Article Published: Sep. 20, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 22, 2012
The International Day of Peace, established as September 21, has a resurrecting scope.
Resolution UN/A/RES/55/282 states that it is “an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day,” a international ceasefire that has been acknowledged for 31 years.
For the past seven years, it has been the Mountain Peacemakers’ day of New Year’s resolutions. This year, the theme is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.”
On Sept. 21, the Mountain Peacemakers will host events that follow what Lexie Danner calls “inside, then out, peace.”
Danner, Joanna Weintraub and and Cindy Ball are the organizers of the Mountain Peacemakers.
“But if you’re participating, you’re a Mountain Peacemaker,” Danner said. “You’re representing what you have to contribute.”
At 11 a.m., peacemakers can participate in Yoga for Peace with Vicki Rodriquez on the lawn of the Watauga County Library (140 Queen St.). Rodriquez’s 10 years of yoga and meditation have rewarded her with hours cultivating “the practice of presence.” She will guide the group through yoga with this mindfulness.
At noon, there will be a moment of silence on the library lawn, directed by Robert Roskind, founder of Gathering of the Peacemakers and local author of “conscious” books, such as “Staying Awake in the Sleeping World.”
“It’s a global wave of prayer and respect,” Danner said. “You might even be able to feel it.”
From 1 to 3 p.m., Green Mother Goods (116 W. King St.) will host Peace Talks. Also at 1 p.m., Vachel Miller will present a talk, titled “Abolition of Modern Day Slavery.” Miller teaches in the doctoral program in educational leadership at Appalachian State University. He worked on a child labor project in East Africa from 2005 through 2008 to help remove children from child labor conditions. Student representatives from the ASU chapter of International Justice Mission will also speak.
At 1:30 p.m., Green Mother Goods owner Debi Golembieski will discuss “Peaceful Purchasing,” namely fair trade and the benefits of purchasing eco-friendly products. She will use the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2011 report, “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor,” in her talk.
At 2 p.m., Weintraub will host a talk, called “Sustainable Food for a Sustainable Future.” Weintraub is an agro-ecology lab instructor at ASU, and she’ll be joined by Courtney Baines, director of programs for Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and a sustainable development instructor at ASU.
Representatives from ASU Slow Food Group will discuss the worldwide local food movement. Local chef Scott Lamb will represent Organic Consumer Associations’ “Millions Against Monsanto” campaign and discuss concerns about genetically modified foods and the food supply’s future.
At 2:30 p.m., Roskind will discuss his latest book, “Guide to an Awakening Planet,” and talk about the transition from fear to love.
From 2 to 3 p.m., the Mountain Peacemakers host peace flag creation in the library meeting room. Basic Humanity Ink donated about 40 flags to the cause.
At 4 p.m., peacemakers of all ages hit the downtown Boone sidewalks for the annual Peace Parade. Participants are asked to meet on the library lawn at 3:45 p.m. Throughout the procession, Angela Sterling Forest will sing Celtic and peace-inspired songs. The route will travel through downtown Boone and back to the library.
From 6 to 7 p.m., the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King St.) will host African drumming and dance, led by Sherone Price, an associate professor in ASU’s theater and dance department.
Throughout the day, Our Daily Bread and Hob Nob Farm Café will sell “Beers for Peace” in support of community fundraising for peace-related projects.
Two Rivers Community School will hold workshops, and ASU freshman seminar classes, led by Lee J. Ball, will discuss how peace can be attained through renewable energy.
On Sept. 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies presents a free movie screening of “The Day After Peace.” The film is the second documentary of Jeremy Gilley, who pushed the General Assembly to carve
International Day of Peace into every Sept. 21, instead of having the symbolism continue on fluctuating days.
There are hundreds more options in both the community and state, all listed on http://www.cultureofpeace.org
. The website features letter formats to a representative and how to have a Buddhist race, a game where the last contestant wins.
“In order to bring fad to fabric, we can pay attention to the way we communicate with each other, the way we respect each other, tolerance, acceptance, understanding and organizing things within your community,” Danner said. “Little actions really matter, but the state of mind has to come first.”