OMNI CELEBRATES UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE, September 21, 2013, NEWSLETTER #6. Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace. Annual OMNI DAYS celebrations began in 2003.
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“Terrible wars have been fought in the past because people thought that they could not live in the same world together, or because they thought their beliefs were in head-on collision with those of their neighbors. Then, with time, they found that it was not only possible but necessary to make a working compromise that allowed for the differences. They found that it was not only possible but necessary to accept the principle of diversity in human society.” Dag Hammarskjold (form UN Secretary General). Quoted in Hammarskjold: A Life by Roger Lipsey
“I wonder how the foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own.” Howard Zinn
“If I define my neighbor as the one I must go out to look for, on the highways and byways, in the factories and slums, on the farms and in the mines, then my world changes.” Gustavo Gutierrez, Founder of Liberation Theology
“As man advances in civilization, and small tribes are united into larger communities, the simplest reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social instincts and sympathies to all the other members of the same nation, though personally unknown to him. This point being once reached, there is only an artificial barrier to prevent his sympathies extending to the men of all nations and races.” Charles Darwin, The Descent of
“Abolishing war in the 21st century is not only realistic in the sense that it is possible, but also realistically necessary for human survival and well-being. The peacemaking primate has the capacity to do so.” Douglas Fry, The Human Potential for Peace, p. 262.
“As our hearts open to deeper understanding, our circle of compassion naturally enlarges and spontaneously begins to include more and more ‘others’—not just our own tribe, sect, nation, or race, but all human beings, and not just humans, but other mammals, and birds, fish, forests, and the whole beautifully interwoven tapestry of living, pulsing creation. All beings. All of us.” Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet, p. 293.
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PLANNING FOR 2014
SHOW FILMS FOR PEACE
On Sept. 23rd, 2011 there was a global web broadcast of the film Body of War, co-directed by Phil Donahue. Any of you might host a House Party at OMNI or your home as a way to promote a shift towards more peaceful solutions to international conflict. Check it out, along with other great Intl. Day of Peace inspired videos, at www.peaceday.tv Then, sign-up at OMNI to host a Body of War Movie (or another film you like), Watching Party of your own! --Dick
This newsletter continues OMNI’s NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL DAYS PROJECT. Half of the Project affirms nonviolent DAYs, such as Human Rights Day. The other half offers alternatives to violent, imperial, or generally misdirected days, as with the following:
Feb. 14: Standing on the Side of Love Day (formerly Valentine’s Day)
May, 2nd Sunday: Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day for Peace (Mother’s Day)
3rd Sat. in May: Peace Forces Day (Armed Forces Day)
May, last Monday: Day of Mourning for Victims of Wars (Memorial Day)
and Justice for All Day (Flag Day) Liberty
June, 3rd Sunday: Father’s Day for Peace (Father’s Day)
September 11 (9-11): Peaceful Tomorrows Day (Patriot DDenay)
Oct., 2nd Monday: Indigenous Peoples Day (Columbus Day):
Nov. 11: World Unity Day (Veterans Day) (Or Armistice Day in 1918 when WWI ended).
November: Fourth Thursday: National Day of Gratitude and Atonement (Thanksgiving)
December 7: Pacific Colonial War Day (
December 25: Love and Peacemaking Day (Christmas)
END UN DAY OF PEACE NEWSLETTER #6