Friends General Conference

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City Love and Kallan Benson

Evening Programs
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm
FGC Gathering at Radford University

City Love

Sterling Duns and Caselli Jordan are City Love - a West Philly social justice music and education duo. They are teachers and musicians who make music for the world we need and use our songs to spread love, hope, dialogue, justice and healing. City Love has shared assemblies, workshops, and performances at schools, colleges, and conferences throughout the country and recently released a young children's album about race, honoring our differences, standing up for each other, equity, self-love, and belonging.

Sterling Duns (Dwight Dunston) is a West Philly based hip-hop artist, musician, educator, facilitator, organizer, and Quaker. (Kind of like the Bayard Rustin of hip hop, or James Baldwin as an emcee.) He holds a BA in English from Dickinson College and an MA in Poetry from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Sterling is the Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education at Friends' Central School, a facilitator with the University of Pennsylvania Lion’s Story project, as well as serving on numerous boards throughout Philadelphia and speaking at colleges and conferences throughout the country.

Brian Caselli Jordan (Caselli) is an educator and songwriter who might remind you a little bit of a 2019 Mister Rogers.  His mission in life is to use music to help heal human culture and consciousness towards love, gratitude, hope, virtue, equity, justice, peace, sustainability and freedom.  He holds a B.S. in Italian and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Holistic Nutrition Educator certificate from Bauman College and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at Temple University.

Learn more about City Love and listen to their album on their website: http://www.muchcitylove.com/

Kallan Benson

Kallan Benson, at 16, is already a veteran activist with 7 years of experience fighting for a sustainable future. Kallan is a national coordinator for Fridays For Future USA and integral to the international movement. She initiated the national strike movement on December 7, 2018, as one of the first two youths to establish strike locations. In less than one year, her efforts built a broad collaborative community, with approximately 300 weekly strike locations across the country.

Through the Mother Earth Project, she co-directs a collaborative art activism initiative, Parachutes for the Planet, which invites participants to express their concerns about the future through community art. The project, initiated by her own art parachute that represented the voices of 1600 students at the Peoples Climate March in 2017, has expanded world-wide, attracting the participation of nearly 3000 communities of youth.

Because Kallan is an introvert who is often uncomfortable receiving attention, she is driven to seek creative ways to express her activism and ease others into action. She has earned the nickname "Butterfly" for a ubiquitous pair of wings from which she draws confidence in crowds. Greta Thunberg famously asserted, "You are never too small to make a difference." Those who work with Kallan quickly learn not to underestimate the "Butterfly" effect.

Watch Kallan's speech for FridaysForFuture at UN Champions of The Earth Award Assembly (September, 2019.) Learn more about Kallan in the Friends Journal article "Giving Up Childhood to Avert Climate Catastrophe" (December 2019.)

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