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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

URI to host an International Nonviolence Conference August 11-15
Andrew Young to deliver keynote, launching of Hasbro Peace Camp

KINGSTON, RI -- July 27, 2001 -- The night before Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated he told Dr. Bernard LaFayette that he had come to the realization that the only way to achieve world peace was to institutionalize it and internationalize it.

LaFayette, scholar-in-residence at URI and director of its Center for Peace and Nonviolence Studies, is attempting to pursue that dream by making Rhode Island the first nonviolent state in the country and by creating 10 nonviolence centers in the world. Working towards those goals, he has organized the 4th Annual International Nonviolence Conference and the first to be held at the University of Rhode Island from August 11 to 15.

This is an opportunity for citizens to learn about the efforts to promote nonviolence happening here in Rhode Island and elsewhere around the world.

The conference will bring together leaders in the practice of nonviolence from India, South Africa, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Rhode Island and other states who will share their knowledge of programming successes.

Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Georgia congressman, will give the keynote opening address. Young is chair of the Atlanta-based GoodWorks International.

This skills-building conference is designed for educators, human resource managers, social workers, counselors, parents, law enforcement and correction officers, clergy, nonviolence practitioners and others, and will explore peaceful and nonviolent methods for preventing and reducing conflict.

Numerous workshops and panels will highlight important components in the nonviolence efforts. For example, workshops will focus on law enforcement and the application of nonviolence, nonviolence training for youth at risk, the violence of poverty, as well as global issues that affect Latin America, South Africa, India, and Haiti.

The Hasbro Peace Camp for children aged 10 to 13, the first peace camp in the conference, will be held August 13 to 15. Activities include creating ceramic peace tiles, marionette making, storytelling, non-competitive games, drumming, and song writing. The children will also be given nonviolence training by fifth graders at Wakefield Elementary School. LaFayette trained the children and most of their parents in Kingian nonviolence.

For easy registration, click on www.uri.edu/nonviolence or for information call 401-874-9037.

For Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116

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