Peace Sites

RededicationWe cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.—A.J. Muste

Where can a Peace Site be?

As Lou Kousin describes, peace sites can be “where you pray, where you play, where you study, where you work and where you live—those places where people congregate in peaceful pursuits.”

The first high school Peace Site was dedicated in Westfield, NJ, where 918 of 1,135 students voted in favor. They decided to open their school to all sides of the political spectrum and address violence at all levels.

In a dedication on May 24, 1985, during its Second Annual Peace Day, Glenfield School in Montclair NJ, was declared by its students, teachers and staff “The First Middle School Peace Site in the World!”

In January 2011, New Jersey passed the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. Ending bullying is an important step in promoting peace in schools. We must remember that war is another form of bullying.

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