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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 14, 2018 10:44 AM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Peace Day Resolution
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating September 21, 2018 as "International Day of Peace in Pennsylvania."

The International Day of Peace was established by United Nations resolution 36/67, which was adopted unanimously on November 30, 1981. Then, in 2001, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously adopted resolution 55/282, which declared September 21 as an annual day of nonviolence and cease-fire.

The United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia established Peace Day Philly with cooperation from a wide range of other groups in order to promote peace and nonviolence. Peace Day Philly, which organizes Peace Day activities in the City of Brotherly Love, annually involves dozens of local and international organizations in building a culture of peace.

It is commendable that local peace organizations, such as the one in Philadelphia, should promote the United Nations International Day of Peace. As you know, this Commonwealth was founded as a haven for civil and religious freedom by Quakers and other immigrants who put their faith not in war but in peaceful coexistence. With wars destroying lives and communities in nations near and far, peace could not be more desperately needed.

Please recognize and join me in this effort by designating September 21, 2018, as "Peace Day in Pennsylvania."

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Introduced as HR1039