City and county mayors proclaim “Week of Nonviolence” for Memphis Sept. 19 – 27

City and county mayors proclaim “Week of Nonviolence” for Memphis Sept. 19 – 27
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Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris recently signed a joint proclamation designating September 19 – 27 a “Week of Nonviolence” in the city.

The document proclaims that Memphis and Shelby County, " … along with our entire nation continue to confront the challenge of violence due to the effects of poverty, hunger, racism, brutality, domestic violence and other forms of inhumanity … will join cities and towns in all 50 states and nations around the world in the goal of building a culture of peace and nonviolence."

The week of activities organized by the local group Campaign Nonviolence Memphis, is part of a larger effort to promote nonviolence around the observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly. Nearly 3700 actions are planned nationwide, and Memphis will observe the week with 11, but not with the in-person rallies, lectures, concerts and discussions as in past years.

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Dr. Monica Juma, who coordinates the week’s activities, said that all of the 2020 events will be available on-line as a necessary precaution to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

“We have an exciting roster of events planned,” Juma said, “and will employ the Zoom and Facebook Live platforms so that they will be safely accessible to everyone.”

Saturday, Sept. 19

10 a.m. -- The Viswayogi Foundation & the Unity Church of Practical Christianity will host the I AM US Interfaith and International Gathering for World Peace and Unity. The event will feature singing, chanting, prayers and a discourse by Swami Viswayogi Maharaj.

2 p.m. -- Mark Brown will perform an Odissi Indian Dance, the Battu sponsored by World Religion Day Memphis.

5 p.m. -- The Bahá'í Faith will conduct a fireside discussion on the oneness of mankind to help achieve world peace.

Sunday, Sept. 20

2 p.m. -- Yoga enthusiasts may participate in 108 Sun Salutations

Monday, Sept. 21

5 p.m. -- Three days of Peace and Harmony will kick off on Monday, Sept. 21 sponsored by the Pema Karpo Meditation Center of Memphis. The sessions, which will run from 5 to 5:30 p.m. daily, will be led by Buddhist monk and scholar Khenpo Gawang Rinpche, a teacher at the center.

7 p.m. -- Local activist Charles Belenky will lead a discussion, “Between WWII and the Death of JFK,” focusing on peace movements and activists of that era.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

5 p.m -- Three days of Peace and Harmony, sponsored by the Pema Karpo Meditation Center of Memphis, continues. The sessions, which will run from 5 to 5:30 p.m. daily, will be led by Buddhist monk and scholar Khenpo Gawang Rinpche, a teacher at the center.

7 p.m. -- TM Garret, an ex-white supremacist and KKK member, will tell the story of his amazing transformation into a human rights advocate.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

5 p.m -- Three days of Peace and Harmony, sponsored by the Pema Karpo Meditation Center of Memphis, continues. The sessions, which will run from 5 to 5:30 p.m. daily, will be led by Buddhist monk and scholar Khenpo Gawang Rinpche, a teacher at the center.

7 p.m. -- The Second Concert for a Nonviolent Memphis will be staged, featuring songs performed by 30 area singer/songwriters. The on-line concert is sponsored by South Main Sounds and the Memphis Songwriters Association. Returning from last year’s Halloran Centre event will be Keith Sykes, Nancy Apple and Reba Russell.

Thursday, Sept. 24

7 p.m. -- The Youth Council of MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope) will hold a panel discussion. Their topic is, “We All Want a Peace of the Pie.”

Friday, Sept. 25

7 p.m. -- The TD Yoga and Meditation Center will host a 30-minute “Meditation for Non-Harming.”

Saturday, Sept. 26

6 p.m. -- An adult panel from MICAH will present “Preparing for Good Trouble” featuring a combination of clergy and lay leaders discussing why justice work is relevant and important.

Further information, along with links and contact information for each event is available at http://www.cnvmemphis.org.