04:00January 16th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."- Martin Luther King, Jr. "There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" - Robert Kennedy Two powerful leaders, two compelling and inseparable dreams. Indianapolis Peace Memorial Named for Civil Rights Leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., King Park in Indianapolis has a rich history in the community. In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy spoke to those gathered there to hear his campaign speech, but instead had to break the news that King had been assassinated. The park is now home to the Peace Memorial which honors the contributions of both slain leaders.  Frequently, we ask our workshop participants to take a walk, reflect on their community, world, and environment and contemplate what their dreams might be for creating peace. We can hardly think of a more relevant place in our city than King Park. Now, you don’t have to visit Peace Learning Center or even King Park to do this (although we recommend it), but we do love the question, the challenge. What is your dream for a more peaceful community? What do you want to see? What are you going to do? Let us know by

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