Zihuatanejo Hosts International Youth and Educators Webinars for Peace on February 5, 2015

Our youth and young adults in the Americas are calling out for recognition and protection of their human rights. In Mexico, forty-three students were recently kidnapped and murdered. In the United States, youth are protesting the disproportional arrests and killings of African-Americans by police. Recently, Canada singled itself out as the only country to raise objections over a landmark United Nations document re-establishing the protection of the rights of indigenous people. If we want peace in the Americas, we must teach peace.

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On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the world will join Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for two exciting peace education events.  Please join us for these international Webinars! You can participate from your home, school, or office.

Go to: https://vonvo.com/v/peace-in-action.  Use a laptop or desktop computer with a videocam; no mobile devices. Use Google Chrome or Firefox. To participate and chat, create a personal user account on Vonvo using email or Facebook login.

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The Education Peace Team of the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the United Nations

 in collaboration with

The Zihuatanejo Peace Committee, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, México

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

 PRESENT

PEACE IN ACTION! YOUTH PEACE WEBINAR AND CONVENTION (Spanish/English)

February 5, 2015

10:30 am – 12:30 am CST/11:30 am – 1:30 pm EST/ 8:30 am – 10:30 am PST

We welcome students, teachers, and community leaders from around the world to view and participate in a virtual peace conference for youth. Students will receive instruction and tools to help them become peacemakers in their own communities. Also included is the first virtual Yoga for Peace session. Help us set a world record.

 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS/ WHERE IS IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO?

Lic. Omar Espinosa, Director of Youth Programs, City of Zihuatanejo

Lic. Maria de la Luz Otero, Assistant Director of Youth Programs, City of Zihuatanejo

LLC. Anahi Toledo, Public Relations Manager, Zihuatanejo Peace Committee

Lic. Francisco Huitrón, Youth Coordinator, Zihuatanejo Peace Committee

Introduction: Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Presentations

THE WORLD YOUTH SEGMENT: Ms. Jillian Abballe, Program Associate, United Nations & International Affairs, General Board of Church and Society, New York and . Geneva; with Mr. Francisco Huitrón, Youth Coordinator, Zihuatanejo Peace Committee

USING TECHNOLOGY FOR PEACE: Mr. Mohammad Bakhrieba, UN Ambassadors of the World Virtual Program, Jeddah City, Saudi Arabia (Biography Mohammad Bakhrieba)

YOGA FOR PEACE: Master Charles Kim, The Peace School of Chicago. (Master Charles Kim- bioLet’s set a world record for a viral Yoga class!

Master Kim

High school and college students will present different expressive forms that support and facilitate peace.

Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, Unidad Académica de Turismo, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, México

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

MIME Group, Southfield, Michigan, United States of America

Instituto Tecnológico de la Costa Grande, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, México

Verbal Aikido, Luke Archer of Betterfly, Lyon, France

As teachers, educators, community leaders, and parents, we must respond to our youth and help guide them to peace, rather than allow them to turn toward violence. Later in the afternoon, we will conduct a dynamic conference and discussion.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS WEBINAR AND CONFERENCE (in English)

February 5, 2015

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST/5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST/ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST

Go to: https://vonvo.com/v/peace-in-action.  Use a laptop or desktop computer with a videocam; no mobile devices. Use Google Chrome or Firefox. To participate and chat, create a personal user account on Vonvo using email or Facebook login.

HOSTS/ WELCOME

From the Co-Chairs of the Education Peace Team of the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the United Nations

Ms. Jennifer Kim, Director, The Peace School of Chicago – Ms. Kim is a special guest in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for the Celebration of Peace, February 2-8, 2015.(Jennifer Kim – Bio, The Peace School of Chicago)

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Mr. George Anthony, Executive Director, Senior Facilitator, Peace Dynamics and Conflict Resolution, New York

 MODERATORS/ INTRODUCTION

Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros,Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Patricia Ann Talley, MBA, Executive Director, Peace in Action! Collaborative and Founder of the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee

Introduction: The historical approach to teaching youth in the Americas. Time for change!

INDIGENOUS TEACHINGS

Introduction: Jean Trudel, Executive Director, Cercle de Paix, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Jean Trudel – bio)

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Special Guest: Chief Dominique Rankin – Anishnawbe Message of Peace, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Dominique Rankin bio)

Chief Dominique (T8aminik) Rankin

HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN DIGNITY: THE ROLE OF RELIGION AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Speakers 

Mr. Liberato “Levi” C. Bautista , Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), and Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church

Barbara E. Talley, MPA, Founder, Detroit Renaissance Peace Center, Southfield, Michigan, USA / Interfaith Dialog

Discussion

DIVERSITY AND STUDENT ACTIVISM

Speakers

Dr. Jorge Chinea, Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Barbara Purifoy-Seldon, RDH, MS, MEd, Associate Professor, Retired, Assistant to Dean Special Projects, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Discussion

SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISM AND YOUTH CONFLICT

Speakers

Dorothy L. Dean, Esq., President, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Southfield, Michigan, USA

Barbara L. Jones, MA, Community Dispute Resolution Specialist, Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Discussion

CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOG/ TOOLS FOR PEACE EDUCATION

Speakers

Dr. Fred Pearson, Director, Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Mr. George Anthony, Executive Director, Senior Facilitator, Peace Dynamics and Conflict Resolution, New York

Ms. Jennifer Kim, Director, The Peace School of Chicago

Closing Discussion

This is peace in action! 

We thank our sponsors of this fantastic international peace event!

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