Peace Day - Philly 2011

About Peace Day

Peace Day – Philly 2011, an initiative in affiliation with the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, will also be offering several events on September 21st, free & open to the public, including:

  • "Peace Talks" about creative community rebuilding in post-conflict settings, featuring S. African musician and humanitarian Sharon Katz (1:00pm), and envisioning a world beyond nuclear weapons and arms, featuring Bill Hartung (3:00pm), These "Peace Talks" will be held at the Creese Student Center, 3210 Chestnut Street, and are in partnership with Drexel's Office of International Programs with support from the Project for Nuclear Awareness.
  • A "Bridges to Peace" music & dialogue program at 7:30pm, in partnership with Intercultural Journeys and featuring co-founder and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David, will be offered at the Ethical Society, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square.

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Press Release (Download)

On September 21, the International Day of Peace will be observed in all 193 countries of the United Nations. For the first time in the 30-year history of Peace Day, Philadelphia citizens, organizations and schools across the region will be participating through involvement in a wide range of peace and non-violence activities. Peace Day, an annual day of ceasefire and nonviolence, was given unanimous United Nations adoption in 1981, with the specific date chosen in 2001. The U. N. theme for 2011 is "Make Your Voice Heard."

Each year, millions more children, youth and adults join the worldwide observance of Peace Day through participation in a myriad of activities. In 2009, the U.S. Senate specifically endorsed involvement of Americans in Peace Day "programs, ceremonies, and educational activities." Mayor Michael A. Nutter recently urged Philadelphians to come together with "the collective goal of choosing peace and creating a better city."

On September 21, Philadelphians can participate by choosing an activity meaningful for them—from a minute of silence at noon to reaching out to a neighbor. Organizations across the city are also being encouraged to plan a Peace activity in keeping with their mission, such as peace and non-violence activities with children and youth, anti-violence initiatives/discussions, meditation or prayer gatherings, or "One Day One Goal" soccer/sport matches. The Philadelphia School District, the Free Library's LEAP after-school program, the Police Athletic League (in conjunction with the Police Commissioner's Office) and the Project for Nuclear Awareness are among the growing list of participating organizations.

"William Penn imagined Philadelphia as a community where all people can live together in peace," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "As we look forward to the United Nations International Day of Peace, we must focus on creating a unified community where people feel safe. Peace Day is an opportunity to participate in events across the city that promote peace and non-violence."

In addition to citywide activities, Peace Day – Philly 2011 is offering several events in Philadelphia on September 21 that are free and open to the public. These include two "Peace Talks" in partnership with Drexel University's Office of International Programs at Drexel University (Creese Student Center, 3210 Chestnut St.). At 1:00pm: creative peacemaking within international contexts; at 3pm: creating a path to nuclear non-proliferation and the reduction of arms worldwide. "Peace Talks" speakers will include Sharon Katz, founder of "The Peace Train" and Bill Hartung of the New America Foundation. There will also be a special "Bridges to Peace" music and dialogue program, in partnership with Intercultural Journeys, co-founded by cellist Udi Bar-David (7:30pm at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square). In addition, Global Education Motivators and the African Studies Center of the U. of PA, in partnership with Peace Day – Philly 2011, will facilitate a videoconference program to discuss changing attitudes and perspectives on multiculturalism with university students in Philadelphia, Norway and Egypt (9:00am – 11:00am, McNeil Building, Rm. 395, University of PA campus).