This week, we received the great news that the IIIC will be presented with the 2018 Peace Award from the Peace Islands Institute at their 9th Annual Friendship Dinner on September 25th. The evening will celebrate cultural diversity, and promote peace and harmony across people from different walks of life. We are grateful to Peace Islands Institute for recognizing the work we do to support refugees in New England, and for hosting an event that really brings diverse communities together. We very much look forward to sharing a meal with fellow honorees.
Also this week, the Irish Network Boston said farewell to Co-Chair, Victoria Denoon, who is returning to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Victoria and her Co-Chair, Cathal Conlon, have led IN Boston for the past two years, organizing really excellent educational, social, and cultural events for the community. We appreciate Victoria’s leadership and all her hard work, and we wish her much success and happiness back home in Belfast.
Finally, it was great to read that “a federal judge earlier this week halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after learning that the Trump administration started to remove a woman and her daughter while a court hearing appealing their deportations was underway,” as reported by the Washington Post. Apparently the judge ordered the government to “turn the plane around.” Great to see justice prevail, and I am reminded of Sheenagh Pugh’s wonderful poem: “Sometimes things don’t go from bad to worse…”
Wishing you all the best for the weekend and week ahead, and may justice prevail.