Using Our Liberty to Promote Burma's! Would we be so courageous?
At the leadership conference, Peace and Conflict Resolution gave each high school a 2013 peace poster -featuring Nobel Prize winner and global peace icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Students were informed of the May 3, 2013 target date when their own Interact club would produce a peace initiative - art, march, performance, writing, photo (there is no wrong choice) -- using the theme "Using Our Liberty to Promote Burma's!" Portions of the 2012 film THE LADY played - a dramatic presentation of the bravery and courage of Suu Kyi as she stood for democracy against one of the most oppressive regimes of the world.
Coincidentally, as our peace initiative project progressed, President Obama and Secretary of State visited Suu Kyi in Burma, November 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi came to Washington DC to receive the Congressional Gold Medal which had been awarded 4 years earlier when she was under house arrest. Suu Kyi was the recent keynote speaker at Rotary International's January 2013 Peace Conference in Hawaii.
The students will email an image of their May 3 event to Peace and Conflict Resolution Chair Charlotte Bennett Schoen - Charlotte will have a surprise Burmese gift for the participating schools, purchased in Burma. As an advocate for Global Justice Charlotte will be working in Yangon for 2 months (Feb 20 - April 25) and students and advisors can email her during this time (firstname.lastname@example.org). The emailed documentation of May 3, 2013 will become the basis for our 2014 Interact peace activities - as Rotary District 7490 stands for Peace through Service internationally and locally.
This mural is located at Lincoln Middle School, Passaic, made by Quality of Life students who worked with a professional artist to create this mural of our courageous global peace icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. It is our first recognized peace initiative project for 2013; other schools that want to submit a project before the May 3rd target date are welcome to do so.
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