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In peace, Jeremy, Founder, Peace One Day

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011


On 9/21/2011, United Nations, International Day of Peace's 30th Anniversary, http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/ multilingual peace pinwheels http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/pinwheelsforpeace/home.html spun at the Casady lake aligning our paths to peace with "finding and acting from a state of peace within ourselves to commitment to practical acts of peace for the good of others; and to an ongoing peace building practice."   The Peace One Day, Global Truce 2012 video http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/welcome, shown at Chapel inspired us to equate the observance of the day to saving lives because the projected cease of fire in 2011 would allow children to be immunized, and food would reach people in need through the United Nations World Food Programme. We were also inspired by Jeremy Gilley's passion for an intentional ONE DAY avoidance of conflict and violence on International Day of Peace, Friday, September 21, 2012.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who teach at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for their students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/pinwheelsforpeace/home.html The project was quickly embraced by their students and the entire school community and by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children who want a world at peace. 
       La clase de la Senorita Croce         
The Casady UD peace pinwheels, designed by Spanish teacher, Eric Chaverri, were the first to be planted around the lake. Miss Brittany Croce, UD Spanish teacher stated, "Pinwheels gave a fun break from grammar. Students did a great job decorating them with thoughtful target language words and haiku poetry."

Orchestra @ Chapel

At UD chapel, Mr. Larry Moore stated his path to peace as "peaceful resolution of conflicts" at the end of an inspiring speech and before his orchestra performed Mr. Moore's favorite "piece of peace" led by Teddy Nollert'12.

The Middle, Lower, and Primary Divisions, wearing Six Billion Paths to Peace http://www.sef.org/projects/six-billion-paths-to-peace/ t-shirts donated for the occasion by the Shinnyo-en Foundation,  had special celebration activities through the day.

Mr. Varela, our Assistant Vicar and Miss Lynn Taylor, Foreign Language Department Head, facilitated a reflective and joyful MD planting of peace pinwheels around the lake.  

Mrs. Jeanmarie Nielsen, choir director for Upper and Middle divisions stated, "All MD choirs and the UD Choir learned a setting of the "Pie Jesu," Latin prayer for peace. The composer, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, is an Oklahoma musician who wrote this piece after the OKC bombing.  The MD choirs came together to form a mass choir of 73 singers, and sang "Pie Jesu" in chapel on Wednesday, 9/21/11.  The UD choir sang the piece in their chapel on Tuesday, 9/20/11."

At the end of the day, fifth graders joined the Eno Environment online, PEACE IS GREEN http://eno.joensuu.fi/basics/briefly.htm and planted a sapling of the Oklahoma Memorial Survivor Tree http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A-ICA3YE3I brought to our campus by the museum's education coordinator, Mrs. Lynn Porter.  Inspirational tree planting speeches were given by fifth grade students, Dalton Schumaker, Lucy Greene and teacher and  environmentalist,  David Braden. 

In the 7th grade classes, Mrs Stephanie Crossno stated, "We have student presentations beginning on Wednesday and Thursday during the English classes—7th grade. The students have designed utopian peaceful communities that they will be sharing using Power Point presentations. Also, the kids are working on a tape art installation representing different aspects of community ideals."   In the 8th grade advisories, students watched Jeremy Gilley's 32 minute video, PEACE ONE DAY.  Mr. White, Service Coordinator of the SEE period stated, "It prompted conversations that matter.  Kids needed more time.  It was awesome."
The LD planted their laminated pinwheels on a drawing of a peace symbol.   At chapel students joined children around the world singing Rock our World http://www.rockourworld.org/, facilitated by Tammy Rice, LD music teacher.   

The Primary Division students were so attached to their pinwheels they could not part from them.  They had a reflective walk and delighted observing the pinwheels created by the other divisions across the lake.  Emma Sharp'12 volunteered at the event.

Susan Bruce, LD Math teacher, as she did in 2005, when she brought the pinwheels for peace project to the Casady community in  support of the then first OKC citywide Pinwheels for Peace festival, took hundreds of LD pinwheels to the OCU International Day of  Peace, Pinwheels for Peace Festival.  Khadija Hamid'12 and Carmen Clay, Service-Learning Director took the UD and MD pinwheels to the festival.   Festival volunteers planted over 800 pinwheels in front of the Great Hall of the OCU McDaniel Student Center.  One of the Casady pinwheels made the Daily Oklahoman morning headline  on 10/22/2011.

