A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, REFLECTION AND RE-ENVISIONING OUR WORLD

A Call to Compassion, Peace and Community Dedicated to Our Children and Our Children’s Children   WHEREAS, Mass shooting rates continue to rise in countries all around the world, killing innocent people and eroding any collective sense of safety and shared humanity, WHEREAS, In the United States alone there have been 2,180 mass shootings, killing over 2,400 people and wounding 9,125, since Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, WHEREAS, Recent attacks stretching from Texas to Afghanistan, from rifling within stores and bars to car bombings near ...

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A Call for Compassion, Peace and Community

On behalf of our Sister Cities International network, all of our members and partners, we would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the communities, families, and individuals in Gilroy, CA, Dayton, OH, and El Paso, TX who have been affected by the violent acts perpetrated over the past few days. We laud the work of the first responders and medical professionals who have done everything in their power to heal the wounds of these attacks. These tragedies cannot, and should not, be overlooked. In this trying time for our country, we turn to what unites us, and what ...

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SCI Expresses Its Condolences to the Family and Friends of Former Organization Executive Thomas W. Gittins

The Sister Cities International team would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Tom Gittins, who passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on July 6, 2019. Tom's dedication in promoting SCI's core values of understanding, mutual respect, and cooperation has left an ever-lasting imprint on SCI. We are extremely grateful for Tom's many years of service to our organization, and for his commitment and devotion to promoting citizen diplomacy. He will be truly missed. Tom Gittins was President of Gittins & Associates, Inc., a consulting ...

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Congratulations to the 2019 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners

We want to extend a huge congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2019 Young Artists and Authors Showcase. For decades, Sister Cities International has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase. The Showcase has given youth worldwide the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original artwork and literature. This year's theme was "Global Citizens: Resilient Communities" which highlights the importance of citizen diplomacy and ...

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Sister Cities of Hampton and Anyang, South Korea Celebrating 30 Years of Friendship

In celebration of a 30 year friendship, Sister Cities of Hampton and the Hampton City Council hosted a delegation of twenty-five officials from Anyang, South Korea led by Mayor Choi Dae Ho. The delegation visited the City of Hampton from June 30-July 3, 2019. In the spirt of celebrating this milestone, various educational, cultural, and economic development activities were planned. The delegation viewed the Apollo 12 Exhibit and IMAX 50th year Anniversary of the Apollo program, explored the “Space Habitat”, enjoyed a STEM demonstration, and viewed Hampton’s ...

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SCI President and CEO Explains the Meaning Behind the 2019 SCI Annual Conference Theme

ABOUT THE VIDEO SCI President and CEO Roger Mark De Souza explains why this year’s theme, "Cities Mean Business" is relevant to cities and their engagement in Sister Cities International's citizen diplomat network. SCI members have access to an array of benefits and become part of an incredible network of citizen diplomats working to ensure peace worldwide. ABOUT SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL Sister Cities International has awarded the Sister Cities International Dwight D. Eisenhower Peace Prize since 2016, the 60th Anniversary of the White House Summit on Citizen ...

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Sister Cities International Awards the 2019 Dwight D. Eisenhower Peace Prize to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2019) – Sister Cities International is honored to present the 2019 Eisenhower Peace Prize to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Ms. Kennedy Townsend will receive the prize at Sister Cities International’s 2019 Annual Conference Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags on Thursday morning, July 18 in Houston, Texas. Every year Sister Cities International awards the Eisenhower Peace Prize to a nationally recognized leader whose lifetime of public service exemplifies, epitomizes, and promotes the value of the citizen diplomat in the timeless, noble cause of ...

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Sister Cities International To Host Africa Forum at 2019 Annual Conference in Houston

WASHINGTON, DC (July 11, 2019) – Sister Cities International (SCI) will be hosting an Africa Forum during the 2019 Annual conference, which will be held July 17th- 19th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in Houston, Texas. The forum will be held offsite at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs of Texas Southern University on Wednesday, July 17th. This event will allow participants to find out how to build partnerships with Africa; meet the Houston-Luanda Sister Cities Association, the only African sister City of Houston; meet representatives and potent...

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BRENDA BRUMFIELD TO RECEIVE STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD AT SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

Washington, DC, (July 10, 2019) –Sister Cities International is honored to announce that State Representative Brenda Brumfield will receive the Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 Annual Awards Dinner and Gala in Houston, Texas. Each year, Sister Cities International presents the Distinguished Service Award to extraordinary individuals who, through their efforts and accomplishments, have made significant contributions to society through the communities they serve. “The Distinguished Service Award is reserved for those State Representatives who have worked ...

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Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee Celebrates the Rich History of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Through Cultural Diplomacy

Alexandria, Egypt, was a world center of knowledge and learning in the third century BCE, when its ancient library gathered scrolls and scholars from around the world. Now the Bibliotheca Alexandria (BA) in the 21st century is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original library. The Baltimore Luxor Alexandria Sister City Committee (BLASCC) will be celebrating the ancient and new Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) this summer. BLASCC is hosting Heba El-Rafey, Director of Public Relations and International Communications at the BA, for a ...

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