CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation plans to sponsor two events as part of "Campaign Nonviolence Week" and in recognition of the International Day of Peace on Wednesday, September 21.
The first event, which is co-sponsored by the Shawnee Green Party, will be a vigil to end war, poverty and climate change. This event will be held on Wednesday, September 21 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Friendship Park at the International Peace Pole. The park is located on Illinois Avenue across from the Evolve Building in Carbondale.
The second event, which is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, is a film screening of "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA." The film tells the story of how guns and the billions of dollars made from them affect the lives of everyday Americans. The screening will be held at the Carbondale Township Hall, located at 217 E Main at 7:30 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public.
During "Campaign Nonviolence Week," people from all walks of life will take to the streets from Hawaii to Maine to protest ongoing U.S. warfare, extreme poverty, the devastation of the environment and many other forms of violence - from the unjust detention of immigrants to police brutality to the continuing threat of nuclear weapons.
Historically separate movements will join forces to tackle the many forms of violence and to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
Peace Coalition and League of Women Voters member Sarah Heyer said that "Campaign Nonviolence is an opportunity to draw connections between corporations, profits, guns and weapons manufacturing showing how they impoverish our politics and society and rob us of the opportunity to foster less violent solutions in dealing with community and world conflicts."
Peace Coalition member Georgeann Hartzog agrees.
"It's time to rethink our policy since U.S. weapons sales to the Gulf topped $22 Billion this year, supporting the Saudi bombing of Yemen and the unacceptable loss of civilian life there," Hartzog said.
This is the second year that southern Illinoisans have participated in the week of activities.