By Pat Delgado
Pax Christi El Paso, Border Peace Presence and El Pasoans Against the Death Penalty promoted Campaign Nonviolence at the 5th annual observance of the International Day of Peace at the University of Texas at El Paso.
The event took place in Leech Grove, where students pass through going from class to class. There were many exhibits and live peace music, as well as a moment of silence to reflect on the importance of working for peace and an end to violence. Our display focused on Renewable Energy, encouraging a conversion from investing in missiles and nuclear energy and nuclear waste facilities, and instead investing in renewable energy. We had models of missiles, and then missiles converted into windmills. and each student could choose a colorful, origami-paper pin-wheel attached to a pencil which was labelled “Renewable Energy” to take with them and carry around campus to increase awareness. We were very moved by the interest and time that students and faculty put into studying our display.
Weather is always a challenge, and rain shut us down an hour early, but it was very worthwhile and energizing to help young people realize the connection of their “majors” to the message of Care for the Earth, Peace and the Abolition of the Death Penalty.
See photos from this event below.
Photo Credit: Dr. Ann Horak, Mary Gourdoux, Pat Delgado