Marie Benner-Rhoades

Developing Leadership for Peace in Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Stories of Key Peace & Justice Work

Marie is extensively involved in many communities, dedicating herself to advocating for justice and peace and standing up to violence and oppression.

One of her roles is being the Youth and Young Adult Peace Formation Director for On Earth Peace.

Some of her other key commitments include serving on the steering committee of Christian Peacemaker Teams, a role that allows her to invite collaboration between multiple organizations for the benefit of creating campaigns against oppression and violence.

She is also active in Open Doors English located in her local community of Ithaca, NY as the Advisory Board chair/convener.

On top of these roles, she is a part of the Community Counts Bullying Prevention Task Force at Trumansburg Elementary School

Read Marie's stories at the key organizations she has been a part of:

Christian Peacemaker Teams Open Doors English On Earth Peace

For additional information about Marie's work, follow her social media outlets and how On Earth Peace has impacted her work.

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Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an accompaniment organization, people go to specific locations and walk with other people who are experiencing violent oppression and help to amplify their stories of abuse and oppression so that they may be heard by everybody. Christian Peacemaker Teams primarily works out of Turtle Island (US, Canada), Palestine, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Colombia and the Aegean Migrant Solidarity. Marie is the chair of the steering committee as a representative for On Earth Peace where she assisted in developing the Harassment/Sexual Harassment Policy and Child Safeguarding Policy. She takes pride in her work as she is able to connect the undoing oppression work done by both Christian Peacemaker Teams and On Earth Peace and in the process strengthen both organizations.

Follow Christian Peacemaker Teams's progress and work:

Christian Peacemaker Teams's Website

Christian Peacemaker Teams's Facebook

Christian Peacemaker Teams's Twitter

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Open Doors English

Open Doors English empowers adult English language learners in Ithaca and Tompkins County to live fuller lives through affordable, comprehensive English Language (ESL) classes. The organization works to build trust between people in the Ithaca community as well as being a program of the Center For Transformative Action. Marie is the Advisory Board chair/convener where she brings her nonprofit experience and logistical experience to help build it so that it may continue to serve the people of Ithaca. 

Follow Open Door English's progress and work:

Open Door English's Website

Open Door English's Facebook 

Open Door English's Instagram

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On Earth Peace

On Earth Peace focuses on supporting people who are working for justice and peace, helping them to develop as leaders in their communities. Marie has been a pivotal member of On Earth Peace. She brings her vast experience in nonprofit work and as the current Youth and Young Adult Peace Formation Director to help foster the internship program which allows for talented and inspiring interns to get a feel of working in a well respected nonprofit organization. Furthermore, she is in charge of coordinating and overseeing youth programming and helping to organize workshops. 

Follow On Earth Peace's progress and work:

On Earth Peace's Website

On Earth Peace's Facebook

On Earth Peace's Twitter

On Earth Peace's Instagram

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On Earth Peace's Impact on Marie

“OEP’s value of intergenerational leadership development has impacted my work for justice and peace -- first as a youth through their peace retreats, then as a young adult staff person providing a decentralized work culture that allowed me to move and grow without changing my job, and now as a parent and professional welcoming my children into OEP spaces and inviting me to participate in organizational leadership at OEP and with our partners.” 
-- Marie Benner-Rhoades

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Get A Free Sticker of Your Choice

Here is one of Marie's favorite stickers from our "JustPeace Outfitters" online store, highlighting her goal of lifting up silenced voices.

Anyone who makes a donation to OEP through this "JustPeace Leaders" campaign will receive a free sticker of your choice from our growing gallery of peace and justice stickers in the JPO online store.

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