It was not easy, it took us several months, a work of patience, hope and hope, but the October 3 did it.
At 10.30 we were in the conference room (former Nilde Iotti) of Montecitorio to tell the story of the start of the second World March for Peace and Nonviolence.
We had the opportunity to see the first images we received from all over Italy of the events that were organized to celebrate the start of the second World March for Peace and Nonviolence on World Nonviolence Day, on the 150 anniversary of the birth of Gandhi, ten years after the first World March.
We all have a role, an experience, but first of all we are human beings
This is the World March of Human Beings. We have emphasized this aspect. We all have a role, an experience, but first of all we are human beings.
We wanted to remember a passage from the speech of the 5 / 4 / 1969 by Mario Rodríguez Cobos (El Sabio de los Andes):
“If you have come to listen to a man whose wisdom is supposed to be transmitted, you have mistaken the way because real wisdom is not transmitted through books or harangues; Real wisdom is at the bottom of your conscience as true love is at the bottom of your heart.
If you have been pushed by slanderers and hypocrites to listen to this man so that what you hear will later serve as an argument against him, you have mistaken the way because this man is not here to ask you anything, or to use you, because he doesn't need you. "
From Rafael de la Rubia (promoter of the World March and international coordinator of the first and second World March) we want to quote a passage from his November speech of 2018, when the launch of the World March in Madrid took place during the World Forum on Urban Violence
“What we really want are people who have a need, who feel the problem, or who have an inspiration, or who have the intuition that something can be done. We encourage you to put it into practice, to jump, but to do it from a young age. We encourage you to do a small action, to observe it, measure it and then expand it, to increase the number of people, cities or places and even quality. So let's start with something small, but we hope to expand it. We know the phrase "think globally and act locally"; We could rephrase it by saying that it is necessary to “act locally thinking about acting globally”.
The World March has among its objectives the dissemination of the culture of Peace
The World March has among its objectives the dissemination of the culture of Peace and Non-Violence, disarmament - especially nuclear disarmament -, the defense of the environment and the enhancement of diversity.
During the event “The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons” is projected, a work produced by the international press agency Pressenza on the occasion of the second anniversary of the approval of the UN Nuclear Disarmament Treaty (ICAN campaign, Nobel Prize of the Peace 2017). The documentary aims to contribute to the goal of reaching the end of the World March with the ratification of the TPAN by 50 countries to make it binding.
In his greeting Tony Robinson, the producer, stressed: “The world we live in today is ruled by thugs who intimidate us with these nuclear weapons.
And they think that just because they have it, they have the right to keep it forever. And the international community says no, that is not enough. And initiatives such as the World March for Peace and Nonviolence give people the power to tell the peoples of the world, to show other peoples of the world that we can resist these arrogant ”.
“How much has been done with him but how much remains to be done”
Fulvio Faro (from the Humanist House of Rome) reminded us of how much has been done with him but how much remains to be done.
Meetings such as the October 3 are intended not only to publicize significant works such as “The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons” (Accolade 2019 Award), but to unite more and more institutional forces with civil society, the simple citizens to build together a world truly free from nuclear threat.
Beatrice Fihn, ... of the ICAN campaign in the documentary has shown how fast certain changes are that until recently were really impossible. Why couldn't it be the same with nuclear weapons? The United Nations Treaty of 7 / 7 / 2017 is a concrete testimony of this.
The honorable Lia Quartapelle, who greatly appreciates the value of the projected work, reiterated that it is possible by joining forces. This was the case in Italy with the sale of weapons in Yemen. "We must continue together along this path," the deputy concluded.
Also the October 3 was held at the Einaudi Campus in Turin the meeting "Europe without nuclear weapons: a dream come true".
In order to inform and raise awareness about the danger of nuclear weapons, one of the factors that together with climate change could lead to the extinction of human beings was organized by the coordination of citizens, associations, organizations and local institutions against Atomica, All Wars and Terrorism and moderated by Zaira Zafarana, (Ifor) who recalled the departure of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence during his speech to the UN in Geneva (*).
In her speech Patrizia Sterpetti, president of Wilpf Italia, stressed how important it is to know what surrounds us and where traditional media do not reach. There are realities that can give a realistic view of what happened around us with word of mouth.
Everything is possible together. The October 2, another march (the Jai Jagat) He left India and will try to reach Geneva after a year of walking through part of Asia and some European countries. The two paths will meet physically in a few months.
They share a deep spirit of peace, justice and nonviolence
They share a deep spirit of peace, justice and nonviolence. Rafael de la Rubia, in his initial speech at kilometer 0 of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, made us reflect with his words.
“It must be said that it is not just a peripheral journey through the skin of the planet, through the skin of the earth. To this walk through streets, places, countries ... .. you can add an internal journey, crossing the corners and cracks of our existence, trying to match what we think with what we feel and what we do, to be more consistent , acquire more meaning in our lives and eliminate internal violence ”.
Each one can move towards his own peace, that of the soul that really leads to a world without wars.
Drafting: Tiziana Volta.
In the photographs:
In the header, screening of the documentary "The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons."
In the first, we see Tiziana Volta, Coordinator of the 2 World March in Italy.
In the second, Patrizia Sterpetti, president of Wilpf Italia with Tiziana Volta.