Nonviolence 2010 NewsLetter Volume 1

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Nonviolence 2010 NewsLetter Volume 1

  1. 1. 2010
  2. 2. The IDNV Newsletter Volume 1 2010 In Review
  3. 3. About The International Day of Nonviolence. The International Day of Nonviolence is marked on 2 October each year,the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of theIndian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence. According to General Assembly resolution of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of nonviolence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of nonviolence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and nonviolence".
  4. 4. About The 2010 Global CampaignThe UN declaration of the International Day of Nonviolence in 2007 came to life on October 2nd 2010 with a Global campaign co- organized by Peace Troops (PeaceTroops.org),The GandhiServe Foundation GandhiServe.org) and Scouting4Peace (scouting4peace.org) …the beginning of a new era of the Nonviolence movement to carry forward the life work of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. The observation included gatherings in cities around the world to talk about Nonviolence and Peace (www.meetup.com/idnv) and to take the Pledge of Nonviolence.
  5. 5. Meetups around the world registered at www.meetup.com/idnv
  6. 6. Snapshot of the 2010 International Day of NonviolenceThe International Day of Nonviolence (IDNV) Global Campaign 2010 was the first of its kind tocreate a world-wide movement to raise awareness about the principles of Nonviolence on this day.The event was organized at www.meetup.com/idnv. The event received widespread support andover 58 people from 45 cities from 24 countries across the globe registered interested. Of these,21 cities had organized meetups to observe the day which is also Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday.While there are many movements to promote Peace, the IDNV global movement is the first of itskind to focus on widespread active pursuance of the principles of Nonviolence. As author MarkKurlansky in his book “Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea” says “Nonviolence is not thesame thing as pacifism. .. Pacifism is passive; but Nonviolence is active.”As Mahatma Gandhi said in 1946 - "The world of tomorrow will be, must be, a society based onNonviolence...It may seem a distant goal, an impractical Utopia. But it is not in the leastunobtainable, since it can be worked for here and now. An individual can adopt the way of life ofthe future – the non-violent way - without having to wait for others to do so. And if an individualcan do it, cannot whole groups of individuals? Whole nations?”
  7. 7. The Pledge of Nonviolence(The pledge can be taken online at www.peacetroops.org)
  8. 8. The Pledge of Nonviolence (The pledge can be taken online at www.peacetroops.org) The Pledge of Nonviolence states that making peace must start within ourselves.By adopting it we commit ourselves as best as we can to become nonviolent and peaceable people.To Respect Self and Others To Respect NatureTo respect myself, to affirm others and to avoiduncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks To treat the environment and all living things,and self-destructive behavior. including our pets, with respect and care. To Play PeacefullyTo Communicate Better To select entertainment and toys that supportTo share my feelings honestly, to look for safe waysto express my anger, and to work at solving problems nonviolence and to avoid entertainment that makes violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.peacefully.To Listen To Be CourageousTo listen carefully to one another, especially those To challenge violence in all its forms whenever Iwho disagree with me, and to consider others encounter it, whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others who arefeelings and needs rather than insist on having my treated unfairly.own way.To Forgive This is my pledge. These are my goals.To apologize and make amends when I have hurtanother, to forgive others, and to keep from holdinggrudges. Pledge Source: www.gandhitopia.org
  9. 9. Los Angeles, California, USAOrganizer: Archana Rajan ww.peacetroops.org
  10. 10. Los Angeles, California, United States |Organizer: Archana Rajan www.peacetroops.orgVenue: Lake Shrine, Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles)
  11. 11. Los Angeles, California, United States |Organizer: Archana Rajan www.peacetroops.orgThe observance of the International Day of Nonviolence was conducted at the beautiful Lake Shrine home of the Gandhi Samadhi also known as the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial.
  12. 12. Los Angeles, California, United States |Organizer: Archana Rajan www.peacetroops.orgBrother Vijayananda of The Self Realization Fellowship talks about "World Unity through Nonviolence and Spiritual Means"
  13. 13. Los Angeles, California, United States |Organizer: Archana Rajan www.peacetroops.orgThe event began with a talk by Brother Vijayananda of The Self Realization Fellowship on "WorldUnity through Nonviolence and Spiritual Means". Brother Vijayananda emphasized that one must not wait for others to take action; each of us can and should.
