International Day of Peace

Thousands celebrate Peace Day in Cambodia

The legacy of decades of civil war will not disappear in one day.

But for nearly two thousand Cambodians who gathered to celebrate the International Day of Peace, this one day is an important reminder to never stop working for peace.

Letting loose peace balloons and joining in peace marches in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and in seven other provinces, attendees heard speeches about peace from different religious perspectives and participated in meditation.

New Orleans shakes off the negativity

New Orleans is a city plagued by violence, but it is also one that loves beauty, celebrates courage and generosity, and likes to show a genuine appreciation for fun and life.

So just weeks after Hurricane Isaac swept through their neighborhoods, young people filled New Orleans with colorful puppets, lively dances, and hopeful voices as they marched in the American Friends Service Committee's (AFSC) third annual Peace is Power Giant Puppet Parade.

That morning, volunteers gathered on Duncan Plaza, a historic site for organizers because it sits right in front of City Hall.

Screening and Panel Discussion: Peace, Education, and Justice

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 6:15pm - 9:00pm

A joint event in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia 

Attendees in each city will view two short videos and a longer documentary on the intersection of peace, justice, and education, seen through the prism of school funding. The documentary “The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman” challenges the allegations in the 2010 film "Waiting for Superman" blaming teachers unions for public schools’ ills and touting charter schools as the sole solution.

International Day Of Peace Events

During the International Day of Peace on September 21, AFSC participated in events around the world to support the calls of many communities seeking peace.

Dalian, China

AFSC’s Joseph Gerson and Jason Tower spoke at the Northeast Asia Peace and Development Forum in Dalian. They were joined by Johan Galtung – a founder of the field of peace studies – and Song DaeSung of the Korean Sejong Institute.

Peace Day in Greensboro

For AFSC’s Area Office of the Carolinas, this year’s Peace Day was much more than a one-day ceasefire. Peace, for us, rather than an absence of violence, is about building community through cultural sharing, celebrating diversity, and developing personal relationships based on respect and trust.

In Greensboro, our Day of Peace was a two-day tour of the city for a visiting delegation from AFSC-Indonesia. We used their visit to highlight aspects of Greensboro’s culture and activism.

Walking Meditation at Water Fire

Flyer for the walking mediation and month of peace activities

Salem MA Gazette: Celebrating International Day of Peace by Honoring AFSC

Salem State University Peace Institute celebrates International Day of Peace every year by giving a Champion of Peace award and holding a songfest with peace music.

This year Maggi Smith-Dalton and Salem State students will sing peace songs and the Champion of Peace plaque will be awarded to American Friends Service Committee – New England region.

International Day of Peace Events at Unitarian Church of Evanston

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 1:00pm - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 7:00pm

All are invited to join members of many different faiths to recognize and celebrate United Nations International Day of Peace (Sept. 21) and to help create peace in our world.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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