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Sunday, September 11, 2022 • 4:45-6:00PM (PT)
Only days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, the late Rev. George F. Regas brought together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, humanists and people of many faiths and beliefs to found Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. Acutely aware that this dire moment posed a grave threat to peace and justice, George knew instinctively that peacemakers needed to create a place to gather, organize, pray, and act together united by the fundamental principle that Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.
Since its founding, ICUJP has remained true to George's vision. Meeting at over 1,000 Friday Forums, ICUJP has heard from speakers from all over the world; organized mass demonstrations, vigils, and acts of civil disobedience; presented numerous conferences and webinars; held an annual Close Guantanamo rally; sent many delegations to meet with elected officials; issued a variety of statements, petitions and policy papers on a wide range of international and domestic issues; provided scholarships to deserving peace activists; supported the work of our allies in the cause of peace and racial and economic justice; and provided a loving, safe, and compassionate home for anyone committed to the struggle to replace war with peace and oppression with justice.
To celebrate the ongoing work of ICUJP, to honor George's life and legacy, and to recognize deserving individuals with the 2022 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Award, please join us at:
Pursuing Justice and Peace
ICUJP 2022 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Virtual Awards Presentation
Sunday, September 11, 2022 • 4:45-6:00 pm live streamed online
We're delighted to recognize the following remarkable individuals as 2022 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemakers:
Watch for the announcement of additional special guests!
ICUJP operates as a largely volunteer organization with a small part-time paid staff. We have survived for over 20 years through the generosity of individuals and organizations like you. Like so many other organizations, our ability to raise donations has been hampered during the COVID pandemic. The annual George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards event is our primary fundraising activity of the year. We are eager to sustain - and expand - our work. We are committed to doing that with your generous help.
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Edina Lekovic is a Montenegrin-American who defines herself as a strategist, storyteller, and trainer who works in multi-faith spaces throughout the country. Edina Lekovic has served as an authoritative voice on American Muslim landscapes for many public media outlets for over a decade. During her experience as the Communications Director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Lekovic regularly spoke on CNN, BBC, MSNBC, the History Channel, and other national sources sharing American Muslim perspectives. For over 15 years, Edina Lekovic has served as a voice on American Muslims and an inter-community builder between diverse faith traditions. She is a co-founder and board member of New Ground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, a board member of multi-faith house of worship The Pico-Union Project, and a lay leader at the Islamic Center of Southern California. From 2017-2018, she was also an On Being Fellow, an opportunity she used to launch her own podcast, which was named one of the best new podcasts of 2018. In each episode of "Meeting the Moment", Edina talks with people she admires about their journey and how they have been able to find opportunities within life's big challenges. In 2015, she was named one of L.A.'s 10 most inspiring women game-changers by Los Angeles Magazine. She was also named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in 2009.
Announcing the 2022 Honorees!
Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association, Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is one of the most influential labor activists of the 20th century and a leader of the Chicano civil rights movement.
Born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico, Huerta was the second of three children of Alicia and Juan Fernandez, a farm worker and miner who became a state legislator in 1938. Her parents divorced when Huerta was three years old, and her mother moved to Stockton, California with her children. Huerta’s grandfather helped raise Huerta and her two brothers while her mother juggled jobs as a waitress and cannery worker until she could buy a small hotel and restaurant. Alicia’s community activism and compassionate treatment of workers greatly influenced her daughter.
The recipient of many honors, Huerta received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. As of 2015, she was a board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, and the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Steve Earle is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation. A protege of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, he quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to No. 1 on the Country Charts and is now regarded as a classic of the Americana genre. Subsequent releases like The Revolution Starts...Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007), and TOWNES (2009) received consecutive GRAMMY® Awards. Restlessly creative across artistic disciplines, Earle has published both a novel and a collection of short stories; produced albums for other artists such as Joan Baez and Lucinda Williams, and acted in films, television (including David Simon’s acclaimed The Wire), and on the stage. He currently hosts a radio show for Sirius XM.
In 2009, Earle made his off-Broadway theatre debut in the play Samara, for which he also wrote a score that The New York Times described as “exquisitely subliminal.” Earle wrote music for and appeared in Coal Country, a riveting public theater play that dives into the most-deadly mining disaster in U.S. history, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Earle was also previously nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in the drama series Treme.
His 2020 album Ghosts of West Virginia was named as one of “The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far” by Rolling Stone. Mr. Earle was recently (Nov. 2020) inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and released his 21st studio album J.T. in January 2021 as an homage to his late son Justin Townes Earle. In May 2022, Earle released his most recent album Jerry Jeff, a 10-track collection comprised of hit tracks and deep-cuts from Jerry Jeff Walker to pay tribute to the colorful cowboy troubadour who passed away in October 2021.
OUR OTHER REMARKABLE HONOREES!
The Rev. Louis A. Chase is currently Minister of Community Outreach at Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles. He serves on the Board of STAND - LA. (Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling) an environmental justice coalition of community groups that seeks to protect the health and safety of Angelenos.
He entered the retired relationship in the California - Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church after serving for two years at Magnolia UMC, Burbank 2013-2015, Hamilton UMC for fifteen (15) years (1997-2013) and at Lynwood UMC for eleven (11) years (1986-1997), and internships at Compton United Methodist Church, with Dr. Odis Fentry and Holman United Methodist Church with Dr. James M. Lawson in the Long Beach and Los Angeles Districts, respectively.
He is a graduate of Claremont School of Theology, CA (Master of Divinity). There he obtained the Pomona Trinity Urban Award and the Wilshire Preaching Award and was the second black student to receive this award. The first was Rev Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, pastor of First AME Church, Los Angeles. He also underwent training at the Vancouver School of Theology, Canada and Ruskin College, Oxford, England (Diploma in Development Studies) He also underwent studies at Warwick University, Coventry, England (Sociology) and Cliff College, Calver, England (Cliff College Diploma)
He served in several capacities during his years in the local parish, including, Chairperson of Missions in the Long Beach District, and at the Conference level, Chair of Religion and Race and Chair of Peace with Justice ministries. Louis also served as Chairperson of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) and Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) and served on the national boards, including Witness for Peace During this time, he visited Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras and Haiti during seasons of political instability.
She is the author of ten books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. Her most recent book, Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is part of a campaign to prevent a war with Iran and instead promote normal trade and diplomatic relations. Her most recent book is War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless War.
Thanks for everything you do in pursuit of justice and peace.
On behalf of ICUJP's Board of Directors,