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Rev. Richard Deats, Long-Time Global Peace Movement Leader, Passes Away

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Rev. Richard Deats, a long-time global peace movement leader and one of the most influential teachers of the philosophy and practice of nonviolent action in 20th-century movements, died in Nyack on April 7 from complications related to pneumonia, according to his son, Mark Deats. He was 89.

“As a long-time leader of the global peace movement organization, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and editor of Fellowship magazine, Richard Deats was one of the most well respected, well connected, and most influential peace movement leaders in the United States and the world during the last half of the 20th century,” said Rev. John Dear, a close friend and former executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, or FOR.

“Deats worked closely with peace leaders around the world, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rev. Jim Lawson and other civil rights leaders, several of Mahatma Gandhi’s heirs, Thich Nhat Hanh and various Buddhist leaders, Rev. Daniel Berrigan, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu,” Dear said. Deats joined Mrs. King at the White House when Ronald Reagan signed into law the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the early 1980s, Deats helped organize and present hundreds of workshops on nonviolence attended by tens of thousands of people throughout the Philippines which laid the groundwork for the People Power nonviolence movement that brought down the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship in 1986. He also led 13 peace delegations to the Soviet Union in the 1980s that helped ease tensions and build relations at the height of the Cold War.

The Rev. Richard Deats died April 7, 2021. (Courtesy of the Deats family)

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Progressive Foot Care Holds 15th Annual Holiday Shoe Drive for the Homeless

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NANUET, NY – For the past 14 years, Progressive Foot Care have collected over 15,000 pairs of footwear to benefit the less fortunate. They are partnering with The United Way of Rockland (uwrc.org) and Catholic Charities of Rockland (ccsrockland.org), as well as Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill (CHHOP chhop.org).

They will helping to support local businesses recovering from the pandemic. Several local businesses have donated gift certificates which will be drawn in a Facebook Live raffle in mid-December.

Everyone who donates footwear towards the shoe drive is eligible to receive a raffle ticket, available at the front desk at each of their offices (limit one per donor).

Office locations:

White Plains: 95 Church Street, Suite 210, White Plains, NY 10601.

Nanuet: 259 South Middletown Road, 2nd Floor, Nanuet, NY  10954

Footwear can be dropped off at our offices until December 15th.

Our local businesses generously donating raffle prizes are:

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American Colosseum Pro Wrestling Santa Slam at the Haverstraw Center on December 3rd

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American Colosseum Pro Wrestling presents:SANTA SLAM!!!!

Saturday, December 3
7:05pm Bell Time
at The Haverstraw Center
50 West Broad Street (in Haverstraw)
Tickets: $15

Come support some very talented Rockland Pro Wrestlers at this benefit for The Haverstraw Center’s Christmas Gift Program.  Bring the kids and get some candy…SANTA CLAUS will be there!

Haverstraw’s own ANTHONY MARKOS won the ACW War Eagle Championship at the last Haverstraw Center show…but will he walk out of the Center with that belt on December 3rd??

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