World March Peace beginning October 2, 2009 January 2, 2010

The World March will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Nonviolence” by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. The March will last 90 days, three long months of travel. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia. The American and Asian stages will be the longest, both almost a month. A permanent base of a hundred people of different nationalities will complete the journey.

Why


Because we can end world hunger with 10% of what is spent on arms. Imagine how life would be if 30-50% of the arms budget went toward improving people’s lives instead of being used for destruction.

Because eliminating wars and violence means leaving human pre-history behind and taking a giant step forward in the evolution of our species.

Because in this aspiration we are accompanied by the strength of the voices of hundreds of prior generations who suffered the consequences of war, and whose echo continues to be heard today in all those places where it continues to leave its sinister trail of dead, disappeared, disabled, refugees and displaced.

Because a “world without wars” is an image that opens the future and seeks to become reality in every corner of the planet, as violence gives way to dialogue.

The moment has come for the voiceless to be heard! Out of agonizing and urgent need, millions of human beings are crying out for an end to wars and violence.

We can make that happen by uniting all the forces of pacifism and active non-violence worldwide.
When


The World March will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Non-Violence” by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010.

The March will last 90 days, three long months of travel. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia.
Who is participating


The March was initiated by “World Without Wars,” - an international organization launched by the Humanist Movement - that has been working for 15 years in the fields of pacifism and non-violence.

The World March, however, will be created and shaped by everyone. Open to any person, organization, collective, group, political party, business, etc., that shares the same aspirations and sensibility, this project is not something closed. Instead, it is a journey that will be progressively enriched as different initiatives set their contributions in motion.

That is why this is an invitation to anyone and everyone to participate freely. So that wherever the March goes, the local people can contribute their creativity in a great convergence of multiple activities. There’s space for everything the imagination is capable of conceiving.

The possible channels of participation are multiple and diverse, including virtual participation in the March through Internet.

This is a march by and for the people, with hopes of reaching most of the world’s population. For this reason we are asking all media to spread the word about this journey around the world for Peace and Non-violence.
What is going to happen



As it passes through cities there will be all kinds of forums, conferences and events (sporting, cultural, social, etc.) that will be organised according to the local initiatives that are emerging.

At this time hundreds of projects have already been set in motion by different individuals and organizations.
What are our goals and objectives

To denounce the dangerous world situation that is leading us closer and closer to nuclear war, which would be the greatest catastrophe in human history – a dead end.

To give a voice to the majority of world citizens who want peace. Although the majority of the human race opposes the arms race, we are not sending out a unified signal. Instead we are letting ourselves be manipulated by a powerful minority and suffering the consequences. The time has come to stand together and show our opposition. Join a multitude of others in sending a clear signal, and your voice will have to be heard!

To achieve: the worldwide eradication of nuclear weapons; the immediate withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories; the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons; the signing of
non-aggression treaties among nations and the renunciation by governments of war as a way to resolve conflicts.

www.theworldmarch.org
To expose the many other forms of violence (economic, racial, sexual, religious…) that are currently hidden or disguised by their perpetrators; and to provide a way for all who suffer such violence to be heard.

To create global awareness - as has already happened with environmental issues - of the urgent need to condemn of all forms of violence and bring about real Peace.

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Comment by zoneziwoh on September 10, 2009 at 6:19pm
Good day dear supporters for the upcoming world march for peace.
We would like to know how you plan to go for this event. Are you doing it at home? Are your friends joining you? Would you prefer a larger group event or just a short symbolic one? Would you like to take up this opportunity to find some like-minded fellows from your city and gather for some fruitful discussion as you plan for peace?

i thought it will be wise if we share our plans on the sites.

