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Honoring peace in polarized times: Midland marks International Day of Peace

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Thursday, September 21, 2023   

In cities across the globe, including the Michigan city of Midland, various organizations are commemorating International Day of Peace today.

Midland holds an official designation as of last year.

Judy Timmons, treasurer for the Midland chapter of Nonviolent Peaceforce, underscored the significance of contemplating peaceful conflict resolution during polarized times. This year, it plans to distribute a book on conflict resolution and introduce a simulator, aimed at providing attendees with valuable learning experiences.

"People from various backgrounds share their experiences, whether it's in Ukraine or our meta peace team folks that will be speaking about their work that they do," Timmons outlined. "At some point asking them, these people that are listening, 'What would you do in that case?'"

Midland will host events from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Creative 360, 5501 Jefferson Avenue. Timmons noted individuals participating in the simulator among other activities will receive a Peace Rose book to take home, offering assistance in managing day-to-day conflicts.

Timmons pointed out there are nearly 400 Cities of Peace worldwide. She expressed her deep sense of honor Midland is one of them.

"Things are so divisive in our country right now, so any way we can bring people together makes me very happy," Timmons emphasized. "Because I know we're not sitting on the sidelines and just wringing our hands and wishing things were different. We're actively doing something."

Attendees of this Saturday's Midland event will be asked to sign a "Kindness Promise." It is a pledge to be caring, helpful, and sharing. The promise also quotes the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

Disclosure: Nonviolent Peaceforce contributes to our fund for reporting on Criminal Justice, Human Rights/Racial Justice, Peace, and Social Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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