2018 Recipient of the Margaret Fuller Peace Award: Donna Park
On November 15, 2018 Donna Park received the Margaret Fuller Peace Award from Cincinnati’s Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC). The Margaret Fuller Peace Award recipients are distinguished by having made, over a period of years, a significant contribution to the promotion of peace founded in justice, dedication, compassion, and love through their work at IJPC.
In her work with IJPC, Donna has been an active member of the Peace Committee for 8 years and coordinates joint legislative visits for IJPC and CGS. She helped organize two very successful IJPC Days of Dialogue for Bellarmine Chapel in 2011. Donna has been the main organizer for the World Peace Festival 2013-2015, helped organize events remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2016-2018, and is a member of the Nonviolence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
Human Rights of Immigrants
The presentation of the award will be part of an event entitled “Belonging: Undocumented and American.” The keynote address will be given by Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and leading voice for the human rights of immigrants.
Two-minute Acceptance Speech
Here is Donna’s two-minute acceptance speech:
Thank you Allison, Andrea, all IJPC staff & Board members, and their many Volunteers including Linda Davis, the Peace Committee, the Nonviolence Alliance, the World Peace Festival Planners, and Dialogue Facilitators. Thanks for working so many hours for a more peaceful, more just and non-violent Cincinnati.
Thanks to my community of friends from Bellarmine Chapel who amaze and inspire me with many acts of kindness that demonstrate love of neighbor in the true sense of the word—everyone is our neighbor.
Thanks to my friends from the Legal aid Society who work tirelessly for social justice and support one another in that work as friends and colleagues.
Thanks to my family—especially my husband Greg who not only tolerates the many hours of work I put into this challenging retirement project but encourages me to work for a better world for our grandchildren… and all generations to come.
Many of the serious problems facing us are world-wide problems: destruction of our global environment, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and immigration challenges that we’ll hear about tonight worsened by a record number of more than 68 million refugees in our world. We can’t solve these global problems at the national level. We must work together across nations. We need worldwide enforceable laws that support universal human rights. Rights of humans must take precedence over rights of nations.
As Ben Urmston, SJ of Xavier University often says “we need new structures: international, democratic structures” to create and enforce international laws that protect universal human rights. The current system isn’t working.
Please check out Citizens for Global Solutions. Our website is globalsolutions.org. We are working towards the transformation of the UN from a loose confederation into a strong, democratic federation of nations that can make and enforce laws to protect our world community. Join us!
I will end with a very short quote from Mahatma Gandhi:
“Nationalism is no longer the highest concept. The supreme concept is a world community.”