Yoko Ono announces the recipients of the 2018 Lennon-Ono Grant For Peace, the biennial award she inaugurated in 2002. Make The Road NY and The Wounded Warrior Fund at Walter Reed National Military Centre will each receive $101,000.
Yoko will present the awards at a private function in her apartment in New York on October 9, John Lennon’s birthday.
Ono said today; “As our world becomes increasingly dangerous and people find it hard to know who to trust and who to believe, I think it’s very important that we continue to shine a light on those who stand for peace. Many people in this world believe in peace and the recipients of the Lennon-Ono Grant For Peace, past and present, are amongst those who help us all carry the message of peace forward so that future generations might live in a better world. The work they do is invaluable”.
The Lennon-Ono Grant For Peace
The Lennon-Ono Grant For Peace was established by Ono in 2002 to celebrate, support and assist those who continue to strive for peace. Previous recipients of the award have included Pussy Riot, Doctors Without Borders, Josh Fox, Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, The Centre for Constitutional Rights, Al Weiwei and Anish Kapoor.
Make the Road New York
Make the Road New York (MRNY) is a 23,000-member community organisation that builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice. Using four core strategies – grassroots organising, policy innovation, transformative education and provision of survival services – MRNY address the most pressing issues facing communities – from attacks on immigrants, to police violence, to lack of affordable housing, and more. MRNY is now the largest participatory grassroots immigrant organisation in New York, with vibrant community centres in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is the Nation’s largest and most renowned joint military medical centre. Also known as the President’s Hospital, WRNMMC represents the “Best of the Best” in military medicine. WRNMMC is comprised of roughly 7,000 dedicated staff members providing care in a multidisciplinary environment who make it their daily mission to achieve the vision and mission of our medical centre.
WRNMMC is the combined legacy of National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, having brought the two iconic medical facilities together in September of 2011. The Wounded Warrior fund at WRNMCC was established in 2004 to support servicemen and women being treated originally at WRAMC and now at WRNMMC due to service in Iraq, Afghanistan and surrounding areas. The fund supports soldiers who have been injured and lost limbs, ensuring both themselves and their family members receive assistance such as help with travel, funding for lodging and other expenses.
Yoko will be regularly answering a selection of questions at the end of the week. Questions can be asked by tagging them #yokoqanda on Twitter. Every Thursday questions will be selected and answers will be published the following week on www.imaginepeace.com.