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Nevada Celebrates International Day of Peace

Crowds filled a peace rally in Reno last month. (Indivisible Northern Nevada)
Crowds filled a peace rally in Reno last month. (Indivisible Northern Nevada)
September 21, 2017

RENO, Nev. — Social justice groups in Nevada are marking International Peace Day today, an observance established back in 1981 by the United Nations.

Groups across the state are celebrating with vigils, rallies, workshops and plays that emphasize this year's theme, "Together for peace, respect, safety and dignity for all," with a particular focus on war refugees and economic migrants. Gail Audia, chair of the Progressive Democrats of America, said the U.S. has been plagued by unrest for the past year because people have begun to actively stand up against issues including racism and poverty.

"If we address the social justice issues like health care and wage and housing and all of the things that are important to people, then there won't be riots in the streets and people won't be getting killed,” Audia said.

Events are planned this week in Lake Tahoe, Reno and Las Vegas, organized under the umbrella of the Franciscan Catholic group, Pace e bene.

Sharon Halsey-Hoover with Campaign Nonviolence, a program of Pace e Bene, said many of the world's biggest problems are interrelated.

"In Campaign Nonviolence, there's three points that's trying to connect the dots: War, poverty and the environmental crises,” Halsey-Hoover said.

Halsey-Hoover and her partner are giving several dramatic presentations in Northern Nevada highlighting peacemakers in history such as St. Francis of Assisi, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

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Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV