Poetry Slam for Peace
Slam Poets communicate through performance art expressions of time and place in unique and powerful ways. In its third year, the 2019 Poetry Slam for Peace will use the format of an Intercultural Dialogue, with poets sharing their perceptions and understandings of peace.
Poetry Slams empower youth through the mastery of literacy and language – “If you don’t learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you”. Poetry Slam is recognized among young people of diverse backgrounds as a democratizing force. Poetry Slams encompass all manner of individual and poetic voices, using allusions to contemporary popular culture to provide a medium for crafting communication, venting emotion, and creating art, in a constructive atmosphere of equality, sensitivity and progress to encourage discussion, creativity, empowerment and alliance.
The United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21st, is 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.” The United Nations invites all “… to commemorate the International Day of Peace through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.” Recognizing the International Day of Peace each year with the Secretary General ringing the Peace Bell, the United Nations affirms that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace “… strengthens the ideals of peace and alleviates tensions and causes of conflict.” https://www.un.org/en/ events/peaceday/. The 2019 Theme for the International Day of Peace is “Climate Action for Peace”.
Global Family for Love and Peace was founded by Dharma Master Hsin Tao, who was tricked into joining a Burmese guerrilla army at nine years old. At the age of 15 Master Hsin Tao heard the story of Bodhisattva Guanyin, the Goddess of Compassion. From that moment, Master Hsin Tao made a vow to spend his life following the spiritual example of Bodhisattva Guanyin, working for peace through dialogue, education and service. The long-term goal of GFLP is to sow the seed of peace bringing to life the United Nations Resolution on the Right of Peoples to Peace (A/RES/39/11): that “peoples of our planet have a sacred right to peace” and that “the maintenance of a peaceful life for peoples is the sacred duty of each State”. http://gflp.org/.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a cultural icon on New York’s Lower East Side since 1973, presents groundbreaking works of literature, music, theater, performance art, poetry slam, hip- hop, visual art, and champions established as well as rising artists from every background and age group. https://www.nuyorican.org
Chan Space New York sits in contrast to a fast-paced city life, offering respite and teachings through dynamic and contemporary programs to encourage curiosity, conversation, reflection and enjoyment. Under the guidance of Venerable Guang Guo Shih, there are weekly meditation classes, courses on Buddhism, walking and sound meditations, musical events, art shows and calligraphy and tea ceremony classes. https://chanspacenewyork.org
The Museum of World Religions
NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY. http://ngocsd-ny.org
Produced by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Global Family for Love and Peace
Sponsored by the Museum of World Religions, the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and UNITY EARTH.