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One Love Festival

One Love Festival/Race: Let's Talk About It Town Hall

13th Annual One Love Festival

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Virginia Wesleyan University

The One Love Festival was conceived as a snapshot of what a state of world peace would look like, even if it existed only for one day. The festival brings a kaleidoscope of people together to celebrate a peace that transcends our differences.


Catholic Nuns Beating Nuclear Swords into Plowshares
Sponsored by the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Pax Christi Community of Hampton Roads.

Time: 1:00 – 2:20 p.m.
Location: Monumental Chapel
Speakers: Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert, Dominican Sisters

For over forty years Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert have fought for nuclear disarmament. As peacemakers following the nonviolent teachings of Jesus, they have traveled the U.S., teaching about the humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear and conventional war. As a result of their nonviolent resistance, they have also spent years in jails and prisons. Hear firsthand the incredible stories of two women who have dedicated their lives to ridding the world of nuclear weapons and stopping war forever.

Are U.S. Immigration Policies Racist? Town Hall Discussion
Race: Let’s Talk About It

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  
Location: Boyd Dining Hall
Moderator: Barbara Hamm Lee, Host of Another View Radio Program, WHRV 89.5 FM

Beginning with the Naturalization Act of 1790 - which stated that only free white persons were eligible to become citizens - U.S. immigration policy has consistently limited and restricted the immigration of non-whites. Even after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 abolished the quota system that favored northern Europeans, racism continues to influence public policy and popular attitudes on immigration. What is at the root of the racial anxiety in our country? Why have elected officials – both Democrat and Republican – been seemingly reluctant to challenge pro-white policies and protect the rights of immigrants and refugees? 

Moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, Host of Another View Radio Program on WHRV 89.5 FM, the “Race: Let’s Talk About It” town hall discussions offer safe space for open and honest conversations about race. A panel helps to guide the conversation, but the discussion belongs to the audience. Join us to share your thoughts and ideas for how we can work together to create a more just, inclusive, and civil society.

Largest Drum Circle in the World, Music, Spoken Word, and Poetry

Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  
Location: Batten Student Center, Marlin Grille
Organizer: Arthur Lopez, Facilitator, Organizer, and Instructor, Drum Your Dream

Drum Your Dream (drumyourdream.com) organizer Arthur Lopez leads a rhythm-based shared experience for peace. Everyone is invited to join this worldwide drumming experience, regardless of musical ability or experience. Hand percussion instruments are available, or bring your own. Also enjoy the music, spoken word, and poetry of local artists.