International Day of Peace, set for Thursday, Sept. 21, represents a movement to unite the global community in a day of nonviolence.
World leaders Kofi Anan, the Dalai Lama and others acknowledged that one day of peace would permit children and families to leave war-torn areas, permit medical and food supplies to arrive, and enable us all to see and feel the relief of simply stopping the killing for one day.
A United Nations resolution lent momentum to the IDOP organizers. More information is available online at www.peaceoneday.org.
The group wants every human on the planet to join in this celebration. Events in Rockford take place at the Keeling Puri Peace Plaza from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Peace Plaza is on Perryville Road just south of Riverside Drive. School children from Bloom, Spectrum and Machesney elementary schools, and other local cultural arts groups and schools, will share music and words. All in the community are invited.
An observance with music by One Drum will be at Montessori School on North Rockton Avenue at 6 p.m., and a show by local and guest musicians will be presented at Kryptonite from 8 to10 p.m. in downtown Rockford. Included in the show are One Drum, Jan Sebon and Bagamutes.
The concert is organized by Rockford musician and teacher David Stocker, and is sponsored in part with grant funds from the Illinois Arts Council.
For information, call Stocker at 519-7599.
From the Sept. 20-26, 2006, issue