International Peace Day Being Celebrated In Cincinnati

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The Youth Gun Violence Reduction Project, a program of the Community Police Partnering Center (CPPC), is inviting youth of Cincinnati to celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21, 2009. It will begin with a march from Cincinnati’s Fountain Square to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and conclude with a short program to promote peace and non-violence throughout our city. The United Nations International Day of Peace is a global holiday that encourages individuals, communities, nations and governments to highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. Established by U.N. Resolution in 1982, “Peace Day” has grown to include millions of people around the world.

The Youth Gun Violence Reduction Project is a program of the Community Police Partnering Center and is a complementary initiative to, and works in partnership with, the city-wide Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). The Youth Gun Violence Reduction Project is focused on reducing incidents of gun violence involving youth and young adults ages 14-24. Efforts include the development of public education materials designed to change attitudes and behaviors about gun violence; the distribution of materials to those at high-risk for gun violence and/or in high-incident locations; coordinating special youth-focused events to unite community members in peaceful activities; hosting anti-gun violence assemblies at local schools and youth organizations highlighting the consequences of gun violence; and organizing youth groups with a curriculum discussing various topics relating to gun violence .

For more information on the International Day of Peace Youth March or the Youth Gun Violence Reduction Project, please contact Doreen Cudnik, CPPC executive director at (513)559.5587.
For more information on the International Day of Peace, please visit the official website at www.internationaldayofpeace.org.

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