Archive for August, 2008

Azerbaijan Peace Pole Plantings-April 12-14, 2008

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Submitted by Masayo Shibamoto, Peace Representative

Japanese members visited Azerbaijan for Peace Pole plantings and a flag ceremony.

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We planted one Peace Pole in the garden of the school in Isamyilli.
There were so many pupils in this school, about 200. We also had approximately 30 participants of Olympic Peace Rides.

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After planting a Peace Pole with children and the principal of this school, we had a flag ceremony. The weather was so fine and everyone seemed to enjoy this peace event in the beautiful school garden.

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We also planted another Peace Pole in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, at school 134.
We placed the Peace Pole in a big bowl so that they can decorate it indoors.The flag ceremony was held on the stage of the school hall.

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I was interviewed by local newspaper journalists regarding my role as a Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society and The Peace Pole Project.

To our delight, the Peace Pole planting and Flag Ceremony were broadcasted live by local television station. 

With infinite love and peace,
Masayo

Bill Gates, Founder and Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to Receive the 2008 Goi Peace Award-November 9, 2008

Friday, August 29th, 2008

 

  The Goi Peace Award selection committee will bestow the 2008 Goi Peace Award on Bill Gates, founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in recognition of his visionary leadership in helping to create a more equitable world.

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The annual Goi Peace Award honors individuals and organizations in various fields that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world for all life on earth. Gates will receive the award at a ceremony during the Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2008 to be held at Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo on November 9, 2008.

“Through the philanthropic work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates is not only saving millions of lives around the world, but is helping to restore hope and human dignity to the least privileged of our global family,” said Hiroo Saionji, president of the Goi Peace Foundation. “His commitment to bringing innovative and lasting solutions to the world’s most complex problems exemplifies true leadership, and his act of altruism mirrors the ethical values and social responsibility which should guide humanity in the 21st century.”

Gates was born in 1955 in Seattle, Wash., USA. He founded Microsoft Corporation in 1975 and led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal computer software, services, and solutions. In late June 2008, Gates transitioned out of his day-to-day role at Microsoft to dedicate more of his time to his philanthropic work.

Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and wife Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. In 2000, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Under the Gateses’ leadership, the foundation’s grantmaking is now organized into three programs – Global Development, Global Health, and United States. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people – especially those with the fewest resources – have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. The foundation has given $16.5 billion in grants since its inception, has an endowment of $37.3 billion (as of March 31, 2008), and supports work in more than 100 countries.

About the Goi Peace Foundation
The Goi Peace Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in Tokyo, Japan in 1999. It is dedicated to promoting world peace, transcending all boundaries of race, religion, or politics. By raising public awareness of peace through various educational programs and by building cooperation among individuals and organizations in all fields, including education, science and the arts, it aims to promote values, wisdom and actions for creating a culture of peace and a new civilization. The Foundation is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It also maintains official relations with UNESCO.

Ventura County Receives a Peace Pole-May 12, 2008

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The Ventura City Council of Ventura County, California was gifted a Peace Pole on May 12, 2008.

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions (CPR) is working with the Ventura Beyond War Team to develop the first public peace garden in Ventura County. Central to the garden will be a beautiful western cedar Peace Pole inscribed with the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in eight languages.  Donations for the project can be sent to CPR with “Peace Pole” noted in the check memo. @ Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions, P.O. Box 364, Ventura, CA 93002-0364.

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Miracles Happen-May-2008

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Firefighters Save Wind Tree Retreat from Summit Fire….where an eight sided Peace Pole had been planted.
As the fire raged into the first evening, Elena Rauen stood watching the flames from a ridge. Someone from a news station called her and told her that her home had burned.  

MIRACLES HAPPEN 

Rauen considers it a miracle her home was saved.

THERE’S A SECOND MIRACLE, she said, that the Redwood PEACE POLE – an eight-sided pole with May Peace Prevail On Earth inscribed on it in eight languages – overlooking the Pacific Ocean, didn’t burn. The fire burned around the Peace Pole in a 360-degree circle.

May Peace Prevail On Earth

Symphony of Peace Prayers in Merida – Yucatan, Mexico-May 18, 2008

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

May 18, 2008

On this very special day, we gathered a group of about 50 people to pray for peace, by the organization Merida por la Paz (Merida for Peace), with whom we created the initiative.

The Mayan Priest Valerie Canché led a Peace ceremony in which we shared a prayer and Copal smoke. We could all take from the holy Balché drink, uniting us in requesting peace for the whole earth.

Later Luciano Domínguez led a mantric Kundalini Yoga meditation, in which we participated through singing and prayer.

To continue, Mrs. Lanora Queeckborner shared a Catholic prayer with us that we all joined and sang a song for peace called ‘World Peace Prayer’.

To close, Carmelina y Yolanda gifted us with a meditation of the organization Brama Kumaris in which we performed self-reflection and asked for peace inside ourselves as well as in the planet.

When we finished the prayers, we were guided to the Peace Pole that is located in front of the Santa Ana church in Merida city and delivered flower and candle offerings as symbols of peace for everyone. We sent out the message MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH through the peace pole for each continent and for it to unite with all the poles in the world, forming a network of Peace.

Hiroshima Survivor Recounts Day-August 6, 2008

Monday, August 4th, 2008

This Wednesday, the City of Saskatoon will commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima by the United States with a peace rally at noon at the Rotary Park Peace Pole. Mayor Don Atchison will be speaking at the Hiroshima Day commemoration as part of Saskatoon’s newly declared Peace Week from Aug. 3 to 9. Mayor Don Atchison is part of Mayors for Peace, a worldwide coalition of mayors for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Setsuko Thurlow was only 13 years old when the atomic bomb hit her hometown of Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.

She was less than two kilometers away from ground zero.

“I was lucky enough to survive,” said Thurlow, who was inside a building at the time of the explosion. ” The building collapsed and I was buried under the collapsed building. Somebody dug me out. Other classmates who were with me in the same room burned.”

Thurlow believes it is the responsibility of the survivors to share their experience as a warning to the world.

“We are the only ones who experienced that,” she said, “People have to imagine what the consequences would be if we were stupid enough to start that kinds of war again. We believe that human beings and nuclear weapons cannot co-exist. The issue of nuclear weapons is a universal one.”

This Wednesday, the City of Saskatoon will commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima by the United States with a peace rally at noon at Rotary Park Peace Pole.

While Thurlow will not be speaking at Saskatoon’s commemoration, she was the inspiration for the yearly remembrance.

Other speakers at the commemoration will include Rev. Hiraku Iwai of Saskatoon, artist and U of S student Jillian Cyca and John Crawford of Project Ploughshares.