Jan 30 2020


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ViBe Peace Pole Dedication – In honor of Season of Nonviolence

Kick off the international Season of Nonviolence with the City of Virginia Beach public dedication of the ViBe Peace Pole at the Oceanfront Library in the ViBe Creative District. Now more than ever before, it is important that citizens stand together for PEACE.

5pm: Mayor’s Remarks & Moment of Meditation: the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission will welcome Mayor Bobby Dyer for remarks. Immediately following, a moment of mediation will be led by local resident Jen Fedorowicz

5:30pm: Community Meeting to plan for annual Art of Humanity event planned for April 4, 2020. All are welcome to attend inside the library in the public meeting room.

Since 2018, the ViBe Creative District and the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission have partnered on an annual event called The Art of Humanity which takes place at the closing weekend of the Season of Nonviolence.

A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each of its four or six sides. There are estimated over 250,000 Peace Poles in every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace.

The Season of Nonviolence commences on January 30, in cities across the globe. The annual 64 day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), is an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The purpose of the campaign is to focus educational and media attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action as demonstrated by legendary leaders Mohandas K. Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar E. Chavez, and President Nelson Mandela, as well as living legends such as His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Spiritually guided citizen leaders in 900 cities in 67 countries have participated since the campaign began in 1998.

Jen Fedorowicz, owner of Shine Yoga leads a Community Meditation for Peace the first Monday of every month from 6:45-7:30pm. All are welcome to this free event. We ask if you are able to bring a cash donation for the homeless of Virginia Beach. All donations go directly to the J.C.O.C. There is power when we gather together with the collective intention for peace. A peaceful world begins with finding peace within yourself. Come join the local community as we are guided to connect to the peace within. Next meditation is Monday, February 3rd. Shine Yoga is located at 2397 liberty Way, suite 102 (adjacent to the Virginia Beach Municipal Center).