Peace Week Delaware Celebrates the Possibility of Peace Across Delaware with Week-Long Series with More Than 30 Events
Large number of community organizations and individuals have partnered to create the inaugural Peace Week Delaware, free and open to the public, from September 18 – 25, 2016
Wilmington, Delaware – September 8, 2016 – Delaware’s Movement for a Culture of Peace has partnered with dozens of organizations and individuals across the First State to present a week-long series of events running from September 18 – 25, 2016. The purpose of Peace Week Delaware (PWD) is two-fold: (1) To build our state’s capacity to achieve our collective goals for peace and justice by collaborating to create Peace Week together and (2) To offer peace-loving people across Delaware the opportunity to join together to recognize the possibility of peace and energize their actions.
Delaware continues to suffer from unacceptably high levels of violence. Government agencies and non-governmental organizations have worked to address this issue without success. The Movement for a Culture of Peace envisions a coordinated approach to building alternatives to the prevailing culture of violence based on education, economic opportunity, anti-racism, equal justice, respect for human rights, equality between women and men, respect for LGBTQ rights, democratic participation, the free flow of information, and disarmament of our neighborhoods.
Peace Week Delaware was launched in early 2016 by the Movement for a Culture of Peace. The Movement has sponsored monthly forums on peace and nonviolence for two years, as well as the 2014 and 2015 Marches for a Culture of Peace in Wilmington. Peace Week Delaware volunteers believe that we are more effective working together than we can ever be working separately and that working together will accelerate the change to a culture of peace across the First State. The hope is that Peace Week Delaware will be an annual event, broadening in scope, participation, and impact each year.
At a news conference held today at Praying Ground Community Church, 41 E. 22nd Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802, the site of one of the Peace Week Delaware events, Jeffrey Lott, spokesperson for Peace Week Delaware, was joined by Pastor Saundra Ben and Naveed Baqir. They discussed the purpose of Peace Week Delaware and the over 30 events that will take place across the First State, things like films, art exhibitions, marches, gatherings, rallies, concerts, workshops, talks, and meditations. They encouraged Delawareans of all colors, faiths, and backgrounds to attend Peace Week Delaware events to share with others in building peace across the First State.
“Peace Week Delaware is the largest state-wide program focused on peace ever organized in Delaware,” Lott said. “It is the product of many people and organizations coming together with the same purpose – to accelerate the creation of a culture of peace across Delaware. We believe this will have a lasting impact on many of the citizens of our state.”
“We built eight days of peace-oriented events for Delawareans around International Peace Day, which is Wednesday, September 21,” said Pastor Ben. “These many days with this many events makes it possible for most Delawareans to attend at least a few events. Information on all of the events is on the Peace Week Delaware website at www.peaceweekdelaware.org.”
Naveed Baqir stated that “PWD is important to the city and the state because it brings people together in a common purpose – a chance to show that we care for and love each other and can deal together with issues across the state. Delawareans who attend Peace Week events will learn how they can collectively change attitudes and behaviors to make Delaware a peaceful place for everyone. They are not powerless.”
Peace Week Delaware is grateful for the involvement of the many Event Sponsors, displayed at www.peaceweekdelaware.org, and for our financial and in-kind sponsors:
City of Wilmington
Delaware Division of the Arts
Delaware Humanities Forum
June J. and Russell Peterson Fund for Social Justice
Planning Factory International
St. Francis Healthcare
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Wilmington Friends School
Delaware Center for Justice
Movement for a Culture of Peace
“We believe that attending several Peace Week events will help each Delawarean better understand how we as citizens can work together—and what each of us can do as individuals to contribute to fundamental social and cultural change,” Lott said.
Neighbors Joining Together to Build Peace in the First State
Home Page: www.peaceweekdelaware.org
Listing of Events: www.peaceweekdelaware.org/events