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Celebrating the Best of Nature…
and Humanity: 
2017 Solar Eclipse Notes


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Read the Message from Mattie’s Mom HERE… 

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Message from Mattie’s Mom:
On Jeni’s Thriving Heartsong

 

Thank you to all for sharing your lovely and inspirational thoughts in response to this month’s Washingtonian Magazine article about Mattie and me. In many ways, the piece is beautiful. But I do want to re-assure everyone that I am still defying all medical odds, and moving through each day with purpose and gratitude and a celebration of life.
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I am working and playing and living and praying. Yes, I have many medical challenges and they can be life-threatening, and I rely on much medical support every day – from the ventilator and oxygen to the wheelchair and IV fluids to a pacemaker and more… but despite it all, I look good (yay) and I am doing quite well (super yay).
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None of us knows how much time we really have on earth. I guess, like Mattie (and many others who have statistical odds stacked heavily against them due to multiple life-threatening conditions), I am keenly aware of the sacred gift of each moment. So – by choice – I endeavor to give depth to each of those moments, which somehow helps me focus less on length of living.
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That said, I also am hoping to reach my goal: “When I grow up, I want to be 83, and a beach chair philosopher.”
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I am ever-grateful for ongoing prayers, which I believe has much to do with how well I am doing at this time – despite everything I have been through and continue to go through medically and emotionally.
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Today, and each tomorrow, I encourage each of you to take a deep breath, and with purpose, exhale with the words “wow!” (about something or someone in your life) and “thank you!” (about you and your gift of life, and the gift you can choose to be for others).
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Moving forthward with hope and gratitude.
Jeni (Mattie’s mom / Mama Peace).
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PS — this article should have had a word like “resilience” or “purpose” or “gratitude” or “forthward” or “hope” in the title, and a bit more balance in the text which seemed to highlight the burdens more than the blessings… missed opportunity by the editors, even though the overall piece offers inspiration.

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Link to Washingtonian Magazine article
(August 2017 issue)

“Jeni Stepanek’s Last Heartsong”
by Justin Heckert –> click here…  

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We are celebrating
Mattie’s Birthday (July 17)

& Jeni’s Birthday (July 25)
with a VERY special offer…  

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Order a brick between now and July 25 –
—> for ONLY $100 (that’s 50 percent off!)
And it’s a 100 percent tax deduction!  

Your PERSONALIZED message for:
Birthdays… Anniversaries…
Mother’s Day… Father’s Day…
Honoring Loved Ones…
Sharing Peace Messages…
and more.

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Celebrate life with YOUR engraving,
while supporting Mattie’s peace mission!

Only $100 to sponsor a Gift Brick in Mattie’s Peace Garden!
(bricks are typically $199 — this is a 50 percent discount!)  

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Your sponsorship is 100 percent tax deductible!!! 

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Sponsor a brick for yourself,
or as a gift to honor someone else! 

Click here for the Peace Shop
Brick Sale page… 

 

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City of Rockville Votes to Make
Peace Day an Annual Event 

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During the July 2017 City Council meeting, the City of Rockville issued a Peace Day Proclamation, declaring Mattie’s July 17 birthday to be a day of peace for local citizens, and stating support for the Peace Day Party celebration. The City has been declaring Peace Day every year since Mattie died in 2004, at the request of Mattie’s Foundation.
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Since 2014, the Foundation has been campaigning to move the Peace Day concept to a national level. This year, the City of Rockville gave a huge show of support for that effort, by voting to make July 17 “Peace Day” forevermore in the city.
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The day will be celebrated with an annual peace gathering during which participants will have the opportunity to learn more about Mattie’s peace message, and to better understand how peace begins and grows through activities that bring together inspiration and information, as well as recreation and education — in a festive party atmosphere with music and games and more.
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The City has also expressed a desire to include elements of Mattie’s peace message and the Foundation’s “Pathways to Peace” program in other events and trainings that support citizens in growing forward together — such as their celebrate diversity and sister city activities.
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The 2017 Peace Day Party takes place on Sunday, July 16. Join Mattie’s Foundation, the City of Rockville, King Farm Citizen’s Assembly, Mix107.3 Radio, Botanero Restaurant, Fontina Grille, The Black & Tan Band, UPstander Omékongo Dibinga, Rockville Kicks Karate, and dozens of Peace Guide volunteers for an afternoon of music and food and fun (there will even be a moon bounce and face painting!). The event runs from 3 pm to 8 pm in the King Farm Village Green area.

