The fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace will step off from Rodney Square in the center of Wilmington at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. It will be one of the culminating events of Peace Week Delaware. Upon our return to Rodney Square, we will participate in the third annual Day of Peace, organized by our grassroots anti-violence partner 302 Guns Down.
This year’s march will show our support for the residents and children of Wilmington’s West Center City, We’ll walk from Rodney Square to Washington Street, then return to the Square via Market Street. The one-hour march will cover about a mile.
The Movement for a Culture of Peace is a broad-based coalition of faith, nonprofit, and community groups formed in 2014 in response to ongoing violence in Delaware. Supported by dozens of partner organizations, it organized peace marches through Wilmington neighborhoods in 2014, 2015, and 2016—and again this year. Since 2014, it has sponsored monthly forums and peace activities. In 2016, the Movement created Peace Week Delaware to advocate for non-violentsolutions to Delaware’s high rate of violence and other justice issues.
We define a “culture of peace” as:
A coordinated approach to building alternatives to the prevailing culture of violence based on education, economic opportunity, anti-racism, equal justice, respect for human rights, equality between women and men, respect for LGBTQ rights, democratic participation, the free flow of information, and disarmament of our nations and neighborhoods.
To join our movement, all you have to do is “show up for peace.” Will we see you in Rodney Square on Sept. 23?