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Pinwheels for Peace 2008

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  • Bill Bryant
    The International Day of Peace will be celebrated Sunday, September 21st. Please be sure to mark your calendar. Our own OKC chapter of the UN Association is
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 19 3:47 AM
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      The International Day of Peace will be celebrated Sunday, September 21st.  Please be sure to mark your calendar. 
      Our own OKC chapter of the UN Association is teaming up with other local groups and businesses to co-sponsor this year's celebration.  It will take place at the Myriad Gardens.  Lots of pinwheels will be spinning.  You can read more in the Press Release below. 
      Other co-sponsoring organizations include ...
      AARP Foundation - Oklahoma,    
      Art of Yoga Studio & Gallery,
      C.A.S.T. Cultural Awareness for Students and Teachers,  
      Casady Schools Service-Learning YAC,    
      "Celebrate Diversity," 
      Church Women United in Oklahoma, 
      OKC Friends Meeting,  
      Eagle Ridge Institute,  
      Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, 
      Mohammed Christian Goldberg,  
      The Grateful Bean,   
      Hot Dog Park,
      Joy Mennonite Church,  
      Mothers Acting Up,  
      Oklahoma Center for Conscience,
      OK Chapters of Dr. Jane Goodall's "Roots & Shoots,”
      Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, 
      Oklahoma Veterans for Peace,  
      Peace Education Institute,
      Peace House - OKC,    
      Raindrop Turkish House,
      Respect Diversity Foundation,
      SGI-USA / Oklahoma,  
      World Neighbors
      In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate:
      "...to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways… (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."
      Find more information at our website ... www.una-okc.org.

      Press Release
      For Immediate Release
      Contact:  Linda Esser, C.A.S.T. at 405/227-2794, lesser@... 
      Or Joan Korenblit, Respect Diversity Foundation at 405-359-036, rdfrdf@... 
      International  Day of Peace Celebration
      Pinwheels for Peace!
      C.A.S.T. (Cultural Awareness for Students & Teachers) Sponsored OKC Area-wide School and Family Event
      Sunday, September 21, 2008
      From 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. at the Myriad Gardens,
      Located at Reno & Robinson in downtown OKC. 301 W Reno, OKC, OK 73102
      Free OKC area event!
      Governor Proclaims September 21st as an International Day of Peace for Oklahoma!
      On September 21st, students and their families will join together with millions of students throughout the world as they participate in the U.N.’s International Day of Peace Celebration.  Thousands of pinwheels with words about peace and harmony, made by youth, will spin in the wind on school campuses and throughout the Oklahoma City area, as well as in countries around the world.
      Speakers at event will include:  Superintendent of OKCPS Karl Springer, Superintendent of Putnam City Schools Paul Hurst, State Senator Constance N. Johnson, Mike Korenblit (Respect Diversity Foundation), Robert H. Cox (United Nations Association of Greater OKC), Linda Esser (C.A.S.T.) and STANLEY L. EVANS (Assistant Dean, O.U. College of Law). 
      Activities at the Celebration Event include: Anadarko Native American Dancers • Columbus “Sunorame” Folkloric  Dancers • Hill Irish Dancers • OKCPS Linwood A+ Choir • Putnam City North's Step Team ¨ • St. Andrew Dung Lac Lion Dancers • St. George Greek Orthodox Festival Dancers  • Maya School of Dance • artist and performer Steve McLinn.
      Create your own pinwheel for peace. Supplies provided for young and old!
      Display Tables will provide nonpolitical information about peace from dozens of groups and organizations promoting peace within, among groups and with our environment. Displays will provide families with information about cultivating peace within and without.
      Festival Seating on the Great Lawn (NW corner) – bring your blanket, lawn chair and water.
      In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.
      Today’s students are bombarded with television images, video games, and magazine articles/newspapers that give importance to conflict and war. Violence has become commonplace and accepted as part of our society and, for some students, it is a way of life. It is our hope that through the Pinwheels for Peace project, we can help the students make a public visual statement about their feelings about war / peace / tolerance / cooperation / harmony / unity and, in some way, maybe, awaken the public and let them know what the next generation is thinking. 
      Imagine… Whirled Peace!
      Plant a garden of pinwheels for peace.
      International event sponsored by the United Nations:
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