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Tanenbaum 2021 Peacemakers in Action Yeny Nolasco (El Salvador) and Fatima al-Bahadly (Iraq)

Dear Friends,

Tanenbaum is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 Peacemakers in Action Award – Yeny Nolasco Quijada and Fatima al-Bahadly. These courageous individuals exemplify fortitude by risking their lives to build peace in tenuous parts of the world where many are too scared to take action.

Yeny spends her days providing alternative activities to youth and at-risk adults in El Salvador, while Fatima advocates for increased civil rights for women and against the radicalization of young men into organizations like ISIL in Iraq. People like Fatima and Yeny are the cornerstone to creating a better world and they need to be supported!

Join us in welcoming and supporting Fatima and Yeny into the Tanenbaum community on Thursday, June 3 at our 2021 Peace Made Possible Gala. Click here for our Gala webpage with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


 

Join us at the Summit


Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to share the exciting news that registration for Tanenbaum’s 5th annual Religious Diversity Leadership Summit is now live!

Click here to register and for more details.

This year’s theme is Do the Work: Build a Bigger Table.
We know many of you are working remotely and screen time is draining. For this reason, we’re spreading programming across multiple days. We also hope this means more of you can join us.

Sessions will be live at 12PM EST and last for one hour. Recordings will be made available afterward along with relevant resources and more.

  • Tuesday, May 4: Opening keynote by Sarah Eagle Heart (Oglala Lakota), award-winning advocate, storyteller and executive.
  • Tuesday, May 11: Lessons from Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers for engaging in authentic, difficult discussions in the Workplace.
    • Thursday, May 13: Continue the conversation in a deep dive discussion: how does this apply in the workplace?
  • Tuesday, May 18: A panel of four women from diverse industries and backgrounds share insights for all how experiences and traditions inform their professions.
  • Tuesday, May 25: Pew Research Center shares the latest demographic data and trends concerning religious diversity.
    • Thursday, May 27: Continue the conversation in a deep dive discussion: how does this data inform the workplace?
  • Thursday, June 3: Closing keynote and Learning Lab with Tanenbaum CEO, Mark Fowler.

We also hope you can join us on the evening of June 3rd for our Peace Made Possible Gala!

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Meet our Newest Peacemakers in Action

Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action Yeny Nolasco Quijada (El Salvador) and Fatima al-Bahadly (Iraq)

Dear Friends,

Amid the darkness that overtakes our newsfeeds, we’re here to celebrate two bright lights who work tirelessly for peace and embody what it means to be a Peacemaker in Action.

This International Women’s Day, meet our 2020 Peacemakers in Action awardees. They are two religiously-motivated peace actors in two conflict zones: El Salvador’s Yeny Nolasco Quijada, a Catholic woman with deep connections to the Mayan Cosmovision and Iraq’s Fatima al-Bahadly, a Muslim woman deeply embedded within her community.

Both exemplify peace. Both are driven by their faith. Both risk their lives for the chance of peace in the world’s worst conflicts. They join a Network of 30 equally motivated Peacemakers in Action.

Yeny, a Catholic woman with deep connections to the Mayan Cosmovision, works to reduce the influence of criminal organizations in her home country of El Salvador, adopting preventative measures aimed at providing alternatives to gang recruitment. Additionally, she forges partnerships within her community to address issues such as police violence. Fatima, a Muslim woman from Iraq, defies extremists by working with families displaced due to ISIS, educating marginalized women and girls, building community cohesion between Iraq’s minority groups, and de-radicalizing young men by visiting communities and providing basic needs and alternatives to joining groups like ISIS.

Both face threats, yet they persist, improving the lives of those with whom they work. We look forward to the future Peacemaker in Action Interventions they will create with lasting impact.

Join me in welcoming Yeny and Fatima to the Peacemakers in Action Network!

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

P.S. Celebrate Women’s History Month today by honoring Yeny and Fatima. Click here to join us at our 2021 Gala.

 


 

“Injustice Will Be Overcome By Justice” Dr. Ephraim Isaac, Peacemaker in Action

Dear Tanenbaum Community –

 
The people we surround ourselves with shape our worldviews. Too often, Black voices go unheard or are lost in the sea of historical narratives that do not include the Black experience in its fullness.
 
Hear Peacemaker in Action, Dr. Ephraim Isaac, describe how his faith inspires and encourages him to fight injustice. Listen as he describes how his racial identity shaped his experiences in religious spaces. Do you share his hope for the future?
 
As Black History Month draws to a close, I would encourage you to spend time examining the intersection of identities, all year long and expand your range of narratives. Diversifying the voices you see, hear and learn from every day is no small task, and it requires intentionality. And the benefits are immeasurable.
 
With reflection & hope,
Rev Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum