Peace and Disarmament
Victory Over Violence Exhibition Shown at Teen Center in Florida
From April 9-13, the SGI-USA's "Victory Over Violence" exhibition was shown at the Palmer Munroe Teen Center in Tallahassee, Florida, during a five-day educational gathering at the center attended by more than 120 young people. The event was organized by the center and SGI-USA in response to the escalation of violence, particularly among young people.
The opening of the exhibition was attended by Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda of the Florida House of Representatives, Dennis Michael Jones, Chief of Police of the City of Tallahassee, and Palmer Munroe Teen Center Director Tomica Smith. Some 20 students from Florida A&M University took part in in the program of events on April 9 and acted as facilitators for the discussion groups on that day.
The exhibition is part of an SGI-USA youth-sponsored Victory Over Violence (VOV) initiative that aims to empower young people to identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their daily lives by promoting nonviolence through dialogue. A film about VOV was screened at 30 minute intervals, after which there were informal group discussions.
Over the five days, young people discussed topics such as how to tackle violence in their communities, and their hopes and dreams for the future. A teen council meeting was held on April 12 where the VOV pledge was discussed.
The pledge calls for people to value their lives, respect all life, actively pursue dialogue and inspire hope in others.
[Adapted from an article in the June 1, 2012, issue of World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy of World Tribune]