Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge Kickoff Event

What a fitting day to publicly introduce the campaign to designate Cleveland as The City of Peace and Non-violence. On October 2, 2010 - Mahatma Gandhi's 141st birthday - Clevelanders gathered at the headquarters of the Federation of India Community Associations(FICA).

Non Violence Pledge group

Raj Pillai of the Indian Cultural Garden introduced the event.

Asim Datta and Raj Pillai

Asim Datta and Raj Pillai

Asim Datta sang part of Mahatma Gandhi's Prayer Song: Vaishav Janto.

Then, Paramjit Singh, visionary behind the Cyber Wall of Non-violence, explained the rationale behind its creation.

Paramjit then introduced the keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church. Rev. McMickle spoke about Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Non-violence.

Rev Marvin McMickle

Blaine Griffin, Director of the Cleveland Community Relations Board, then read a proclamation from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Blaine Griffin

Art McKoy, founder of Black on Black Crime, spoke about peace and non-violence.

Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime

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The Dream of making Cleveland a city of Peace & Nonviolence is possible but You must be the change you want to see in Cleveland!

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