Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day Announces Keynote Speakers! Register Today!

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day Announces 2015 Keynote Speakers
April 17, 2015

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

in Washington, DC

Register today to hear how Presbyterians are paving the way for justice!

On April 17th, Presbyterians from across the country will gather in Washington before the start of Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Together, through workshops and plenaries,  we will look at issues of Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation and learn how individuals and congregations can make an impact in their community and their nation.

Rev. Alonzo Johnson

The Rev. Alonzo Johnson is the new Mission Associate with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. Alonzo has concluded his service as the pastor/head of staff of Oak Lane Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) and is currently a candidate for his Doctor of Ministry degree at LPTS. He is passionate about peacemaking and social justice issues and has rich experience in urban ministry with a focus on mentoring youth in the arts.

Eric LeCompte

Eric LeCompte is the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network and represents a civil society coalition of 75 US member organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA Network has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. He serves on expert working groups to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights. Eric has more than 15 years of experience working with faith-based organizations to impact global policy on poverty, conflict and human rights. Eric serves on several boards of faith-based and antipoverty organizations as well as institutions that work for greater financial transparency, including the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition, where he serves on the executive board. 

Gail Tyree

Tyree has had a long and distinguished career in grassroots and labor organizing in the South. She has been an international representative for the Workers United Labor Union; campaign director and organizer with Grassroots Leadership in Charlotte, North Carolina; campaign director for the Southern Faith Labor and Community Alliance in Memphis, Tennessee; and for 15 years was a project labor organizer with the Communications Workers of America. She has extensive experience planning organizing and campaign strategy; training and developing the leadership capacity of individuals and groups; and working closely with a range of constituencies, including religious congregations, labor, immigrant communities, and policymakers at the local and statewide level. Tyree is a member of the Federation of Union Representatives and a prior board member of the Mid-South Interfaith Network for Economic Justice.