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    Pursuing Justice and Peace 


    ICUJP 2022 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker

    Virtual Awards Presentation 


    Sunday, September 11, 2022 • 4:45-6:00 pm

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    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 numbers 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:

    Regas 2022

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    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.

    Please become a co-sponsor of Pursuing Justice and Peace. The benefits included at each level of sponsorship are shown below. Please purchase a package and submit a Tribute Ad honoring the life and legacy of Rev. George Regas, or the inspiring work of the extraordinary individuals we are honoring, or the over 20 years of important work done by ICUJP, or all of these in the largest Tribute Ad you can afford.

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    Individual sponsor tickets to help underwrite our expenses are $25, $50, $70, and $100 apiece. To spread our vision of peace and justice, the live streamed online event will be free to anyone around the world and will be posted indefinitely on our website.
    Please let us know of your interest in becoming a sponsor by emailing [email protected] Thanks very much for your generous support. We look forward to your co-sponsorship.

    Announcing the 2022 Honorees!

    Louis Chase

    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. 

    Louis is a community activist and a fierce advocate for equality and justice for all. He was a member of a Wednesday morning group engaged in opposition to the dictatorships, and violence in El Salvador and American foreign policy in Latin America.
    Code Pink
    CODEPINK was founded in 2002 as a response to President GWBush frightening the American people into a war in Iraq with color-coded alerts of orange, red, and yellow.  We called CODEPINK for peace and have worked for the last 20 years to end war and bring the money home to the life-giving needs of our communities.   
    Your event is 20 years after we called CODEPINK outside the white house, on the steps of Congress and in a Congressional hearing.  We have not stopped calling out power to end their militaristic ways and instead cultivate peace.  
    MedeaMedea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. 

    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. 

    Her articles appear regularly in outlets such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet and The Hill. Medea can be reached at: [email protected] or @medeabenjamin.


    Jodie Evans
    Jodie Evans has been a peace, environmental, women's rights, and social justice activist for over fifty years. She is the co-founder of CODEPINK which works to stop US Military interventions overseas and promotes diplomatic solutions and Peace. She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaigns. Her books include "Stop the Next War Now" with Medea Benjamin and "Twilight of Empire."  She has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar and Emmy-nominated "The Most Dangerous Man in America," And "The Square." and Naomi Klein’s; “This Changes Everything”. Jodie is the board chair of Rainforest Action Network and sits on many boards, including 826LA, Institute for Policy Studies, Global Girl Media, and the California Arts Council.



    Thanks for everything you do in pursuit of justice and peace.

    On behalf of ICUJP's Board of Directors,

    Stephen Rohde

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