Peace One Day

Posted on | September 10, 2013 | No Comments

Dear Friends,

Saturday, September 21

United Nations International Day of Peace

This year’s theme: Who will you make peace with?

Norwich Quakers and others affiliated to Norwich Peace Camp invite all to celebrate this annual day of peacemaking and hope for peace on earth.

9.30am There will be a procession with banners from the Quaker Meeting House in Upper Goat Lane, past City Hall, the War Memorial and The Forum to the bottom of Hay Hill by Norwich Market for:

10-11am VIGIL & CELEBRATION Please come and share your Thoughts, Peace Stories, Poetry and Songs. There will be an Information Stall.

11am Process along Gentleman’s Walk and Gaol Hill back to the Quaker Meeting House.

All are welcome to join in at any time.

Please bring your Peace Banners for the processions and literature for the Stall.

The aim of Peace One Day is to start with just one day in the year when there is no war or violence anywhere in the world. People can use that day to think how the causes of war can be eradicated and how conflicts can be solved without violence. Then, one day at a time, we can all begin building a world without war for every day.

There have been tangible results from what has happened on previous September 21sts. Ceasefires have enabled food drops in famine areas of Africa and vaccination against polio for children across Afghanistan. There have been themed sporting events and celebrations around the world. The 2012 Peace One Day Report found that approximately 280 million people in 198 countries were aware of Peace Day 20124% of the world’s population. It estimates that about 2% of those people (5.6 million) behaved more peacefully as a result. Peace One Day expects to double these figures for 2013. More and more people are beginning to believe PEACE IS POSSIBLE.

Peace Day is not only about a reduction of violence in areas of conflict, it is also about reducing violence in our homes, communities and schoolssomething we can all do and look for better ways for people everywhere to live together. Prevention is better than interventionand a tangible potential life-saver. We can ask the government to stop subsidies to the arms trade. We already have conventions banning Chemical and Biological Weapons, Cluster Bombs and Landmines. We need to work together towards a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Peace One Day has online teaching materials, and Norwich Quakers can offer speakers and workshop leaders to local schools and groups. And of course anyone can join Peace One Day online at peaceoneday.org .

For more information, contact Joy Croft on 01603 621947 or Ann Ray on 01603 506081, email: annray2@talktalk.net

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