On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, the Ojai Peace Network hosted a full day of International Day of Peace activities at the Ojai Art Center. As part of the event, Ojai Peace Coalition founder evan austin was invited to present the organization's NOBLE Peace Prize.
This year's honoree was the Ventura County Chapter of the national group Showing Up for Racial Justice, with Jonathan Horton present to accept the medal and deliver a brief address.
"SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. They work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change."
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Founder in 2005 of the Ojai Peace Coalition, which awards the NOBLE Peace Prize annually.