Goal 2019: A Strategic Plan for Every City of Peace
Celebrate. Volunteer. Donate. Build Global Peace!Cities of Peace, Inc. was established in February, 2009. As we celebrate the 10th year for International Cities of Peace, we can take heart in the progress we’ve made together. Over 230 cities of peace in 52 counties on 6 continents. Each city unique. Each leader committed. Each community taking a leap to achieve progress for ALL!Our vision of 1000 cities of peace by year 2025 is within our grasp. Imagine the energy of peace when communities step forward around the globe. This is a world changing opportunity. An YOU are an important and integral part.

Many nonprofits are in trouble financially. We are not at risk because of the innovative way we are organized as a bottom-up association rather than a top-down business. Yet, make no mistake, we are seriously underfunded. Fortunately, the central organization requires only a base budget, which has been provided by a few personal donations. Yet to seriously make history, we need to take additional steps to keep our momentum going.

These are some of the unmet financial challenges coming this year:
• Internet domain cost
• Trademark re-registration
• Bookkeeping audit
• More extensive newsletter reach
• A much-needed campaign to increase awareness of our success
• A Golden Rule teacher/student lesson plan program
• Extention of the Global Family program

Please consider joining our Fearless Community Support group.
A small donation of $25 will make you a part of this world-changing program. Each dollar is put to good use. No one receives a salary. No donations are wasted. All are appreciated.

PLEASE TAKE THE STEP NOW! Thank you for helping.

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Yes, I will be FEARLESS in my work for peace!Consider taking this pledge to grow our network:“To help this noble effort, I pledge to contact FIVE people in different communities to consider forming a City of Peace initiative in their area. I take this pledge because I believe in the vision of International Cities of Peace to achieve 1000 cities of peace by year 2025. I accept this challenge because I am committed to the safety, prosperity, and quality of life for ALL PEOPLE! Yes, together we will exceed the next milestone of 250 Cities of Peace in 2019. Peace is possible! Peace is our future! Sign me up to be a Peace Ambassador for International Cities of Peace!”

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THIS VIDEO WILL GLADDEN YOUR HEARTThank you to all the Cities of Peace that sent stories, videos and photos of their celebrations for Peace Day, 2018. To receive them fueled our hope and it will bring gladness to yours too. 221 Cities of Peace around the globe! Our collective consciousness is building… miles to go before we sleep but we WILL get to our goal of 1000 cities of peace! The progress on the ground is real and amazing!


Victoria City, Lagos, Nigeria: 219th City of PeacePart of an extensive legal initiative in Lagos State, Nigeria, the leader for Victoria Garden City is Mrs. Anietie Kelechi Onyenso, a Mediator with a Doctorate in Philosophy, Educational Management & Planning.


Norwich, Connecticut, U.S.A.: 220th City of Peace

We welcome Bonnie Hong and the citizens of Norwich start with a question of unity: “Differences will always exist. Do we embrace as part of the whole that makes us stronger, or do we continue with bigotry, prejudice, and conflict? Differences often disappear when we get to know the person.”


Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.: 221st City of PeaceLeader Sr. Andrea Koverman has relocated to the U.S. southern border to help with refugees. The work continues with new leadership and the Nonviolence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, which is dedicated to building unity and fostering a culture of peace.


Greater Zanzibar: 222nd City of Peace

In Tanzania, over 100 different languages are spoken yet it is a Constitutional Republic. The Global Hunger Index said the situation as “alarming” with children in rural areas suffering from malnutrition and chronic hunger. Now comes Ali Mussa and the Zanzibar Peace, Truth and Transparency Association (ZPTTA).


Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.A.: 223th City of PeaceSandra (Sam) Carella and the citizens of Nutley experienced an extraordinary peace building experience during the projects Carpeting the Town and the United Nations in Peace, which are documented in photos on the website. They are mentoring a town in Honduras.


Hyderabad, Pakistan: 224rd City of Peace

Leader Ramesh Kumar is a lawyer, businessman, and social activist. His aim in life is to help the poor and needy in his city and beyond.


Kabarnet, Kenya: 225th City of PeaceJohn Tilji Menjo began the Rooting for Peace project to create peaceful exchanges between Kenyans of diverse cultures. John is founder of the Eco-learning Cultural Center, supporting and promoting children’s participation in culture and the arts.


