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Meng Introduces Resolution to Commemorate International Day of Non-Violence

Sep 30, 2014
Press Release
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.