Peace Day in Philly: What does peace mean to you?

- Lisa Parker who is the local founder of a 'Day of Peace' is convinced that we can make a difference.

“There are cynics who say what difference does a day make, it's symbolic.  But all around the world there are organizations, people, even governments doing conferences, trainings, art projects all around peace.”

No one seems to argue when we talk about the significance of one negative action and how it destroys a community. So Lisa and others want to know why is it so hard to get people to agree that one positive action can help improve one?

“Peace Day Philly is actually the local effort for the International Day of Peace, which is observed around the world on September 21," Parker said.

This week marks International Peace Week across the globe and it's Philly Peace Week right here in our city. Now,here’s the challenge, how do you get people to care?

Students like Charlotte Williams may have at least part of the solution.

“I want the whole neighborhood to know, the community needs to spread more peace.  There’s too many kids out here dying today.  Too much violence, too much racism, a lot going on that needs to be stopped.”

Charlotte and her classmates are playing at least a small part. They were invited to be background singers with the band TJP and today they performed the song get together as part of Peace Week.

It's just a song but the students, the band, event organizers also believe it could be one of those individual actions that they can share with friends and peers who need to hear how peace week touched them.

Layia Watkins was moved by how happy everyone was and how it inspired her and her classmates. “I’m having fun, everyone’s so happy around me its just a bunch of love and happiness.”

Watching them perform, they were clearly having fun. But they said sharing this kind of fun is what a lot of people their age need to understand is ok.

“Pay attention to what you’re doing and don’t react so fast to things…. Fun is when you’re actually happy and joyful and doing things that you love to do and not making other people feel bad”

One action, one song, one day of peace may actually make a difference if we believe it's worth doing for goodness sake.


 

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