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Dear friends,

Thanks to the support of our friends and communities, in the past year the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence has taken some extraordinary steps, making an even greater impact across the state. Please support the vision of spreading Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation this year, by contributing to our annual fund.

Consider this question: Have you or someone you know ever lost a friend to violence?

When we ask our youth in Hartford and New Haven, invariably, in a room of twenty-five students, more than half will raise their hands. The Connecticut Center for Nonviolence (CTCN) is actively addressing this devastating symptom of the continued indifference, systemic racism, and pervasive violence that exist in our country.

With your support, we are empowering youth and adults to lead their communities on an alternative path toward justice and equality. As a supporter of CTCN and this movement, you know that this work is about courage, about commitment and about taking charge of our futures.

In the past year, we have seen some amazing developments:

ThinKING Youth Leaders in Hartford are making an appeal to their principals, and the Superintendent of Schools that Kingian Nonviolence Education be incorporated into their regular curriculum.

 We are working with the New Haven and Yale New Haven Police Departments codifying Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation for inclusion in the training Academies.

Currently we are conducting four, year-round, after school ThinKING Youth Nonviolence Leadership projects in Hartford and New Haven.

Senator Beth Bye visited ThinKING youth for an enlightened roundtable discussion on current events.

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, legendary civil rights leader, visited with ThinKING youth, engaging them in profound conversations about applications of Kingian Nonviolence in their daily lives.

ThinKING Youth Leader, Tyrone Massey (age 16) expressed his gratitude to a sponsor whose generosity allowed him to attend the NAACP’s annual membership and awards dinner“I’m very thankful for this extraordinary insight on the NAACP from a first person point of view, rather than from a piece of paper. This isn’t just a contribution…it’s also an investment, one which you’re going to be proud of because this investment doesn’t just end here, it’s continuously growing.”

These are huge steps both for CTCN, and for the communities we serve. These are the reasons we do what we do. But we can’t do anything without your help. Right now, your gift of any amount will help us sustain our dynamic and innovative Kingian Nonviolence projects in 2016. Your generous tax-deductible donation will help us reach our current fundraising goal of $20,000. Please don’t wait. Donate today.

Just Peace,

Victoria Christgau
Founder & Executive Director

P.S. Your contribution makes all the difference in the world to our small and mighty organization. Thank you.

“I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way our world is made. No individual or nation can stand out boasting of being independent. We are interdependent.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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