The NYC Walk for Nonviolence - April 8, 2018
9:30 AM: KICK-OFF CEREMONY
- Battery Park (Naval Observance): The walk begins with a view of the Statue of Liberty, universal symbol of freedom from persecution and the right to equal opportunity for people of all countries.
- National Museum of the American Indian: As we pass the museum, we remember the indigenous people’s example of sharing the earth and its resources.
- Zuccotti Park: Birthplace of the Occupy Movement in 2011 to advance social and economic justice and new forms of democracy and denounce the concentration of power in the hands of a minority.
- Brooklyn Bridge: International marchers from the World March for Peace and Nonviolence cross the bridge as part of a 90 country campaign asking for the end of wars, the dismantling of nuclear weapons and for an end to all forms of violence
- “Peace Pentagon:” From 1968 to 2015, home to many activist organizations, including AJ Muste Institute, War Resisters League, Granny Peace Brigade, and Women's Pentagon Action.
- Maryhouse: Dorothy Day starts the Catholic Worker Movement, 1933, devoted to nonviolence, social justice, and the unequal distribution of resources.
- St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery: in 1919, poet Kahil Gibran serves on the church’s arts committee, reads from his yet-to-be-published masterpiece “The Prophet (the first of many annual readings of his work). The church takes a lead in promoting interfaith dialogue through the arts.
- Quaker Meeting House: Home of a community that has faced persecution for its long-standing commitment to religious freedom, abolition of slavery, and pacifism.
- Union Square: In 1986, Gandhi statue is dedicated in honor of renowned Indian practitioner of civil disobedience and promoter of nonviolence. The park has historically been used as a platform for protest. In 1893, Emma Goldman made her "Free Bread" speech to a crowd of overworked garment workers here
- Clinical Research Bureau: Margaret Sanger opens the first legal birth control clinic in the US here in 1923.
- American Association of University Women: At this site in 1982, Argentine writer, thinker, and spiritual guide Silo gives a talk on nonviolence as a tool for simultaneous social and personal transformation.
- Carnegie Hall: Paul Robeson performs a comeback concert in 1958, after a decade of persecution as a consequence of his out-spoken political views.
- Roosevelt House: In 1947, Eleanor Roosevelt is selected to chair a committee that will create the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a historic document affirming rights of individuals worldwide.
- Strawberry Fields: Dedicated to John Lennon’s vision of a world without war, religious or national divisions, and materialism.
- Goddard-Riverside Community Center: one of the city’s earliest settlement houses, which offered an innovative approach to addressing poverty and social inequity among new immigrant communities in 19th century NYC.
- Bayard Rustin Home: Rustin was a leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. He was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and a big influence on young activists in organizations like CORE and SNCC.
- NY Buddhist Church: Home of the Shinran Statue, which survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and now stands as a monument to world peace and nuclear disarmament.
- Riverside Church: Site of MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, 1967, in which he denounces the Vietnam War and draws links between civil rights, peace, and anti-poverty movements.
5:30 PM: CLOSING CEREMONY