Veterans For Peace Hosts International Peace Day Panel

September 21, 2015

What: Panel Discussion: “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All”

Where: Schlafly Branch Library 225 N. Euclid

When: September 21st, 6:30pm

Veterans For Peace is hosting a panel discussion on September 21st, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Schlafly Branch Library to commemorate International Peace Day. We will discuss immigration, the movement for Black Lives, Islam in America and how these communities are impacted by U.S. militarism and wars. Within this framework, we will address ways we may partner to work for peace and ensure everyone's dignity as global citizens is recognized.

All panelists are local St. Louis area residents currently engaged in working for human rights, justice, and equality.  José Alfredo Chávez from Latinos En Axion STL, Nabeehah Azeez from Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), Faizan Syed from CAIR-STL, and Tara Tee from Hands Up United. Woody Powell, Korean War Veteran and former Executive Director of Veterans For Peace will moderate the panel.

Before the panel, we will meet at 5:30pm at the Rosti-Kain Catholic High School Peace Pole on 4389 Lindell Blvd for a short demonstration and spoken word by Marcellus the Ferguson Poet. The peace pole says ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ in multiple languages and is an international symbol for peace.  Peace Poles are recognized as the most prominent international monument to peace. It is estimated that there are more than 200,000 Peace Poles that have been dedicated in over 180 countries on Earth.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared September 21st as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.  Veterans For Peace recognizes that continued conflict in our communities and around the world serves no one except the military masters and war profiteers. To that end, we call upon our members, fellow veterans, supporters and greater communities to move beyond talk of ending conflict, and instead adopt and implement practices that embody peace at home and abroad.