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World March for Peace and Nonviolence

This blog is “mirrored” (sort of) on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network site and on the Nonviolence Network site.  On the latter, I received a very interesting comment from Andre Sheldon describing the upcoming World March for Peace and Nonviolence, about which information can be found here.  There is a nice video (in Spanish with English subtitles) here and a variety of other materials (including a few more videos)  here .

As the site explains:

“The World March will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Non-Violence” by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. The March will last 90 days, three long months of travel. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia. The stages will be the longest American and Asian, both almost a month. A permanent base of a hundred people of different nationalities will complete the journey.”

And why has this movement started?

“Because we can end world hunger with 10% of what is spent on arms. Imagine how life would be if 30-50% of the arms budget went toward improving people’s lives instead of being used for destruction.

Because eliminating wars and violence means leaving human pre-history behind and taking a giant step forward in the evolution of our species..

Because we are accompanied by the voices of so many war-torn generations that came before us. The echo of their voices still resounds throughout the world, wherever armed conflict leaves its sinister memorial to the dead, disappeared, disabled and displaced.

Because a “world without wars” is an image that opens the future and seeks to become reality in every corner of the planet, as violence gives way to dialog.

The moment has come for the voiceless to be heard! Out of agonizing and urgent need, millions of human beings are crying out for an end to wars and violence.

We can make that happen by uniting all the forces of pacifism and active non-violence worldwide.” (from the main site linked above).”

This strikes me as very timely:  there are multiple signs that in many countries people grasp that this is a time of crisis; and crisis, at least in the medical sense, means ” That change in a disease which indicates whether the result is to be recovery or death” (Webster, 1913). We are definitely at a turning point…so let’s all turn in the right direction

(usual caveats apply :-)…just informing, not necessarily endorsing)

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