International Day of Peace to Be Celebrated in Oakland on September 21

September 09, 2010

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") was established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations Resolution, to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. It provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and nations to perform practical acts of peace on a shared date. 

The first Peace Day was celebrated in September, 1982. In 2002, the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date of the International Day of Peace. (For more information visit http://www.listenforlife.org/ListenForLife_PeaceDay.html.)
 
Peace Day will be observed in Oakland by virtue of a proclamation issued by Mayor Ronald V. Dellums. In a companion letter, the mayor asks support for the efforts of Listen for Life (LFL), a global organization headquartered in Oakland, to celebrate the day "and establish alternatives to violence through the promotion of music." 
 
Listen for Life is organizing a number of separate cross-cultural music events on the Sept. 18-19 weekend, as well as on Peace Day itself, Tuesday, Sept. 21 – and has secured the participation of more than 100 Oakland-based musicians, representing a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. Among them are the Spiritual Image choir (SI) of Lake Park United Methodist Church, which will be performing at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Contact Laddie Perez-Galang, laddieg@pacbell.net, for more information.
 
LFL would like to know if other organizations, groups, or churches are planning some kind of event to observe International Day of Peace – so that those events can be included in LFL's posters and other publicity. You may respond to that request by contacting Laddie Perez Galang at the email address above, giving the following information:
 
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