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PII Condemns...

June 18, 2015 To dear friends in South Carolina, On behalf of my associates at Peace Islands Institute here in New Jersey, I would like to express our great sorrow regarding the tragic shooting that took place June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. We were shocked, saddened and horrified to learn of this […]

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Ambassadors...

On 11 June 2015, Peace Islands Institute held the first panel of the Ambassadors Series 2015: “African Solutions to African Problems.” This forum hosts Permanent Representatives of African States to the United Nations who share their experiences and shed light on the perspectives of African States concerning the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This year, our […]

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Moroccan...

United Nations – Moroccan Ambassador Omar Hilale presented, on Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York, the Moroccan vision on the relationship between peace, security and development in the African context. Hilale, who took the floor during a panel organized by Peace Islands Institute under the title “African Solutions to African Problems”, presented the […]

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1st Annual Law...

Today, June 12, 2015, the PII & TCCR hosted more than seventy (70) public service men and women representing more than fifteen (15) different law enforcement & public service departments throughout Western New York. In no particular order: · U.S. Attorney Hon. William Hochul  · Federal Bureau of Investigation · Monroe County Sheriff’s Office – […]

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Peace Islands...

Peace Islands Institute-Law enforcement Luncheon Series Colonel Mr. Fuentes State Police Superintendent- Luncheon May 26, 2015 Speaking at PII luncheon forum, Colonel Joseph Fuentes outlines State Police high-tech law enforcement programs Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, superintendent of the NJ State Police, was the featured speaker at a luncheon forum on May 22 hosted by Peace […]

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Clifton Mayor...

CLIFTON — Proudly declaring that Clifton is a friendly municipality composed of a population that speaks 81 different languages, Mayor James Anzaldi accepted the Diversity Award from Peace Islands Institute (PII) on May 31, during the organization’s eighth annual awards ceremony held at the Hyatt Hotel in Morristown. The annual PII award dinners were established […]

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Peace Islands...

Peace Islands Institute (PII) held its eighth annual awards dinner May 31 at the Hyatt Hotel in Morristown, paying tribute to New Jersey residents whose noteworthy lives and careers have made a positive impact in the Garden State. Ercan Tozan, executive director of PII’s New Jersey chapter, welcomed attendees and thanked them for their support. […]

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6th Annual...

On May 3rd, Peace Islands Institute (PII) and JFK Medical Center’s Pastoral Care Department organized the 6th Annual Value of Women in Our Community Award Ceremony. This year’s theme was  “Recognizing Prominent Service and Contributions of Small Business Owners” Recognition awards were presented to: Mimi TENGLEI/Metuchen, Mimi and her husband own the Asian fusion restaurant in Metuchem NJ. 2nd awardee was Deniz OZYILDIZ/North Brunswick, […]

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Second Annual...

Every year, Peace Islands Institute organizes a Law Enforcement Appreciation Reception & Award Ceremony in different cities along the east coast to express gratitude to law enforcement heroes for their service and protection of our communities. On May 27, 2015, Peace Islands Institute New York (PIINY) hosted its Second Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Reception & […]

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‘Love Is A...

METUCHEN — Nails in the Wall, the Gallery at St. Luke’s, will conclude its current exhibition, “Revelation/Revolution,” with the screening of “Love Is A Verb,” an award-winning documentary about the work of the Muslim Imam Fethullah Gülen. The event, featuring a screening of the 55-minute film and a follow-up discussion, is set for 6:30-8 p.m. […]

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Extremism and...

Center For Interfaith Affairs, Philadelphia Old St. Joseph’s Church (Wednesday, May 13th) – Peace Islands Institute held an interfaith program with the Philadelphia Interfaith Community at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia. The program was a dinner and talk, the subject of which was “Extremism and the Negative Impact on Religious Understanding”. Imam Bekir Aksoy, […]

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11th Annual...