Japan America Society Community Dance

Capitol Hill's Diversity Dance Club:  Waka, Waka

Inside OCU's Great Hall, intergenerational performers delighted the audience demonstrating the rich multicultural talented tapestry of our city.

Seaworth Academy Music Class

Giant Pinwheel Workshop at Woods Community Room
The giant pinwheels created by Khadija Hamid'12 at a workshop facilitated by LWPB architectural firm intern Morgan Robberson, received OCU's giant pinwheel contest trophies.

Mikel Ibarra, Festival Chair announces Giant Pinwheel Contest winners

Pinwheels were donated to non-profit organizations through festival organizer, Respect Diversity Foundation CEO, Joan Korenblit.

At the culmination of the OCU festival, Joan Korenbilt stated, “Guests participated in a drumming circle that set the mood for our festival.
Participants were asked to ‘imagine peace.’ They joined in during several dances including a lovely Japanese folk dance. The festival was truly an interactive celebration! People of all cultures were reminded that the diversity within our world enhances the Earth.”

Peace Flash Mob choreographed by Elizabeth Mueller
 Khadija Hamid'12, Casady YAC festival volunteer stated, "It was awesome to make the pinwheels, dance the flash peace mob, and see the talented youth who celebrated the International Day of Peace at OCU. I wish more people would have been able to participate because it was amazing. I loved Capitol Hill's High School's Waka, Waka and the Dragon Dancers ."

Give Peace a Chance by Steve McLinn  

Carmen Clay'74 stated, "Our only regret was not to have been able to share the festival with our Shinnyo-en friends-kind providers of the Six Billion Paths to Peace t-shirts-, Foundation Vice-President, Ben Takagi and Program Director, Ineko itsuchida, who spent the day resolving peacefully conflicts with flight cancellations and  missed connections."

Japan in a Suitcase Peace Film Series: On a Paper Crane,
Tomoko's Adventure OCU workshop on 9/21/2011
Let's keep on working at making Sadako's Origami "esperanza de" paix a reality.  Next year September 21 in on a Friday!



Friday, September 23, 2011

International Day of Peace Festival at OCU

Special thanks to the Shinnyo-en Foundation for providing a unifying t-shirt for the festival participants

2011 Pinwheels for Peacerglow / Wrap / After Action meeting minutes

Location: Steve and Sherry McLinn Home , Date: 9/30/11, Time: 5:00 pm

Committee Members Present: Elizabeth Muller, Carmen Clay, Joan Korenblit, Gigi Hu, Dianna Freeland, Steve McLinn, Bill Bryant, Saundra Delgado, Daniel Kline

· 500-800 pinwheels
· Approximately 350 of the 500 bottles of water consumed

· Event was a success
· Jennifer Long liked event
· Mark Davies liked the event
· Link for video upload: http://www.peaceday.tv/
· This year’s event being on a Wednesday, and being a church night, some did not stay
· Next year event will be on Friday
· Japan America Society of Oklahoma (JASO) appreciated thank you letter
· JASO connection with Casady school
· Carmen’s Casady students: pinwheels are one of many of their enriching activities Curricular connections: Peace Education in lower grades, languages in Upper. NO ART TEACHERS!
· Casady Smilebox was good
· We are not organized as a 501(3)c non-profit organization
· Linking to Shinnyo-en Foundation: Six Billion Paths to Peace- Shinnyo-en Foundation appreciated Joan’s thank you letter
· Get the “OK” for doing event next year at OCU
· OCU did not issue parking tickets all day
· Facebook page has photo album from event
· Video of entire event on youtube.com 
o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGVw9mws1-w

Bookmarks and posters made by Mikel were great
Didn’t work
· Bookmarks and posters needed to be distributed earlier
-No banners/signs on campus
· Visitor intended to come to 5:00 event but came at 9:00 am
· Event not on OCU website: It did end up on the OCU master calendar so if people went to the OCU website it was there on that day. Also, our media guy got it in the Gazette.
· Post signs/banners with schedule of events on campus
· Promote before event happens
· Advertise with the Gazette: OCU’s media got it in the Gazett
· Advertise in school newspaper: It was at OCU’s master calendar at website-We need to directly connect with professors, clubs, and disciplines where this event is connected to the curriculum
· Have drumming circle on campus during the day to attract college students. GET JAPANESE DRUMMING TEAMS FROM OSU/OCU/OU
· Daniel will update website for organization. Send your thought and ideas to him to specify what the organization website should have. My reflection is at

College Involvement
· Chelsey Riley, OCU Student, assisted emcee as host
. Location and support of the School of Religion and Mark Davis
Didn’t work
· 40 OCU students who intended to participate did not
· Consult with faculty members to put event activities in curriculum or as extra credit for students to participate in some capacity (music, international studies, independent studies, etc.)

