Montgomery County Commission

Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 535,153, making it the fifth-most populous county in Ohio. The county seat is Dayton. The county was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. Montgomery County is part of the Dayton, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Montgomery County Commissioners have affirmed their commitment to peace and the legacy of Dayton’s peace history. Each year, the Commissioners plan an event around International Day of Peace, including the Honoring Our Veterans events and the cleanup of the Greencastle Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Dayton.

Five Rivers Chautauqua

The Five Rivers Chautauqua was inspired by the Peace Dayton Collaborative Group and has become an organization dedicated to dialogue and events each summer and fall. The group has been integral in planting Peace Trees, the pine tree ceremonies that are a Native American tradition.

During the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, the serene setting at SunWatch transformed with the beat of drums and the sounds and rhythm of American Indian music. For American Indians, Pow Wow is a special time to reflect upon a rich heritage and come into the Pow Wow circle with honor and respect for one another and the drum.

This Pow Wow is the culminating event of this year’s inaugural Five Rivers Chautauqua with storysharing and storylistening as we gather in right relationship to celebrate our unity.

Website: facebook.com/fiveriverschautauqua/

Miami Valley OTSE

The Miami Valley chapter of Ohioans to Stop Executions is a grassroots organization that works to educate the public about the flaws and injustices in the Ohio death penalty system. We promote humane alternatives to capital punishment and reform of the criminal justice system.

The Miami Valley OTSE is a the local branch of the Ohio coalition of organizations and like-minded individuals working to reduce and end the use of capital punishment in Ohio. In 2016, the group hosted at Summit Church a group of speakers that included former Ohio Governor Taft as well as others with insight into the death penalty.

We are faith leaders, community leaders, activists, attorneys, death row exonerees and those who have lost loved ones to violence. OTSE is the state affiliate of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Website: otse.org

Dayton VA Medical Center

The Dayton VA has participated in Peace Day for several years, especially in the Honoring Veterans event.

The 150th Anniversary of the Dayton VA Medical Center is a year-long celebration to: recognize and pay tribute to the Soldiers Home and all the Veterans and families who have served and sacrificed over the past 150 years; to strengthen relationships with community partners, Veterans Service Organizations and the general public; to publicize the many services and capabilities of the Dayton VA Medical Center; and to increase Veteran enrollment.

Website: dayton.va.gov

Dayton Mediation Center

The Dayton Mediation Center has a rich history of providing free and low-cost conflict management services to the community as part of our vision to provide a peaceful and non-violent process for responding to conflicts.

We help people have difficult conversations – so they can say what they need to say and be heard, and hear the other person as well. Our services include mediation, facilitation, conflict resolution training/education, workplace team building, conflict coaching and restorative justice.  Neighbors, families, parents, youth, community groups and co-workers use our services to address a wide range of issues.

We are an agency of the City of Dayton and we provide services to community members through our connections with Dayton Municipal Court, the Dayton Police Department, Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Montgomery County Sheriff and other collaborations.

Website: DaytonMediationCenter.org

Church Women United in Greater Dayton

Dayton’s branch of Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Founded in 1941, Church Women United is:

  • a movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women;
  • biblically based, shared Christian faith;
  • organized into more than 1,200 local and state units working for peace and justice in the United States and Puerto Rico;
  • supported by constituents in state and local units and denominational women’s organizations;
  • impassioned by the Holy Spirit to act on behalf of women and children throughout the world; and
  • recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations.

Website: ChurchWomen.org