  14. 14. Los Angeles, California, United States |Organizer: Archana Rajan www.peacetroops.org Participants after taking the Pledge of Nonviolence
  15. 15. Los Angeles, California, United States |Organizer: Archana Rajan www.peacetroops.org The pledge of Nonviolence was administered next and all participants solemnly took the pledge. The participants then walked around the Lake to the Gandhi Samadhi. Over 25 members participated.The event was made possible because of the support from the Self Realization Fellowship members, especially Susan Derby, who helped plan and organize the event. Our heartfelt thanks to The Self Realization Fellowship for their support.
  16. 16. Los Angeles, California, United States |Organizer: Archana Rajan www.peacetroops.org A few participants at the Gandhi Samadhi
  17. 17. Los Angeles, California, United States |Organizer: Archana Rajan www.peacetroops.org Peace Messages from Participants of the event: “Active participation of Nonviolence is a catalyst to world peace.” – Eskaudav (Alex) Hakakian. “LOVE yourself. LOVE Others. Practice this daily  ” – Mallory Richards. “ONE Love. ALL ways.” – Gian Claudio. “When the mind is clear the heart is calm, no longer is the need to think you are in the know.” – Mayanna L Barnard. “Peace is possible, actionable and tangible starting with the individual and leading up to collective nonviolent action across the globe.” – Arch “Peace should be the goal for all persons. Peace! Love! Unity! We are all 1!” - Selenda Maria Gamez“Mahatma Gandhi, Thanthai Periyar and now Dr. Abdul Kalam talk about peace. Peace that starts from our homes with parents, children and our neighbors. That is ‘WORLD PEACE’.” – Swami Nathan. “Every word counts. Choose them thoughtfully.” – Max Bridges. “Peace for all.” – Mora Wells. “Peace & Happiness go together.” – Veena “Smile easy.  ” – Sarvesh & Ramya “Good Start!” – S. Prasad
  18. 18. Hauppauge, New York, USAOrganizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org
  19. 19. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org "If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. Venue: H. Lee Dennison Building, Hauppauge, NY
  20. 20. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.orgVolunteers of Shanti Fund (VOSF) have been reaching out to many Long Island schools for over 10 years in order to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence. Each year more and more schoolsthroughout the Long Island make a special effort to participate and involve all students for several days. This year over 13 school districts participated in the “Peace on the Planet” celebration from September 21st to October 8th.
  21. 21. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org Artwork by students were displayed at the H. Lee Dennison Building
  22. 22. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org The event began with observance of International Day of Peace on September 21 st by Long WoodSchools by creating a large human peace symbol involving 1500 students and releasing white doves. William Floyd Schools in Mastic expanded to a five day celebrating involving each day, “Peace inMe”, “Peace in Our Community”, “Peace in Our Schools”, “Peace in our Country” and “Peace on the Planet”. On September 30th Girl Scouts of Suffolk County had a special celebration at Camp Edey.
  23. 23. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org Students wore white symbolizing peace
  24. 24. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org On October 1st many schools celebrated a day of Peace on the Planet. Most students wore white for peace, the students created peace wall in many schools describing peace quotes and many different peace activities were carried out. All schools had an artwork competition within theschool & each school submitted their best poster for the final competition. They were displayed at the plaza level of H. Lee Dennison Building.
  25. 25. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org The New York event was well attended
  26. 26. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org In addition, Mahatma Gandhi’s 141st birthday was celebrated as an International Day ofNonviolence declared by the United Nations in 2007. VOSF joined a global celebration all over the world and every one took a ‘Pledge of Nonviolence’.
  27. 27. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org Students reading peace messages
  28. 28. Hauppauge, New York United States | A Shanti Fund & Long Island School Collaboration | Organizer: Panna Shah www.shantifund.org High school students from all participating schools joined us and presented each of their school programs on “Peace on the planet”. Kings Park students incorporated in a power pointpresentation of global multitude of problems in the game of ‘Jeopardy’. For the second year theywere declared a winner with the best presentation. School programs continued on Tuesday, when Freeport schools had a big celebration and Bay Port Schools as well as Port Jefferson Schools planned on October 8th due to their homecoming. Thousands of students and more and more schools on Long Island look forward each year for a creative way of celebrating peace on Gandhi Jayanthi and honor all world peace leaders.
