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Rep. John Lewis Addresses Gandhi Commemoration on 9/11

September 8, 2006
Press Release

On September 11, 1906, Mahatma Gandhi began an 8-year non-violent struggle to end unjust treatment of Indians in South Africa. Exactly 100 years later Rep. John Lewis will join with members of the Indian community and other proponents of peace nationwide to commemorate the modern legacy of non-violent struggle initiated by Gandhi's first public act of satyagraha.

This anniversary is especially poignant for Americans who will forever see it within the context of the tragedy that struck American shores on September 11, 2001. In a time of war, the planners of this event hope to assert the value of non-violence as a mechanism of international diplomacy. They also hope to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy as a day of peace and reconciliation.

Rep. Lewis has been a frequent and outspoken critic of misguided military intervention in Iraq and sees effective non-violent action as a more strategic, constructive tool of American diplomacy in the Middle East. As a member of the Civil Rights Movement, he successfully implemented non-violent action to help address American injustice to African Americans. He is a life-long adherent to the principles of non-violence.

WHO: Rep. John Lewis,
Arun Gandhi, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and others

WHAT: A Day of Peace and Reconciliation on the 5th Anniversary of 9/11 Tragedy and 100th Anniversary of Gandhi's first non-violent public action

WHERE: National Mall, steps of Lincoln Memorial near Reflecting Pool

WHEN: Monday September 11, 2006, at 11:30 AM