Remembering MLK
January 2015
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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
     - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hi (Contact First Name), 


Many thanks to all of you who joined us on January 17 for our 17th Annual MLK Community Festival in a celebration of beloved community to remember the tremendous life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!  


We'd like to share a few of the day's highlights with you through this short video: 


Peace Learning Center's 17th Annual MLK Community Festival 
Peace Learning Center's
17th Annual MLK Community Festival


If you were able to attend, be sure to click here to visit the MLK event photo album on our Facebook page and tag yourself in the photos so we know who was there.  


Peace on,

POP Logo 



When: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6-7:30 pm 

Where: TBD - All Around Town!
What: Visit a local brewery, winery, coffee shop. Share local love! $10 suggested donation.  Click here to RSVP. 


What is POP?

Peace Learning Center's young professional's group that empowers its members to build bridges within central Indianapolis by increasing community awareness through the impact of service.


Please contact jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org for more information.  


Introduction to Diversity

When: Thursday, Feb. 20, 1-5 pm 
Where: Peace Learning Center, 6040 DeLong Rd., Indianapolis, IN 
What: During this professional and personal development workshop, you will have an opportunity to discover and demonstrate ways in which you can better understand and appreciate the differences of others. (Similar to one our most popular Focus 2020 workshops!)

Click here to register and learn more. The $25 workshop fee includes a park pass. To ensure PLC programs are financially accessible for all, we are offering course discounts based on a sliding fee scale. Please contact Director of Community Programs John McShane at jmcshane@peacelearningcenter.org or by phone at 317.327.7144 to request a workshop discount.


Liam with his daughter Emiko


Peace Learning Center would like to recognize Liam Muholland as January's Volunteer of the Month.   Liam has spent numerous hours working in our "be the change" project to install lighting and electronics.   


Jay Horan, PLC's volunteer and intern coordinator, said,   "Liam is wonderful to work with!   He is knowledgeable, skilled, and an out of the box thinker!   Reliable and fun to be around, Liam always makes the most of his time at Peace Learning Center!   We are lucky to have such a handy guy around!"


Thank you to Liam Muholland!   We are so appreciative of your time and talents!

Are you interested in volunteering at Peace Learning Center?

Conact Jay at jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org to learn how you can make a difference or click here to visit our website to complete a volunteer interest survey. 

Tim Nation, Executive Director and Co-Founder

While we reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy this month, 2014 will stand as a watershed year for a civil rights awakening that is both sad and hopeful.


Sad because racial disparities continue to rise despite Dr. King's call for all people to come together understanding we are all one human family - children of God. Schools, child services, police and courts continue to suspend, expel, remove from their homes and punish people of color disproportionately by ranges from 200 percent to even 1,200 percent more than white people.


Police action shootings and recent grand jury decisions bring attention to these disparities sparking a younger generation to wake up to these injustices realizing they could no longer say we are in a post-racial society and that the civil rights movement was their parents' and grandparents' fight.


Hopeful because many people recognize we must address these problems. Our institutions are reflections of our history and cultural so we must know how we got to this place to be able to change things.


Fear is a powerful force. Our country's dark history of slavery used fear as an economic tool. Imagine the mindset of slave-holding plantation owners - every night wondering if their prisoners would rise up at night and overpower them. Worried that their slaves would flee, the myth of the runaway dangerous slave who would rape white women was created to turn non-slaveholders into fearful participants in a community of people committed to perpetuating violence and difference.


Not until the 1950s and '60s did our country's laws and customs start changing to integrate black people into our society - meaning that we are a mere 50 years into this cultural evolution. There are two generations among us who lived before our country's laws were changed.


But laws and regulations don't necessarily change hearts and minds. This subconscious fear of the other must be dealt with if we are to move beyond current tensions. We must dispel myths that drive wedges between people. Focusing on differences and ignoring our similarities keeps us from the peace we all desire.


Research shows that racial disparities and disproportionality will be reduced when we dialogue and build skills to live in a multicultural society that promotes equity and justice. In New Zealand, all teachers and youth professionals are trained in "cultural safety," the concept that each child has a right to feel safe and secure and their culture will be respected at their schools and communities.


In Indianapolis, leaders like Pat Payne at Indianapolis Public Schools and Cindy Booth at Child Advocates lead efforts to end racism through education. Peace Learning Center helps schools, businesses, neighborhood and faith groups learn diversity and social justice skills through a variety of workshops and programs at Eagle Creek Park and in the community.


It is time to face our fears and have difficult conversations for the sake of our future. Learning to address our fears and build hope will reduce violence and increase kindness - is that what we all need?


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King


Tim Nation,

Executive Director and Co-founder,

Peace Learning Center




Hello from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson!  


This year, I'm changing some things about the Mindful Path blog to make it more focused and connected with the work of the Peace Learning Center. There will be two posts per month on the first and third Tuesdays, and a theme for each quarter. For the first quarter, the theme is Personal Mindfulness. So, in my posts through March, you'll be seeing information and resources to help you explore how to be mindful as an individual.


In this last post for January, to close out the month, here's a link to a guided meditation to bring you peace: http://ow.ly/HB68O 


This meditation will help you to feel more calm and centered. It's titled Mindfulness of Body and Breath, and comes from the wonderful book "Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World" by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. To find out more about the book as well as other resources, see the site at  http://www.franticworld.com.


I have experienced this meditation many times, and it helps me to get grounded in the moment. To do this for even a brief time is useful, especially when I'm feeling overwhelmed and need to gain some perspective.


I hope you enjoy this meditation and consider making it a tool to use again as needed. I look forward to bringing you more resources on Personal Mindfulness in my posts next month.


The Mindful Path is a bi-weekly blog published on PLC's website which is written by volunteer Lisa Robinson - @learningdojo on Twitter.   

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