New Tacoma Peace Laureate Named

The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize (GTFF) has announced that Kwabi Amoah-Forson has been chosen as the 2022 Tacoma Peace Laureate. After receiving nominations for a number of potential candidates, the GTFF Board of Directors chose Amoah-Forson in recognition of “the need for community activists who are dedicated to understanding the different perspectives that people bring to conversations. Amoah-Forson’s dedication to looking at a fuller picture, and her passion for leading others on this journey, impressed the council and its community,” the council wrote in a statement.

Since 2017, Amoah-Forson has worked in Tacoma and internationally to promote peace on many levels. Beginning in the spring of 2017, he launched The Peace Camp every Saturday in Wright Park where he took posters, a radio and a megaphone with him to hold conversations with people about what peace means to them. He continued this work by spending the next two years bringing The Peace Camp across the Northwest, to California and parts of Europe.

This first campaign for peace resulted in the “Podcast for real peace”. Here, Amoah-Forson interviewed community members about peace, interpersonal connectivity, conflict resolution, and the importance of culture and diversity. Continuing her work outside the studio, in 2019 Amoah-Forson began driving in The Peace Bus, a 1988 Mitsubishi van, handing out socks to members of our homeless community. In August 2019, he rode the Peace Bus for the US-Mexico Border Patrol. Upon returning to Tacoma, Amoah-Forson began sharing her experience and her message of nonviolence, compassion, kindness, and peace with students. in schools in Tacoma.

When the COVID-10 pandemic forced schools to close buildings and shift to online learning, Amoah-Forson and the Peace Bus distributed breakfast to families in need, confident that no child in Tacoma shouldn’t have to go without breakfast during quarantine. In the summer of 2021, he rode his peace bus from Washington State to Washington, D.C., delivering hundreds of books about peace, love, and understanding to young people across the country.

Amoah-Forson currently lives in Tacoma. He continues to work for peace in our community and looks forward to the continuation of his recent peace campaign, “Every-Kid-Eats”, which helps alleviate child hunger in Tacoma. He also plans to complete his flight school training this year in preparation for his lifelong goal of flying for peace with his own plane, “The Peace Plane.”

Teresa Hunt, who nominated Amoah-Forson, wrote: “[Kwabi] has been instrumental in promoting peace and diversity in our community, [while continuing] its many community service programs. [He] is the most influential pacifist citizen we have among us.

Marilyn Kimmerling has been a Peace Laureate for the past two years.

Next month, on September 15, Amoah-Forson and outgoing 2020 Peace Laureate Marilyn Kimmerling will be honored at a dinner at Pacific Lutheran University. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, entertainment and good company will be part of this evening of recognition and gratitude. More details to follow. Check the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize on Facebook for updates.

Kimmerling has been a community activist since the mid-1990s. She has had a big impact through Jobs with Justice, where she served one term as president, and United for Peace of Pierce County, where she was one of main organizers.

Kimmerling is a founding member of the Tacoma Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, a member of 350 Tacoma, and an active associate member of Veterans for Peace. In 2017, she co-founded the current Tacoma branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, and she is currently active in the Save the Wetlands Behind TCC campaign. She is the head organizer and author of the material for the Raging Grannies and their countless performances. She is president of Radio Tacoma, having worked tirelessly on the FCC’s successful application for an FM license, and she continued to volunteer with them for six years. Radio Tacoma, a low-power public-access radio station, was developed to provide Tacoma with opportunities for progressive groups, union members, minority groups, and local talent that might otherwise not be heard.

“Marilyn Kimmerling is the epitome of a human being working on behalf of others, and she possesses the ‘know and do now’ energy,” wrote Nancy Farrell, who named Kimmerling. “Furthermore, she exudes a spirit of warmth and inclusiveness that is an inspiration to others. She is most worthy of the 2020 Grand Tacoma Peace Prize.”

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