SICA and Global Austin Honored for Welcoming Week and Peace Day Austin
A collaborative initiative that grew out of SICA's Poems for Peace, Peace Day Austin invited us all to explore, express, share, and celebrate what peace means to each of us as we traveled from 9/1l, a Day of Remembrance and Service, to 9/21, the United Nations International Day of Peace.
The press conference and reception at Austin City Hall on September 21, 2015 marked the City of Austin's first official recognition of and participation in International Peace Day and Welcoming Week whic honored the contributions of Austin's international and immigrant communities.
Austin's Mayor Steve Adler addresses the crowd (above left) while US Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Consul General Adrian Farrell of Ireland, Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez of Mexico, and Angela-Jo Touza-Medina of City of Austin's Immigrant Services look on. Angelo-Jo spearheaded the "Austin: Welcoming City" Initiative. Akins HS Choir and Conspirare Youth Choir in background. Latifah Taormina of SICA on right.
The City of Austin also awarded SICA and GlobalAustin a proclamation honoring Peace Day Austin and Welcoming Week at the outset of our celebrations. The UN's 2015 Peace Day theme — "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All" — very much inspired and energized our collaboration. Austin Mayor ProTem, Kathy Tovo with Latifah Taormina of SICA, Margie Kidd of Global Austin and the proclamation are pictured left. More information on our Peace Day Austin website. More photos on Peace Day Austin Facebook page.
SICA’s Poems for Peace, which inspired Peace Day Austin, was also celebrated in Austin as well as other US cities and garnered proclamations in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles event, curated by Lael Belove and YES Innerprizes, looks like it will lead to a wider celebration of Peace Day next year. SICA Italy also hosted some very beautiful Poems for Peace programs, and there was another Poems for Peace event in Santiago. More on SICA's Facebook page.
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