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PeaceWeb/NCPCR Reaches Closure

We recently received this letter from the PeaceWeb/NCPCR Closure Team explaining the decision to close PeaceWeb’s doors. PeaceWeb is passing on its legacy of youth-focused peace and nonviolence work to a new organization, the Nonviolence Youth Leadership Alliance. We’ve included their entire letter here to mark PeaceWeb’s contribution to the field…

Reaching Closure for PeaceWeb/NCPCR & Supporting the Birth of NYLA
After 24 years of service, 11 international conferences on peacemaking and conflict resolution, a strong commitment to diversity-focused programming and a decade of supporting youth peacemakers in producing their own conference events, PeaceWeb (formerly NCPCR) announces its final transition. The organization’s board of directors filed the official paperwork with the Virginia Corporation Commission to terminate this national nonprofit organization as of December 31, 2006.

“Since its inception in 1982, the NCPCR conference provided inspiration, hope, and renewed energy, as well as a vital connecting place, to thousands of peacemakers and conflict resolution practitioners. While acknowledging past accomplishments (see below), PeaceWeb’s leadership team also recognized that the energy needed to fully rebuild the organization was not present. Without this vital energy, PeaceWeb was not sustainable.

“Passing On NCPCR’s Legacy of Youth-Focused & Diverse Traditions of Peacemaking

“At the same time that we were “laying down” PeaceWeb (to use a Quaker term), we were helping to birth a new national (and eventually global) organization also devoted to nonviolence and peace. Several PeaceWeb board members are currently working with civil rights leader Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. (a keynote presenter at the 2001 NCPCR
held at George Mason University), and other individuals and organizations from across the United States to co-create the Nonviolence Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA). The mission of NYLA is to pass the powerful legacy of Kingian nonviolence to today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders! NYLA is a natural extension of NCPCR’s World Summit for Youth Peacemakers held in 1999 and 2001 and the Network of Youth Peacemaker’s 2003 Conference.

“NYLA’s goals include plans to introduce thousands of youth and young adults to the nonviolent principles, steps and strategies, which Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights activists utilized to bring about an end to racial segregation in the United States. Through a series of orientation sessions and training workshops about Kingian nonviolence, to be held in key communities across the United States during 2007, a national team of several hundred youth nonviolence leaders will gain the expertise needed to then inspire and train other youth and young adults in these peacebuilding skills, and to apply these nonviolent strategies in their own schools and communities.

“NYLA’s plans for 2008 focus on organizing a global conference of youth activists and human rights leaders – an Olympics of Peace and Nonviolence. More immediate steps are being taken to hold a major nonviolence educational event in Atlanta, GA in April 2007, commemorating the legacy of Dr. King and announcing the birth of this Nonviolence
Youth Leadership Alliance.

“As its final action, PeaceWeb/NCPCR is asking for donations to NYLA from you and from the thousands of other people receiving this message who may have benefited from the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution or other PeaceWeb programs. Your financial support for NYLA, no matter what the size, is critically important in launching this new global organization and realizing Dr. King’s instructions, on the very day of his assassination, to Bernard LaFayette, Jr. to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence!

“The time is now. You can help change the world by supporting NYLA to create a global nonviolent society. At this point, the fiscal agent for NYLA is ACRES (American Civil Rights Education Services, Inc), a nonprofit educational organization based in Brooklyn, NY, that has been teaching Civil Rights Movement history and conflict resolution for six years. ACRES’ TIN# for tax exempt donations is 57-1157314. Your donations for NYLA should be addressed to NYLA and sent to: NYLA c/o ACRES, 563 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215.

“For more information about NYLA or to request a copy of the full grant proposal describing NYLA’s immediate, intermediate, and ultimate goals, please contact Dr. Ann Yellott, former NCPCR/PeaceWeb Administrator Director, who is one of the founding members of NYLA (949-632-6989; azyellott@aol.com). NYLA’s website in under construction and soon will be available at www.nylayouth.org.
Honoring 25 Years of Peacemaking Efforts

“We are calling on you to support NYLA as one way of honoring NCPCR/PeaceWeb and its many contributions to local, national, and international peace and nonviolent conflict transformation. In addition to producing eleven global conferences for peace activists and conflict resolution practitioners, NCPCR also carried out a unique Diverse Traditions in Peacemaking program. We encourage you to check out the report, compiled by former NCPCR Program Director Sharon Perkins Bailey, about the NCPCR Diverse Traditions Documentation Project, which appears on PeaceWeb’s website (www.apeacemaker.net). This website for PeaceWeb will stay up through February 2007.

“After the 2003 conference in Atlanta, the leadership of this peacebuilding organization officially changed the organization’s name to PeaceWeb, and shifted from a national/international focus to a regionally-based structure. A substantial amount of work was accomplished on a regional basis after the organization became known as PeaceWeb and re-structured itself in 2003.

“1. The SE Region stressed holistic healing and well-being as an essential aspect of peace in their many presentations given throughout the Atlanta community. The SE Region also focused on youth leadership development and partnered with a local charter school in several activities.

“2. The NE Region focused on projects promoting peace and ecological/economic sustainability as defined in The Earth Charter (www.earthcharter.org). The region operated within the Earth Charter definition of peace … “the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.” Money raised through Holiday Craft Fairs and Plant Peace sales was used to install community peace gardens with peace poles to remind all that peace is possible even in environments overwhelmed by violence.

“3. The SW Region worked locally in Tucson to organize a collaborative network of individuals and groups focused on peace, justice, and sustainability, called the Culture of Peace Alliance (COPA). COPA’s mission, programs, and structure are described on its website (www.cultureofpeacealliance.org). The SW Region also partnered with the Tohono O’odham Justice Center to co-produce a Circle Training for Tribal Court Systems, with help from a VOMA mini-grant.

“4. The West Coast Region, along with the SW Region, helped initiate an Academy for World Peace and World Prosperity in conjunction with the Center for Prosperous Living (CPL), a New Thought spiritual center in Laguna Beach, CA. PeaceWeb & CPL worked cooperatively with the African Diaspora Foundation (ADF made presentations at the 1999, 2001, & 2003 NCPCR conferences) to bring civil rights leader, Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., to Laguna Beach in April 2006 to present a series of nonviolence trainings. This led directly to the formation of NYLA (see above).

“Please join us at this time in celebrating past accomplishments of NCPCR and PeaceWeb, as well as in moving forward to accept new challenges in the creation of NYLA – the Nonviolent Youth Leadership Alliance. Thank you in advance for your support, both spiritual and monetary.

“For World-Wide Peace & Prosperity –

“The PeaceWeb Closure Team
Sharon P. Bailey, Jane E. Granskog, Kathy Harr, & Ann Yellott”

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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