SANTA BARBARA, November 7 -- It was a glorious celebration of women’s courage, creativity and leadership for peace. (See
On November 7, 2009, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation honored author Riane Eisler and refugee advocate Judith Mayotte at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California.
The 26th Annual Evening for Peace had the theme “Women for Peace.” And our extraordinary honorees gave the 250 people in attendance a gift of insight and inspiration in their acceptance speeches.
“Our 2009 honorees, Judith Mayotte and Riane Eisler, have made quiet but large and important contributions to building a better world. To all the young people who are with us for our Evening for Peace, please learn and take inspiration from these two extraordinary women, and know that your lives can make a true difference in our world.”
-- David Krieger
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
In her address, Judith Mayotte challenged us all to follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s instruction to be “daredevils for peace,” working for the collective good.
Riane Eisler’s remarks were equally inspirational. She made a cogent and passionate case for systemic change to allow a peaceful social order based on partnership rather than domination.
The event made clear that the campaign for a nuclear weapons-free world is connected to – and reliant upon – the quest for peace.
The generosity of Foundation donors made it possible for more than 100 students to attend the elegant event for free. Many of them signed up with Peace Leadership Director Paul Chappell afterwards to volunteer for the Foundation’s peace leader program.
The Foundation would like to thank all the people and organizations who contributed financial resources, time, creativity and in-kind donations to make the Evening for Peace a success. Your support allows us to be an effective voice of conscience as well as a catalyst for change in this time of fresh progress towards nuclear disarmament. We are deeply grateful for your generosity.
Shining a light on peace leadership. Photo: Rick Carter.