The Chicago Peace Prize
The Chicago Peace Prize is awarded by the Chicago PeaceFoundation, a not-for-profit organization associated with The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The Chicago Peace Prize is one of the few international peace prizesawarded globally.
The Chicago Athenaeum is a major supporter of the Chicago PeacePrize. This involves a significant financial contribution along with other in-kind support in order to foster and sustain global peace with social justice.
The Chicago Peace Prize was founded to commemorate and honor the memory and work of the Chicago culture advocate, Helen Doria, who worked for The City of Chicago, The Chicago Park District, and Executive Director of Millennium Park.
Over several months each year, the Chicago Peace Prize jury – comprising of committee members who represent corporate, media, academic, culture, political, and community sector interests – assesses the merits of each nominees' efforts to promote peace with justice.
The prize is awarded to an organization or individual:
1.Who has made significant contributions to global peaceincluding improvements in personal security and steps toward eradicating poverty, racism, under education, and other forms of structural violence, while promoting women and children's rights and a sustainable built and natural environment
2.Whose role and responsibilities enable the recipient to use theprize to further the cause of universal human and civil rights, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, individual liberties, and peace with true social justice.
3.Whose work illustrates the philosophy and principles of non-violence
Organizers of the prize are prepared to make some controversial choices. Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum, Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, said: "The initiators of the Chicago Peace Prize aim to influence public interest and public opinion in the subject of globalpeace with justice, an ideal which is often perceived as controversial. The choice of non-controversial candidates for a peace prize would be a safe option, but unlikely to prompt public debate or to increase public understanding of what comprises real peace and real social justice. Consensus usually encourages compliance, often anaesthetises and seldom informs."
Submissions are welcome from the Public.
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