The Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice (WNPJ) will designate Elaine Kinch of Racine as a "Peacemaker of the Year" for 2009. The award will be bestowed at WNPJ's annual fall meeting, Saturday, Oct. 3, in Madison.
Kinch was a founder and longtime organizer of the Racine/Kenosha Central America Solidarity Coalition (CASC) and a founding member of the Racine Coalition for Peace & Justice (RCPJ). As a volunteer she has participated in cotton and coffee harvests in Nicaragua and last fall in the olive harvest in Palestine. She has also traveled extensively in El Salvador, Mexico, and Peru.
She was the lead organizer of RCPJ's recent successful fundraising Concert for the Children of Gaza.
Besides her other accomplishments, she plays guitar and accordion in the Racine-based musical ensemble Wilde Thyme.