Nominations are open for the 2019 Melanie Greenberg U.S. Peacebuilding Award of Excellence
In the United States, peacebuilding at home is as important as ever. The United States has been consistently sliding down indices that measure peace and security, democracy, and trust in institutions. Conflict experts have begun to sound the alarm that an increase in grievances, violence, and rising polarization are creating worrisome trends and divisions within the United States. However, there are many organizations and individuals working to build peace in the United States and this award recognizes their vital work.
The winner of the Melanie Greenberg U.S. Peacebuilding Award of Excellence will be announced at PeaceCon 2019 and the winner will be invited to present their work at the conference! This is an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of an organization creating a lasting impact on peace and societal cohesion in the United States. Hands Across the Hills, last year’s winner, was featured in a February 2019 article in the New York Times and NPR.
Below is the eligibility criteria for the award:
- Nominees can be individuals or organizations;
- Individuals cannot nominate themselves, nor can they nominate an organization they work for;
- Board members may nominate their own organizations;
- The individual or organization must conduct peacebuilding work in the United States;
- Entities that conduct multiple programs internationally are eligible to be nominated so long as one or more of their programs are based in the United States;
- Peacebuilding work is not exhaustive, but below are some examples of what we typically look for:
- Implementing violence reduction programs;
- Facilitating dialogue between communities of different races, religions, political affiliations, etc.;
- Conducting exchanges to different parts of the country to build understanding;
- Providing community mediation services;
- Implementing restorative justice programs;
- Building community resilience and addressing inequalities;
The nomination form can be found here. The deadline to nominate is July 22. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee and the awardee will be invited to receive the award at PeaceCon 2019 on October 3.
AfP will cover conference admission, one night of lodging, and round-trip airfare for one individual to receive the award. The awardee will receive free lifetime membership with AfP.