2011 Laurate, Dr. Donald Mott, has died
Since its founding, members of the network, in collaboration with the Amity Foundation of Nanjing, China, have traveled to China many times to conduct workshops and courses for orphanage workers, therapy students, medical students, physicians in rehabilitation medicine, traditional Chinese medicine physicians, and others. Thousands of children who live in under-served areas of China now have improved health because of Dr. Mott and his China Partners Network team.
Don was a compassionate healer, a devoted family man and a devout Christian who had a genuine relationship with the Lord. Our sympathies are extended to his children, grandchildren, extended family and all who knew and loved him. His intellect, medical expertise and tremendous dedication to make the world a better, kinder and more understanding place will be deeply missed. His legacy lives on in CPN and all the lives he has touched over the years.A link to Don’s obituary is provided below:
When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power, the world will know Peace. (Jimi Hendrix)
GTPP Laureate Banquet, September 15th at PLU
|Greater Tacoma Peace Prize|
|GTPP Laureate Banquet, September 15th at PLU
Save the Date
September 15, 2022, 5:30pm
Join us to celebrate Marilyn Kimmerling (2020-21 Laureate) Kwabi Amoah-Forson’s (2022 Laureate) peacework. Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner, Silent Auction, Entertainment and good company.
More details to follow, including an Evite for official registration.
Video of the Peace Bench Dedication
In March 2022, we dedicated the Bill Lincoln Peace Bench on the Tacoma, WA waterfront. Below is a video of the event.
Janet Ruud Announces Retirement from GTPP Board
Having been on the GTPP Board since its inception in 2005, Ruud retired in April of this year, after the Dedication of Bill Lincoln’s Peace Bench. Janet had informed the Board in early 2020 that she wished to retire, but when the COVID virus descended upon us and Zoom was the way to hold a meeting, she agreed to stick around for a while longer. The Board threw a surprise retirement party for her, where she expressed her deep gratitude to them all for their enthusiasm for peace and support over the years. She is happy to have some time for other interests now – including support of gay rights, anti-racism, and refugee assistance, as well as reading, relaxing, and traveling. (Janet can be contacted at email@example.com)
Recognizing that peace begins locally, the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize is proud to announce the selection of Kwabi Amoah-Forson as the 2022 Laureate. Since 2017, Amoah-Forson has worked in Tacoma AND INTERNATIONALLY to promote peace on multiple levels. Beginning in the Spring of 2017, he began The Peace Camp every Saturday in Wright Park, where he would take posters, a radio, and a megaphone with him to hold conversations with people about what peace means to them. He continued this work by spending the next two years bringing The Peace Camp across the Northwest, to California and parts of Europe.
This first campaign for peace, led into the “The Real Peace Podcast.” Here, Amoah-Forson interviewed community members about peace, interpersonal connectivity, conflict resolution, and the importance of culture and diversity. Continuing his work outside the studio, in 2019 Amoah-Forson began driving around in The Peace Bus, a 1988 Mitsubishi Van, distributing socks to our houseless community members. In August 2019, he brought The Peace Bus to the U.S.-Mexico border and interviewed non-violence educator Michael Nagler and members of Border Patrol. Upon his return to Tacoma, Amoah-Forson started sharing his experience and messages of nonviolence, compassion, kindness, and peace with students in Tacoma schools.
The board recognizes the need for community-based activists, who are dedicated to understanding the different perspectives people bring to conversations. Amoah-Forson’s dedication to looking at a fuller picture, and his passion for bringing others along on that journey, has impressed the Board and his community.
Teresa Hunt, who nominated Amoah-Forson, wrote:
“[Kwabi] has been instrumental in promoting peace and diversity in our community, [while continuing] his numerous community services programs. [He] is the most influential peace-promoting citizen we have amongst us.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close buildings and transition to online learning, Amoah-Forson and The Peace Bus distributed breakfast to families in need, under the belief that no Tacoma child should have to go without breakfast during the quarantine. During the Summer of 2021 Kwabi took his Peace Bus from Washington State to Washington DC, delivering hundreds of books on peace, love and understanding to Youth across the country.
Kwabi Amoah-Forson currently lives in Tacoma. He continues to work for Peace in our community and looks forward to the continuation of his recent peace campaign, “Every-Kid-Eats”, helping address child hunger in Tacoma. He also plans to finish his flight school training this year in preparation of his life long goal of flying for peace with his own airplane, “The Peace Plane.”
The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize honors local citizens and institutions who promote, achieve, and sustain peace, justice, and reconciliation at home and abroad. First awarded in 2005, the GTPP is rooted in Norwegian-American culture and the Norwegian dedication to Peace. At the GTPP we are dedicated to celebrating the everyday ways people further peace in our communities, and to growing and nuancing our understanding of Peace in all its forms. You can learn more about the organization at TacomaPeacePrize.org.
Barbara Gilchrist, board member
Cort Ockfen, publishing
Greater Tacoma Peace Prize
Photos from the Peace Bench Dedication
Bill Lincoln Peace Bench Dedication Reception
After the dedication of the Peace Bench we met at the Tacoma Yacht Club for a reception. Below is a video of the event. The event was on March 20, 2022.
Facebook Live of the Peace Bench Dedication
On March 20, 2022, we met at the Tacoma waterfront to dedicate the peace bench honoring Bill Lincoln (see Project Peace Bench). Below is a video of the live dedication from our Facebook.
A Request from LCS Refugee Response
“We need your help. You have been following along with us throughout the Afghan refugee crisis. To date, we have welcomed over 620 to the LCS Northwest family. With so many arrivals in a short period of time, we are experiencing unanticipated needs in all three of our resettlement locations. Our community partners resources are unable to meet all of our clients’ needs.”
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