By Neil Farrell
Morro Bay has officially joined the international peace movement, after the City Council unanimously approved a Resolution declaring Sept. 21 of each year as “the City of Morro Bay Day of Peace” and September as the “City of Morro Bay Peace & Nonviolence Month,” at its Sept. 11 meeting.
Headed up by Ruth Ann Angus, the director of “Yes We Can Peacebuilders” she and a group of volunteers brought the Proclamation to the attention of the City.
Morro Bay joins with 50 other cities nationwide in “the Campaign Nonviolence Nonviolent Cities Project tackling all aspects of violence,” Angus said in a prepared statement that she read at the meeting. “Violence is not only physical or psychological but also occurs through justification of violence through nationalism, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination as well as social, political and economic injustice.
“Nonviolence asks for the cessation of the ‘Us versus Them’ way of thinking,” she continued, “and encourages dialogue and understanding for all to reach common ground.”
Angus said in 2013, the Campaign Nonviolence started Peace Week, which this year was from Sept. 15-23, to coincide with the United Nations’ “International Day of Peace” on Sept. 21.
Angus said there were going to be more than 2,600 peace events held across the U.S. with several scheduled locally as well.
“I’d like to thank the members of my committee with Yes We Can Peacebuilders and members of the Engage Now Study Group and Rotary Club of Morro Bay Sunset for the invaluable assistance I received in bringing about this proclamation,” she said. “Thanks to Mayor Jamie Irons, City Council and the Staff of the City of Morro Bay.”
Some of the “Whereas” statements in the City’s Proclamation read:
“WHEREAS for peace and nonviolence to prevail the City of Morro Bay will endeavor to foster a culture of peace through education and sustainable economic and social development as a necessity for peace to prevail, and
“WHEREAS the City of Morro Bay desires to promote and respect all human rights, advance understanding, tolerance, and solidarity and support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge, and
“WHEREAS the City of Morro Bay is committed to establishing peace and nonviolence in the region to promote understanding, economic opportunity, and improve the quality of life of the people of our region, and this vision builds on the expertise of each person and involves all segments of our City in planning actions and making a difference, and
“WHEREAS the City of Morro Bay will work together to create and implement initiatives that not only foster peace and nonviolence but create a positive and lasting change in our community, seeking to become a model for other communities, and
“WHEREAS with these statements the City of Morro Bay rejects war, poverty, injustice, and environmental degradation, and
“WHEREAS, each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21, and the General Assembly of the United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”