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17 September 2011*
CPT INTERNATIONAL: Neighborhood peacemaker in Chicago makes connection with
What can a community organizer from the Austin neighborhood in Chicago
learn from Palestinian and Iraqi peacemakers? In 2005 and 2006, Elce Redmond
went on a delegation with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) to visit
peacemakers in Iraq and Palestine. Upon his return, Redmond began
organizing the Austin Peaceforce, a multicultural, multiracial, group
composed of parents and community volunteers, trained in nonviolent
strategies and tactics, and deployed to conflicts or potentially violent
areas of the community. Today, they have a regular presence in Austin area
schools to help reduce violence and develop relationships with students.
Redmond has spent the past twenty-five years working with community groups
both locally and internationally on issues such as the living wage,
displacement of public housing residents, the War in Iraq, disability rights,
health care, human rights, and more.
“Daily we are bombarded with images and stories of violent encounters
that have taken the lives of many people.” said Redmond, “What are the
alternatives to the incessant stream of devastating armed conflicts plaguing
many of our communities? How can we bring peaceful change to our
For the past twenty-five years, CPT has partnered with nonviolent movements
around the world to transform war and occupation into peace and social
justice. CPT currently has long-term projects in Iraq, Palestine, Colombia,
and Canada. The Peacemaker Congress will celebrate the organization’s 25th
anniversary and explore how to bring this model of non-violent intervention
and partnership with local peacemakers into urban neighborhood conflict
Redmond will present the opening keynote for CPT’s
*Peacemaker Congress XI- Re-imaging Partnerships for Peace*: *A 25th
The congress begins on the evening of Thursday, 13 October and runs until
noon on Sunday, 16 October 2011.
* This event is open to the public. More info at **www* *.* *cpt*
*.* *org* *. Email **timn* *@* *cpt* *.* *org* ,*
or call 773-376-0550.*
Location: Reba Place Church, 533 Custer Ave. Evanston, Il 60602
CPT's MISSION: What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline
and sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war? Christian
Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks to enlist the whole church in organized,
nonviolent alternatives to war and places teams of trained peacemakers in
regions of lethal conflict.
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