NEW HAVEN, CONN. MARCH 30, 2012 – Promoting Enduring Peace (PEP) will hold its annual Gandhi Peace Award Ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the United Church on the Green, 323 Temple St., New Haven. 2012 Gandhi Peace Award recipient Amy Goodman will be available to sign her latest book which will be for sale during the event. A reception follows. The event is free and open to the public.
The Gandhi Peace Award, which, in the spirit of Gandhi, recognizes a significant contribution to the promotion of an enduring international peace founded on justice, self-determination, diversity, compassion, and harmony, achieved through cooperative and non-violent means, was first bestowed upon Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960. Since 43 recipients have included such peace activists as John Haynes Holmes, Linus Pauling, Norman Thomas, Dorothy Day, Daniel Ellsberg, Helen Caldicott, César Chávez, and Dennis Kucinich. PEP believes it is time that this award take into account the contribution to world peace made by committed journalists such as Amy Goodman.
Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host of Democracy Now!, which airs on more than 1,000 public television and radio stations worldwide. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” The Independent of London named Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration”; pulsemedia.org placed Goodman at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures. Though she has received numerous journalism awards, this will be her first award specifically for her contributions to the promotion of enduring peace.
Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. She co-authored the first three bestsellers, Standing Up to the Madness, Static, and The Exception to the Rulers, with her brother, journalist David Goodman.
PEP highly values the dissemination of essential information. During the Vietnam War PEP distributed by mail over 10 million articles encouraging educators and organizers in numerous nations to better understand the underlying issues and the path to peace. In 1975 PEP presented “Uncloaking the CIA”, the first national conference exposing the dangers posed by unregulated CIA activities, from which a book of the same name was published in 1978 (edited by then-PEP Executive Director Howard Frazier).
Currently PEP distributes articles and other peace resources worldwide via our website and blog peacenews.org and its daily RSS feed, and provides a guide to the activities of PEP and many other prominent peace organizations at PEPeace.org.