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2017 PEACE DAY PARTY DETAILS HERE… 

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Learn more about the
National Peace Day Campaign here…

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Photo L-R: Rockville City Council Member Virginia Onley, Council Member Beryl Feinberg, Mayor Bridget Newton, Council Member Mark Pierzchaia, Council Member Julie Carr, Mattie’s Foundation Executive Director Jeni Stepanek, and Mattie’s Foundation Board Member Joe Palermino — celebrating the 2017 Peace Day Proclamation in honor of the July 17 birthday of the late teen poet and peace activist, Mattie J.T. Stepanek.

 

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Newest gift bricks being installed…

Monday, June 26, beginning 9:30 am
Mattie’s Peace Garden
1800 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

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Medical Updates

from Mattie’s mom…

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Prayers always appreciated.

Click here…
for the messages.

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June/July 2017 UPDATE
National Peace Day Campaign

  • The City of Rockville, Maryland and the King Farm Citizens Assembly (local neighborhood) express commitment to making Peace Day an annual event – to be proclaimed each year for July 17, and to be celebrated with educational, recreational, and inspirational activities during a Peace Gathering/Party on a weekend near the date.
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  • The leaders are also committed to moving forward with the Pathways to Peace Program and becoming “Peace Certified” as a community, recognizing that PEACE UNIFIES, and the importance of choosing to “Make Peace the News.”
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  • The 2017 Peace Day Proclamation will be issued during the July 10, 2017 City Council Meeting in Rockville, Maryland (begins 7 pm). City and KFCA leadership representatives are working with representatives of Mattie’s Foundation to plan the July 16 Peace Day Party to commemorate this event.
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  • The Washingtonian Magazine is working on a feature story about Mattie’s legacy, Jeni’s peace work with Mattie’s Foundation, and the National Peace Day Campaign. The upcoming Peace Day Party planned for July 16, 2017 will be discussed in the article!
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  • Read more about the Peace Day Campaign by clicking here… 
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  • Read more about the Peace Day Party by clicking here… 

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 “From one child’s legacy…
a gift of healing for our country.”

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SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Indoor Party — 3 to 8 pm
Free Outdoor Party — 3 to 6 pm

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Peace Day Party
Celebrating Mattie’s birthday
& Peace Day Proclamation
Botanero Restaurant,
Fontina Grille, &

KF Village Green
800 Pleasant Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
(4 blocks south of Mattie’s Park) 

For DETAiLS and
information about becoming
an event Peace Guide Volunteer
CLICK HERE… 

 

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Annual Fundraiser
We Need You!
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Mattie’s Birthday Campaign

Celebrating Mattiie’s life and peace legacy…
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Share your peace messages here, and
on our annual Peace Day poster
during our summer peace event!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS….  

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Nelson Mandela  honored with the
2017 WAFF Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award

READ THE PRESS RELEASE HERE…

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Honorees

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Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award — Nelson Mandela
Presented to Ndaba Mandela and Kweku Mandela
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Humanitarian Award — Dikembe Mutomobo
NBA Hall of Fame & President of Dikembo Mutombo Foundation
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Unity Award — A Tribe Called Quest
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Concert featuring — Nile Rodgers & Chic,
A Tribe Called Quest, & surprise guests…

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… all to benefit WAFF & the Three Dot Dash teen peace initiative.

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www.WeAreFamilyFoundation.org 

LEARN MORE & RESERVE TICKETS HERE…

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2017 Just Peace Summit
March 10th to 17th
New York City 

30 new Global Teen Leaders
from six continents —

young people, changing the world,
one basic human need at a time…

Learn more about WAFF’s Three Dot Dash initiative
and the Global Teen Leadership program here… 

Learn more about the annual Just Peace Summit
inspired by Mattie and his final book
(Just Peace: A Message of Hope) here…

Learn about the 2017 Global Teen Leaders and
their basic human needs peace projects here…

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Learn about the hundreds of
GTL alumni from the past decade here…  

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Learn more about the We Are Family Foundation
which hosts the annual Just Peace Summit here…

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Mattie’s mom honored by
Children’s Hospital
(Mattie’s “home away from away”)

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March 9, 2017

15th Annual Heartsongs Luncheon
Fundraiser to benefit
Children’s National Health System

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15th Anniversary Heartsongs Award
Jeni Stepanek, PhD

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Organized by
Lisa Friedlander &
Rachel Sullivan,
Jillian Copeland & more… -
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Woodmont Country Club
Rockville, MD
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ENJOY THE PROMO
VIDEO with Mattie HERE…

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ENJOY PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HERE… 

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INFO & REGISTER HERE:
http://www.HeartsongsFund.org  

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Questions — e-mail:
L.Friedlander@verizon.net

 

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To ALL of our global neighbors
– of diverse race and religion,
of diverse age and ability,
of diverse class and culture,
of diverse thought and tradition,
of diverse pasts and preferences,
of so many other diverse realities –
YOU MATTER.

