Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World
Sun September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
2021 UN International Day of Peace Boston
Brian Corr of Cambridge Peace Commission and Police Review & Advisory Board
Dawn R. Duncan
Robert Lauer of Extinction Rebellion
Kaci Rose Goldberg and Skye Lam of MEER:ReflEction
Reverend Vernon K. Walker of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather
Dance, Music, and Poetry
Boston City Singers Cantare and Vocalise
Cambridge Children’s Chorus Training Chorus
ONLINE again this year – Register for free at https://idpboston2021.
We have planned and organized the Boston area celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace each year since 2010. This year’s theme is Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World. The Reverend Rodney E Dailey (New Bethel AME Church, Lowell MA) will once again serve as emcee. See highlights from previous years’ programs here.
Issa Bibbins is a pianist, songwriter, rapper and music producer and content curator.
Issa is owner and founder of Pearl for the World Publishing. Besides being a traditional music publishing company, Pearl for the World is dedicated to connecting corporations and nonprofits to original music that connects the arts and Social Justice.
Issa is presently engaged in a Hip Hop project called The Treatment that sheds light on how the mistreatment of people can lead to social traumas and points to some of the treatments necessary for us to heal as a nation. So far, the videos released for this project include “Undiagnosed”, “Hands Up”, “Manicure DA Game”, “It’s Me”, “SuperHuman DNA”, and “Where Do We Go?”.
For more information visit: PearlForTheWorld.com.
Brian Corr has worked for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts as Executive Director of the Police Review & Advisory Board since September 2010, and as Executive Director of the city’s Peace Commission since 2008. The Police Review & Advisory Board is the city’s civilian oversight agency, while the Peace Commission works with other municipal agencies, communities of faith, and nonprofit organizations to promote positive dialogue, foster understanding, and coordinate compassionate community responses to support recovery and healing in the wake of traumatic events and violence affecting Cambridge and its residents. He is the immediate past president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement and a Certified Practitioner of Oversight. He also holds certifications in Group Crisis Intervention and Post-Traumatic Stress Management/Psychological First Aid and has completed a 35-hour train-the-trainer session in Trauma-Informed Policing.
“Fervent and heartfelt” ~ The New York Times. Known for fearless lyrics and melodies you can’t resist singing, Emma’s Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O, now in their 20th year. The Northern California duo’s songs have travelled the world and have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near.
“Our work is rooted in community, love and justice,” the duo says. “We weave stories, melodies and harmonies that meld the essences of earlier cultures with ever-evolving sounds and ideas into an experience rich with humor, heart and hope.”
Like their friend and mentor, Pete Seeger, Emma’s Revolution keeps one eye on the news, writing songs about critical issues and passionately lending their voices to the movements those issues inspire. “Our House is on Fire” was selected as the opening track for Hope Rises, a compilation CD from a national nonprofit co-founded by Noel (Paul) Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. “Peace Salaam Shalom” has been sung around the world and was included in Community of Christ’s latest hymnal. “Keep on Moving Forward” opened the UN’s Committee on the Status of Women’s Beijing+25 Conference, reflecting the song’s prominence as the unofficial anthem of the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Emma’s Revolution are winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize and the Phil Ochs Award. As independent artists and queer and non-conforming women, Emma’s Revolution has a national presence among communities, organizations and venues that share their vision and values. During the pandemic, the duo has continued their musical activism online with concerts, workshops and video releases, some garnering more than 100k views.
In the spirit of Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” Emma’s Revolution brings an uprising of truth and hope, whether performing on stage or online. www.emmasrevolution.com
Cellist Miranda Henne performs classical repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician, composes and improvises for theater productions and studio recordings, and performs folk music and bluegrass.
Highlights of Miranda’s stylistically varied career include a solo concerto performance with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and two appearances at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Henne performed with internationally acclaimed artists Andres Diaz, David Halen, Robert McDuffie, Amy Schwartz-Moretti, Christopher Rex, Elizabeth Pridgen, Paul Murphy, Kurt Muroki and Renée Skerik. She has also shared the improv, rock and folk stage with the likes of Mike Mills from R.E.M, Abigail Washburn, Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, fiddler Bruce Molsky and the piri and Saengwhang player Gamin. In 2012, Miranda collaborated with Shen Wei, choreographer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Ceremony, to create and premiere The New You, featuring her musical improvisation. She has also worked with and premiered pieces by composers such as Joseph Gregorio and Libby Larson.
In August 2018, Miranda recorded an E.P. with violinist Ellie Miller and banjo player Taylor Shuck, which features one of her original compositions. In 2017, Miranda toured with “Regeneration” by Dr. Nancy Rappaport, a one-woman play about Rappaport’s journey with breast cancer. The show, for which she composed and performed the music, sold out 5 shows off-broadway in NYC and toured in 4 states. In 2019, she traveled to over 20 countries in a piano quintet with Emily Lane, Qiao Yi Miao Mu, Hua-Chu Huang, and Isaac Kay, performing over 250 concerts.
One of Miranda’s central goals since childhood has been to promote peace. In high school, as co-president of the Amnesty International club, she helped with protests and benefit concerts. In college, she organized concerts such as a Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert and Music for Haiti, which raised funds for earthquake relief and featured performances by faculty at Mercer University. She also designed an independent study called “Music and Social Change,” studying ways to use music for peace. In 2015, she taught for “El Sistema” in Dorchester.
Miranda maintains a private cello studio in Boston, MA and coaches chamber music for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras. Miranda holds a B.A. in Music with a minor in English from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University and a M.M. from Southern Methodist University. In 2015, she studied at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. As an undergraduate, Miranda spent a semester studying Shakespeare’s plays in Oxford, U.K. and a month in Wallacedene, South Africa helping local high school students write and produce a musical play.
Robert Lauer obtained his doctorate in Physics in Germany and then moved to New Mexico where he worked for many years as an astrophysics researcher. As part of international collaborations, he commissioned pioneering observatories, analyzed their data, and co-authored scientific publications. He now lives in Somerville, MA, and works as Lead Data Scientist for a cleantech startup. In 2019, he joined the Boston chapter of Extinction Rebellion and has been active in the Outreach working group, for example by regularly giving the introductory talk titled “Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)”.
Kaci Rose Goldberg
MEER:ReflEction is a grand, versatile, and comprehensive engineering project feasibly rooted in the ecological functioning and resource availabilities of planet Earth. It addresses the imminent urgency of climate change due to temperature increase and weather extremes while reshaping our energy production and consumption to renewable energy. MEER:ReflEction applies thin film-coated glass mirror arrays to most efficiently achieve solar radiation management via dynamic control of surface albedo, renewable energy production, carbon dioxide drawdown through ocean liming using solar thermally-produced calcium oxide (CaO), removal of secondary greenhouse gases and air pollutants via mirror-enabled atmospheric photochemical engineering, and biodiversity recovery via a geographic restructuring of agricultural primary production in a high-CO2 world.
Skye Lam is currently a high-achieving scholar and the Student Body President at the Bronx High School of Science. Skye has a strong passion for saving the environment, whether it be performing extraordinary research projects or leading youth activism events around his community. In the future, Skye plans to pursue a degree in a STEM-related field and continue to utilize his experience in environmental sciences to make the world a better place.
Kaci Rose Goldberg is a sophomore at the Bronx High School of Science in New York City. At school, she incorporates her love and immense passion for Earth’s climate in all that she does, including as an active member of the Green Team and member of student government, focusing her initiatives making Bronx Science a more eco-friendly place. As a future career, Kaci would love to volunteer with organizations centered around healing our broken planet’s climate while also being a wildlife biologist working with endangered species.