What Can We Do About Inner-City Violence?

Pacem in TerrisWilmington PeacekeepersFirst Unitarian Church Social Justice Forum, and One Village Alliance organized a March for a Culture of Peace in Wilmington on September 27, 2014.  This March and Call to Action Rally had three purposes: to demonstrate our opposition to violence, and our support for changes that will help build a strong and vibrant culture of peace in the Wilmington area, and to participate in the national Campaign Nonviolence Week.

The march aimed to bring together neighbors across our area in support of the inner-city community that is most directly affected by this violence.

For more information go to http://wilmingtonpeacemarch.wordpress.com/

Click here to download a list of Delaware Peacebuilding/anti-violence organizations and faith groups. The following list is a work in progress and is continually being updated. Our apologies for any group inadvertently left off. Please help us make a more complete list by letting us know of any other groups that are working for peace in Wilmington.

To read the Delaware News Journal article describing the march, click here and to view Pacem in Terris Executive Director's speech click here!

On of the projects that Pacem in Terris/PeaceSeekers/Building a Culture of Peace wants to complete is a plan for building a culture of peace in the Wilmington area. Here is further information on this initiative:

Wilmington Peace Plan

Pacem in Terris and other non-profits in the Wilmington area (Wilmington Peacekeepers, One Village Alliance, DE Coalition Against Gun Violence, etc.) want to develop a strategic vision, plan and resource document that will bring peace to Wilmington. The plan will deal with the actions needed to transform a culture of violence to a culture of peace. The plan would include input from civic groups, city and state governments and agencies, churches, students, the elderly, and general public.

Building on the very successful September 2014 March for a Culture of Peace (and Rally and Call to Action) that we organized (45 co-sponsors, 400+ participants), and subsequent public forum events every month since then, we see the need and opportunity for a Wilmington Peace Plan that presents a clear vision of our desired goal, and the means for achieving it. The strategic plan would include needed actions by city and state legislators, divisions of the city, county and state government, neighborhoods, families, churches, schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals.

The accompanying resource document would be printed as well as available on the web and via smartphone app. It would include organizations throughout our region that are engaged in what we call "building a culture of peace", and include resources and information on a wide variety of topics-- from anti-bullying strategies, civic engagement, domestic violence prevention, school to prison changes, financial literacy, management and violence, gun violence reduction,, gangs and violent street groups, safe havens for youth, juvenile justice system, mental health providers, mentoring, restorative justice, support groups for ex-offenders, service organizations, street level outreach, dating violence, workplace violence prevention and other topics.

Together, the Wilmington Peace strategic plan and Wilmington Peace Resources document will present a clear vision of a possible and attractive peace-filled future; the actions and means for getting there, and the resources needed to achieve the vision and implement the plan.

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The Pacem in Terris Children’s Peace Art Exhibition is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our younger citizens what the world should be like. As part of the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary in 2017 we are “going back to our roots”— the initial innocence of youth, its vision and idealism— as a way of looking forward to the next 50 years.

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