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Preparation for International Day of Peace Gathering 2015

Muslimah Hameed, member of the Kawambe Omawale Drum and Dancers...visited peacePlace on Saturday, July 11th, 2015.

She was present to assist planning for the International Day of Peace gathering Sept. 19th. Muslimah has volunteered for 17 years conducting African drum and dance for the community at East Lake Park every Saturday morning!

No Man Is an Island by John Donne, a 16th century meditation poem, became our focus! WHY THIS CHOICE OF LYRICS FROM A GIFTED writer and metaphysics cleric, 16th century John Donne? The poem’s symbolic intent: a realization of the universal humanity: the meditation stresses the urgency of how humans thrive in the company of fellow human beings, and how one is but an insignificant component of the interconnected scheme.

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

Lillian, Muslimah's mother, sang a version of this as a song to her as a child. The context of both of writings in prose are very similar. Muslimah will begin our gathering at peacePlace with words from the song she heard as a child. Singing we will be guided outside where Muslimah will musically interpret these lyrics through movement with the drumming provided by Keith Johnson continuing in the background!

No Man is an Island
No man is an island, no man stands alone
Each man's joy is joy to me Each man's grief is my own
We need one another, so I will defend
Each man as my brother Each man as my friend
No man is an island far out in the blue
We all look to One above Who our strength doth renew
When I help my brother Then I know that I plant the seeds Of friends that will never die
I saw the people gather I heard the music start
The song that they were singing Is ringing in my heart
No man is an island, no man stands alone
Each man's joy is joy to me
Each man's grief is my own
We need one another, so I will defend
Each man as my brother Each man as my friend.

With this thought in mind as a group it is our intent to set a theme of Universal Human Hood, PEACE and caring for one’s neighbor as each cares for oneself. Living in harmony and balance with all around recognizing our interconnectedness with each other: not to discriminate or caste aside anyone due to color, gender identification, religious affiliation or culture nor educational/economic status. We will all join in with the dancing and drumming...creating a sense of unity and resonance throughout our bodies! United Nation Human right # 2

The dialogue also informs the participant of the United Nations Human right # 2 DON’T DISCRIMINATE (this right belongs to everyone, whatever our differences). The onsite activity will include the reflective process of examining and exploring what these 30 human rights are, their history and our worldview of interaction with persons around the globe concerning their action and protection... www.YouthforHumanRights.org

We will also examine and explore these questions during our time together on Saturday, September 19th, 2015.

Our collective intention is catalytic and exponential in its ability to create and sustain an environment that supports peaceful action.

Together we reflect upon and answer these questions:

  1. What does the word/image Peace mean to me personally?
  2. What do I interpret this word/image Peace to mean in my community?
  3. How do I bring about Peace in your day to day life?
  4. What names/organizations come to mind when you think of Peace, locally or globally?
  5. Peace – what is my responsibility in community leading to this outcome?

Peace Place Last year!
http://artsCARE.org/cac.event.an.shtml

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On Sunday July 12th, Ken Koshio (Taiko Drummer), Eriko Saxon Fujiyoshi, Thuong Nguyen, Michael Butzine and I met to consider how as a collaborative, we might support a ceremony recognizing the 70th year of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima.

Kwan Yin glass bust created by Michael Butzine, paintings by Francisco Garcia and Dennis Numkena.

During this meeting we discussed strategies for promoting peace and unity around the world through an upcoming event that Ken has organized "Hiroshima Calling 2015" at the Tempe Historic Museum August 4th-August 9th. The Arizona exhibition named Hiroshima Calling was produced by Ken Koshio in 2008 and 2010. In 2015, this special event is timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the first explosion of an atomic bomb, as well as, the liberation of Auschwitz and of the Battle of the Atlantic (WWII).

Hiroshima Calling will assist us to remember world history, including stories of loss and devastation across cultures. It reminds us to have hope and to live with our neighbors in a peaceful society.

We also discussed how Thuong, a former Vietnamese refugee who left his country following the fall of Saigon in 1975, and Michael Butzine will contribute to this programming. IF YOUR SCHEDULE PERMITS PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING THE EVENT ON Friday evening, August 7th from 6:00 PM-8:30.

Ken will be working alongside students at Camelback High School when their campus takes time to present a campus wide International Day of Peace and G.A.I.N. celebration to bring an awareness of community service, peaceful interaction with the Phoenix police department and awareness of the United Nations DECLARATION OF Human Rights for all people.

On this afternoon Thuong brought another amazing gift for peacePlace created from recyclable materials that holds thoughtful symbolic meaning.

Thuong’s peace sculptures in already in my back yard artsCARE.org/cac.event.at.shtml. The planting of a peace sculpture for the community at peacePlace Jan 4, 2015. Vietnamese refugee finds answers, home in his art, an Arizona Republic news release about Thuong Nguyen on Dec, 15th 1994. A quote from article: "... he uses found objects in his art as witness and evidence of the struggles of man and nature over time." Today 20 years later Thuong delivered a totem sculpture to peacePlace made of a bomb casing and rods of metal coming together at a point from the top of the container. This form is now buried within the brick work of the patio to receive written intentions of peace making, from anyone wishing to contribute. As the full moon was rising, the sun was on fire and the snow on the Superstition Mountains was melting, an origami crane and Tibetan prayer flags were integrated into the metal structure... Thank you for this gift to the community Thuong. Namaste

The meeting ended with plans on August 7th for us to be present and to support Ken in his Hiroshima Calling 2015 program at the museum.

This dialogue also continues to inform Cultural Arts Coalition’s participants of the United Nations Human right # 2 DON’T DISCRIMINATE (this right belongs to everyone, whatever our differences). The lesson will be include the reflective process of examining and exploring what these 30 human rights are, their history and our worldview of interaction with person around the globe concerning their action and protection... www.YouthforHumanRights.org

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. Human Right # 2.

Photo Narrative by Judy Butzine, MSW

Director of the Cultural Arts Coalition