FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 21 SEPTEMBER
Nikki Delfin, Secretariat Coordinator, email@example.com
Youth celebrate Peace and remember Martial Law Day
Groups call for a just and sustainable peace nationwide
Quezon City, Philippines– Youth groups hold simultaneous peace initiatives nationwide on September 21. The date is infamously known as the declaration of PD 1081 or the Declaration of Martial Law but some commemorate it differently. September 21 is also the International Day of Peace, which is signed unanimously by the UN General Assembly.
“The youth can be apathetic but also active agents of social change and its time to bridge the gap. Many are unaware of the armed conflict and the International Day of Peace which is a day of peace, ceasefire and nonviolence,” said Mirma Mae Tica, the national spokesperson of GenPeace.
Armed conflict persist in the Philippines and remain an important issue. Consider the following:
– The Philippines experience the most protracted armed conflict and most protracted peace negotiations in this part of the world.
– The country’s armed conflicts continues after over 40 years
– In 2008 the country held the world record for most internally-displaced persons at 600,000. That year there were more internal war refugees in the Philippines than in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.
– This year, the world is attempting the largest reduction of armed violence on September 21. Throughout the world, groups are calling governments and armed groups for a day of truce from armed violence.
– The government is pursuing peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and a framework peace agreement is expected within the Aquino administration
– The National Democratic Front peace negotiations are stalled due to issues such as Safety and Immunity Guarantees for rebel leaders.
“We remember Martial Law, and the human rights and humanitarian abuses during the Marcos administration. Our theme ‘just and sustainable peace for our future’ is our way to pay it forward. We are making it national and the time for peace is now.” Tica said.
In Quezon City, Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace) leads students and youth organizations, women, indigenous peoples, local government and religious groups in peace rituals and an advocacy fair. Simultaneous peace day events also take place in Butuan, Surigao City, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Zamboanga, and Catarman. Activites range from candlelit vigil, art competitions, ceasefire petitions, a photo exhibit, a feeding program, peace rituals and forums. The youth organization also partners with local governments for localized peace resolutions and ordinances.
GenPeace is a national youth network that supports the peace negotiations through peace advocacy, education and empowerment programs. We supercharge youth organizations to become active for peaceful social change. Learn more about what we do at http://genpeace.tk/
We are part of local, national and global networks on peacebuilding: United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Global Youth Movement for an Alliance of Civilizations, Youth Solidarity Fund Winner — UN Alliance of Civilizations, Mindanao Solidarity Network, Waging Peace Philippines, Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan, GPPAC-SEA.
Generation Peace Youth Network
Peace Day 2010: Sustaining the Youth’s Engagement, Bridging the Peacebuilding Gaps
Quezon City Memorial Circle 8:00AM – 1:00PM, 21 September 2010
Ribbon Cutting for Exhibit
Interfaith Prayers for Peace
Overview of Peace Day
Performances: Dance, Poetry Reading, Acoustic Number, Song Number, Strings, Symphony
Tribute to Peace Advocates
– (i.e. tribute to Mommy Jean, Bishop Claver, Ka Oca, etc.)
Peace Song renditions from the Quezon City Symphonic Band
Closing Ritual and Forming the Peace Sign
POTLUCK COMMUNITY LUNCH**
** Bring some food to share with your friends/organization for our potluck ‘community’ lunch.
***Free ice cream scoops and peace stamps will be available at the venue.
**** Exhibit booths from different advocacies: Installed all throughout the venue during the Peace Day celebration.
Some of the booths/exhibits installed will be from:
- Asian Academy of Business and Computers (AABC)
- Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines – Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission (JPICC-AMRSP)
- Civil Society Initiatives-International Humanitarian Law (CSI-IHL)
- Group Aid
- Hardin ng Kalikasan
- Initiatives for International Dialogue – Free Burma Coalition
- Lahore Ahmadiyyah Islamic Society
- Mindanao Solidarity Network (MSN)
- NAP 1325
- Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
- OURS COOP Products
- Pastry Goodies
- Pax Christi Miriam College
- Peacemakers’ Circle
- Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhiLANCA)
- Philippine Campaign against Cluster Munitions (PCCM)
- Philippine Normal University UNESCO Club (PNU UNESCO Club)
- Red Cross
- Sulong CARHRIHL
- United Nations Youth Association of the Philippines (UNYAP)
- World without Wars (WWW)
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A possible tie up of Peace One Day and GenPeace?!?? Wait.. let’s rewind a bit.. what is Peace One Day? And what can we do together? Hmm..
In 1999 filmmaker Jeremy Gilley decided to try and establish the first ever Day of Peace with a fixed calendar date. In September 2001 the Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first-ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence—Peace Day, 21 September.
Peace One Day now works to create global awareness of the day and manifest life-saving activity and individual action throughout the world on September 21 each year.
The day is working. Lives are being saved and individuals are making commitments.
So… what do you think?