The Williams Administration Kicks Off Season of Nonviolence

Posted on  01/31/2014 4:36 pm

The City of Wilmington will join more than 900 cities in the United States and 67 countries worldwide in recognition of The Season for Nonviolence.  TheSeason for Nonviolenceis a 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and communities.

The Season for Nonviolence commemorates the lives and service of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the 64 days begins on the memorial anniversary of Gandhi’s death on January 30th and ends on the anniversary of Dr. King’s passing on April 4th. The Season was created by 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 and legacy of Gandhi and Dr. 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 their 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 the Williams Administration and support this movement by sharing your stories, encouraging peace and particpating in “64 Days, 64 Ways.” 

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