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International Day of Peace: September 21 September 19, 2011

Filed under: Be the change — Michelle @ 9:51 am
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September 21, 2011 is the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace. The United Nations proclaimed the day to provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.

A Peace Day event can be as simple as lighting a candle or meditate on Peace on September 21. It can be as complex as organizing a Peace Concert for thousands of people. Or anything in between.

The 3 guiding principles to follow for Peace Day are:

* Peace within – a Minute of Silence at noon in each time zone;
* Peace without – an Act of Service for Peace that benefits the larger community;
* Peace year round – a commitment to a Daily Peace Practice by joining with others to build a worldwide Culture of Peace.

You can find some of the events organized around the world (and on the internet) here:
Peace day events around the world

Be seen. Be visible. Let the world know you care about peace.


Mandela Day: what will you do? June 9, 2011

Wikipedia image: Nelson MandelaJuly 18 is Nelson Mandela’s birthday. He will be 93 this year. A couple of years ago, the United Nations adopted the day as an annual Mandela Day. But it is more than a celebration of Madiba’s (his Xhosa clan name and how he is affectionately known in South Africa) life and legacy. Mandela Day asks us all to embrace Madiba’s values and honor his legacy through an act of kindness. How?

Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for social justice: serving his community, his country, and the world at large. Mandela Day asks us to donate 67 minutes of time to doing something good, in a small gesture of solidarity with humanity. Can you spare 67 minutes of your life on July 18 to support a charity or serve your local community?

Last year, my mom’s retirement community in South Africa got together on Mandela Day to knit dolls for kids living in poverty. That’s when I realized the influence Madiba had on our country. If the generation who put him behind bars for 27 years, could now serve their communities as an act of honoring Mandela, we’ve come a long way.

Now go do something good. *

* You can find some ideas of what to do, here on the Mandela Day website.

“It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.” – NELSON MANDELA


MotherTongues Ubuntu video from Jason at May 7, 2009

How many ways can *you* pronounce Ubuntu? Jason from tries for the record. This is funny!


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