Each year, children and parents attend the World Without Violence, an event at the Performing Arts Theater at Mesa Community College. The finalist and winners of the Peace Poster Poetry Contest were acknowledged on the stage and showed their artwork and writings.
Rooms that Honor; Rooms that Share
Dedicated to the peacemaking work of ICP supporter Dr. Ruth Tan Lim and her colleagues in Mesa, Arizona: City of Peace
Peacemaking beyond the Mesa community to the State of Arizona. Essential to the momentum of the City of Peace movement are those whose support keeps aloft the wings of peace in our journey toward practical, sustainable Global Peace. Dr. Ruth Tan Lim is a major supporter of International Cities of Peace. Dr. Lim is a resident and one of the Liaisons for Mesa, Arizona: International City of Peace.
We focus on three things in Mesa:
- We empower children and families to be advocates for peace and non-violence. Our Annual Week Without Violence showcases the community’s advocacy with posters and poetry in different school districts
- We have community and business champions that support with Proclamations and Letters of support, including the Governor, the Mayor’s office, Rotary Club, community colleges, and nonprofits like Chicano Por La Causa working on community development.
- We placed peace poles in community schools, churches, and colleges.
A beautiful celebration of Mesa’s one year anniversary as the 362nd International City of Peace was held with a peace pole dedication on Sept 21. The event was held on International day of peace at the Rose Garden, Mesa Community College. “It was well attended,” commented Dr. Lim, “and had students, faculty and community leaders say ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ in English, Spanish ,Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Vietnamese, German, Greek, French and Nigerian . “We all faced the East, the North, the West and the South. The weather was great. The re-dedication of the peace pole was meaningful for all of us.”
In October, the Mesa group acknowledged participants and winners of the Peace Poetry Contest. There was a total of 515 entries from ages 5 years to over 18 year old.
The Peace Poster and Poetry Contest Award Ceremony is the culminating event of a Week Without Violence. It is sponsored by the Children’s Benefit Foundation, which was founded by Dr. Ruth. The photo shows both of the Mesa: International Cities of Peace Liaisons, Dr. Ruth Lim and Paula Osterday, at one of the displays at the event.
A Hosting Committee in Mesa puts on an event entitled ”Books Off the Shelf”, which is fashioned after the Human Library and will take place at the Mesa Community College, Red Mountain Branch in October.
Rooms That Honor, Rooms That Share is a great opportunity to create the infrastructure of peace though the good work of support Please get in touch with the Director today.
NOTE: The views of our major donors are the personal views of the honorees and not, necessarily, the views of International Cities of Peace, the Board or volunteers. We simply honor their generosity and work for peace by providing this Room of Honor. For more information: