Senzatomica ribbon cuttingThe ribbon cutting ceremony

On March 10, as part of the SGI-Italy anti-nuclear weapons campaign Senzatomica, the multimedia exhibition “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Toward a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” opened at La Pelanda in central Rome, where it will be shown until April 26. This is the 50th exhibition showing—including smaller displays—to be held as part of the Senzatomica campaign.

The opening ceremony was attended by dignitaries including Nicola Zingaretti, president of Lazio Region, Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino, and Father Marco Gnavi, representative of Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome.

SGI-Italy members in Rome have been working towards the success of the Senzatomica campaign in the city by holding various events. These include presentations on disarmament in libraries and at schools, promotion corners at theaters and the staging of flashmobs in three areas of the city during the weekend of February 27–March 1.

Senzatomica exhibitionSchoolchildren on a guided tour of the exhibition

The exhibition showing in Rome also features a series of videos in which the meaning of disarmament within one’s own life or “internal disarmament” is explored. In the videos, interviewees respond to various questions on this theme, including “Have you ever thought of deleting someone from your life?”

SGI-Italy member Daniele Santi, coordinator of the Senzatomica campaign, states “Being involved in Senzatomica activities has helped me become more aware of my own negative tendencies, such as being overly proud or self-centered . . . which cause me to suffer. In this way, I feel that I am carrying out my own process of ‘internal disarmament’—a struggle against the negativity within my own life.”

Videos of the interviews and flashmobs and other information in Italian can be viewed on Senzatomica’s Facebook page and website.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Italy; photos courtesy of SGI-Italy]

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