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International Day of Non-Violence!

Today we celebrate a day of peace and let it be a non-violent day.  Many places have been in chaos lately and this day encourages awareness to stop violence and promote peace.  This day is observed annually on October 2nd.

Nowadays, everywhere you go, people are in grief having a family member who is the victim of violence.  This is what is happening around us.  Endless and countless lives are lost, and one example is the mass shooting that just recently happened in Texas and Ohio.  Currently, people are in a rally in Hong Kong and violence is happening.  What is going on with the world we live in?  Many innocent lives are lost due to violence.

International Day of Non-Violence is observed on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. It is established to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.

The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding, and non-violence”.  Quoting the late leader’s own words, he said: “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.

So, today, we can celebrate this day by encouraging awareness to practice a non-violence day even for at least one day, or for the rest of the future for the safety not only of our children but for the future of everyone.  Let us stop violence and have world peace.  Share on social media to raise awareness using #Non-ViolenceDay.

1919 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke

On October 2, 1919, at the White House in Washington, D.C., United States President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke that leaves him partially paralyzed on his left side and effectively ends his presidential career.

At the time of the stroke, Wilson had poured all his strength into a last-ditch effort to win public support for the Versailles Treaty and its vision of international cooperation through a League of Nations in the aftermath of the devastating First World War. After the Senate Foreign Relations Committee began its debate on the treaty at the end of July, Wilson took the unprecedented step of appearing personally before the committee to argue strenuously for ratification, making it clear he would accept no changes to the treaty as written. While the committee—headed by Wilson’s nemesis, Republican Senator Henry Cabot Lodge—voted on various amendments to the treaty, Wilson took his case to the American people, ignoring his doctors’ advice and embarking on a whistle-stop tour of the country to drum up support for the treaty and the League.

The trip began on September 2, 1919; by the end of that month, after traveling continuously and making as many as three speeches a day, Wilson was crippled by exhaustion. On September 25, he collapsed after delivering a speech in Pueblo, Colorado, and subsequently returned to Washington, where a massive cerebral hemorrhage on October 2 nearly killed him.

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