Campaign Nonviolence Advances 1,600+ Peacemaking Actions

Over 1,600 marches, prayer vigils, festivals, and other events took place from September 16 to 24, 2017, across the United States and worldwide, as part of Campaign Nonviolence’s fourth annual “Week of Actions.” These actions culminated on September 21, the International Day of Peace. Thousands participated in this unprecedented grassroots campaign to build a culture of peace free from racism, war, poverty, and environmental destruction.

Said Dr. Ken Butigan, cofounder of Campaign Nonviolence and professor at DePaul University, “People across the United States rallied together to end violence and injustice and begin peacemaking. Our unified voices are urging policy shifts that advance peace, justice, and environmental restoration and protection.”

Celebrating Spring with APCI

Have a heart that never hardens,
a temper that never tires,
and a touch that never hurts.

– CHARLES DICKENS
Aggie Perilli Communications International (APCI) celebrates spring with a tribute to inspired films and integrated media. Below is an award-winning film produced by APCI filmmaker Joe Wein. Please sit back and enjoy!

Goldfish won the Austin and Chicago film festivals, and was the official selection of more than 100 film festivals worldwide. Joe’s film also won the UNICEF U.K. Best Narrative Short and the U.K. Showcommotion Audience Award.

Taking My Passions Public

What the World Needs Now To Engage, Unify, and Transform

How did I get into the business of communication and what has been my secret to success? This is a post about communications guided by values.

by Aggie Perilli 

In 1990, a former colleague recommended me to Pfizer in New York to write, design and produce a global newsmagazine that would advance its vision to be the world’s top pharmaceutical company. The executive who hired me had recently returned from a management conference that encouraged three leadership essentials: communications, communications, and communications.

Happy New Year!

“Blessed is the season which engages the
whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

– HAMILTON WRIGHT MABIE

APCI’s acclaimed artist and animator Jeff Bedrick captured the spirit of the season in A Christmas Carol, an oil painting reproduced by Elms Puzzles as a high-end, hand-cut wood puzzle. Jeff’s inspiration came from the classic tale written by Charles Dickens to open the hearts of the fortunate so they’d seize the day and return the love. Dickens’ tale about the redemptive power of the human spirit remains as transformative today as it was in 1843, when A Christmas Carol was first published.

Gloria Steinem’s Top Ten Ways To Live Fearlessly

communicating with ourselves and one another

At the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia in October, feminist and social justice activist Gloria Steinem presented her 5,000-member audience with a list of the top ten ways she learned to live fearlessly. In the style of David Letterman, the legendary Steinem read her list backwards.

10. Reverse the golden rule and treat yourself as well as you treat others. Take time to nurture your own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being so that you can feel and be your best.

Prevent Disasters: Replace Nuclear Power with Clean Energy

communicating with nature

by Aggie Perilli

In August, I was dismayed to write about 14 significant events or near misses at nuclear power plants in the United States last year. Near misses raise the risk of accidents that can be lethal for area workers, neighbors and the environment.

While writing that post, an earthquake underscored the imperative of replacing nuclear power, as well as fossil fuels, with more cost-effective renewables that are safe and clean.

Last year’s near misses occurred in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina (three times) and Virginia. 

Just Don’t Call Me Late for Dinner

what’s in a word?

by Aggie Perilli

Exactly one month ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that gave gay couples the right to marry. I was tickled by the New York Times article entitled You’re Making Me the Bride? A Hiccup for Gay Unions. A gay couple from the East Village had tried to apply for a marriage license early. The marriage application in the city clerk’s office required the two men to choose either bride or groom. When this was brought to the attention of city officials, they quickly scrambled to expand their forms.