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Al Filipov Peace and Justice Forum to Honor John Hockenberry

The forum to honor the life of Al Filipov, a Concord man who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, will present the second annual award to journalist John Hockenberry.

The following was provided by the Filipov Forum Committee.

The Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum, which honors the memory of a beloved member of of Concord who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, announced earlier this month that John Hockenberry will receive the second annual Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award for his work as a journalist and advocate for the rights of the disabled.

As the Forum’s 2012 honoree, Hockenberry will speak—following the award’s presentation—on Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. at in Concord.

“We are so excited to have John Hockenberry this year. I’ve seen his TED talks and read his book. He will deliver a powerful message,” said Loretta Filipov, on 9/11.

Hockenberry, a four-time Peabody Award winner and four-time Emmy award winner, will give a talk titled “The Main Event: Inclusion from Politics to the Paralympics.” He is currently co-host of “The Takeaway,” a radio show produced by Public Radio International and WNYC New York. He is also author of the best-selling memoir, Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence.

The Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum works to promote peace and justice among all people, and to demonstrate the power of an individual to make a positive difference in the world. This fall’s event is free and open to all, although donations will be accepted. For questions or special assistance, please email info@alfilipov.org.

Held annually in September since 2002, the Forum invites a distinguished individual to speak about his or her work and vision. Speakers are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and faith traditions, but all share the commitment of a life actively engaged for a more peaceful and equitable world. In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11, the Forum inaugurated the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award to be presented annually on the evening of the Forum to honor the work of our distinguished speaker and to commend the speaker’s contributions to a more peaceful and just world.


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