“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
– Mother Teresa
Today, September 21st is the United Nations International Day of Peace. We want to extend a warm invitation to you to join us this Sunday, September 25th for Bands & Bellies VIII, a benefit concert for Living Ubuntu in honor of World Peace Day. It will be a lighthearted celebration of life, so come have fun with us. Kids are especially welcome :)
In contrast to the fun and celebratory tone of Sunday’s concert, it is hard to miss the ironies of today’s headlines, i.e. on “Peace Day”. Iran has finally released the innocent hikers, President Obama proclaimed at the U.N. that “peace is hard work”, murder charges have been filed against Fullerton police for killing Kelly Thomas, and this evening, Troy Davis, deemed by many to be an innocent man, is scheduled for execution.
If Troy Davis is indeed put to death this evening, a part of our shared humanity will die with him.
We need to eliminate the death penalty, not human beings.
May we all be willing to do the soul-searching, and “hard work” required to bring peace.
Barbara & Anshul
“I am because we are”
“The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice. It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.”
– Amnesty International