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A Season for Nonviolence
by Miriam Knight

A Season for Nonviolence was created three years ago to honor the vision and lives of two great figures of social transformation through non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. It is dedicated to the principles that they gave their lives for.

Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, initiated the concept in honor of the 50th anniversary of his grandfather's death. A Season for Nonviolence grew from there and struck a chord across the country as well as in the halls of the United Nations. Through the Security Council it sparked an international movement against violence as a means for resolving conflict, and has led to a declaration by the UN of a Decade for Nonviolence. A Season for Nonviolence 2000 will mark the start of it.

Communities throughout the nation will be demonstrating their commitment to non-violence and peace during the 64 days of the Season between the anniversary of Gandhi's death on Jan. 30th and Martin Luther King's birthday on April 4th. The Season will conclude with a special event at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Chapel at Moorehouse College in April.

For information on the events to be held in Portland, call Anna DeMeers at 503-244-7957.

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