“Reserve in your heart a seat for all”, a memorable quote by Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish civic activist and the Peace Island Institute’s Honorary President, could have been the slogan for the evening. The Peace Island Institute (PII) branch for Upstate New York in Rochester was celebrating its 11th Annual Friendship Dinner with Award Ceremony […]

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Quran and Bible...

Peace Islands Institute Syracuse Chapter and Wood Hath Hope organized a Roundtable Discussion on “Quran and Bible Study-Nature of Revelation”. Dr. Tony Bartlett, Theologian and the founder of Wood Hath Hope Bible Study Community, participated in the event with his community members and he initiated the conversation by giving the understanding of the revelation in […]

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2nd Annual Law...

On Thursday April 23rd, PII Pennsylvania hosted its 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and Awards in Philadelphia. This event is held to honor those who are in or in support of law enforcement whom have demonstrated service to the citizens of Philadelphia with the goal of improving local communities. This year’s theme was “Building […]

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Nepal...

Nepal earthquake: Death toll rises above 7,000 Peace Islands Institute is deeply saddened by the quake in Nepal. Our pray is with the families of the victims in Nepal. Now it is time to help the families of the victims. Embrace Relief has started a campaign for the families affected by the Quake in Nepal. For […]

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Diversity in...

On April 22, 2015, the Connecticut Office of Peace Islands Institute (PII) organized “Diversity in Education” event. The speaker was Michelle Nearon, Assistant Dean at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Yale University. Faculty members and students from Yale University, Quinnipiac University and Southern […]

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Muslim Voices...

On Tuesday April 21,2015 Peace Islands sponsored a panel at Quinnipiac University titled, Muslim Voices Against Extremism. The Distinguished speakers were Dr. Timur Yuskaev, and Mr. Neset Ulusal. The room was filled with images from the 16th century, signifying the birth of Prophet Muhammed, which was on the 20th of April. Muslim Religious coordinator Ulusal […]

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1st Media...

April 14th, 2015, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY. Peace Islands Institute Upstate NY, Buffalo Chapter (PII) hosted media representatives from Buffalo area at Media Appreciation Luncheon at Adam’s Mark hotel. The event was well-attended by major media institutions such as WNED-TV, WGRZ-TV, WKBW-TV, WIVB-TV, Buffalo News as well as New Jersey-based Ebru TV and communication […]

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“Muslim...

Peace Islands Institute’s Center for Interfaith Affairs, in collaboration with Quinnipiac University’s Department of Cultural and Global Engagement, is organizing a panel discussion on the topic ‘Muslim Voices against Extremism’ featuring a Sacred Relics Exhibition. The event will take place at Quinnipiac University’s Mount Carmel Campus on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:30 […]

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My Brother’s...

Philadelphia (March 31st, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute attended the release of the My Brother’s Keeper action plan for Philadelphia. The release was held at the Community College of Philadelphia. Mayor Michael A. Nutter described Philadelphia’s summary of the program, and how the city planned to be a part of it. Many organizations, such as […]

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Fethullah Gulen...

Islamic preacher honored for his commitment to humanitarianism Atlanta, April 9, 2015 – Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College awarded its prestigious 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award to Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen in recognition of his life-long dedication to promoting peace and human rights. The chapel has been giving a community […]

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Rep. Andy...

From The Community Rep. Andy Fleischmann Named “Statesman Of The Year” By Peace Advocacy Group State Representative Andy Fleischmann (D-West Hartford) was proud to receive the “Statesman of the Year Award” for his contributions to education and environmental causes at the 5th Annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremonies held in Hartford on March 26th. “I’m […]

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Sheriff Michael...

Sheriff Michael Saudino at PII April 8 2015 HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ—Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino was a guest speaker at a luncheon meeting hosted by Peace Islands Institute (PII), and he used the forum to discuss his initiatives to help control law enforcement costs. Sheriff Saudino’s talk was another in a series of luncheon programs […]

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7th Annual...

