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[PCUSANEWS] Children's Defense Fund founder to speak

Date 10 Jun 2002 11:43:05 -0400

Note #7200 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

Children's Defense Fund founder to speak 
at peacemaking event

Children's Defense Fund founder to speak 
at peacemaking event

Marian Wright Edelman to help kickoff PC(USA)'s children's decade

by Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE - Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, author and renowned child advocate will be the speaker at this year's General Assembly dinner sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program (PPP) and the Presbyterian Child Advocacy Office.  

Her address on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 in Columbus, OH, during the 214th General Assembly will kick off the Peacemaking Program's decade of Building a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for All God's Children. 

Tickets for the Peacemaking Dinner will be available at the registration booth for the Assembly. 

The Peacemaking Program's decade coincides with three decades supported by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.: The United Nations' Decade for Building a Culture of Peace, the PC(USA)'s Decade of the Child and the World Council of Churches' Decade to Overcome Violence.  

"People attending the General Assembly will be invited to advocate on behalf of children in their own communities or in other parts of the world," said PPP staffer Ervin Bullock. "The Peacemaking Program's booth in the exhibit hall will have information about how children are faring in each state and around the world." 

Visitors to the booth will also be able to send a letter to congress and learn other ways to advocate for children while they are at the Assembly and when they get back home. Visitors can also make rag dolls to add to a huge earth-globe in the booth and to make additional rag dolls to wear to symbolize the children for whom we are building a culture of peace and nonviolence, Bullock said.   

Other kickoff activities in the exhibit area for the Decade of the Child will include daily discussions focused on the many diverse needs of children and youth in our communities and around the world, hosted by the PPP and Child Advocacy Office.  A schedule of the focus and discussion for the day will be posted at the booth. 

For more information about other activities related to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program's new emphasis please visit the web site at:
contact the office at 888-728-7228, extension 5784.

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