Campaign Nonviolence Event in Iowa

Field of Yellow Flowers

Field of Yellow Flowers

Many eyes will be fixed upon the discussion of climate change during the debate that begins Sept. 24 at the United Nations 69th General Assembly.

There is another topic of interest to the peace and justice movement.

President Obama is expected to preside over the U.N. Security Council meeting and a discussion of counterterrorism. He will have a draft resolution in hand for consideration and debate by the council. ThinkProgress covered the story:

Specifically the meeting will cover the phenomenon of foreign fighters traveling to conflict zones and joining terrorist organizations, as seen in the surge in foreigners joining ranks with such groups as Jahbat al-Nusra in Syria. “Certainly the problem of terrorists traveling to foreign conflicts is not new, but the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters has become even more acute,” a U.S. Mission to the U.N. official told ThinkProgress when asked about the meeting. “The Internet and social media have given terrorist groups unprecedented new ways to promote their hateful ideology and inspire recruits. The conflicts in Syria and Iraq have highlighted this threat, with an estimated 12,000 foreign terrorist fighters joining that conflict.”

As part of its Campaign Nonviolence, Pace e Bene has organized a series of nonviolent actions to take place concurrent with the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council meeting, including one in Iowa City on Sept. 21.

“To launch this movement, over 100 nonviolent actions will take place Sept. 21-27 in cities and states across the U.S. and beyond, taking a stand against all violence and calling for concrete first steps toward peace, economic justice, healing the earth, and mainstreaming active nonviolence,” according to the campaign website. “These first steps include: an international treaty for swift, verifiable action to reverse climate change and taking nonviolent action for a culture of peace; ending the military drone program; establishing a $15 minimum wage for all; K-12 nonviolence education everywhere; and practicing nonviolence toward ourselves, toward all others, and toward the planet.”

Blog for Iowa contributor and local peace activist Ed Flaherty sent this invitation along:

Please join us on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City for the first Campaign Nonviolence event. There will be many organizations involved, including Veterans for Peace, PEACE Iowa, Dancers for Universal Peace, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and several faith groups. Come help us celebrate the ways of non-harming towards self, others and our world.”

Campaign Nonviolence Order of Events:

Welcome (Dorothy Whiston)
Opening Song (Blowing in the Wind)
John Ivens (Veterans for Peace)
Rabbi Jeff Portman (Agudas Achim)
Barbara Schlacter (100 Grannies for a Livable Future)
Gospel Explosion Ministry
Paul Deaton (Physicians for Social Responsibility)
Yasur AbuDagga (Iowa City Mosque)
Ed Flaherty (PEACE Iowa)
Virginia Melroy (Dancers for Universal Peace)
Mary Kay Kusner (Ghandi prayer)
Kerry Batteau (Native American Blessing of the Four Directions)
“Peace, Salem, Shalom”

~ Written for Blog for Iowa

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