  29. 29. Akron, Ohio, USAOrganizers: Zach Freihof, Bekey Hewit www.akronpeaceproject.org
  30. 30. Akron, Ohio, United States | Organizers: Zach Freihof, Bekey Hewit www.akronpeaceproject.org Venue: Musica, 51 E Market St , Akron, Ohio (7.30pm)
  31. 31. Akron, Ohio, United States | Organizers: Zach Freihof, Bekey Hewit www.akronpeaceproject.orgThe Akron Peace Week culminated with a music night at Musica at Akron Ohio where the audiencestrapped on their dancing shoes and boogied on down for peace! The evening presented musicians Kristine Jackson, Rachel Roberts, A band named Ashes and Zach Freihof/Love Initiative. Proceeds from the show supported the Battered Women’s Shelter. Zach Freihof performing
  32. 32. Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaOrganizer: Jiti Bhatia www.gandhi.ca
  33. 33. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Organizer: Jiti Bhatia www.gandhi.ca Venue: Gandhi Statue in Downtown Alberta & Delta South Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  34. 34. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Organizer: Jiti Bhatia www.gandhi.ca Organized annually by the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation (www.gandhi.ca) the banquetbrought together Edmontonians animated by Gandhi’s pioneering teachings on non-violence, social equity, human dignity, and a culture of peace.
  35. 35. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Organizer: Jiti Bhatia www.gandhi.ca Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Alberta, CA Picture source: www.waymarking.com
  36. 36. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Organizer: Jiti Bhatia www.gandhi.ca About 400 people from about 20 different communities participated in the banquet on October2nd, 2010 at Delta South Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada following a garlanding of Gandhijis statue located in front of main downtown library. Shri Satya Brata Das, a well known journalist, writer and author, was the key note speaker. Heoutlined Gandhian values and their application to current problems. It was an outstanding speech which touched the hearts of every person who attended this function and Shri Das received astanding ovation a few times during his talk. The guests included representatives from 3 levels of government and some foreign diplomats.
  37. 37. Hamilton, ON, CanadaOrganizer: Rama Singh, Khursheed Ahmed www.mcmaster.ca
  38. 38. Hamilton, ON, Canada | Organizer: Rama Singh, Khursheed Ahmed www.mcmaster.caVenue: Hamilton City Hall, Hamilton, ON, Canada Picture source: www.mcmaster.ca
  39. 39. Hamilton, ON, Canada | Organizer: Rama Singh, Khursheed Ahmed www.mcmaster.ca The peace festival was started in 1993, a year before the celebration of the 125th anniversary ofGandhis birthday and has been held annually on a weekend closest to Gandhis birth day (October2). On October 2 2010, the 18th annual Gandhi Peace Festival was celebrated at the Hamilton City Hall. The theme of the festival this year was "The Power of Nonviolence".
  40. 40. Hamilton, ON, Canada | Organizer: Rama Singh, Khursheed Ahmed www.mcmaster.ca Picture source: www.mcmaster.ca
  41. 41. Hamilton, ON, Canada | Organizer: Rama Singh, Khursheed Ahmed www.mcmaster.ca Conducted by the McMaster University students to increase peace education, build solidarityamong collaborating campus organizations and foster a culture of peace, the festival started with a lecture by Dr. Graeme MacQueen on “The fictional basis of the war on terror” on September 29 2010 at the Health Sciences Centre, Room HSC-1A06, McMaster University. On Saturday, (Oct 2), the festival moved to the Hamilton City Hall with a Peace and Justice Fair involving community organizations.Dr. Yaser Haddara, Professor of Electrical Engineering addressed the gathering followed by a peace walk through downtown Hamilton, a free vegetarian lunch of Indian food, and entertainment. Theday also marked the celebration of the International Day of Nonviolence. MacPeaceWeek activitiescontinued throughout the week (October 4-8) - consisting of a range of celebratory activities during the lunch hours and public lectures and workshops during evenings.In addition to McMaster University, other sponsors were the India-Canada Society (Hamilton), and the City of Hamilton.Submissions of articles, poems and reports on peace themes were also invited to be included in the annual publication of Gandhi Peace Foundation called "Living Gandhi Today".
  42. 42. Frankfurt, GermanyOrganizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.org
  43. 43. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.org Venue: Hall of Ev. Dreifaltigkeitsgemeinde, Frankfurt Photo by: Stefan Berndt – www.foto.de
  44. 44. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.orgOn the occasion of Mahatma Gandhis 141st birth anniversary the Frankfurt Gandhi Talks werecontinued on 2-3rd October 2010 in the hall of Ev. Dreifaltigkeitsgemeinde at Frankfurt/ Main, Germany. This was a free event in German language organized and carried out jointly by IndoGerman Cooperation, GandhiServe Foundation and Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research. This year’s topic was "Gandhi and Jesus".
