Mission Statement The Positive Peace Warrior Network (PPWN) works towards culture of positive peace through the institutionalization of Kingian Nonviolence. By providing communities with the opportunity to explore the skill and will of Dr. King’s philosophy, we will learn from the past, creatively apply lessons to our present and foster a better future.
History In 2000, all living Nobel Peace prize laureates declared the first 10 years of the 21st century a decade of peace & nonviolence education for the children of the world. The end of the decade has fueled the creation of PPWN, and our continued commitment to nonviolence, organizing, education, and opportunities for communities here in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., who was the director of the Poor People’s Campaign and a friend of the Kihttp://www.directiq.com/editor/editor.asp?id=28949ng family, made a promise to Coretta Scott King: to institutionalize and to protect the integrity of her husband’s philosophy. PPWN was created to continue to work to fulfill that promise, and to continue the legacy of Kingian Nonviolence training.
Interview with PPWN National Coordinator Jonathan Lewis and West Coast Coordinator Kazu Haga on Kingian Nonviolence, Trayvon Martin, the Occupy movement, and more. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/79667 .
Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. Chairman
Bernard LaFayette, Jr. has been a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer, and is an authority on the strategy on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. He was a leader of the Nashville Movement, 1960 and on the Freedom Rides, 1961 and the 1965 Selma Movement. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ Campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr.
In addition, Dr. LaFayette has served as Director of Peace and Justice in Latin America; Chairperson of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development; Director of the PUSH Excel Institute; and minister of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee, Alabama. Dr. LaFayette is a former President of the American Baptist College of ABT Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee; Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia; and Pastor emeritus of the Progressive Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the Founder and National President of God-Parents Clubs, Inc., a national community based program aimed at preventing the systematic incarceration of young Black youth; a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and founder of the Association For Kingian Nonviolence, Education and Training Works. He is currently the Board Chair of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
He is the co-author of the Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training curriculum, and works to fulfill Dr. King’s final marching orders, to “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.”
Jonathan “Globe” Lewis Founder, National Coordinator
Jonathan L. Lewis (aka Globe) is a Senior Kingian Nonviolence Trainer who currently works with the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and served on the International Global Conference Series from 2000-2004 as a youth representative. Dr. LaFayette, Jr. introduced and trained him in the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence in the late 1990’s, and continues to this day.
Jonathan has trained all over the United States and abroad, including in Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, Israel, and Nigeria. In 2008, while working for the Gathering for Justice he exposed over one thousand community leaders to the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy and conducted 18 Kingian Nonviolence 2 Day Core trainings through the United States. One of his highest honors was to be selected by the former Executive Director Malia Lazu and approved by Elder Harry Belafonte to serve as one of three national staff of the Gathering for Justice, from January 2008 – October 2010. During that time, he served as The Gathering’s National Director of Nonviolence Direct Action Training.
Kazu Haga West Coast Coordinator
A Level II Kingian Nonviolence trainer, Kazu moved to the United States from his homeland of Japan as a child. His introduction to social justice work came at age 17, when he participated in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage, a walking journey to retrace the slave trade. He has since been involved with many organizations throughout the United States and abroad in many different capacities. In 2007, Kazu served as the National Convention Coordinator for The Gathering for Justice’s first national Gathering, where he was introduced to the philosophy of Kingian Nonviolence.
Kazu has worked at the Peace Development Fund since 2002, where he currently serves as Program Director. He is also the co-founder and board member of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), and sits on the steering committee of the Bay Area Justice Funders Network.
LiKWUiD feat. Donwill x Adrienne Mack-Davis + 'No Regrets' EP
'Sight for Sore Eyes' is LiKWUiD's second single from the 'No Regrets EP.' The song is a snap shot of a family portrait of love torn, lost and misunderstood. Guest appearances include songstress Adrienne Mack-Davis and indie Hip-Hop superstar Donwill (of Tanya Morgan).Donwill and LiKWUiD pair up to speak on both angles of how a happy marriage can go sour. Produced by Bassi Maestro.
