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Congresswoman Grace Meng introduces resolution to commemorate ‘International Day of Non-Violence’

September 30, 2014 , Jose Pinto Stephen

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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) announced today that she has introduced a resolution in Congress to commemorate International Day of Non-Violence, the observance that takes place each October 2nd on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

The measure (H.Res.739), expresses support for the goals and ideals of the International Day of Non-Violence, and encourages the people of the United States to observe the annual celebration with appropriate ceremonies, programs and activities.

“This resolution is a very appropriate way to mark the importance of International Day of Non-Violence, and build greater awareness of Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence,” said Meng. “It would also increase attention and appreciation for the yearly observance here in the United States. I look forward to its passage soon.”

Meng’s resolution has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

International Day of Non-Violence was established by the United Nations General Assembly on June 15, 2007 to spread and bring attention to the message of non-violence.

The text of the resolution is below.
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113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. RES. 739

RESOLUTION

Supporting the goals and ideals of the International Day of Non-Violence.

Whereas the United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Non-Violence on June 15, 2007, to disseminate the message of non-violence, through means such as education and public awareness;

Whereas, the United Nations General Assembly has stated that ‘‘non-violence, tolerance, full respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, democracy, development, mutual understanding and respect for diversity are interlinked and mutually reinforcing″;

Whereas the annual International Day of Non-Violence celebration date, October 2, was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Mohandas K. Gandhi, more commonly known as ‘‘Mahatma’’, which means ‘‘great soul’’;

Whereas Mahatma Gandhi was a world-renowned civil rights and spiritual leader, who experienced injustices early in life, and learned to embrace the principles of non-violence as a vehicle for social and political change;

Whereas Mahatma Gandhi was influenced by religious teachings in Hinduism, Jainism, and Christianity in the development of his philosophy;

Whereas Mahatma Gandhi was a major influence for Martin Luther King Jr., whose emphasis on non-violence is credited with ushering in our Nation’s civil rights; and

Whereas people around the world commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence by participating in volunteer projects as a way to give back to their communities:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) Supports the goals and ideals of the International Day of Non-Violence; and
2) Encourages the people of the United States to observe the International Day of Non-Violence with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities.


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