September 21 was the International Day of Peace this year. Some people celebrated on the 20th, some on the 19th. Whatever day you celebrated, please share your story with the rest of the DoPeace community. If you have photos or videos, please share those, as well!
AWESOME and UPLIFTING...more than 20 incredible murals painted by over 90 amazing teenagers with Art Miles and the Esperanza Learning Foundation in Chula Vista, California...we focused on Youth Sports for Peace and were privileged to have more than 16 top notch multicultural entertainers and saw how peace is possible if continue to teach a culture of peace (through the arts in our case) versus teaching a culture of war...! I love this day, but we work hard at making everyday Peace Day...and have done so for over 12 years and the work we have facilitated proves it. We hope you will join us on exactly one year from now in Egypt when we will exhibit more than 12 miles of murals (and performance of music by our first on-line virtual youth orchestra...to commemorate the end of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace...May Peace Prevail On Earth!
I had the honor of dedicating a Peace Pole as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking.
I love my work on this planet. It is a Joy!
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We held an ONLINE PEACE MEDITATION for the Deer of Cayuga Heights, NY whose fate is being decided at a Board of Trustee's meeting as we speak. Their crime? Eating a few tulips here and there. Our life message is to expand the concept of PEACE to include all species. The message of PEACE always finds its perfect space. The MEDITATION for the DEER can be viewed or downloaded at http://www.peaceanimal.com --- you are officially invited to add your voice to others who hold a vision of PEACE for these voiceless innocents.
September 19th...I participated in "ONE PEACE" in Livonia MI. Dr. Sharif Abdullah was the keynote, enjoyed a wonderful group meditation, reconnected with peace making friends. You can read more about this event on the Michigan group site, posted by Colleen Mills who was a co-coordinator ONE PEACE.
September 20th...I participated in "PEACE DAY" on the U of Michigan campus and enjoyed the talents of many, including rappers, poets, traditional bands and more. Hats off to Kevin Szwala whose efforts created this event for the 4th year in a row, bringing more diversity and connectedness to that community.
St Ann students, pictured here with their pinwheels for peace, participated along with Longfellow and Black Rock Elementary School students in a peace pole dedication at the newly renovated and reopened Black Rock branch library in Bridgeport, CT.
200+ students and their teachers and neighbors and friends attended. Students read letters from Senator Dodd, Senator Leiberman, and Representative Jim Himes. State Representative Auden Grogins was on hand to congratulate the students and encourage them to continue bringing peace into their schools and neighborhoods. The prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is written on the peace pole in English, Spanish, Japanese, and American Sign Language (ASL).
It is the fourth peace pole in the Black Rock neighborhood: there is one in my front garden at 78 Bartram Avenue, one at Black Rock Elementary School, and one at St Ann School (both on Brewster Street).
Governor Rell’s Representative Chris Tymniak read the Governor’s Proclamation that September 21st is International Peace Day in Connecitcut. Mayor Finch read his proclamation for the city of Bridgeport and encouraged the students to continue working for peace and to dedicate themselves to ending global warming.
We are already thinking about where to dedicate the 2010 peace pole. Any suggestions?