On March 26, 2015, Peace Islands Institute (PII) held its 7th annual Academic Forum at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The Academic Forum was formerly known as the Academic Dinner in years past. Last year, the event transitioned to include audience participation in the generation of thought and ideas around the topic of the event. […]

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6th Annual...

Peace Islands Institute organized the 6th annual Friendship and Award Dinner at Westin Waltham Hotel on April 9th. The turnout for the event was spectacular thanks to our distinguished guests who were legislators, peace activists, policy advisers, community leaders, and academicians from a variety of fields. The event was enhanced by MC Dana Rosengard’s energy […]

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African...

African Solutions to African Problems – ASAP 2014  

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Turkish...

Various prominent Turkish journalists attended a panel organized by the Peace Islands Institute and hosted by Columbia University in New York have said that a large-scale attack is under way against journalism in Turkey, not just against individual journalists. On March 26, 2015, the panel, titled “pressure on Journalism and Press in Turkey,” was organized […]

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5th Annual...

The 5th Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony organized by the Connecticut branch of Peace Islands Institute (PII) was held at Hartford Marriott Downtown Hotel on Thursday, March 26th, 2015. The theme of this year’s dinner was “Global Perspectives on Environmental Awareness: Challenges and Opportunities.” Jeevan Vittal, from Fox CT News, hosted the program as […]

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West Hartford...

Andy Fleischmann (D-18) was recently honored at the annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremonies. West Hartford State Representative Andy Fleischmann (D-18) recently received the “Statesman of the Year Award” for his contributions to education and environmental causes. Fleischmann was honored at the 5th Annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremonies, which was held in Hartford on […]

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3rd Annual...

Harrisburg (March 22, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute co-sponsored the 3rd Annual Women’s International Women’s Conference with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. The conference was held at Central Penn College. Peace Islands Institute representative Dr. Nuray Yurt gave the opening keynote talk for the event. Dr. Yurt’s talk centered on women’s rights and empowerment […]

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PII Hosted the...

Peace Islands Institute Hosted the Minister of Education, Environment, Communication and Gender of the Democratic Republic of Congo Peace Islands Institute was pleased to host H.E Therese Olenga Kalonda, Minister of Education, Environment, Communication and Gender of the Democratic Republic of Congo for a dinner on March 12, 2015. The dinner was mutually beneficial, as […]

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PII Hosted...

Peace Islands Institute Hosted Senior Political Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kenya On March 12, 2015, Peace Islands Institute had the honor of hosting Nancy Gitau, Senior Political Advisor to the President of the Republic of Kenya. Mrs. Nancy Gitau has vast experience in governance, having worked in the Kenyan State House […]

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Marched for...

New York, March 8 2015 – Journalists and Writers Foundation Women Platform and Peace Islands Institute marched for Gender Equality held by United Nations. In March 8, International Women’s Day, The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) Women Platform and Peace Islands Institute workers and volunteers united for gender equality march organized by United Nations Women […]

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UN 59th Session...

UN 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Economic Empowerment of Women to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals Panelists and Honorary guests at the CSW59 side-event, “Economic Empowerment of Women to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals” at the United Nations headquarters in New York. From Left: Paulette Woolf (United Nations Office of Information and […]

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Micro-Finance...

Micro-Finance and Vocational Training for Empowerment of Women March 11, 2015 – New York. On March 11, 2015, Peace Islands Institute and Kimse Yok Mu held a panel discussion on “Micro-Finance and Vocational Training For Empowerment of Women” on the occasion of the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. […]

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Connecticut...

NEW HAVEN >> In his office at Church and Elm streets, Mehmet Erdogdu is working on bringing people of differing background and views closer together. But the institute is not just working toward an abstract goal of “having charity for everyone in our heart,” as Erdogdu says. It is bringing together people of the Jewish, […]

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Roles of Women...

