What is the difference between Peace One Day and Charleston
Peace One Day?
Peace One Day is an international, non-profit organisation,
based out of England and is the organization that was the catalyst
for the United Nations recognizing the need for an International
Day of Peace. Charleston Peace One Day is a non-profit
organization, impartial and independent of any government,
political persuasion, corporation or religious creed. CP1D is
NOT an affiliate of Peace One Day, but simply partnering
with their ideas for a more peaceful world.
Is Charleston Peace One Day a 501c3, in other words are my
donations tax deductible?
CP1D has 501c3 status with the IRS, hence all donations are
completely tax deductable. Charleston Peace One Day is a non-profit
Are you an anti-war organization?
CP1D focuses specially on positive peace, which centers around
intercultural cooperation, ideas of non-violence training, and
peace-building. Negative peace is really seeing peace as the
absence of war. Many at CP1D have very strong opinions about war,
but the organization itself will put it's time/energy into facets
of positive peace building.
You seem to be political at times?
Living in a social context is typically 'always' political to
some degree. CP1D is not committed to any one political
organization, and would hope that all civic organizations would
find CP1D a place for healthy dialogue for what makes a more
sustainable and peaceful community.
Is CP1D officially connected to the College of
CP1D was literally birthed out of a few sociology classes from
the College of Charleston. Today, CP1D is an independent non-profit
community organization. The Sociology of Peace classes at the
college do provide many volunteers for the festival and other
Why One Day?
"To some it’s just a single day. But to us, 21 September is a 24
hour-long platform for life-saving activities around the world and
an opportunity for individuals - particularly young people - to
become involved in the peace process. 21 September is the UN
International Day of Peace, a day of global ceasefire and
non-violence: Peace Day." (www.peaceoneday.org) Peace Day is
a very important day for South Carolina to connect globally with
these life-saving actions, and to be a part of that on-going
process of working toward a culture of peace. We want to use "the
day" to highlight peace building actions/organizations in our
state. However, CP1D is committed to working for peace year
Your name seems to indicate that your work is only for those
living in the Charleston area?
Well, when we started, we really did only work within the
Charleston area, but today CP1D is drawing attention across the
state. Last years festival brought attendees from all over the
state (and neighboring states), and the upstate will be looking at
ways they can celebrate Peace Day in their local area. (more to
come) We are committed to educating all of South Carolina in
peace-building intiiatves as we continue to grow.
Some say Peace Day is so much more than a big party at the park,
please educate me on this?
Well.... actually all over the world Peace Day is set up as a day
of non-violence and ceasefire. The goal is actually to stop
fighting for "a day" so that life-saving inititatives can take
place in war-torn countries. " By 2007, the UN estimated that over
100 million people from all walks of life actively supported Peace
Day around the world. That same year, Peace One Day was
instrumental in securing the conditions by which mass polio
vaccinations could be carried out in Afghanistan on Peace Day; 1.4
million children were vaccinated in some of the most remote areas
of the country. And in 2008, an additional 1.6 million were
treated. That’s an estimated 3 million children in Afghanistan
alone - on Peace Day.
On Peace Day 2008 in Afghanistan the United Nations Department for
Safety and Security, which monitors security related incidents,
recorded a 70 per cent reduction in violent incidents on the day
Which does, by the way, beg the quetion, "How can we create
life-saving initiatives in our OWN state on peace day?"
We Appreciate Everyone's Questions and Comments! Please Send Any
of Your Questions about CP1D to Charleston@bepeaceful.org.