New York Peace Institute Response to COVID-19

Dear New York Peace Institute Community,

During this unprecedented health crisis created by the spread of COVID-19, New York Peace Institute is firmly committed to continuing to serve our clients and our communities by offering our services remotely. We are also prioritizing the health of our clients, volunteers, staff and partners. Please note the following important information.

 

Free Conflict Resolution Services

Although our offices will be temporarily closed during the COVID-19 outbreak until health care officials advise it is safe to reopen them, our programs are not shutting down. We take our motto, “Let us get in the middle” seriously and will continue to do what we do best―provide high-quality mediation, conflict coaching, and restorative processes free-of-charge―though now, those services will be provided remotely via a video or telephone call instead of in a conference room at our center or at a courthouse.READ MORE

Breaking Bread Building Bonds

New York Peace Institute is thrilled to be part of the new Breaking Bread, Building Bonds Initiative from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. 

The initiative will organize 100 dinners hosted by NYC residents that include ten “everyday people” each representing various ethnicities, identities, and faiths. New York Peace Institute has been invited to share tips for dinner hosts and help them prepare to facilitate conversations. To that end, we have developed a tip sheet and will host info sessions and trainings for hosts throughout the year. 

You can learn more about this important new initiative and sign up to be a host or participant by clicking here: https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/breaking-bread/

Conflict Ignored Is Never Resolved

By Jessiah Lucien

Jessiah is an intern through the organization Futures and Options.

Conflict is like an earthquake. It’s shocking and it comes abruptly, shaking up the lives of everyone in its wake. It’s fearsome and we try to avoid it at all cost, but despite that we still find it taking up parts of our lives. We can either run from it or face it head on and our choice in the matter certainly will dictate the effect it will have in our lives.

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Introducing Lisa M. Courtney, PeaceRaiser 6 Honoree

We’re excited to announce our PeaceRaiser 6 Honoree, Lisa M. Courtney, Esq.! Lisa’s support of and belief in New York Peace Institute has been instrumental in expanding our court programs. We credit Lisa and the Unified Court System staff with opening up doors for us in Housing, Small Claims, Family, Surrogate’s, and Matrimonial Courts. We can’t thank Lisa and her team enough for their support and look forward to honoring her at the PeaceRaiser!

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Queen of Hearts Productions, Inc. Is Bringing Street Art to PeaceRaiser 6: Power to the Peaceful!

We’re thrilled to announce that PeaceRaiser 6: Power to the Peaceful will feature a pop-up art gallery curated by Queen of Hearts Productions, Inc. Buy your PeaceRaiser tickets here!

Queen of Hearts Productions, Inc. Founder Rachael N. Clark, with artists Dave Navarro, Savior Elmundo, and AJ Lavilla. Picture taken at the exhibit Street heARTS: Valentines & Confessions.

We hope you can join us on May 16, 2019 for this exclusive evening filled with art, entertainment, an open bar, and great food! Early Bird tickets are available until May 1, 2019! 

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Mediation Pilot Program in Brooklyn: Resolving Licensee Holdover Claims in Housing Court

By: Nick Schmitt, Program Manager

Just like our city, Housing Court can be an overcrowded and confusing place to navigate, especially for unrepresented parties. Chief Judge Janet DiFore recently formed a Special Commission to recommend improvements to NYC’s Housing Court, which is described in the Commission’s 2018 report as “one of the busiest and most overburdened courts in the nation.”*

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