March 9th, Caldwell University hosted the Peace Islands Institute in a Talking Series themed “The Roles of Women in Muslim Tradition” Dr. Nuray Yurt, Director of PII Central Jersey addressed the topic by speaking about the Misconceptions about Muslim Women, answering the three main questions; Do Muslim women feel oppressed because of religion? Is there […]

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PII Celebrates...

PII Celebrates Black History Month with Asw Shavonda E. Sumter HASBROUCK HEIGHTS – Celebrating Black History Month, New Jersey Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter declared it’s important for African Americans and all Americans “to have a seat at the table (of public and political forums) to express our views on important issues.” She was a guest […]

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“Islam&...

Peace Islands Institute organized a lecture series by Prof. Zeki Saritoprak on his recently published book, Islam’s Jesus. Prof. Saritoprak, who is Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, lectured on the campuses of Le Moyne College, Syracuse University, and State University of New York at Oswego. Prof. Saritoprak’s talk focused […]

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PII Advisory...

Philadelphia (Saturday, Feb. 28th, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute held its regular Advisory Board Meeting at the PII office. Advisory Board members reviewed PII’s programs from the Autumn and Winter of 2014, and discussed the benefits of the programs, as well as how they could be improved. Advisory Board members also advised PII as to […]

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MOIMA 2015 Work...

Philadelphia (Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015) – The Peace Islands Institute attended the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs stakeholders meeting. PII is a stakeholder in the MOIMA office, and coordinates many activities with it. MOIMA gathered organizations together to discuss their work plan for the 2015. This involves many non-profit groups, like PII and […]

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Dr. Martin...

To commemorate Black History Month, Peace Islands Institute held a panel discussion titled “Dr. Martin Luther vs. Fethullah Gulen.” The purpose of the panel was to highlight the similarities between the two peace leaders. The event included Rev. Victor T. Hall from the Baptist-Christian tradition to speak on Dr. King and Dr. Y. Alp Aslandogan […]

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Violence in the...

Turkish Cultural Center-Syracuse, in collaboration with Interfaith Works and Peace Islands Institute held the second Abraham’s Table panel on ‘Violence in the Name of Religion’. Three panelists, each representing one of the three Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) continued to analyze the theme in search for answers to some of the key questions taken […]

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Freedom of (or...

MADISON, NJ—Peace Islands Institute (PII), in association with Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, on Feb. 25, hosted a scholarly forum to address the topic “Freedom of (or from) Religion.” The gathering was part of PII’s ongoing “Abraham’s Table” luncheon series, which addresses a range of topics of interfaith dialogue and local/international peace […]

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Roles of the...

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – Peace Islands Institute (PII), on Feb. 24, hosted Carolyn A. Murray, acting Essex County Prosecutor, as part of PII’s ongoing focus on law enforcement issues in New Jersey. “We like to give credit and say a big ‘thank you’ to people in our state that are involved in law enforcement,” PII’s […]

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Abraham’s...

Abraham’s Table on Religion and Violence: An Evening of Hope and Collaboration Peace Islands Institute organized an Abraham’s Table panel on ‘Violence in the Name of Religion’ in collaboration with Interfaith Works of Central New York. Representatives from the three Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) discussed the theme, searching for answers to some of […]

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Interfaith...

On Wednesday, February 11,2015, Peace Islands Institution held its second Interfaith Conference at Sacred Heart University. This event was sponsored by Sacred Heart University, The Fountain Magazine, and Peace Islands Institute. The title of the conference was “When Beauty Whispers to the Heart”. The discussed had two session the first being ‘Unity and Peace Through […]

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UN-DESA 53rd...

UN-DESA 53rd Commission for Social Development PEACEFUL & COHESIVE SOCIETIES FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Panelists: Prof. Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D., Prof. David Ives and Mr. Huseyin Hurmali with event moderator H.E. Carlos Garcia and PII Director for Center of Global Affairs, Mr. Mehmet Kilic Event Details: PEACEFUL & COHESIVE SOCIETIES FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT On February 11, […]

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Statement on...

