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A Center Forum Event:
An Evening with  
Peace and Education Activist,
Founder, Trust in Education (TIE)
Speaking on his autobiography:  
Off the Couch Into the War for Hearts and Minds
Thursday, March 16th, 2017 
6 PM Potluck, 7 PM presentation
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Local activists know Budd MacKenzie from his 13-year campaign to bring education, economic   development and needed supplies to the people of Afghanistan, who have been living in a war zone since the 1970s.  With an army of volunteers, Budd and his NGO, Trust in Education, pack up school and medical supplies and meals for shipment to Afghanistan on US Army planes to be distributed to Afghan families living in refugee camps. A recipient of the MDPJC Local Heroes of Peace award and named by his Holiness the Dalai Lama as one of the 2014 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion”, Budd is the best of us!  
KHALED HOSSEINI, author of best selling novels The Kite Runner A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountain Echoed writes: “Budd MacKenzie’s book is more than a chronicling of his extraordinary humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan since 2003 – which my foundation has been proud to support.  Budd’s book is a passionate cry against apathy and its insidious power.  It is a call to action.  In his own words, hope is not a strategy.  MacKenzie, an ordinary person moved to service by a deep sense of goodwill and moral urgency, bravely challenges ordinary Americans to join the struggle against poverty and human suffering.  He asks us to not forget that millions inside war-wracked Afghanistan, especially children and women, remain marginalized, brutalized, and in need of education, work, food, shelter.  He asks that we give something of ourselves to those who, as the fable goes, suffer the most and cry out the least.  Not only because it is needed, or the right thing to do.  But because, as Winston Churchill put it, you make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.  Budd MacKenzie has made himself quite a life.”  
Tickets: $10 in advance / $15 at the door / FREE for Students 
 MDPJC member discount . More info call (925) 933-7850
Please bring a dish to share if attending potluck