  45. 45. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.org Dr. Wolfgang Sternstein during his lecture "Gandhi and Jesus - The End of Fundamentalism". Photo by: Stefan Berndt – www.foto.de
  46. 46. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.org On Saturday, 2 October, Dr. Jona Aravind Dohrmann (Indo German Cooperation) gave a welcomespeech and introduced the programme and speakers to the 75 guests. The "Lightning of the Lamp"was done by Prof. Cherian Kurian, Chennai, India, and words of welcome were given by the Indian Consul General of Frankfurt/Main. This was followed by a lecture by Dr. Wolfgang Sternstein on "Gandhi and Jesus - the end of fundamentalism".
  47. 47. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.orgDiscussion Panel on “The Ethics of Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus – a comparison and relevance today.” From Right: Dr.Michael Blume (Author, Bad Vilbel), Dr. Claudia Baumgart-Ochse (HSFK, Frankfurt/Main), Dr. Wolfgang Sternstein (UWIe.V., Stuttgart), Dr. Jona Aravind Dohrmann (DIZ e.V., Frankfurt/Main), Peter Rühe (GandhiServe Foundation, Berlin),Prof. Cherian Kurian (Chennai), Heidi Marie Schuth (Translation). Photo by: Stefan Berndt – www.foto.de
  48. 48. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.orgAfter a break with Indian tea, coffee and snacks a panel discussion took place about “The Ethics ofMahatma Gandhi and Jesus – a comparison and relevance today.” The lecture was followed by a get together and a superb Indian dinner.
  49. 49. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.orgProf. Cherian Kurian during his lecture "Gandhi and Jesus". Translator: Heidi Marie Schuth Photo by: Stefan Berndt – www.foto.de
  50. 50. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.orgOn Sunday, 3 October Prof. Cherian Kurian, Chennai, India, lectured about“Gandhi and Jesus – a comparison”. Interpreter was Heidi Marie Schuth.
  51. 51. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.org A visitor of the photo exhibition "Mahatma Gandhi - Travelling by Train". Photo by: Stefan Berndt – www.foto.de
  52. 52. Frankfurt, Germany | Organizer: Peter Rühe www.GandhiServe.org, www.gandhitopia.org Event resources are available at the links below: Dr. Wolfgang Sternstein on "Gandhi and Jesus - the end of fundamentalism": Audio (German): http://www.gandhiserve.org/gandhitopia/20101002_frankfurt/sternstein.html Manuscript (PDF): http://www.gandhiserve.org/gandhitopia/20101002_frankfurt/gandhi_und_jesus_sternstein.pdf Prof. Cherian Kurian’s lecture on “Gandhi and Jesus”: Audio (English and German): http://www.gandhiserve.org/gandhitopia/20101002_frankfurt/kurian.htmlDiscussion Panel on “The Ethics of Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus – a comparison and relevance today.”: Audio: http://www.gandhiserve.org/gandhitopia/20101002_frankfurt/panel.html Photographs of the event: http://www.gandhiserve.org/activities_d/events/2010
  53. 53. Amadora, PortugalOrganizer: Fernando Santos – “Let’s Imagine Peace Together”
  54. 54. Amadora, Portugal | Organizer: Fernando Santos – Let’s Imagine Peace Together
  55. 55. Amadora, Portugal | Organizer: Fernando Santos – Let’s Imagine Peace TogetherInspired by a “Let’s Imagine Peace Together” video (http://www.thankyoo.com/vidyoos/227),Fernando Santos encouraged people to "fly a kite for peace” in their own city and post pictures onthe “Let’s Imagine Peace Together” facebook group. He plans to continue the campaign next yearto fly kites with the Peace symbol on them.
  56. 56. Borgosesia, ItalyOrganizer: Riccardo Gramegna www.gandhiinaction.ning.com
  57. 57. Borgosesia, Italy | Organizer: Riccardo Gramegna www.gandhiinaction.ning.com Valsesia Gathering near the “Peace Tree”
  58. 58. Borgosesia, Italy | Organizer: Riccardo Gramegna www.gandhiinaction.ning.com The Valsesia meetup was a celebration of the 24th anniversary of the "Peoples March for a Non- Violent Society" which took place in Valsesia in 1986, the International Year of Peace and an observance of the International Day of Nonviolence. 27 people attended the meetup in Borgosesia (Valsesia European Community) on the 2nd ofOctober, remembering the values and principles of the 1986 Peace March for a Non-Violent Society, when, celebrating the International Year of Peace, Gandhi In Action International organized theMarch asking local people to build a peaceful, non-violent community to share the goal of a global peaceful world. After the reading of the Pledge of Nonviolence, a discussion was started and all agreed that acting locally, living globally and thinking positively, all could see that in the world there is more love than hate, more peace than war, and more non-violence than violence. All present declared their willingness to meet again next year inviting their friends.
