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Jackson Browne First Artist to Receive Gandhi Peace Award

The award comes with a cash prize and a medallion forged from so-called ‘peace bronze’ which is metal salvaged from the control systems of decommissioned American nuclear missiles.

Jackson Browne First Artist to Receive Gandhi Peace Award

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Already a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, noted American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne is being lauded for his commitment to social justice, peace and environmental causes by being the first artist to receive the Gandhi Peace Award.


The ceremony takes place  Sept. 14. in the United Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut and is open to the public, although seating is limited. Reserve tickets here for a suggested donation of at least $10 (USD).

Created by the Promoting Enduring Peace organization in 1960, the Gandhi Peace Award was named after Mohandas (a.k.a. Mahatma) Gandhi, a proponent of non-violent resistance who helped spearhead the eventual independence of India from Great Britain in the 1940s, and who inspired similar movements throughout the globe, including the U.S. Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr., a past recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award.

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Other past recipients include Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Benjamin Spock, U Thant, Cesar Chavez and Ralph Nader. -- Continue reading Jim Barber's story on the SamaritanMag website.

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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