Happy New Year 2015!
There is something refreshing about starting a new year. It is a chance to look back over the past and resolve to step out in a new direction. New Year's Day is one of the oldest holidays celebrated. Worldwide people gather with family, eat special foods, make noise, toast each other, and resolve to better their lives. Have you considered doing one thing for peace?
The Do One Thing for Peace initiative is sponsored Emily's Fund for a Better World founded in memory of Emily Silverstein who died tragically and violently at the age of nineteen. Due to their efforts January 1st has been named a day of peace by UN Resolution and by a Joint Act of Congress. It is also Global Family Day: a time for families to come together for a meal and talk about how they can help make the world a better place.
Here are four things you can do on January 1st.
Below is a list of some of the many dedicated groups in addition to Emily's Project working for peace in this world. If you have others to suggest please let us know.
Amnesty International Fighting for human rights world-wide
Control Arms Working to diminish world trade in armaments
Human Rights Watch Defends human rights
One World Reports on and fosters social action to fight poverty through media
Peace-Action A national organization with hundreds of local affiliates that organizes and inspires people to work for peace.
Peace Women Founded 100 years ago, the Women's International League for Peace and freedom works for women's rights and conflict prevention
Play for Peace Promotes friendships between children especially those from different cultures and from groups in conflict
Promundo Works with men to promote gender equity
Seeds of Peace Trains and educates future peace leaders and educators
United States Institute of Peace A non-partisan, non-profit independent organization funded by the US to find peaceful solutions to world problems.
We offer books, activities, lesson plans, and ideas that teachers, parents, and students can use to promote values, attitudes and behaviors which encourage non-violent resolution of conflict, respect for human rights, democracy, intercultural understanding and tolerance.