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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

NEWSLETTER FALL 2004

Nobel Prize WinnerNobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum has long praised The City Project’s work on parks and green space, playgrounds, and recreation to achieve equal justice, democracy and livability for all: “It is very important that our children grow up healthy. The more they play together with other children, the better people will be in the future. Parks and school yards are a place for peace, a place where life-long values are built. Community activism to build parks and schools is a way of saying no to violence, no to war. Peace and hope are part of our children’s education and culture.”

In October 2004 the Nobel Peace Prize Committee awarded the Peace Prize to Wangari Muta Maathai, the Kenyan woman who has planted 30 million trees in Africa and campaigned for women’s rights and greater democracy. “In managing our resources and in sustainable development, we plant the seeds of peace,” according to Ms. Maathai. The award for Ms. Maathai is a milestone in putting environmental justice front and center in the environmental, civil rights, and human rights movements.

The City Project celebrated Ms. Maathai’s work at an October 23, 2004, event with the Anahuak Youth Soccer Association honoring Rigoberta Menchu. The City Project’s Executive Director, Robert García received the Rigoberta Menchú Tum Award from the Anahuak Youth Soccer Association in appreciation for his support for human rights and political solutions to conflicts through dialogue.