Statement on Chapel Hill Shootings New York, February 11, 2015 – The Peace Islands Institute (PII) strongly condemns the slaying of the three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is heartbreaking to see the loss of young, innocent lives and to see the assault on peace and tolerance we so […]

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Economic Future...

On February 3rd, 2015, Peace Islands Institute, Connecticut branch hosted a lecture on “Economic Future of Sub-Saharan Africa” by Prof. Nelson U. Alino from Quinnipiac University. Prof. Alino started his speech with the common stereotypes in our minds when it comes to Africa. He continued saying that in 2015, “poverty” should no longer be the […]

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Raising Kids to...

Peace Islands Institute Massachusetts branch organized a panel on “Raising Kids to Embrace Diversity” on Saturday, February 7. The speakers, coming from diverse backgrounds, shared their stories and experience on raising kids in a multi-cultural environment. Maggie Herzig of Public Conversation Project talked about her own multicultural family environment and emphasized the importance of creating […]

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Islands...

On February 5th, Peace Islands Institute hosted Dr. Rainer Herman, author of Where is Turkey Headed? Dr. Rainer Hermann is a Middle East correspondent with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung, he has covered Turkish politics since the early 1980s, and lived in Istanbul himself from 1991 until 2008.  This period saw the rise of Turkish political […]

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Abraham’s...

January 28th the Peace Islands Institute hosted its first Abraham’s Table at new their new facility in Hasbrouck Heights. The theme for this month’s Abraham’s Table was “Afterlife”. Speakers; Rabbi Paul Jacobson from Temple Avodat Sholam, Rev Jeff Markay from Chatham United Methodist Church and Sam Tunagur a PII representative all spoke from their own […]

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Peace Islands...

Philadelphia (Feb. 2nd, 2015) – The Peace Islands Institute met with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter at Philadelphia City Hall. The meeting was to honor Mayor Nutter in person for receiving PII’s Legacy Award for his outstanding leadership in establishing comprehensive strategies and taking initiative to prevent violence in Philadelphia through various programs. The outcomes […]

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Fethullah Gulen...

SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — It is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on its path to becoming a functioning democracy that upholds universal human rights, gender equality, the rule of law […]

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My Brother’s...

Jan. 22nd – The Peace Islands Institute attended a meeting for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative at city hall in Philadelphia. Mayor Nutter has vowed to strongly support this program; and PII, along with many other NGOs, are involved in collaborations to bring about the desired outcomes and milestones of this initiative. The mayors […]

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U.S Attorney...

January 6th, the Peace Islands Institute began the New Year by inviting U.S Attorney Paul Fishman to the office for our monthly Law Enforcement Luncheon Series. This particular luncheon was themed “The Roles of the U.S Attorney’s Office. We were also happy to have many special guests among us, such as; Former Governor Jim Florio, […]

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”Social...

Peace Islands Institute cosponsored a “panel discussion” at the Lutheran Seminary, on the topic of “Social Justice Activism: Spiritual and Business Perspectives.” The distinguished speakers were: Bill Nolan, CEO Ken-Crest; Rachel Falkove, CEO Interfaith Hospitality Network; Ms. Patricia El, MAPL field worker at Paul’s Run; Feyzi Eygoren Outreach Coordinator Peace Islands Institute. Each speaker introduced […]

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Philadelphia...

On December 9th Peace Islands Institute joined the Philadelphia Police Department Asian American Advisory Council to commemorate the lives of the Asian-American police officers who lost their lives while on duty in the Philadelphia Police Department. Peace Islands Institute contributed by participating in the featured auction where the benefits will go to the families of […]

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10th...

The 10th year anniversary of the Pennsylvania branch of Peace Islands Institute’s Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony was held on December 18, 2014 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The theme of this anniversary event was “Preventing Violence through Education.” The Master of Ceremonies was Ms. Carolyn Nichols, Judge of the Court of Common […]

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