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As Mattie J.T. Stepanek said,
“We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts…
our differences are unique treasures…
to nurture, to offer, to accept.”  
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#YouMatter.
Believe it. Celebrate it. Share it.
Nurture… offer… ACCEPT…
and be a welcoming person of peace
for all others
in this mosaic of humanity.

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e-Peace Update:
Mattie’s December Prayer poem &
Preview of 2017 Activities!
CLICK HERE….

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December Prayer
a message from Mattie J.T. Stepanek
(poem written by Mattie, age 9)

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We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts,
to nurture, to offer, to accept.” — Mattie
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May you and your family,
and you friends and your colleagues,
and your many, many neighbors – 
around the block and around the world,
realize and embrace and be the source of
hope and peace during this holiday season.

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In this season of “giving and thanks” 

please remember Mattie’s Foundation. 

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Four simple ways to celebrate the season
and also support Mattie’s peace mission:
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1) Giving Tuesday (Nov 29 – tax deductible)
Click here to become a Peace Champion… 
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2) End of Year Giving (tax deductible)
Click here to become a Peace Champion… 
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3) Shop on AmazonSmile.com and choose the
“Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation”
as your charity of choice — (anytime of year).
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2743852
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4) Order Peace Shop items from MattieOnline.com
(great holiday gifts, or anytime peace gifts!).
Click here for our Peace Shop Guide...  
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Thank you!
#HopeIsReal #PeaceIsPossible
www.MattieOnline.com

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Jeni Stepanek Honored with the

2016 My Hero Humanitarian Award during
12th Annual International Film Festival 

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Read the story and view video links — HERE…

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Peace Club Kid Raises
$500 for Mattie’s Foundation 

Hitting #HomeRunsForPeace 

Read about 11-year-old William Forrester 
– “a big hit for peace” –>  here…  

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Election Reflection: On Hope, Beyond Hurt

Read Jeni Stepanek’s 11/9 2016 message here…

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YOUR shopping on AMAZON.com
can support Mattie’s Foundation
at no extra cost to you!
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Please #StartWithaSmile at
smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2743852
for your holiday gifts and
Amazon donates to
Mattie J T Stepanek Foundation Inc.

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Just click on the link above to shop,
and support our peace mission!

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Medical Updates

from Mattie’s mom…

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Prayers always appreciated.

Click here…
for the messages.

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AU Peace Educator, Barbara Wien,

Speaks at First Annual
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peace Lecture
Hosted by Peace Certified IKF

Story & Photos HERE.. 

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For Our World Campaign Update –
A Dozen New Translations Posted!

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From Albanian to Zulu,
download your free translation of the
“international passage for peace”
Mattie penned on September 11, 2001…
CLICK HERE…  

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Click here for Peace Tips & Activity Links, 
and suggestions for commemorating PEACE
on the anniversary of 9/11 (or ANY day). 

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2016 Pathways to Peace
Train-the-Trainer Workshop:
A HUGE Success!

Learn more about the 2-day workshop
and the Pathways to Peace Program & Participants
held in Baltimore, Maryland here… 

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Mattie’s Birthday Campaign 2017

This is a year-round campaign.
From June 22 (Mattie’s anniversary)
through July 17 (Mattie’s Birthday),
the Foundation highlights our annual
“Birthday Campaign” to support his legacy.
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Most of the activities and programs created
by Mattie’s Foundation are offered at
no cost to participants around the world.
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We count on the generosity of global neighbors
like you to support our peace effort.

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Please click here to learn more and view 
 our current Birthday Champions (so far)…  
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Please click here to
support Mattie’s peace mission…

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Thank you!  

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 Peace is for all people…

#StopTheViolence
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Read an excerpt from Mattie’s “Just Peace book. This 7-paragraph e-mail was written more than a decade ago as an outline for a school assignment. The message Mattie shared so many years ago is still relevant —  and needed — today.

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Please take a few minutes to read these thoughts from Mattie.