  59. 59. Chennai, IndiaOrganizer: Dhwani Jaisankar, Student KRMM School
  60. 60. Chennai, India | Organizer: Dhwani Jaisankar, Student KRMM SchoolOrganizing Team of Students seen in the background as the show begins with music
  61. 61. Chennai, India | Organizer: Dhwani Jaisankar, Student KRMM SchoolDhwani Jaisankar, a 12 year old student at KRMM School in Chennai was inspired to participate in the International Day of Nonviolence observance and approached her School Headmistress forpermission to conduct an event at school. With encouragement from the school administration, a few students got together and organized the event. The event was a celebration of the International Day of Nonviolence, Gandhi Jayanthi and thebirthday of Lal Bahadur Shastri as all three events occur on the same day. The show began withmusic by drummer Kishore and keyboard player Nagaraj, both class XI students followed by a quiz on Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
  62. 62. Chennai, India | Organizer: Dhwani Jaisankar, Student KRMM School Students taking the Pledge of Nonviolence
  63. 63. Chennai, India | Organizer: Dhwani Jaisankar, Student KRMM School The students in the audience were then given 2 minutes to gather their thoughts on theInternational Day of Nonviolence and then participate in a discussion. Most students felt that given all the violence and terrorism around the world, the need of the hour was Nonviolence. This was agood segway to taking the pledge of Nonviolence, a means to the end of achieving world peace. All students rose and took the pledge solemnly. These students set a good example on how the new generation can take the lead to wards embracing Nonviolence for lasting peace and harmony in the world.
  64. 64. Mumbai, IndiaOrganizer: Ranjana Kanti www.indiaredefined-a4c.org
  65. 65. Mumbai, India | Organizer: Ranjana Kanti www.indiaredefined-a4c.org
  66. 66. Mumbai, India | Organizer: Ranjana Kanti www.indiaredefined-a4c.orgIndia Redefined organized a meeting on Gandhis vision for the empowerment of Youth and Rural India on 2nd October 2010 at Navi Mumbai from 3 PM to 6 PM for discussing the relevance of Gandhis vision and message for the youth and rural economy. The event also observed The International Day of Nonviolence and administered The Pledge of Nonviolence.
  67. 67. Kew East, AustraliaOrganizer: Roots and Shoots Monash
  68. 68. Kew East, Australia | Organizer: Roots and Shoots MonashVenue: Willsmere Estate, Kew East, Australia
  69. 69. Kew East, Australia | Organizer: Roots and Shoots MonashRoots and Shoots Monash, in partnership with Parks Victoria and UN Association of New Zealandcelebrated the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi who symbolizes peace and who promoted care for the environment and sustainable living throughout his life.
  70. 70. Kew East, Australia | Organizer: Roots and Shoots MonashPlanting trees to commemorate MahatmaGandhi’s 141’s birthday.
  71. 71. Kew East, Australia | Organizer: Roots and Shoots MonashOn the 2nd of October they marked the 141st birthday of the Mahatma by planting 141 trees. This project also recognized the UN International Day for Nonviolence and the UN International Year for Biodiversity.
  72. 72. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Organizer: Amutha Ramadas
  73. 73. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Organizer: Amutha RamadasVenue: Annapurna Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur
  74. 74. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Organizer: Amutha RamadasAmutha Ramadas took the initiative to organize a small gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia todiscuss and share thoughts on Nonviolence and Peace before taking the Pledge of Nonviolence.
  75. 75. Uppsala, SwedenOrganizer: Jan Viklund, www.gandhitoday.org
  76. 76. Uppsala, Sweden | Organizer: Jan Viklund www.gandhitoday.orgVenue: Stora Torget , Uppsala, Sweden
  77. 77. Uppsala, Sweden | Organizer: Jan Viklund www.gandhitoday.org Candle Vigil for Nonviolence, Solidarity & A Multicultural SwedenGandhi remarked: "I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to bestuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible." A candle vigil was held to encourage multicultural tolerance and greater participation of the Swedish people in the world as a whole.
