Sen. Jack Reed at URI to address students trained in non-violence at URI, June 17

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KINGSTON, R. I. — JUNE 16, 2016 — Breaking News: About 65 people have been embedded in the critical battle to spread peace, not violence, around the world.

These are men and women from 14 nations and 16 U.S. states who are now well equipped to resolve conflicts peacefully and work for social change, using the nonviolent methods of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sen. Jack Reed will address these peacemakers at the University of Rhode Island’s International Nonviolence Summer Institute’s closing ceremony. The event will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Wiley Hall, 210 Flagg Rd, on the Kingston Campus.

Having retired from the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, Reed is one of just eight senators in history to graduate from West Point and who also served as a professor at the U.S. Military Academy. He now serves as ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, where he has played a pivotal role in safeguarding our nation.

Also at the ceremony, students will hear from Bernard LaFayette Jr. who was a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights leader and the first director of the URI Nonviolence Center.

“We invite media to cover some breaking ‘peace’ news now,” said the Center’s current Director and Professor Paul Bueno de Mesquita. “URI’s International Nonviolence Summer Institute has brought together transformational peace and nonviolence leaders from 14 countries and 16 U.S. states for intensive training and high impact networking! This is breaking news that highlights solutions, not just the problems!”

To arrange interviews with any of these peacemakers, please contact Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500.