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IDOP 2014 peacePlace Community/Unity event for Peace

Sunday, September 21st, is the official acknowledgment of the U.N. International Day of Peace around the world. On September 20th Saturday… the 10th year the Cultural Arts Coalition came together with over fifty individuals at peacePlace to share the UNITY of this event, “The right of People to Peace”.

There was a moment of meditation: devotion and gratitude around the peace pole provided by Dulce Juarez.

Poetry inside peacePlace by Holly Parsons, our poet laureate, continued this expression of thanks for all we have been given from this earth…

Is it possible that Earth's love grows us food and furnishes fantastical and furry friends, provides wondrous water, pristine air and medicine and fish and flowers and seasons for reasons we yet perceive?

Dancing & drumming facilitated by Keith Johnson and Muslimah Hameed followed taking us into the back yard!

As the sun set the audience of more than 40 persons turned its attention to the Sierra Linda H.S. students instructed by C-c Braun.

Followed by their teachers---C-c and Muslimah. All the music and dance was focused on acts of peace building and compassion:

There was live painting by “Enuf” as well as the enjoyment of murals all around…

There was lots of time to visit, get to know new people and create a beaded bracelet of intentions for peace…Pizza, fruits and water were our sustenance plus freshly baked cookies.

At the end of the evening Francisco Flores led us around the peace pole a blessing requesting for us to remember this night in our hearts and minds. May Peace Prevail upon the Earth for All and let it begin with Me...

These events could not occur without the assistance and support of our working Board of Directors: Melanie Ohm, Dianne Anderson-Nickel, C-c- Braun, Francisco Flores, Francisco “Enuf” Garcia, Dulce Juarez, Muslimah Hameed, Holly Parsons and Silvia Rodriquez

Photo narrative by judy butzine, Director of the Cultural Arts Coalition