DAYTON: CITY OF PEACE
NEWS FROM THE PEACE DAYTON COLLABORATIVE GROUP
Please attend! First meeting at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1st 2017
New place: The Dayton Mediation Center, 371 W 2nd St #300, Free Parking
“Let us resolve to put peace first.”
— Incoming Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, January 2017
NOW MORE THAN EVER
In this time of polarization, unity is the power that can overcome division. For International Day of Peace, 2017, the Miami Valley will once again stand together in unity. Now is the time to begin planning a September peace event for your members!
AREN’T YOU GLAD
Dayton is a true city of peace builders. From our civic leaders to our service organizations, faith-based groups, artists and educators, along with those involved in wellness, environmental action, security, recreation, and business — WE are a town of neighbors that values safety, prosperity and quality of life for ALL.
FOR OUR CHILDREN
For the fifth year, Miami Valley organizations will leverage the U.N.’s International Day of Peace. The Peace Dayton Collaborative Group now has over 100 organizations involved! This year each organization will host an event during September to reject polarization, and to let our children and the world know that WE choose the power of unity over division.
The Official International Day of Peace is Thursday, September 21st, 2017. Our official local celebration of Peace Month runs from Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September 24th. Please plan your peace-building event between these days and join this community-wide celebration that has exceeded the Dayton border and now includes many surrounding towns in the Miami Valley.
GOOD NEWS SO FAR!
- The third annual Peacebuilders Walk will be on September 9th in coordination with WYSO and other organizations to create a Peacebuilders Village at Riverscape.This event will also kickoff Peace Dayton’s community-wide celebration.
- An exhibit featuring Dayton: City of Peace will soon be at the Dayton International Peace Museum.
- We have already heard from Miami Valley groups beginning to plan their 2017 September events including the Dayton Mediation Center, the Five Rivers Chautauqua, the Dayton Jobs Corp, the Interfaith Forum, Greater Dayton Christian Connection, and many other stellar organizations.
ARE YOU READY?
Send a quick email to your appreciative facilitator and let us know if you intend to plan an event: No need for confirmed details; just a heads-up on your intention.
Send to Fred Arment: arment[at]fredarment.com
REFLECT ON THE 2016 PEACE DAYTON CELEBRATION
Here’s last year’s video featured just a few of the nearly 40 events during Peace Weeks Dayton:
Celebrate the peace we have; Contemplate the work to be done. Thanks to everyone and all the peace-building organizations involved. Onward and upward!