In 1999, Jeremy Gilley founded the film project Peace One Day to document his efforts in creating an annual day of ceasefire and nonviolence with a fixed calendar date. In 2001, Peace One Day achieved its objective when the United Nations unanimously adopted the International Day of Peace 21 September.
I organized this blogfest (quickly and haphazardly but definitely not halfheartedly) to help spread the word about Peace Day.
Anyone with a blog can sign up, no matter your age, occupation, or location. Peace is possible, even if everyone follows a different political or religious view, so don't let that stop you from joining either!
Participants should, but are not required to, put the Peace Blogfest button on their blog. Those who are not participating can still grab the button to help spread the word!
You can start signing up for the Peace Blogfest today. The festivities begin on Monday 19 September and last through Peace Day Wednesday 21 September.
And now... the Peace Blogfest schedule...
Monday 19 September 2011 - Peace Through Art
Post something you have created that represents what peace means to you. This can be a video, something you drew, something you wrote (poetry, short story, etc.), a song you wrote and recorded, a picture of something you made, anything! Be creative!
Tuesday 20 September 2011 - Peace Through Tolerance and Non-Violence
Despite religious, racial, socioeconomic, or personal differences, everyone deserves respect. I know this can be a touchy subject for some people, so there are many blogging options for this day. You can do one or more of the following: discuss ways we can overcome discrimination and stop violence, describe an organization that you support that helps other people, tell about a time that you helped someone and what you learned, describe a time when someone helped you through a rough time and how it changed you, or tell of an experience in which you or someone you know was discriminated against and how that shaped your view on peace. Share your experiences!
Wednesday 21 September 2011 (Peace Day) - Peace Through Connection
Bringing people together in celebration should be the goal for this day! How do you connect with other people? How do you interact with people around you in a peaceful way? What unites people? Think about this one, and be truthful. And remember, peaceful actions don't stop when Peace Day is over! What can YOU DO to be peaceful and to continue spread the word about peace? What inspires you to be peaceful?