Anyone out there who is dreaming of a more peaceful world is not alone.
Boulder's Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center is offering some inspiration and a respite from daily violence Saturday evening at its Peacemaker of the Year award ceremony and dinner event at Boulder's Unity Church, 2855 Folsom St., at 6 p.m. Here, citizens who have had the determination and passion to stand up to the monolith of violence and self-interest that towers over us all will be honored.
The first Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to KGNU Radio, an independent, non-commercial, community-powered local radio that has a mission on spreading peace and non-violence to thousands of people daily. For the last 37 years, KGNU has provided alternative news, music and unbiased journalism.
The second Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to Dr. Paul Wehr, University of Colorado professor emeritus and co-founder of CU's Peace and Conflict Studies Program. He has been devoted to teaching peace and researching non-violent social and political change all over the world. He has been one of the true weight bearers of the local peace movement.
The third Lifetime Achievement award will go to Richard Andrews. Among various research efforts on behalf of peace, justice and sustainability, Andrews has tirelessly lobbied for pesticide reform and nuclear waste, among others.
The 5280 chapter of Black Lives Matter — part of the National Black Lives Matter movement — will receive the Peacemaker of the Year Award for courageous and outstanding efforts in calling for peace by ensuring inclusion and justice for all. The group puts forth education efforts in the area and helps to build more loving and united communities to help eliminate violence and racism.
Fossil Free CU, a student group at the University of Colorado that works to pressure the university to divest from fossil fuels, will receive the Youth Peacemaker of the Year Award for creative and effective organizing efforts in ending the climate crisis.
The event, which starts at 6 p.m. will feature a vegan dinner by Boulder Food Rescue, music by the Solidarity Singers, a live auction of a 1,000 Crane Mobile — a piece of art created by Boulder's Jen Campos — and a silent auction of items donated by local artists and merchants. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.rmpjc.org.
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center's "Peace Train" runs every Friday in the Colorado Daily.