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This is one of the last messages Mattie ever wrote. He was not strong enough to complete the essay he planned in this e-mail. But his passion for and love for all of humanity never wavered, and I believe that today, he is kneeling in prayer — with hope, for peace.

Mattie’s “We Need to Dream” – essay here… 
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“We Need to Dream”your comments here…

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Documentary
in planning!

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“I Am… Mattie”

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The first full-length
documentary on the
life and legacy of
Mattie J.T. Stepanek.
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Learn more here… 

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June 2017 e-Peace Update posted:

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 - Mattie’s Birthday Campaign-
 - 2017 Peace Day Party-
 - Gift Brick Installation & more… 
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View all current and archived
e-Peace Updates HERE… 

 

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http://www.mattieonline.com/?p=24688
Our annual birthday campaign is in full swing!


Please celebrate Mattie’s birthday,
and the 12th anniversary of the
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
with peace, and a gift that supports
his ongoing peace mission! 

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CLICK HERE
to offer your gift of $25 (or more)
to celebrate Mattie’s birthday.

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Learn more and view our
Birthday Champions (so far) HERE…
Thank you! 

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A message of peace… from Mattie.

We Need to Dream
by Mattie J.T. Stepanek
An excerpt from Mattie’s final book…
An essential message for our world today.
Click here to read Mattie’s thoughts…  

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Just Thoughts — A Message from Mattie’s mom

Peace Is Possible. 

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e-Peace Update posted December, 2012,
and still relevant today… please read,
then please share your comments
(links here –> e-mail or Facebook)
to be posted on our What You Are Saying page)

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We Are Family Foundation’s Three Dot Dash
2017 Just Peace Summit – inspired by Mattie’s book,
“Just Peace: A Message of Hope”
30 Global Teens gathering to

connect projects to purpose — for peace!
Learn more here –> www.ThreeDotDash.org
Follow the activities on Mattie’s Facebook page here… 

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Morning Crunch:

Is Peace on Our To Do List

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CLICK HERE

to read
Mattie’s Morning Crunch poem

and our article about
peace on our To Do List

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Celebrating and appreciating the life and legacy
of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.,

and his commitment to peace — for all people.

Click on image to enlarge

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May 2017 be filled with choices in attitude and action
that nurture peace, for our world.

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
www.MattieOnline.com

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New! Mattie’s Foundation peace wristbands!
Great gifts, great party favors, and a
great way to support Mattie’s Foundation.
ORDER in our PEACE SHOP —> here…

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EXCITING NEWS
– Peace Day Campaign – 

CLICK HERE TO READ 
WHAT IS HAPPENING
TODAY! 

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Please support our effort
to secure
a National Peace Day
to be celebrated annually
on July 17
(Mattie’s birthday).

CLICK HERE
for information
and links to our on-line petition and
our  Letter of Support form
for you to sign…

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What difference does Peace Club Kids Membership make?

click on image to enlarge… 

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See more art, poetry, and peace posts
from our Peace Club Kids here… 

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Learn more about our Peace Club programs here… 
(Peace Club Kids is FREE!) 

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Check out the most recent Message from Mama Peace
for Peace Club youth and family members here…

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A Quick Guide to Our Peace Programs

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How are they different? 

Which one(s) are best for you

and for your family or organization?

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Click here to learn more… 

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Just Thoughts
– A Message from Mattie’s mom

——Peace Is Possible. 

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Mattie’s Foundation Needs You

—– Letter from Jeni Stepanek, “Mattie’s mom”

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Press Releases, e-Peace, & Archives

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Read our Press & News Releases here…

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Explore our e-Peace Updates here…

Visit our Archives here…

 

 





November Spotlight

Peace Seeker

Our Peace Seeker Spotlights honor our Peace Club Youth members -- and the families, educators, and mentors who choose to support these Kids, Tweens, and Teens in learning and celebrating that “peace is possible.” Read more...

Peace Maker

Our Peace Maker Spotlights honor our Peace Club General & VIP members – adults who "choose peace" and offer a small membership fee that supports our activities and programs, including the free activities offered to our youth members. Read more...

Peace Bringer

Our Peace Bringer Spotlights honor our Peace Activity Certificate and Peace Certification Program participants – individuals, families, educators, schools, communities, and more who choose to move from “attitude to action” with peace. Read more...

Peace Sponsor

Our Peace Sponsor Spotlights honor our Champions, Advocates, and Program Messengers – individuals, organizations, and businesses whose financial or in-kind contributions support the mission and work of Mattie’s Foundation. Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek