Filipov Forum

2019 Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum
SUNday, September 15th at 4:00PM

Please mark your calendars now for the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum. This year we are honoring Lois Gibbs for her lifelong work for environmental justice. Ms. Gibbs was the primary organizer of the Love Canal Homeowners Association where, in 1978, she brought public attention to the Love Canal environmental crisis in Niagara Falls, NY. Her actions resulted in the evacuation of over 800 families to live in safer environs. A pioneer in the field of environmental justice, she has worked to help train and support local activists with their environmental work. Ms. Gibbs is currently the Executive Director of Center for Health, Environment, and Justice in Washington, DC.

The Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum was founded to promote peace and justice among all people and to demonstrate the power of an individual to make a positive difference in the world. The forum honors the memory of Al Filipov, a beloved member of our congregation, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Held annually since September 2002, the Forum invites a distinguished individual to speak about his or her work and vision.


Al Filipov Peace and Justice Forum

Each September, we sponsor a nationally known speaker on topics of peace and justice in the Christian-Judeo tradition. The forum is a tribute to a long-time member of our congregation, Alexander Filipov who was killed on September 11, 2001 when Flight 11 crashed into the first tower at the World Trade Center. Al believed that an individual, acting on principles, can make a profound difference in the world.

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2016 Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum

Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m.


The color of our blood is red, the suffering that each of us experienced is enormous, all of our tears are equally bitter. If we can talk to each other everyone can”.

These are the words of members of the Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF), based jointly in Israel and Palestine and this year’s award recipient and speakers for the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum. The Forum honors the memory of TriCon member, Al Filipov, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The PCFF is a unique organization made up of more than 600 Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families. Since its establishment in 1995, the members – all of whom have lost a family member to the conflict between these two countries – have undertaken a joint effort in the midst of ongoing violence to transform their incredible loss and pain into a catalyst for reconciliation and peace. Members have chosen to convert anger, vengeance, helplessness, and despair into actions of hope through education, public awareness, and advocacy projects that foster humanization and empathy towards both Israelis and Palestinians. They believe that a mutual recognition of the personal and national narrative of each side is critical to achieving a lasting peace. 

Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. Although the PCFF has no stated position on the political solution of the conflict, most of its members agree that the solution must be based on free negotiations between the leadership of both sides to ensure basic human rights, the establishment of two states for two peoples, and the signing of a peace treaty. The historic reconciliation between the two nations is a necessary condition for obtaining a sustainable peace treaty.

Mark your calendars now and join us on September 25 for an inspirational and special time. For more information about PCFF, go to:

The 2015 Filipov Forum was held at
4pm on September 27th @ TriCon

with Special Guest Speaker and recipient of the
2015 Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award

MALIKA SAADA SAAR – Special Counsel of Human Rights at The Raben Group


If you missed it, you can watch this YOUTUBE video of the event.

Malika Saada Saar
Malika Saada Saar

Malika is Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group. She also serves as Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. As a human rights lawyer and advocate, Malika led the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that served as the leading site for the trafficking of children for sex, ended the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S. prisons, and successfully advocated for millions in federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families. Newsweek and the Daily Beast have named Malika as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

The Obama White House selected Ms. Saada Saar to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights.  

Malika has been featured in the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Elle, Redbook Magazine, Essence, Tavis Smiley Show, BBC, ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, and National Public Radio. She has also been honored by Brown University’s highest alumni award, the Roger Williams award, and by Georgetown Law Center’s esteemed Robert F. Drinan Award for Public Service.

Ms. Saada Saar holds a B.A. from Brown University, M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

This latest Forum was held on Sunday, September 27 at 4 p.m. at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord and honors the memory of Al Filipov, who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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