The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation is joining Pace e Bene Peace + all good's national Campaign Nonviolence initiative. A series of events scheduled in Carbondale voice the call to “create a Culture of Peace, free from war, poverty, the climate crisis and the epidemic of violence.” While that sounds like a monumental undertaking, there are diverse groups working in our communities to meet this challenge. Campaign Nonviolence seeks to connect the dots that show the violent impacts our status quo has on ourselves, others - particularly those less well off - and the whole natural world. Information about the weeks’ events can also be seen at View Campaign Nonviolence - Carbondale calendar.
The week will showcase the alternatives and positive interventions being created and shared locally. These include the struggle to end the ravages of war, homelessness, domestic violence, police militarization, and mass incarceration, and the major efforts to prevent the destruction of fracking in southern Illinois while pushing ahead with vigorous alternative energy, conservation, and local food security plans.
Currently nearly 300 events around the country are planned for the week of Campaign Nonviolence. On September 20th events in Carbondale will begin at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and the Carbondale Public Library and will continue through the week. One capstone will be a Rally for Campaign Nonviolence to be held on Sunday, September 27th, 4:00 pm at the Labyrinth Peace Park, next to Gaia House, 913 S. Illinois Avenue. Under the Geodesic Dome Sculpture the event will bring together music, speakers from participating community groups, and an introduction to the plan for a new Community Peace Mural. Information about the weeks’ events can be seen at View Campaign Nonviolence - Carbondale calendar