NIC hosts events in celebration of International Day of Peace

When North Idaho College alumnus Josh Misner learned that Idaho had not officially declared Sept. 21 a Day of Peace in Idaho, he decided to do something about it.

The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1982, to coincide with the opening of the general assembly, as a day to promote the ideals of peace. In 2001, it was amended to include a permanently fixed date, Sept. 21, and a call for a global observance of peace. The new resolution “declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence, in invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day…”

A movement has taken place worldwide, encouraging governmental leaders on all levels to issue their own resolutions. Misner, who graduated from NIC in May and is currently taking courses at Gonzaga University, wrote a letter to a number of governmental leaders throughout the state, including Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, asking him to issue a proclamation recognizing the International Day of Peace.

The governor obliged, recently proclaiming Sept. 21 a Day of Peace in Idaho. The City of Coeur d'Alene followed suit and also signed a proclamation in recognition of the International Day of Peace.

“I thought one day, wouldn't it be great to have a day to celebrate what humanity is all about and come together in peace,” Misner said. “When I looked into it, I found this movement already in place and decided to do what I could to support it.”

North Idaho College is hosting Peace Coeur d'Alene, which includes several events on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in honor of the Day of Peace.

The documentary Peace One Day will be shown at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in NIC's Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium.

Peace One Day is the story of one man's attempts to persuade the global community via the United Nations to officially sanction a day of non-violence and global ceasefire. The film was launched in 1999 by British director Jeremy Gilley, documenting his six-year journey as he meets heads of state, Nobel peace laureates, aid agencies, victims of war and United Nations members.

The film was nominated for the Directors Guild of Great Britain 2005 award for outstanding directorial achievement and for best documentary in the British Independent Film Awards. It earned the Kodak Award for best documentary in the Adelaide Film Festival and won both the Humanitarian Award and the Special Award in the Tiburon International Film Festival in 2005.

After the film, those in attendance will march peacefully from the auditorium to the bandstand at Coeur d'Alene City Park where a candlelight vigil will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. The peace vigil will include speakers and music.

The event is sponsored by NIC's Diversity Events Committee, Democratic Club and Students for Progressive Change and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Information: (208) 769-3397.

For More Information
NIC Diversity Events Chair Sharla Chittick, (208) 769-3397

Posted: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005

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