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Peace House honors peacemakers

Peace House will present its 2017 Peacemaker Awards in an event beginning at 6 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland.

The awardees are:

  • Dot Fisher Smith, activist for the environment and for peace.
  • Herbert Rothschild, community organizer and long-time advocate of civil rights and nuclear disarmament.
  • The Racial Equity Coalition, addressing racial bias through communication and community action.

The keynote speaker will be Asha Deliverance, a midwife, activist, innovator and mother of Taliesin Myrrdin Namkai-Meche, who was killed in Portland when he tried to intervene to stop the harassment of two young women.

Deliverance has been speaking to large communities affected by the resurgence of white supremacy. Since her son’s death, Deliverance has been speaking and developing “We Choose Love,” an emerging global organization. It has a mission statement honoring diversity and underlining the need not just for meditation, but for activism toward a positive society.

"My son left me with a job," Deliverance says.  "... He knew we would carry through with all this. ... I believe the true heart of this planet is going to find a way. We need to crack it open so the love can flow in.”

Peace House will also be honoring the three heroes of the Portland Max train hate crime of March 27 in which Asha’s son and Ricky John Best were killed and Micah Fletcher wounded when the young women's harasser attacked the men with a knife.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.PeaceHouse.net or by calling Peace House at 541-482-9625.