Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace and Justice

Posted on January 8, 2019 by abek in Archives

Our 20th anniversary celebration on October 25, 2018 was a great success, and a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who helped make it a special night: wonderful speakers, fabulous singers, everyone who attended and everyone who donated food and wine or has contributed to our work over the years.

The evening was graced by two wonderful presenters: Jerry Large, former Seattle Times columnist, and Ruth Yarrow, poet, peace activist, and former AKPEF board member. Ruth read haikus of peace and justice from typically-underrepresented poets of color, and Jerry spoke about his years of documenting peace and justice work. The Seattle Labor Chorus rounded out the evening by once again contributing their passion and voices to our work. We are grateful for all the years they have participated in our events.

We were lucky to have yummy food donated by Bengal Tiger, Grateful Bread, and Beecher’s Cheese. Many thanks to others who contributed food and wine.

Thanks also Ruth Yarrow for donating the proceeds from sales of cards fashioned from her watercolor paintings. And many thanks to former board member Nancy Dickeman for her donation of proceeds from the sale of her book of poems about peace.

We were pleased to be able to recognize founding board members Thad Spratlen, Wilda Luttermoser, and Don Whitmore, as well as other board members who have served over our twenty years.

In twenty years, the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund has been able to contribute to the work of over three dozen organizations, covering issues from nuclear disarmament, to the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline, to immigrant rights, and more. We look forward to the next twenty years of supporting peace and social justice activism, and helping to empower youth, people of color, immigrants and refugees, and others fighting for a more just and peaceful planet.

If you would like to learn more about our work or join our efforts, please contact us at abekellerfund@gmail.com