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International Peace Day, September 21st 2013

“The theme for this day is education and peace. The United Nations will examine the role education can in fostering global citizenship.

It is not enough to tech children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.

The kind of education is a central focus of my global education first initiative, which calls on governments to place education at the top of their agenda.

I call on everyone whether governments, parties to conflicts, religious institutions, community leaders, the media, academics, or civil society groups to play their part. We must support peace education programs, protect students and teachers from conflict, help rebuild schools destroyed by war, and ensure all girls and boys have access to a quality education that includes learning about resolving and preventing conflicts. Let us
resolve to learn together how to create a universal culture of peace.”

-Statement from United Nations secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon


Memorial March for Peace on the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington

Thank you to those who came out for the Memorial March for Peace on August 28th! The day of events included at 7.5 mile march from Boston to Newton and an inspiring evening program featuring Dr. Susannah Heschel, Reverends Kim and Donald Odom, Donnell Baird, and a performance from our very own Matt Carriker with a group of Interfaith Youth Initiative alums.

Additionally, the audience received an amazing surprise when legendary Pete Seeger got on stage to lead us all in the civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome.” Let us keep walking together, working towards the dream of justice and freedom shared by Dr. King and all who were part of the march in 1963.



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