We hope it's not just a silent support. We want to know you more, share ideas and move together for a better world.

many thanks.
Comment by Hanadi El Bizri on September 9, 2009 at 9:42pm
We Need it in our Country Lebanon-Middle East, We are Organization For Peace building (Blue Mission Organization) Based in south lebanon,

Blue Mission is a Lebanese peace building and community development NGO, based in Saida. We work for a peaceful and democratic world in which everyone is able to realize her or his full potential. Children and youth as well as their supporting environment are the focus of our efforts. As we provide our services without any kind of discrimination, we work with Lebanese as well as Palestinian and Iraqi people. In all our projects and activities, we take a psychosocial approach.
Comment by kishor Neupane on September 8, 2009 at 9:55am
Thanks for the information. We are Foundation for peace and Solidarity FPS and we believe if we can have a helping hand on how to organized this march we will go ahead
Comment by DR Ghani Ur Rahman on August 27, 2009 at 9:13am
some time i get disappointed to to hear about the alarming situation anywhere in the world. but on other hand when i find to know about the entheusiasm & the not ending effort of human against violece, it re-energize me. this long march will be very very usefull. it will spread it voice against violence.
Comment by William Stokes on August 26, 2009 at 9:06am
I have been inspired and whisped into another deminsion of reality by the knowledge of this March Please note the following:

......I am proud to be an American, but I am not proud of my country. I believe in American people, I do not believe in the leadership of America. This March, and this is the first I have heard of it represents what America should be. Every American should be a part of this World March for Peace and Non-Violence, because of the chaos that is in the world that is for the most part caused by American leadership and their partners in other. This March should grow into a march for Humanity, for what is oppressing the world and creating all this violence and conflict is Inhumanity!
America is the last bastion of hope in the world for the kind of reality that is needed. This reality being Democracy and Humanity

As humans born in America, we have inherited what America was intended to be and what America must become, if we are to remain a country of people called America. As Citizens of America we have also inherited what America should not be. We must separate the good from the bad, because we must pass on one day what we inherited.

To be an American we must change the course of America that has been steered into the direction of Totalitarianism instead of a Democracy.

What does America mean? America certainly does not mean what America is today, and what America has been for the past 400 years. What is America? What does it mean to be an Afro-American? What does it mean to be a Hispanic or Latin American?
Comment by aaliya tabasum on August 26, 2009 at 3:22am
thanks. but how we can be part of this march at local levels and this quite interesting to me . i would surely want to be apart of it but being in kashmir how really i can be in this part. i need ur suggestions tregards aaliya
Comment by Bangnam Eyoum Idris Fuh on August 25, 2009 at 7:38pm
i am ready to go! i will make sure i spread the news everywhere around Cameroon. I am so excited and just waiting to be part of this march. great initiative.
Comment by Sam N Monono on August 25, 2009 at 7:29pm
Thanks for the information. We are Foundation for peace and Solidarity FPS and we believe if we can have a helping hand on how to organized this march we will go ahead. In Cameroon we lack awareness programs like this. Our email is fpeaces@gmail.com any contribution you have u can channel it to FPS to see how we can start with the planning meetings. Thanks
Comment by Patrick Kamotho Githinji on August 25, 2009 at 11:34am
Yes thisis very important,today in kenya we are in the proccess of censurs,since we are almost approaching a 40 million people.We as Human/Environmental right Activist will be loooking forward to world peace march.
Humble appeal we have been adressing issues related to impunity to Kenya railways Cooperation former workers,retrenchees ,pensioners and riterees over the years through letters,petitions and street marcheswe have managed to consolidate alot of idependent thinkers,activist and professionals.Our Humble appeeal goes to World March Organizers if it is possible they facilitate us with resources that will enable us to organize a citizen/community venture event that will assist us to reclaim our Sporting facility that The city council of Nairobi is trying to change user from recreational to commercial.This sporting facility has historical significance to Community and the country at large,i.e in several boxing events in olympics,all african games,commonwealths games and intercontinental games we have managed to get Gold,silvers and bronzes in the above sporting events,the youths that trains in this Facility has over the years been able to be employed in militarly,parastatal,and in civil societries.Hence the need to repossess this sporting facility.
Comment by William Stokes on August 25, 2009 at 8:57am
Thanks, I am on my way. Have a wonderful day!

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