Cease hostilities with Peace Day Philly

Peace Day is celebrated each year on September 21st and this year, Peace Day Philly encourages unity building and collaborative activities throughout the whole week of September 17th.

On June 20, the Peace Day Philly launch event was held at the Philadelphia Ethical Society at 1906 RittenHouse Square. Peace Day Philly 2012 invited the public to learn more about the region-wide opportunity to observe the United Nations International Day of Peace, a day of ceasefire and non-violence celebrated worldwide on September 21.

The launch event, led by Lisa Parker and other Philly Peace Day initiative members, provided the public and a variety of other organizations a chance to share ideas for creating peace and non-violence activities involving the arts, education, community, spirituality and faith, and many more in the days leading up to September 21.

In 2011, Peace Day Philly formed as a collaborative effort between the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia and the Alliance for a Sustainable Future. Organizations in the Philadelphia area were encouraged to participate in this initiative, using Peace Day Philly as a platform to promote ongoing or newly created activities involving peace and non-violence initiatives.

Peace day is a day of ceasefire, a 24-hour “cessation of hostilities.” Literal ceasefure allows for much needed humanitarian aid across the globe, but this concept of ceasefire at all levels of society can include words and interactions, not just bullets. How can you call a personal or workplace ceasefire?

For more information about Peace Day Philly, please visit www.peacedayphilly.org.

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