Bahai News - San Francisco Culture of Peace Festival
Monday September 27, 5:59 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: Soka Gakkai International
San Francisco Culture of Peace Festival
TOKYO, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A festival "Creating a Culture of Peace,"
with over 1,000 participants was held at the Soka Gakkai International
USA (SGI-USA) San Francisco Culture Center on Saturday, September 18, 1999.
Highlighting the UN's designation of the year 2000 as the International
Year for the Culture of Peace, the festival was organized by the new
Northern California Peace Coalition, a group of more than 25 NGOs and
civil society organizations which came together following participation
in the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference earlier this year.
Dr. Lucile Green, founder of the San Francisco People's Assembly, was
keynote speaker, but the highlight of the morning session was an appeal
from the SGI Boys and Girls Group for a safe and peaceful society so they
can live in a world free of fear.
President of the United Nations Association, Northern California Division,
Ted Smith, shared strategies for creating a culture of peace globally and
locally, and other speakers encouraged people of all faiths to work
The audience also heard from the Honorable Le Tagaloa Pita, Member of
Parliament from Samoa, which will host the First Millennium Global People's
Assembly from April 2-8, 2000 in Apia, Samoa.
After lunch, 14 parallel workshops were held, including the SGI-USA Youth
Group's program "Victory Over Violence: What Can One Individual Do?", "U.S.
Military Policy Since the Fall of the Soviet Union", organized by SGI
Member Ed Rippy of East Bay Peace Action, and "Speak Up for Global
Citizenship" with co-coordinator of the Northern California Peace
Coalition and SGI member Sue Zipp.
Other workshops covered "The Promise of World Peace" by the Baha'i
Community, "It Can Be Done! Global Action to Prevent War" by Global Action
International Network and "Creating a Culture of Peace Globally and
Locally," by the United Nations Association.
The Northern California Peace Coalition is now preparing for the State of
the World Forum in San Francisco, a high-level annual event started in 1995
by Mikhail Gorbachev's Green Cross Foundation, scheduled October 6, 1999 at
San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel. This year the Forum will undertake the
Nuclear Weapons Elimination Initiative, and include an evening open to the
Soka Gakkai International is an association with 12 million members in 128
countries and territories worldwide. Its activities for peace, culture and
education are based on the traditions of Buddhist humanism.
The new Northern California Peace Coalition: (Partial listing)
Association of World Citizens
Action Coalition for Global Change
Church Women United
East Bay Peace Action
Global Action International Network
Global Coalition Constitution
Millennium People's Assembly Network
Pathways to Peace
Quantum Leap 2000
SGI-USA (Soka Gakkai International)
Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center
San Francisco Baha'i Community
State of the World Forum
United Nations Associations, San Francisco Chapter, Marin Chapter,
Northern California Division
United Peoples Assembly
United Religions Initiative
Western States Legal Foundation
World Academy of Keristan Education (WAKE)
World Federalist Association
SOURCE: Soka Gakkai International
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