Each year the United Nations International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. We all have a role to play in fostering peace. We can work to dismantle the structures that entrench racism in our midst. We can support movements for equality and human rights everywhere. We can speak out against hate speech – both offline and online. We can promote anti-racism through education and reparatory justice.
The 2022 theme is “End racism. Build peace.”
We will be celebrating the 2023 United Nations International Day of Peace event on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10am to 1:30pm at Lake Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley. More info.
Saturday, September 17, 2022 (ARCHIVED)
10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Lake Chabot Regional Park
17600 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Event Flyer and Directions
This is our fifth year celebrating the UN International Day of Peace at the Park District. There will be a host of activities and reflections on the 2022 theme, End racism. Build peace. Our active collaboration and empathy is needed in these difficult times to build a world of peace, understanding, respect, equity, and safety for all peoples.
There will be a gathering around the PEACE POLE – a symbol of hope for Bay Area communities and peace on Earth for the global family. The 12-foot-tall Peace Pole showcases 31 languages, including Chochenyo, Nahuatl, American Sign language, and Braille. Learn more about the Lake Chabot Peace Pole.
View highlights from event last year 2021: photos | video.
Activities: Peace messages, singing, arts and crafts, an-hour Peace Walk alongside lake. Light lunch provided. Register for event below.
Wear and Bring
- Your favorite multicultural outfit (dress, shirt, vest, a scarf, shawl, hat, accessories)
- A pen or pencil to write down the actions you can take, personally and collectively, to end racism; build peace. We will supply the index cards.
- Light jacket as temperatures may vary through the day
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Face mask
- Plenty of water (Bring your own bottle!)
Sponsors: Regional Parks Foundation and East Bay Regional Park District
Community Partners: Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, Eden Area Interfaith Council, UNA East Bay Chapter, Samuel Merritt University – Ethnic Health Institute
Our Community's Pledge for Peace
- We pledge to build a just, loving, compassionate, and inclusive world that embraces diversity, including age, race, gender, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientation, religions, and political leanings.
- We pledge to see and respect each other. We welcome and value diverse cultures, faith traditions, and perspectives.
- We pledge to do more listening to better understand one another - siblings, children, parents, colleagues, neighbors, and community members.
- We pledge to reject violence including bullying and racism; and we stand in support of anyone or community being targeted.
- We pledge to protect and heal our life-giving lands, forests, rivers, oceans, wildlife, and habitats.
- We commit, every day, to do our best to be active peace builders in our schools, workplaces, communities, parks, cities, and our world.
2022 5th Annual UN International Day of Peace
Saturday, September 17
10:00 am to 1:30 pm
to 10 am
|Registered attendees check-in|
|10:00 am||Blowing of Shofar (ram’s horn) by Diana Zankowsky, Eden Area Interfaith Council, to gather participants together and begin ceremony|
|10:12 am||Welcome by EBRPD Board Director Dennis Waespi. Introduces student emcees: Jennifer Hernandez and Arsema Abera.|
|10:16 am||Vice Chairwoman of Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area Monica V. Arellano and son, Lucas Arellano|
|10:18 am||Regional Parks Foundation Board Member Keith White|
|10:20 am||United Nations Association-USA, East Bay Chapter, Board Member Melinda Howard-Herrarte|
|10:22 am||Peace message, Marcel Patterson, Jr., student|
|10:26 am||Peace message, Zuri Wright, student|
|10:30 am||Peace Song, "Prefer Your Brother" led by Lev Rickards and the Mighty Falcons, the Baháʼís of Castro Valley|
|10:34 am||Peace message, Hatim Nooruddin, Dawoodi Bohras of San Francisco|
|10:36 am||Peace movements, Vince Hall, My Peak Fitness|
|10:38 am||Peace message, Izel Thoele, student, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center|
|10:42 am||Peace message, Yehbeen Irene Kim, student|
|10:46 am||Peace message, Angelina Thomas, student, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center|
|10:50 am||Peace message, Prathana Pandey, student|
|10:54 am||Peace movements, Vince Hall, My Peak Fitness|
|10:56 am||Peace message, Margarita Sanchez, student, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center|
|11:00 am||Poem "We Breathe" by Zoe Dorado, student, Castro Valley High School|
|11:05 am||Form small groups to discuss peace actions we can take, personally and collectively, to end racism; build peace.|
|11:30am||Sharing from groups|
|11:37 am||Children share their peace drawings. Arts and crafts table supplied and supported by the Baháʼí Community|
|11:40 am||Adjourn to PEACE POLE. Peace movements by Vince Hall.|
|11:48 am||Director Dennis Waespi introduces Lake Chabot staff|
|11:51 am||Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the SF Bay Area Gloria Gomez, daughters Isabella and Georgiana|
|11:53am||Reading of Community's Peace Pledge|
|11:56 am||Group Photo|
|12:00 pm||Peace Song: "This Little Light of Mine" by Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center|
|12:10 pm||Lunch served after Peace Song|
|12:40 pm||Peace Walk led by Director Waespi|
|1:30 pm||May Peace Prevail on Earth. Peace be with you till we meet again on World Peace Day 2023.|