From the earliest days of planning, organizers envisioned Taking Action For Peace as a time to come together, to learn and work for peace person-to-person, face-to-face. The workshops, speakers and panels have all been designed with this interaction in mind.
This week we have had to face the reality of Covid’s continuing impact. Confirmed case numbers and COVID hospitalizations have been rising in Washtenaw County and SE Michigan. Public health experts are concerned about how contagious the new variants are, and how quickly they seem to be changing.
This event was to take place in just six weeks. In good conscience, we can’t host an event where hundreds of us would be together indoors for two days. It’s with deep regret and sadness that we’ve made the decision to postpone the conference.
There will be a Taking Action for Peace conference! Covid has taught us that we can’t say for certain when – perhaps in the spring, perhaps next fall. In the meantime, we hope you’ll be involved with a series of virtual events being offered.
On September 25 at 12:30 EDT, the Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, in conjunction with partnering Rotary Districts and Clubs, will present the Annual Max Mark-Cranbrook Global Peacemaker Awards and the Max Mark Peace Lecture in a virtual format. Award recipients and lecturers are Dr. Craig Spencer, of Columbia University and Doctors Without Borders, and Danny Fenster, noted journalist and former detainee in Myanmar. Both are Wayne State Alumni.
At the same time, we’ll announce the youth peace project competition designed to foster active initiatives by our next generation of peacemakers.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding.
With our best wishes,
The Taking Action for Peace Planning Committee