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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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Services for Clarkstown North Student Crash Victim Wednesday & Thursday

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NEW CITY, NY – Today, family and friends are gathering to say a final goodbye to Clarkstown North High School junior Vlad Hvalyk.

Visiting hours are today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Michael J Higgins Funeral Home in New City. The funeral is Thursday in Spring Valley.

The 16-year-old died last Thursday after he was a passenger in car that crashed on Congers Road in New City.
The alleged drunk driver, 18-year-old Alan Mendoza, is facing a handful of felonies, including aggravated vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter.

 

GoFundMe to pay for funeral expenses and medical costs has raised more than $55,000.

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New City Crash Victim Identified, GoFundMe Created to Support Family

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New City, NY –  In a letter to the school district, Superintendent Marty Cox released the identify of the Clarkstown North High School student who passed following Thursday’s accident in New City. Vlad Hvalyk was in his year at Junior at Clarkstown North High School and just a month shy of his 17th birthday. A GoFundMe has been created to support the family of Clarkstown North High School Junior Vlad Hvalyk who tragically passed away on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 in a car accident on Congers Road in New City.

LINK TO THE GOFUNDME HERE.

Vlad was only 16 years old when he was the passenger in a car to a drunk driver on the night of May 6, 2021. He suffered many injuries and experienced an immense amount of trauma. He had undergone a surgery that sadly could not save him. Unfortunately, Vlad passed away on May 7, 2021 just a month before his 17th birthday.

Vlad’s memory and life will be survived by his parents, sister, brother and friends. Vlad was extremely loved and no words can explain the hurt we are all feeling. All donations and proceeds will go to Vlad’s medical bills and funeral costs. Thank you.

We have been told that this is a verified GoFundMe account with all funds raised going directly to the family.

(Information and photos via GoFundMe)

GOFUNDME LINK HERE

You can read more details about the accident here.

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