Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Building a Culture of Peace through Racial, Gender, and Earth Justice

September, 2019, is the 20 year anniversary of the UN High Level Forum on a Culture of Peace.  Every year on September 21, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace.

Pace e Bene, a peacebuilding network founded by the Franciscans invites all to be a part of Campaign Non-violence https://paceebene.org/campaign-nonviolence.  Pace e Bene has grown from small gatherings with prayer for peace in the spirit of St. Francis in the 1990’s to thousands of events for nonviolent change.  Get information on local programs https://paceebene.org/cnv-actions-list  during Campaign Nonviolence including that at the University of the Incarnate Word on racism and sexism:   

Looking back at "No Mexicans, Women, and Dogs Allowed"  and                                    Co-creating the Future.     

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30 to 8 pm, University of the Incarnate Word Mabee Library Special Collections. Dr. Cynthia Orozco, author of "No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement," joined by Dr. Laura Cannon, UIW History Department and Dr. Sandy Guzman-Foster, UIW Education Department, consider racism and sexism.  Yesenia Caloca of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability moderates the panel.  All will be invited to participated in creating paths to a better future.

People may watch on ZOOM https://uiw.zoom.us/j/756368546  from wherever they are.  Co-sponsored by the UIW Ettling Center, 210-283-6423; UIW Women and Gender Studies, and Women's Global Connection www.womensglobalconnection.org 

Peacenow.com and its allies are promoting a UN "Global Resolution for the Establishment of Infrastructures to Support a Culture of Peace" and the Peace Alliance Advocacy Days in Washington, DC, September 23-25, will advocate practical peacebuilding policies to the U.S. Congress.   

"Let us embrace the culture of peace for the good of humanity, for the sustainability of our planet, and for making our world a better place to live," said Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations, 2002-2007.  He was a leader in  the development of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace. 

Ambassador Chowdhury gave Sister Martha Ann Kirk a copy of that document encouraging her in peace education. She continues to advocate for that within the context of global citizenship education which includes overcoming racism, sexism, and promoting sustainability, all parts of peacebuilding. https://on-demand.wvia.org/video/sister-martha-0ywmit/

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