This year, the City of Wilmington will join over 900 U.S. cities and 67 countries worldwide in recognition of The Season for Nonviolence. The Season for Nonviolence is a 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives, our communities and our world.
Book-ended by the memorial anniversaries of the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 and Martin Luther King, Jr. on April this international event honors their visions for a nonviolent world. The Season is the brainchild and vision of Arun and Sunanda Gandhi, co-founders of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence now located at the University of Rochester and was first launched in 1998.
The purpose of the Season is to focus education and community action toward attaining peace and justice in the spirit of Gandhi and King. The Season teaches that every person can move the world forward in the direction of peace through daily nonviolent choices and actions. Through media attention, the Season also recognizes and celebrates those who are using nonviolence to build communities that honor the dignity and worth of every human being.
In solidarity with cities around the world, the City of Wilmington, will collectively focus on one of 64 aspects of nonviolence and, in turn, encourage every Wilmingtonian to incorporate each aspect into our daily lives. Daily thought-provoking messages designed to help each of us
- Honor the dignity and inherent worth of every human being
- Understand that all of our words and actions have an impact
- Practice compassion with apparent adversaries
- Become stewards for the rights of individuals and the environment
- Use our talents to empower rather than to exert power
- Engage in constructive dialogue with one another to solve conflicts
Please join the City of Wilmington, Mayor Dennis P. Williams and his administration, and support this movement by sharing your stories, encouraging peace and participating in “64 Days, 64 Ways.” Know that you are part of a citywide and worldwide community working for nonviolence and peace.