  78. 78. Geneve, Switzerland Organizer: Eric Delèze/India Association of Geneva –http://www.india-geneva.com/newweb/iag-home.html
  79. 79. Genève, Switzerland | Organizer: Eric Delèze/India Association of Geneva – http://www.india-geneva.com/newweb/iag-home.html Venue: Ariana Park, Geneva Picture Source: flickr user: keepps
  80. 80. Genève, Switzerland | Organizer: Eric Delèze – http://www.india-geneva.com/newweb/iag-home.html The Indian Association Geneva (IAG) organized its annual India-Fest event to commemorate the International Day of Nonviolence at the Ariana Park, Geneva and the 3 rd anniversary of theunveiling of the Gandhi statue in Geneva while celebrating 60 years of Swiss-India friendship treaty and the ‘joie de vivre’ in peaceful and tranquil Switzerland!The program included releasing of white balloons as a symbol of peace and nonviolence, followed by a cultural program and Authentic Indian cuisine dinner.
  81. 81. Dubai, UAEOrganizer: Ambuj Tripathi
  82. 82. Dubai, United Arab EmiratesAround The World Tripathi Other Participants | Organizer: AmbujVenue: Western International College, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
  83. 83. Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Organizer: Ambuj TripathiAn event was organized on 2nd October 2010 in Ras Al Khaimah UAE at the Western InternationalCollege where Ambuj Tripathi, Faculty Financial Reporting and Audit, gave a presentation on"Nonviolence and its significance in today’s world." The event coincided with the “Traditional day”celebrations at the College. Nearly 100 students along with the other faculty members had anopportunity to listen to the presentation.In addition, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE organized an elocution competition for studentson "Relevance of Gandhiji in the Modern Age".
  84. 84. Online at inspeak.comOrganizer: Angela Jordan, Tarek Aziz www.scouting4peace.org
  85. 85. Online at inspeak.com | Organizer: Angela Jordan, Tarek Aziz www.scouting4peace.org Venue: Online Concert at inspeak.com
  86. 86. Online at inspeak.com | Organizer: Angela Jordan, Tarek Aziz www.scouting4peace.orgScouting4peace.org organized an online Concert for For International Day of Peace on inspeak.com. Participants were welcomed to present songs or readings from their respective countries. The concert demonstrated how all countries and nations could come together and share the gift of music and speech.
  87. 87. Other Participants Around The World Registered at: www.meetup.com/idnv
  88. 88. Other Participants Around The World Cairo, EgyptTarek YAziz, www.scouting4peace.org Łódź, Poland Adrian Ambroziak Cleveland, Ohio Carlton Jackson Portland, Oregon Terri Shofner Minneapolis, MN Dirk Cannon Northville, Michigan Charles (Chuck) Keys Philadelphia, PA Dilip V Shah Delray Beach, Florida Pablo del Real Nesoddtangen, Norway Idah Knedal Urmo Newton Abbot, UK desmond dillon Posuelo de Alarcon, Spain Yuval Fischer Ivrea, Italy Laura Fiori Bergamo, Italy F.C. Manara
  89. 89. Other Participants Around The World Menton, France Bernard-guy van Eecke Odesea, Ukraine Rys Kr Ram Allah, Palestine Faraj Zayoud Yeroham, Israel Yuval Fischer Dehradun, India Amit Ahluwalia Ahmadabad, India Aarti Pandya Coimbatore, India Chandini Sunderrajan Colombo, Sri Lanka Prasad Ranatunga Fukuoka, Japan Binmei Jp Hong Kong, China Gaisen Ko Jhongli City, Taiwan indy Taipei, Taiwan PonyMore supporters at www.facebook.com/nonviolenceday and on the facebook event
  90. 90. 2010 IDNV Global Campaign Team
  91. 91. The 2010 International Day of Nonviolence Global Campaign Team Veronica Valles, Community ServicePeter Rühe, Founder Chairperson, Director, Center for Spiritual Living, The GandhiServe Foundation Dallas, Chair of the Season for Peace and Nonviolence (www.64-days.org) and Gandhitopia Website: http://peter.ruehe.net Tarek Aziz, Chairman, Scouting4Peace Foundation
  92. 92. The 2010 International Day of Nonviolence Global Campaign Team Anna Krasnyanskaya, Artist of the “Peace Here and Now” VideoArchana Rajan, Organizer of theInternational Day of Nonviolence Campaign, Katherine Cheshire, Advisor,Founder www.peacetroops.org Founder, Touch The Earth Foundation Vishal Changrani, Android App developer for the Pledge of Nonviolence Android App
  93. 93. “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong – Mahatma Gandhi”

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