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September 16, 2009

Walking for peace

CLINTON — Clinton’s Stop the Hate / Show the Love walk, held annually in conjunction with the global observance of the U. N. International Day of Peace, will take place Thursday.

“The walk is held on the Thursday closest to the September 21st Day of Peace,” explained Mardell Mommsen of the Clinton Peace Coalition.

The coalition has been sponsoring the walk since shortly after Alma Mariano and the Sisters of St. Francis and Clinton Community College undertook the first walk and then began partnering with Clinton YWCA and the Week Without Violence.

“In this day of mass media and immediate reporting of world events, our perspective has become more global,” noted Mommsen. “At the same time, the Gateway community has become more diverse and the need to come together to celebrate who we are, collectively and individually, is even more important.”

As usual, the walk will begin at CCC at 5 p.m. with college president Karen Vickers on hand to welcome walkers. The highlight of the pre-walk festivities will be the display of posters created by Clinton fifth-grade students to illustrate their ideas of what world peace would look like. It will conclude at Ashford University with a brief presentation and closing rite with Dr. Hope Gardina, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Ashford Choir.

The International Day of Peace was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 for commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people.Twenty years later, the General Assembly decided that Sept. 21 would be observed annually as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence and invited all Member States, organizations and individuals to commemorate the day, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of a global ceasefire. This year the Secretary-General is calling on governments and citizens to focus on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

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