By, Pressenza, April 21, 2023
In Europe, Ukraine, Russia, and all over the world, people want peace while governments demand more and more weapons and human resources for war.
People are asking for the right to health, education, work, and a liveable planet, but governments are dragging us into an all-out war.
The only chance to avoid the worst lies in the awakening of human beings and the ability of people to organise themselves.
Let’s take the future into our own hands: Let’s come together in Europe and all over the world once a month for a day dedicated to peace and active nonviolence.
Let’s turn off the TV and all social media, and let’s switch off war propaganda and filtered and manipulated information. Instead, let us engage in direct communication with the people around us and organise peace activities: a meeting, a demonstration, a flash mob, a peace flag on the balcony or in the car, a meditation, or a prayer according to our religion or atheism, and any other peace activity.
Everyone will do it with their own ideas, beliefs, and slogans, but all together we will turn off the television and social networks.
In this way let us converge on the same day with all the richness and force of diversity, as we have already done on April 2nd, 2023. It will be a great experiment in non-centralised international self-organisation.
We invite everyone, organisations, and individual citizens, to “synchronise” on a common calendar until October 2nd – International Day of Nonviolence – on these dates: May 7th, June 11th, July 9th, August 6th (Hiroshima anniversary), September 3rd, and October 1st. We will then evaluate together how to continue.
Only we can make a difference: we, the invisible, the voiceless. No institution or celebrity will do it for us. And if anyone has great social influence, they will have to use it to amplify the voice of those who urgently need a future for themselves and their children.
We will continue with nonviolent protest (boycotts, civil disobedience, sit-ins…) until those whom today have the power to make decisions listen to the voice of most of the population who simply demand peace and dignified life.
Our future depends on the decisions we make today!
Humanist Campaign “Europe for Peace”