Sight for Sore Eyes is a clever and fun interpretation of relationship matters. Interestingly enough, the song ends allowing the listener to determine who was right or wrong.
Video: YYou - "Javelin" f/ Mike Snow (prod. Jonathan Lee)
Hey folks, so I'm almost done the "Happy 2 YYou" EP mashup project featuring myself and Miike Snow. Since it's going to be a few more weeks till the full EP is ready for release, I decided to send out the first single titled "Javelin". This track is a total revamp on "Miike Snow - Paddling Out". Below I have supplied you with the Soundcloud, and Youtube links... feel free to post whatever you like! I will be happy to supply you with cover art and promo pics if needed. Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think... CHEERS!
DJ Soko (of The Left) is releasing his first limited edition 7" vinyl next week! To spread the word Soko is giving away the track "Biters feat. Guilty Simpson" that Gensu Dean produced. Soko built a beautiful track here and really goes in on the cuts. Enjoy and feel free to share!
King I Divine - Divine ScienZe Instrumentals / Beat Making Videos
Meet producer King I Divine; synonymous with the MPC and the mastermind behind the 'Flipped: Jodeci Edition' beat tape, the 'Crown Jewelz 1, 2 and 3' series and the atmospheric themed 'East 54th' EP. Raised in Queens, N.Y but an ATL resident, King I Divine has been creating music since 2008. Arguably, his love affair with Hip Hop was birthed years before, considering that his early influences were RZA, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and the late J Dilla to name a few. With a growing, substantial Internet and worldwide following, his credits include producing for some known and upcoming acts.
Hosted by 2 DopeBoyz, his most acclaimed instalment to date, 'Divine Scienze" is the feel-good, hard-hitting collaborative album with Brooklyn emcee Scienze, featuring several notable artists. Known for unique live performances accompanied by his APC 40 and a sound that honours a diverse range from soul and jazz music to authentic boom-bap Hip Hop, King I Divine plans to establish his legacy in delivering authentic and timeless music for all listeners.
Described as a treat for beat heads and music lovers alike, King I Divine has released the full thirteen instrumental tracks from the fan-favourite album, 'Divine Scienze'. This is available exclusively for ONE month only!!!
Video: The Rap Pack (New Orleans Supergroup) - "Ooh La La"
In the 1960s, the nation was captivated by "The Rat Pack", a group of actors and entertainers at the top of their profession. Individually they were all forces to be reckoned with, but together, they were a movement. It has been a long time since we've witnessed something of that caliber; but as the old saying goes "History is destined to repeat itself."
Now, four of the dopest lyricists from the city of New Orleans - The Show, K-Gates, Y. Luck and Dappa - come together to form The Rap Pack. This quartet is a force to be reckoned with. Individually, they have had promising solo careers. From Y.Luck's Ain't Nobody Like Me, K-Gates' Black & Gold, Dappa's Come and Get Me, and (Mannie Fresh's protégé) The Show's D.O.B mixtapes, each artist has reached a respectable level of individual success.
This summer, Roach Gigz will release his official debut album, Bugged Out. Today, his fans can breathe a sigh of relief that they won't have to wait until then to get some new music from the Bay Area rapper. First up, Roachy will release a new mixtape, Hot Air Balloons & Cinnamon Sticks. The tape will be co-hosted by DJ Carisma from Power 106 in Los Angeles and DJ Amen from 106 KMEL in the Bay, and will be released a week from today, on Roach Gigz' birthday, April 25th.
To accompany the announcement, Roach is releasing the first single from the project, "Make It Happen." "Make It Happen," which premiered on KMEL 106 last night courtesy of Big Von, was produced by DYNC3, a member of the LA-based production group The League of Stars, and the beat has all of the distinctive high-energy and synth-infused sounds that fans love to hear Roach rhyme over.
The New York Times recently referred to Roach as "The funniest rapper working," and with "Make It Happen," it's easy to see why; Roach laces the track comedic, boastful - and most of all, fun - lyrics. "I just wanted to make something to party to, and keep this Young California music going," says Roach, who adds, when promoted for a message behind the track, "Have fun tonight."