WHAT : A Season for Nonviolence is an international movement to
commemoratethe 30th and 50th anniversaries of the assassinations of MK Gandhi
(Jan. 30th) and King (April 4th) and the 50th Anniversary of United Nation's
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Us Foundation is on the steering
committee along with representatives of the King and Gandhi families and the
Association for Global New Thought to spread this movement around the world.
Several Nobel Peace Laureates and hundreds of organizations internationally
are participating in this movement.
Us Foundation is sponsoring an international multimedia essay exhibition
our website to honor this very timely effort to create and awaken more peace
on the planet. The theme of the essay exhibition is : "What is the Relationship
between Human Rights and Nonviolence? " The Season for Nonviolence and
the multimedia essay exhibition may be the basis for study and discussion in
classes in history, sociology, human rights, English, writing, art and of course,
computer science. NetDay and Season for Nonviolence can be a bi-annual
reminder for each school and community to assess and work with issues of
nonviolence and human rights. The multimedia essay exhibition will also
provide opportunities to connect students with local organizations that are
engaged in creating more harmony on the planet (domestic, urban, religious,
ethnic, racial, diplomatic, environmental and political).
HOW : Students may submit and post their work directly onto the website,
classes and technical assistance are available to train teachers how to teach
the students to post their work on the site.(see technical information below)
There are four categories for submission : 1) Text , 2) Animation, 3) Sound,
4) Photo Essay. Entrants are requested to submit material that illustrate
their expression of the theme " What is the relationship between Human Rights
and Nonviolence?" in one of the four categories. Entries may be an illustration
of one of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or an
expression of what is the relationship between human rights and nonviolence.
The United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a
layperson language version adapted by Peace at Home Inc. are both on the
website for inspiration and study. An abridged one page version adapted by Us
Foundation is also available on the website. The Gandhian and Kingian
Principles of Nonviolence are also available on the website.
WHEN : The website is ready for study and review immediately and
submissions are accepted starting November 18, 1997. All submissions will be
posted and be available for review till June 1998.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND INFORMATION : Additional information and
all technical details are on the website,
http://www.UsFoundation.org/Gandhi-King Workshops for teachers
in the greater Santa Barbara are scheduled for October and November
1997. The classes will be conducted at San Marcos High School and
Boys and Girls Club. The October classes are scheduled for Oct 21,
Tuesday and Oct 29, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm at the Boys and Girls
Club community center in Santa Barbara. To schedule for an October
class or for November classes or further information, please call
Audrey Thieme at 805-964-0364, email Audrey@UsFoundation.org or
Marilyn Tam at 805-969-7685, email Marilyn@UsFoundation.org
COSTS : The multimedia website is sponsored by Us Foundation working
dedicated volunteers along with the generous hardware and software support by
Systems and Software Consortium and Cost Management Systems Inc. The
submissions to the website are free to all students and teachers.