La Paz, Bolivis: 226th City of Peace

Guadalupe Cárdenas is founder of the Guadalupe Cárdenas Foundation. La Paz is also known as Nuestra Señora de La Paz (English: Our Lady of Peace), and  Chuqi Yapu (Chuquiago).


Vernadillo, Colombia: 227th City of PeaceSandra Meliena Conde is a dedicated peace worker who has created an organization that helps Colombian youth and elders in great need. The Vernadillo is in Tolima, one of the 32 departments of Colombia and located in the central Andean region of the country.


Central Luweero, Uganda: 228th City of Peace

Eric Musaazi is founder of the TEAM Community Development Organization, which is dedicated to helping to build economically sustainable families and communities for a better world.


FIVE NEW CITIES OF PEACE IN SERBIA!The Danube flows majestically through Central and Eastern Europe. In SERBIA, five Rotary Peacebuilder Clubs have joined hands to establish five Cities as the 229th, 230th, 231st, 232nd, and 233rd International Cities of Peace! Their initiative “Danube for Peace” will bring more Serbian cities onboard to make the world aware of Serbian peace movement that will forevermore inspire the peaceful aspiration of all Serbians and their neighbors. Congratulations to the following leaders, especially Miomir Rajcevic who is leading the effort:

  • Miomir Rajcevic, Belgrade, Serbia: City of Peace
  • Nevena Brdaric, Novi Sad, Serbia: City of Peace
  • Sanja Basic, Stari Becef, Serbia: City of Peace
  • Sonja Romic Svec, Sombor, Serbia: City of Peace
  • Srdjan Peric, Veliko Gradiste, Serbia: City of Peace


2018 International Day of Peace Commemoration held in Nanjing, China: City of Peace!The Executive Director of International Cities of Peace traveled to Nanjing, China, our 169th City of Peace in January and December of 2018. A firm and positive alliance was established between International Cities of Peace and the two peace institutes in Nanjing. Their extraordinary commitment to global peace and our organization is as follows:

“We will strengthen academic research on peace, organize a world peace forum with the China National Commission for UNESCO, and set up a platform for China to convey the voice of peace to the world. Co-sponsoring with the association International Cities of Peace we will initiatite a peace theme communication project to strengthen interaction among international cities of peace. We will promote the translation of peace studies and organize the publication and introduction of the World Peace Cities Series to enrich the discourse system of peace studies in China. A New Starting Point for Peace Science Promotion in2019.” — Professor Liu Cheng, UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, Nanjing University

In September, 2018, the first citywide Commemorative Event for International Day of Peace was held in Nanjing from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20, 2018. Chinese President Xi Jinping made remarks in a congratulatory message to the opening of the commemorative event. Xi said peace is the common aspiration and earnest expectation of all mankind. However, he added, security threats that countries are facing today are increasingly complicated, and the threat of wars still remains..

In December, 2018, J. Fred Arment, Executive Director of International Cities of Peace, was one of three keynote speakers at the Annual Candlelight Commemoration of the Nanjing Massacre. Each year thousands gather in Nanjing in a country-wide Memorial Day event beamed around all of China to keep the memory alive of when and estimated 300,000 people were massacred in 1937.

2019 is almost here. Happy holidays to everyone around the globe! Now is the TIME to plan. TIME to be grateful. TIME to organize your 2019 strategy. TIME to work even harder for peace.What are your goals? How will you meet those goals? How can you build capacity for peace building in your specific community?

Many resources are available on our website, including how to write a grant. Most important is to use this time to strategize. One way to focus is to create a Strategic Plan for Peacebuiding.

A strategic plan is used to set organizations goals and outline the actions needed to achieve those goals. Peacemakers must take strategic planning seriously in order to have success in changing the world. It’s difficult. Time consuming. Hard to reach consensus with colleagues. Yet strategic planning is the BEST way to make your vision for peace come true.

