Peace and Disarmament
SGI-USA Student Club Brings "Victory Over Violence" Exhibition to Merced College, California, USA
From April 28-30, 2009, hundreds of students, instructors and community residents viewed the SGI-USA-sponsored "Victory Over Violence" exhibition at Merced College in the central valley of California, USA. The newly formed SGI-USA Buddhism Campus Club brought the exhibition to the school with an aim to promote the philosophy of nonviolence in their community.
"I'm happy we can share the message of peace and nonviolence with the community and the student body," club president Keiko Konuma said.
Created by SGI-USA youth in 1999 in response to the Columbine High School shootings, the Victory Over Violence movement inspires young people throughout the world to identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their own lives, homes, schools and local communities through awareness, introspection, individual empowerment and a courageous and creative commitment to dialogue.
Club member Sayako Deguchi commented,"This exhibition is the result of people speaking up, one by one, about how to find peace in a world full of violence."
Among the comments from visitors were those by two young women, who wrote, "It's really great to see young people take a stand against violence. This is a very moving exhibit that will truly make a difference."
[Adapted from an article in the May 29, 2009 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of World Tribune]