International Peace March and Projects

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First International Peace March 1956
Seventeen year old John Ian Wing, was the founder of the first International Peace March.   He thought the closing ceremony of the 1956 Olympic Games was an ideal venue to stage his march.

The 1956 Olympic Games was held in Melbourne Australia during the height of the Cold War.  Throughout the world, there was much global tension and political unrest because of the Suez Crisis, the invasion of Hungary by Russia, tension between East and west Germany and between main-land China and Taiwan.  A decade earlier, World War Two shook the foundations of human civilization.  It should have served a lesson for future generations that aggression and violence was not the way to win world peace.

A number of countries boycotted the 1956 Games as a protest, whilst others wouldn't allow their athletes to mix with other athletes in the Village.  The final straw came for the organizers, when Russian and Hungarian players fought each other during the water polo match.  the police had to separate the players and the match was cancelled because there was so much blood in the pool.  The IOC and the Organizing committee had by now given up all hope of saving the Games from ending in failure.  That was, until they received an anonymous hand written letter from a 17 year old Chinese student.  The boy had an 'idea' that turned the Games into a success and the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games became officially known as the Friendly Games.

World March for Peace and Non Violence

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. 

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!

PeaceWomen Project of WILPF

The PeaceWomen Project promotes the role of women in preventing conflict, and the equal and full participation of women in all efforts to create and maintain international peace and security.  PeaceWomen monitors the UN Security Council, the UN system, and provides a hub of information sharing on women, peace and security.  We are a project of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the oldest women's peace movement in the world.

PeaceWomen advances our mission by monitoring and advocating for the rapid and full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and related women, peace and security commitments - including Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000) and the subsequent resolutions.

Peace Movement Wikapedia

peace movement is a social movement that seeks to achieve ideals such as the ending of a particular war (or all wars), minimize inter-human violence in a particular place or type of situation, often linked to the goal of achieving world peace. Means to achieve these ends include advocacy of pacifism, non-violent resistance, diplomacy, boycotts, moral purchasing, supporting anti-war political candidates, creating open government and transparency tools, demonstrations, and national political lobbying groups to create legislation. The political cooperative is an example of an organization that seeks to merge all peace movement organizations and green organizations which may have some diverse goals, but all of whom have the common goal of peace and humane sustainability.

John Lennon peace rally at Lincoln Memorial

Thousands to Give Peace A Chance on Thursday, September 2
Peace rally planned in honor of John Lennon in front of the Lincoln Memorial
"Everybody's talkin' bout beckism, this'ism, that'ism"

Washington, D.C. (August 31, 2010) – Following Glen Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on Saturday, organizers of Abbey Road on the River, the world's largest Beatles tribute festival, today announced plans to host "Give Peace a Chance" on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 11:11pm. The moonlit sing-a-long of John Lennon's 1969 single will honor the legendary musician in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the steps of the Reflecting Pool. The 5-day festival opens at The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD earlier in the day at 4:00pm.

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1969: Woodstock music festival ends

Thousands of young people are heading home after three days and nights of sex, drugs and rock and roll at the Woodstock music festival.

An estimated 400,000 youngsters turned up to hear big-name bands play in a field near the village of Bethel, New York state in what has become the largest rock concert of the decade.

About 186,000 tickets were sold so promoters anticipated that around 200,000 would turn up. But on Friday night, the flimsy fences and ticket barriers had come down and organisers announced the concert was free prompting thousands more to head for the concert.

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