Here is a detailed “Strategic Planning: A 10-Step Guide” as an option:


RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINEDownloadable PDF documents include the following:

• Overview of International Cities of Peace
• Sketchbook of Case Studies for Cities of Peace
• Becoming a City of Peace or How to Organize
• Letter of Intent (First step in becoming a City of Peace)
• Tips on How to Write a Grant Proposal
• Writing a Vision, Mission, Goals, and Strategies
• ICP Color Brochure


Opportunity for Cities of PeaceThe Sedona International City of Peace (SCOP) produces IMAGINE, a topic-based digital and print peace awareness magazine currently issued in the spring and fall.  The magazine is geared to have great appeal to broader audiences interested in exploring the current world through a lens of peace. IMAGINE also serves as an ongoing source of revenue for each issue and covers many other expenses of the SCOP’s 501(c)3.  Local business sponsors provide financial support as ongoing Peace Partners.We are exploring a customizable version of IMAGINE magazine so that it might serve other Cities of Peace in a similar way. By offering the option of a unique city or program based magazine cover, adding locally sourced stories, and allocating space for local advertisers and sponsors, we can produce a professional print and/or digital magazine at a cost that will allow a City of Peace or peace program a method to establish a strong local presence, create greater awareness of local issues, and provide a revenue stream for the City of Peace.

If your City of Peace or peace program is interested in exploring this possibility, please contact Dawn Shattuck at 928-853-4669 or Jane Perini at 301-527-2295 for more details. In the meantime check out our spring issue with the link below.


The flame of the moral universeBy J. Frederick Arment written for the Ashland, Oregon newspaper “The Tidings”, published January 14, 2019. The same thoughts apply to all our International Cities of Peace.

The Arc of History has been a catch phrase for progress for decades but today the idea is more important as we face growing challenges on a local and global scale. In his victory speech in 2008, Barak Obama tapped the phrase often used by Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Montgomery and along the path of social progress: “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”.
“Why does the Arc of progress take so long?” and “How are the citizens of Ashland bending it toward greater justice?” The answer to both these questions, in my view, gives me great hope for the future.
I can say without reservation that through Ashland’s Culture of Peace initiatives, your community spirit is firing the imaginations and inclinations of peace leaders around the globe. With each action toward increasing the safety, prosperity, and quality of life of ALL citizens in your community, you are issuing a clarion call to cities of peace in Uganda, Argentina, China, Mexico, Nepal and 46 other countries.
Yet sometimes it is difficult to keep our optimism in the face of setbacks. The cyclical theory of human progress, proposed by historian Arthur Schlesinger almost a century ago, proposes that humanity goes through fluctuations in politics, from progress to retrenchment, back and forth like a pendulum swinging. Yet the pendulum swings through time, and true progress over human history is well documented.
To bend that pendulum’s Arc through the progression of time becomes the sacred responsibility of each individual. I am blessed and humbled to have a unique perspective. The nearly 230 International Cities of Peace are now in 51 countries on six continents. Each of these communities is engaged in innovative and practical peace-building that is making a huge difference in people’s lives.
There are sustainable farms being developed, care is given to orphans and women victims of war, educational programs are initiated in areas of the Ebola outbreak, and many more amazing programs. The next generation of global peace leaders is being trained and inspired.
Ashland officially became the 163rd International City of Peace in June, 2017. Since then, your community has sponsored a host of programs that impact not only those within Ashland but the ideas have spread to other peace cities. One stellar example is the World Peace Flame, which is beginning to fire the imagination of leaders from Somalia and Colombia to the Netherlands and China.
When we began the City of Peace movement in 2009, we did so with a practical purpose in mind. We required cities to develop a vision, mission, as well as goals and objectives. To further that pragmatic approach, we are engaging during 2019, our 10-year anniversary, in a global effort to help train peace leaders in strategic envisioning and planning. This will set in motion the type of peace building that achieves the highest impact for children and families. Ashland stands as an example of best practices for a peace city. The global nature of International Cities of peace offers your community an opportunity to engage in the global network and make a profound impact for the benefit of people around the world.
Indeed, your community is leading the way toward a new era of peace innovation and inspiration. I commend Ashland’s collaboration of teachers, artists, business professionals, government officials, environmentalists, those of faith and those committed to serving humankind. With each individual effort, each community initiative, each fearless step forward, the spirit of Ashland is stoking the Flame of the Moral Universe. Through unity, your City is bending the Arc of human history toward the inevitable and practical choice of world peace.

Thanks to all the leaders and citizens of our nearly 230 Cities of Peace. You are the core of our hope for tomorrow. Together, we are constructing the infrastructure for a better world. Imagine the positive impact of 1000 Cities of Peace!

You are invited to an online 10th Anniversary FAQ Event on our dynamic Facebook page on Friday, February 1, 2019. Hope to hear from you in the discussion about our next 10-year Strategic Plan!

Please contact the Executive Director with questions, referrals, and ideas: