Reclaiming Peace: 2021 International Day of Peace
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Tuesday September 21st is the International Day of Peace. The Truth Telling Project and the Grassroots Reparations Campaign are launching the #ReclaimPeace initiative. The initiative seeks to highlight the gross misuse of peace as one of the most important and needed concepts in our time. Dr. Martin Luther King noted that “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”
In many ways, we discover that peace is even more. It is the freedom from violence and the ability to make one’s own life choices in accordance with their human dignity and cultural, ethnic and group identity. Seeking peace in these times is of ultimate importance considering the destruction resulting from climate change — while at the same time black voters and women find their rights under attack by way of voter suppression and anti-choice laws being erected in parts of the country. Humanity and civility are increasingly being held hostage by those who desire to deprive America of the truth of black excellence and contribution to the history and progress in all facets of our society. How can there be peace without the presence of justice? There can’t be! And so we must not stand by in silence and be unheard.
We must continue to press for the presence of justice in our stride to reclaim the greater meaning and aspiration of Peace. We have the opportunity to play our part in the greater vision of life for now and more so tomorrow for our children and our children’s children. And so, now we call on you to help us reclaim peace. We want you and your organization to take to social media on Sept 21st to educate, inspire and reveal to all who should see or hear your words — understand that we can no longer talk about any peace without justice. The chant “No Justice No Peace” rings true not only in our times — but throughout history around the world.
History is rife with examples of societies that have fallen due to the absence of justice and peace. Given policing around our country and the world fails to keep the peace with the virtues of justice and instead reflects a historical institutional tyranny that has and always will result in violating human rights of those not represented in power. We should consider the efforts toward reparations, the abolition of police, prisons and war as interconnected efforts toward justice.
As MLK, Fannie Lou Hamer, Fred Hampton, Mireale Franco, Berta Cecaras and so many other freedom fighters were respected in their justice movements, if we are to understand the fullness of peace, we must consider them and the movements they are a part of as peace movements. Peace is a living concept that is unfulfilled without attention to impacted communities and their struggles.
Join us on Tuesday Sept 21st, 2021 to #ReclaimPeace as a living ideal that breathes through the decolonial justice struggles for liberation of people of color and their accomplices. On September 21st, we need you to take to all of your social media platforms and share how you are reclaiming peace in your work.
Tag the Truth Telling Project and the Grassroots Reparations Campaign and use these hashtags: #truthtellingproject#TruthTellingFerguson, #ReparationsAreAPeaceTreaty #grassrootsreparations #ReclaimPeace
Together we will pave the path for peace.