August 24, 2017, NYC –The Vigil for International Peace is a transformational, grassroots effort dedicated to promulgate peace through participation in art, song, dance, music, prayer and ceremony. The purpose of this Vigil is to awaken humanity to harmony and peace through the power of intent and celebration. Our vision is to heal and bridge our lives and communities to achieve divinity alignment and recognize the oneness in all. UN Resolution 55/282: “Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. This Resolution was based on Res.36/67 of 1981
Rev Susana Bastarrica is a former United Nations International Civil Servant, an Interfaith Ordained Minister International Speaker, activist of the New Seminary, Peace and Environmental evolutionary interactivist. She’s the Founder/Organizer of The Vigil for Peace and Ecology born from the ashes of the 9/11 tragedy. With a group of friends, Susana Bastarrica went into the streets with candles and prayers in the midst of the horror. She went out of the house in the evening with some friends and some candles to all the fire houses around her neighborhood. They gathered every night in the dark of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (47 street between 1st and 2nd avenues) and went all around the neighborhood stopping at the devastated Fire Houses bringing them food and comfort.They were gathering and singing every night until police advised them it was unsafe to congregate. Thus, they proceeded to other public venues such as Lincoln Center Plaza and Central Park. After many gatherings in Central Park and Lincoln Center, the amount of neighbours and friends became unmanageable until the time came when were invited as a temporary place for assembly by (at the time Park’s Commissioner) Mr. Henry Stern. Much to Susana’s surprise, Mr. Stern suggested to held a event at the most iconic place in Central Park: The Naumburg Bandshell! Since 2002 The Bandshell has become their home for the celebration of the International Day of Peace September 21 of each year. Mr. Jeremy Gilley, of Peace One Day was instrumental in promoting the signing of the Resolution 55 /282 issued by the General Assembly on the 7th of September 2001. The first Vigil for Peace was held on the 21st of September 2002 to coincide with the United Nations designated International Day of Peace on September 21st each year. Since then The Vigil for Peace is being held at the Bandshell in New York’s Central Park on the closest Sunday to September 21st.
We invite you and your friends and family to participate at The Vigil for Peace & Ecology on our 16th Celebration at the Bandshell on the 17th of September from 9:00 to 5:00pm. There will be many musicians, artists, singers, performers and activists including featured band Suburban Sensi, a World Peace Flag Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow, a Human Peace sign ceremony with Paul Sladkus of Good News Planet, Water Tribute with Fabien Cousteau and filmmaker Greg Reitman (Rooted in Piece), the National Liturgical Dance, Pete Seeger Tribute with Roland Mousaa and Mindy Fradkin, Flamenca Dancer Inma Heredia, and much more.
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