Sunday, September 20, 2020





Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology


Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number -
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.

—Percy Bysshe Shelley



Celebrate September 21, established by the UN in 1981 as the International Day of Peace.  Join with the September 21 Afghan Blue Scarves Initiative to recognize the UN’s importance in peace-building. 
Blue Scarf Peace Day — Women Against Military Madness › new-events

16 hours ago - September 21 is the UN International Day of Peace! We're celebrating with an online event this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sep 20 - Sep 21

Blue Scarf Peace Day ...

Display the UN flag—white on blue.  Identify OMNI with this September 21 Peace Day global movement . See below.  This year the Scarves focus on open borders in contrast to this administration’s Wall. 

Place OMNI in an international coalition of peace-making led by David Swanson’s World Beyond War.








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A Great way to start Peace Week!

Arkansas WAND via   Jean Gordon Founder

11:27 AM (2 hours ago)


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A great way to start Peace Week!

Dear Dick,
We highly recommend this film, sponsored by World Beyond War:

    Join peace activists around the globe and watch the World Premiere of this film depicting the largest protest in history on the 

UN International Day of Peace

Monday .September 21, 2020

7 p.m. CST
Were you there?
This important event on February 15, 2003 sparked a huge upsurge in the movement for world peace when millions around the world gathered in nearly 800 cities to protest the bombing of Iraq. Arkansas WAND members played a small part in that protest by holding up NO War in IRAQ signs In front of the downtown post office every Friday at noon for the entire year before "Shock and Awe” on Iraq began. We didn’t stop the war, but history already tells us the leaders should have listened to the people.

"We Are Many" tells the story behind the 2003 global anti-Iraq War protest — the largest demonstration in history — that helped prevent a U.S. war against Iran four years later and inspired the next generation of activists, including some of those who led Egypt’s popular ouster of the U.S.-backed dictator in the Arab Spring of 2011.

The film is a powerful tribute to movement building. As peaceful protests against racism continue to rise across the world, the message of "We Are Many" resonates more deeply than ever. It features a stellar cast including IPS Board members Danny Glover & Harry Belafonte as well as Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn, Colleen Kelly, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Medea Benjamin, and our very own Phyllis Bennis and IPS Associate Fellow Bill Fletcher — plus many more!

Watch the trailer here!

The night will feature exclusive music performances and a Q&A panel discussion including director Amir Amirani (also co-producer of Coup 53), cast members, and leaders from key activist organizations.
Buy your tickets here!
A portion of the ticket price supports local theaters and peace organizations
Student/Senior: $7
General Admission: $12





We Are Many



World BEYOND War 

9:30 AM (32 minutes ago)

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This year on the International Day of Peace, Monday, September 21, 2020, World BEYOND War is organizing an online screening of the film “We Are Many.” Get your tickets here.

You’re also invited to these events:

September 20, 2-3 p.m. ET (UTC-4) Act for Peace! A Blue Scarf Peace Day Online Rally: Register. Get scarves here.

September 20, 6 p.m. ET (UTC-4) Discussion on Zoom: Obstacles to Nuclear Abolition: Telling the Truth About the Relationship between the United States and Russia: A conversation with Alice Slater and David Swanson. Register.

September 21, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. PT (UTC-8) Defund War. Climate Justice Now! An International Peace Day Webinar with AliĆ©nor Rougeot, the Toronto coordinator of Fridays for Future, a worldwide youth movement bringing over 13 million students together in massive coordinated strikes to demand bold climate action, and John Foster, energy economist with more than 40 years’ experience in issues of petroleum and global conflict. Register.

September 21, 6-7 p.m. ET (UTC-4) Poetry Reading with Doug Rawlings and Richard Sadok. Register.

September 21-24, Digital Summit: Sustainable Development Impact Summit. Register.

The International Day of Peace was first celebrated in 1982, and is recognized by many nations and organizations with events all over the world every September 21st, including day-long pauses in wars that reveal how easy it would be to have year-long or forever-long pauses in wars. Here is information on this year’s day of peace from the UN.

