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The 2016 Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum

The Parents Circle-Families Forum

Bereaved Palestinian and Israeli Families

Supporting Peace, Reconciliation and Tolerance

Sunday, September 25th, 4pm – 6pm

The Parents Circle-Families Forum is a joint grassroots organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost immediate family members due to the Arab-Irsraeli conflict. The Parents Circle promotes education, public awareness, and advocacy to foster humanization and empathy towards both Israelis and Palestinians, planting seeds of peace by listening to and understanding one another, person-to-person.

The mission of the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum is to promote peace and justice among all people and to demonstrate the power of an individual to make a positive difference in the world. Held annually in September, the Forum invites a distinguished individual to speak about his or her work and vision. In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11, the Forum inaugurated the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award to honor our distinguished speaker’s work and commend the speaker’s contributions to a more peaceful and just world. More
The Forum honors the memory of Al Filipov, a beloved member of Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord Massachusetts, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. An engineer by training, Al was a husband and father, a human rights activist, painter, inventor, and raconteur. He sought out the best in people and cared passionately about the world in its beauty and pain. He earnestly believed in the power of an individual to make a difference in the world. More
Beginning in September, 2002, and annually thereafter, the Forum has sponsored speakers and related events to advance its mission of peace and justice. Past speakers have included author and journalist John Hockenberry; The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundations; Rye Barcott, co-founder of Carolina for Kibera, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of, and James Yee, author of For God and Country. More