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Be About Peace Day Attended by Nearly 400

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Nearly 400 parents and children paricipated in South Mountain Peace Action's second annual Be About Peace Day in Maplewood on March 18, 2006. The Star-Ledger reported the event in its March 19th edition as follows:

In Maplewood, several hundred people gathered in the public library for the second annual "Be About Peace Day."

Children sat at tables, penning letters to President Bush, assembling fabric patches for a peace quilt and tracing the Russian, Japanese and Sanskrit words for "Peace" onto T-shirts.

The political rhetoric was muted, which organizer Paul Surovell said was intentional.

"We're for peace. We're for changing our priorities. We don't get involved in name-calling or attacking anyone," Surovell said. "Iraq is in the back of everybody's minds, but this is about creating a peaceful world for children."

-- The Star-Ledger 3-19-06

Links to photos of Be About Peace Day activities:

Music, Dance
Puppet Show
T-Shirt Decorating
Wall Hangers

Part Two -- Rededication of Peace


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The Maplewood Library's Memorial Hall was filled with energy, creativity and expressions of peace from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. There were 7 crafts activities and a letter-writing table.

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There was also a puppet show, silent auction and music.

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At 6 pm the peace memorial at the Ethical Culture Society was rededicated to Marine LCPL Augie Schroeder, killed in Iraq in August 2005. Congressman Donald Payne participated in the ceremony, along with Maplewood Mayor Fred Profeta, Township Committee members Vic DeLuca and Kathy Leventhal, NJ Peace Action director Madelyn Hoffman, Ethical Culture president Terri Suess and Amanda Schroeder, sister of Augie Schroeder. SMPA announced a new Iraq peace initiative with Families of the Fallen for Change, an organization created by Augie's parents.

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