Dozens of organizations and individuals across the First State are again ready to join together to conduct the Fourth Annual Peace Week Delaware, a series of inspiring, fun, peace-filled events from Saturday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 29.
The annual celebration of nonviolence will feature more than 90 events statewide, including many family-friendly workshops, panels, exhibitions, and speakers. All events are free. People of all ages are welcome.
Peace Week Delaware is an expanded vision of peace led by the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which began organizing annual peace marches in Wilmington in 2014, and has held monthly public forums on how to achieve peace and address the impact of violence. The week-long event also commemorates International Peace Day and the efforts of the United Nations to achieve international harmony.
The purpose of Peace Week Delaware is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration among community, nonprofit and faith organizations, building the state’s capacity to create peace and justice, and to offer peace-loving people across Delaware the opportunity to energize their actions and join together to recognize the possibility of peace based on respect for human rights, education, anti-racism, social justice, equality between women and men, respect for LGBTQ rights, the free flow of information, and opportunities for all.
Peace Week Delaware Steering Committee Chair Kim Tull encourages neighbors across the state to work together to create a culture of peace. “Join us to turn hope into action,” she said. Tull also thanked generous event organizers and donors for making last year’s Peace Week Delaware a great success.
More than 100 events were held under the Peace Week Delaware banner in all three counties. Peace Week Delaware’s all-volunteer Steering Committee publicizes the work of community organizers who choose and produce their own events. Possible activities include: worship services for peace, lectures, films, exhibits, community dinners, music, crafts and games. "We encourage all organizations to find creative ways to imagine and to celebrate peace," said Tull.
Don Peterson, coordinator for Sussex County, said, “We invite organizations in Sussex County to join us in creating the Fourth Annual Peace Week Delaware by developing their own programming or by joining with others.”
The Sussex County working group welcomes inquiries on how to get involved; contact Don Peterson at 703-963-1871 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.