Violence just hurts those who are already hurt...Instead of exposing the brutality of the oppressor, it justifies it - Cesar Chavez
September 11, 2002 was celebrated in many places as an anniversary of peace.
A day we realised that "Peace begins with me!"
We are inviting schools, town councils, Mayors, Premiers, Prime Ministers, Presidents, business leaders to proclaim September 11 "World Peace Day" and to invite their students, communities, and employees to take responsibility for peace in their own lives.
"World Peace Day" is a day that will enlarge the human family. A day that will open the hearts of our sisters and brothers of all races, religions and creeds under one earth.
Our time is precious.
Already, since September 11, 2001, there has been a tangible escalation of wars and conflicts across the globe. It is obvious to anyone that violence and aggression never solves problems at home, in our schools or on our streets, it is our opportunity now to tell our governments that it obviously will not work between our sister nations as well.
What to do?
1. The perfect way to start your "World Peace Day" is with the simplest expression of peace - a hug! On September 11, 2002, In Wollongong, Australia, we attempted to break the Guinness record for the world's biggest hug. Thousands of students, community members and personalities participated. It will happen again, and schools worldwide are invited to participate with this simple Hug lesson plan.
2. With "Pledge-A-Hug", our world-wide 'virtual hug', anyone can join in the global hug for peace that will take place every January 21st (World Hug Day). But it doesn't need to be restricted to only January 21st! By pledging the number of people you will hug for peace we will create a wonderful, unifying force that will help unite our troubled planet.
3. Include your friends in this embrace by emailing them to let them know of this campaign - its easy - we do it all for you! Click here for a pre-written email.
4. Let world leaders know of your desire for peace. Click here for a pre-written email and a list of contacts.
5. If you would like to get a little more adventurous, you might like to write to your local council or government member and request they proclaim "World Peace Day" in your community. We have a sample letter you can print out - but you have to mail it! Click here for letter to local government. See Wollongong's reply.
6. Students and teachers can also get involved and ask for "World Peace Day" to be declared in their school: click here for a letter to the Principal.
Please let us know if you are successful as we will be keeping a register of all "World Peace Day" participants and special prizes will be awarded..
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