by Barbra Ilten // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions
A group of Dubuque-area residents invites all to create a culture of peace by participating in a city-wide celebration of the U.N. International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21. Since its 1981 inception, the Peace Day has marked humanity’s personal and planetary progress toward peace. The celebration has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world through events ranging in scale from private gatherings to public events with wide attendance.
Our speaker this year will be Paul Engler co-author of the book This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century. Our theme is The War to End All Wars… a reflection on the coming 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of WWI and established by Congress as a holiday “dedicated to the cause of world peace”. In Paul’s presentation, we hope to learn about nonviolence as a powerful tool for building a more just and peaceful world and a compelling alternative to armed force.
Groups which hold their own events related to peace-making we also promote under the umbrella of a two-week “Festival of Peace”. These include the UN Walk for Refugees on Saturday, Sept. 22, and a Poetry Reading on Sept. 25.
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