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Chicago Peace Talk and Walk on 9/11

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On September 11, 2016, NPA founder and peace journalist Robert Koehler spoke at the Peace Walk & Talk in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, held in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Bob’s report:

“It was my pleasure and privilege to speak about the National Peace Academy this past Sept. 11 at a peace rally in North Lawndale, a struggling, impoverished – and joyfully exciting – neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. I believe neighborhoods like North Lawndale are real incubators for peace. The rally was convened by Dianna Long, founder and director of the Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center. It was informal, relaxed, fun – at least a dozen young people were present. I devoted my brief talk to a discussion of the positive and productive possibilities that could be found in conflict. I was joined by several other speakers, including a retired officer in the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, who spoke of his belief that the focus of police training should be far less on marksmanship and far more on developing skills in human connection. The event reverberated with excitement. After the speakers were finished, we all went on a peace walk through the neighborhood, garnering waves and well wishes from the residents and from at least one passing squad car.”

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