We are also working with chapters, affiliates, and allies to organize events of all sorts, many of them virtual and open to people anywhere.

Find more events or add events here.

Find resources for creating events here.

Contact us for help here.

Also check out the Global Peace Film Festival September 21 – October 4 here.

At all of these events, including online events, we hope to see everyone wearing sky blue scarves symbolizing our life beneath one blue sky and our vision of a world beyond war. Get scarves here.

You can also wear peace shirts, hold a bell ringing ceremony (everyone everywhere at 10 a.m.), or erect a peace pole.

The Peace Almanac says of September 21: This is the International Day of Peace. Also on this day in 1943, the U.S. Senate passed by a vote of 73 to 1 the Fulbright Resolution expressing commitment to a post-war international organization. The resulting United Nations, along with other international institutions created at the end of World War II, has of course had a very mixed record in terms of advancing peace. Also on this day in 1963 the War Resisters League organized the first U.S. demonstration against the war on Vietnam. The movement that grew from there eventually played a major role in ending that war and in turning the U.S. public against war to such an extent that war mongers in Washington began to refer to public resistance to war as a disease, the Vietnam Syndrome. The International Day of Peace was first celebrated in 1982, and is recognized by many nations and organizations with events all over the world every September 21st, including day-long pauses in wars that reveal how easy it would be to have year-long or forever-long pauses in wars. On this day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters in New York City. This is a good day on which to work for permanent peace and to remember the victims of war.

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number -
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.

—Percy Bysshe Shelley

World BEYOND War is a global network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the abolition of the very institution of war. Our success is driven by a people-powered movement – support our work for a culture of peace.



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there. Were you?

Kevin Martin, Peace Action 

8:02 AM (4 hours ago)

Dear Friend,On February 15th, 2003 up to 30 million people, many of whom had never demonstrated before, came out in nearly 800 cities around the world to protest against the impending Iraq War. It remains to this day the largest, global demonstration in human history, by far. I was so proud of the organizing work Peace Action did, turning out our members across the country in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more.

From London to New Delhi, Cape Town to Tokyo, it was powerful and it was moving. If you were at one of the demonstrations, you know exactly what I mean.

Now, it is my pleasure to invite you to the North American premiere of a documentary film telling the story of how it all came together. Peace Action is partnering with the WE ARE MANY movie for a unique live-streamed event.

WE ARE MANY is the never-before-told story of the largest demonstration in human history, and how the movement created by a small band of activists changed the world. This fearless, thought-provoking documentary is the remarkable inside story behind the first-ever global demonstration and its surprising and unreported legacy.

Monday, September 21st is the International Day for Peace. This year, we have the opportunity to come together to celebrate peace in a virtual screening of WE ARE MANY at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. This special live-stream event will feature exclusive music performances, and the movie will be followed by Q&A panel discussion including the movie’s director, Amir Amirani, cast members, and leaders from key activist organizations.

Tickets are just $12.00, or $7.00 for students and seniors. Help support us by purchasing a ticket here and Peace Action will benefit from a 40% share of ticket sales profits.

Kevin Martin
President, Peace Action

P.S. The film also features captivating interviews from a stellar cast including: Noam Chomsky, Colleen Kelly, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Hans Blix, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Joan Blades, Mark Rylance, Medea Benjamin, and many more!



Corretta Scott King’s speech “Until the Last Gun is Silent.” 

Number ten: thou shalt not kill. You who have worked with and loved my husband so much, you who have kept alive the burning issue of war in the American conscience, you who will not be deluded by talk of peace, but who press on in the knowledge that the work of peacemaking must continue until the last gun is silent.  
Transcript of a Speech Delivered by Coretta Scott King at a ...


See WASHINGTON Report on Middle Eastern Affairs, Nov. Dec. 2017, p. 58. 




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