The Dallas Peace Center, founded in 1981 by the Peace Mennonite Church, will present its annual peacemaker awards today. The recipients are:
Elizabeth Villafranca: Peacemaker of the Year Award for defending immigrants’ rights by challenging a proposed immigration ordinance in Farmers Branch. She is an owner of Cuquita’s Restaurants in Dallas and Farmers Branch.
The Council on American Islamic Relations-DFW: Peacemaking Organization of the Year Award for bringing attention to the incarceration of immigrant children and for its advocacy of due process in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation, a group that was accused of supporting terrorism by funneling money to Hamas.
The Rev. Dawson Tunnell: Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to peace and justice. He has worked with Bread for the World and the Campaign for Global Security and is currently working with Peace Action Denton.
About the center: The Dallas Peace Center works with secular and religious movements “to promote education, dialogue and action for peace and justice.”