Teresa España holds a peace flag at the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. Photo by Peter Maiden

Locals Turn Out to Support International Call for Peace

By Community Alliance Staff

Every year on Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. It was established in 1981 through a unanimous UN resolution and declared by the General Assembly as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

Central Valley residents stood boldly, proudly and courageously on the corner of Nees and Blackstone avenues, as they have so many times before, to observe the day in Fresno. An array of colorful and large signs were created to bring the same message to passing pedestrians and motorists: We want peace not war. Participants also demanded an end to the U.S. military buildup, overseas bases and wars waged abroad by the U.S. government on taxpayers’ dollars.

The hour-long demonstration was organized by Peace Fresno, and participants dined at a nearby restaurant following the event.

Rick Ruzzamenti is a Veteran for Peace. Photos by Peter Maiden
Peggy Davis of Peace Fresno with a sign. Photo by Peter Maiden
Ken Hudson and Linda Tubach of Squaw Valley attended the International Day of Peace action. Photo by Peter Maiden
The people who attended the International Day of Peace vigil pose for a group photo on the corner of Blackstone and Nees avenues in Fresno. Photo by Peter Maiden
  • The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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