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November Events & Updates

A Boundary-Crosser, Risk-Taker, & Truth-Teller

This past Sunday, I proudly accepted the Community Service Award on behalf of the MLK Institute for Nonviolence from the American Muslim Women's Association at their annual awards dinner.  We were given the Community Service award in recognition of our work in the community to address racism, seek justice and build peace.  It was a great honor to be recognized for our work, but also to be recognized by AMWA, as they are also an amazing organization committed to building intentional bridges among our interfaith communities.  

Here is a part of the acceptance speech I gave: 

"The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a revolutionary leader because he saw the possibility of strangers to become neighbors, and in becoming neighbors, to become the Beloved Community.  He articulated his vision of what he called the Beloved Community as what would happen when we are able to obtain justice without violence, to have peace without the bloodshed of war, to have harmony and inclusion without racism or discrimination based on religion, and to have abundance without crushing the poor, the hungry, or the homeless.  And the tools he wielded were Love, Courage and Nonviolence. 
The MLK Institute was founded in 1987 out of a desire to build safe and fair communities by teaching the tools of nonviolence to youth and adults.  Nonviolence is not just something you do to avoid violence, it is a path of your heart to actively seek justice without crushing anyone else's dignity, without using violence against any person.  Nonviolence requires love to cross the boundaries within one's heart before crossing boundaries with one's hands or feet.  Nonviolence requires courage to put others before oneself, even if it is a sacrifice.  To be nonviolent is to be a boundary-crosser, a risk-taker, and a truth-teller.  It is a radical form of hospitality."

Indeed, the tools of Love, Courage and Nonviolence are necessary if you are to Cross Boundaries, Take Risks and Tell the Truth.  My friends, these tools are already in your hands.  Let's get to work!

Rev. Doris K. Dalton 
Executive Director, MLK Institute for Nonviolence

MLK Institute at "Tuesday's @ Dorry's"

At Dorry's Diner (468 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains) on Tuesday, November 10.  Ordering starts at 5:30, the program begins at 6 p.m. 

Rev. Doris K. Dalton, Executive Director - Westchester MLK Institute for Nonviolence - Rev. Doris K. Dalton has been the director of the MLK Institute for Nonviolence since February 2015. She has brought energy and vision, with plans for new and strengthened programs. She will give us a brief update on some of these things, including a series of book discussions. Doris will guide us in a short discussion of the provocative, important new book on being a Black man in the United States, "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. She will welcome questions about the book, race, the Institute or her own role as its director.

Tuesdays @ Dorry’s (located at 468 Mamoraneck Ave., White Plains 10605) gathers “conversation partners” weekly for informal table talk. There is no charge. Just come and order your food from Sylvia and enjoy the discussion and the company. Please join us. No reservations are needed. Tuesdays @ Dorry’s is coordinated by Dorry’s friends at Memorial United Methodist Church, Congregation Kol Ami, Sisters of the Divine Compassion and The White Plains Examiner.

WCPR meeting Thursday night, 6:30pm

The next Westchester Coalition for Police Reform meeting will be Thursday, November 12 from 6:30-8:00pm at Memorial UMC (250 Bryant Ave., White Plains 10605).  Many organizations throughout Westchester county make up this Coalition to work collectively for reform in law enforcement throughout Westchester County.  We will be discussing policies for Body Cameras, updates on our Know Your Rights campaign, and preparing for next week's Candlelight Vigil for Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.  Join us!
Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. 

Join us for a Candlelight Vigil to mark the 4th anniversary of the killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.  We will gather on Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the outside courtyard in front of the Public Safety Building (77 South Lexington Ave., White Plains 10601).  

November 19 will mark the 4th anniversary of the killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., resident of White Plains.  He was a 68 year old disabled senior citizen and retired Marin Corp veteran. His life alert button was triggered in his sleep.  White Plains Police were dispatched to his home to perform a wellness check.  Mr. Chamberlain assured officers he did not need assistance.  The police did not believe him and harrassed him, then broke down his door, tasered him and shot him in the chest.  Mr. Chamberlain later died at the hospital from his injuries.  No police personnel have been held accountable for this incident.  To read more about this case, click here

You are invited to the
AJC Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast
The annual Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast is Thursday, November 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Manhattanville College, Purchase NY.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door.  To RSVP or pay for tickets, click on this link.  The theme is "Respecting Ourselves, Respecting Others". The MLK Institute is a co-sponsor of this wonderful annual event.  

Upcoming MLK Institute Sightings

Here is where you can find us in the coming month: 

Nov. 8: Know Your Rights Training at Fordham University, Westchester Campus (400 Westchester Ave., West Harrison) from 2-4 p.m. This training will help you know what to do in the event of a police encounter.  The trainer is from the Lower Hudson Valley chapter of the NYCLU.  Space is limited so RSVP your attendance to

Nov. 9:  Tuesday's @ Dorry's.  At Dorry's Diner (468 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains).  Ordering starts at 5:30, program starts at 6 p.m.  Rev. Dalton, the Exec. Director of MLK Institute will be speaking.

Nov. 12: WCPR monthly meeting at Memorial UMC (250 Bryant Ave., White Plains) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We will be preparing for the Nov. 19th vigil, discussing body camera policy and planning for a Know Your Rights training in the community. 

Nov. 17: WCPR Lunch Discussion Group at Panera Bread (1 N. Broadway  Street, White Plains), from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  We will be talking about gun control, mass incarceration and other current topics as it relates to law enforcement accountability and its impact on our community.  Join us for a great discussion!

Nov. 19: AJC Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast at Manhattanville College, 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.  MLK Institute is a community sponsor of this event.  Tickets are On Sale Now, $16 in advance, $20 at the door.  For event details and ticket sales, click here

Nov. 19: Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. at 6:30 p.m. in the outside courtyard of the   White Plains Public Safety Building on 77 S. Lexington Ave., White Plains 10601.  November 19 will mark 4 years since Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. was killed by White Plains Police in his home.  To date, no police officer has been held accountable for this killing.  For more information about this case, click here. 

Dec. 5: 17th Annual Margaret Elberle Fair Trade and Crafts Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church (250 Bryant Ave., White Plains 10605). MLK Institute is a co-sponsor of this event. Come and shop from over 30 international and local fair trade arts and crafts vendors.  There will be holiday food and refreshments on sale.  $2-$5 suggested donation for entry.

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