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Displacement Disrupts Peace in Oakland, CA

Posted by Erin Bechtol

The Oakland Peace Center celebrated on September 21st International Day of Peace in conjunction with the United Nations. The UN’s goal for International Day of Peace was to bring awareness to our collective progression toward peace around the world. The event was also a part of Campaign Nonviolence’s Week of Actions to rally for peace and nonviolence with voices around the globe.

The OPC’s event “Displacement Disrupts Peace” focused on the way that our communities preserve peace through showcasing our culture, artistic skills, and other gifts of the community even while in the midst of turmoil. So many dedicated and talented people were involved with the event:

We had two powerful spoken word artists (Marvin K. White & Demitrius Burnett) perform pieces that hit on the internal struggles of the displaced and identity. A collaborative photo exhibit (curated by Anu Mandavilli) was displayed on internal and external displacement in countries such as Colombia, India, the Philippines, and right here in the Bay Area. For musical talent we had original Hip-hop musical selections by Leo and Erik from United Roots Oakland – DetermiNation Black Men’s Group. Their songs amped-up our moods through verses about spreading peace and uplifting the community. Lastly, two videos were shown from Salupongan International: the first was a video titled “Bakwit 101,” which was about evacuation camps. To close our conversations on displacement and give a touch of inspiration about resisting displacement, we showed this video:

The Oakland Peace Center was very happy and proud to be a part of Campaign for Nonviolence’s Week of Actions. It is our duty as a beloved community to uplift a culture of peace in the hopes of living in a world of nonviolence and peace.

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