· Full program was recorded on video
Didn’t work
· No time for sound check
· Live video online stream connection problem
· Steve had too many hats
· Microphone use problems
· Steve needs 2 assistants
· Contact video production department at Francis Tuttle Technology Center (Janet Harris) or OCU to coordinate student to shoot video for archive and streaming of live event
· Train participants in how to use microphones correctly
· Feed video into west room big screen TV
· Ask venue if they have sound system we can use

Display Tables
· Special thanks to Joan for having a volunteer manpower the Casady table while Carmen and student planted 500 pinwheels. The festival had at least 800 total. Let’s make 1,000 goal for next year!
Didn’t work
· Tables remained open during program, people were talking distracting to the program.
· Not open to enough people
· Was not clear what time they could set up
· All tables were not easily visible to patrons
· Close display tables during program and invite hosts from each to watch the program. Ask table organizers to bring bag to store merchandise to carry with them. Pamphlets and other free items can remain at the tables unattended.
· Have display tables open earlier in the day to expose to college students.
· Display tables in room west of Great Hall which is outside of cafeteria. Logistics.
-Have a big screen for people at tables to enjoy the festival and students to be attracted to go to the Great Hall
· Place display tables in a “U” or “L” shape for more exposure

-We had a program to pass to people.  Thanks, Mikel
· Many people participated in peace flash mob and pinwheel dance
Didn’t work
· Native American Group late to perform
· Sandra had trouble finding performers for their call time
· 3min break between performers too long
· Core pinwheel dance people were gone by the time we did the dance
· Audience participation with choir (call & response)
· Have events/activities go on all day so that anyone can come in the morning, afternoon or evening and get a piece of the whole experience in that small part if can’t stay for the whole day.
· Have Native American Group first (or last) in program
· Peace flash mob segues to subtle heartbeat to feel peace Have dance studios lead the dance if OCU School of Dance is unable to participate. Maybe promote a dance competition with the same music, just different choreography???
· Have emcees thank OCU (this may have already occurred)
· Have the Dean Mark Davies be part of the program
· Have check-in station for performers
· Assigned seating for performers
· Have culture specific ritual type experience (bongs, flute, church bells, Buddhist
meditation, etc.) between performers to keep moment going
· Have peace flash mob rehearsals in various places (school classrooms, community, etc.) with lead time before event
· Pinwheel dance
- Train core people from each culture to be leaders and hold on the inner wheel
· Lead dance of universal peace next year for children “Peace Pilgrim.” In 1950s, woman walked 10,000 miles for peace and did not ask for any hospitality. Was invited to speak at schools.
- Need to make performers feel comfortable
· Buddha Mind children to possibly perform next year. OU Taiko group possible performance during drumming time, OSU and UCO also have those Japanese drums!!!

· Good participation
Didn’t work
· 4-5 rows of audience, some not involved
· Some had to stand
· People did not stay
· Organize chairs in a diamond or triangle shape with corners as back stage areas (Elizabeth and Steve coordinate – diagram)
· Have ushers to move people
- Lobby overflow in room west of great hall outside of cafeteria.
· Work out logistics with chairs
· Have raffle at end so that people will have to be present to win. We need to have more than the performers family, HOW?

Didn’t work
· Not enough higher ed, primary and secondary school involvement. We need to consider asking people who cannot come to send 1 minute videos, which could be use in between performances. We also need to encourage tree planting and Peace ONE Day education because pinwheels might not be what high school teachers want to do because it is for younger students. I will film the performance by my orchestra for example!
· Encourage kids to eat before they come
· Feed school kids with granola bars
· Make process easier for teachers (requisition forms, etc.)
· Have schools come all day, if possible

Looking Forward
· Contact Duke University to research
o What we are doing
o Gather statistics and analysis for getting grants
o Service learning projects (how can we participate)
· We need credibility
· How are we defining ourselves?
· Possible/future funders
o Devon Energy
o OKC Community Foundation
o Chesapeake Energy
o Coca Cola
o Ben & Jerry
- Shinnyo-en Foundation
· Daniel will write mission statement

Daniel Kline, Web Developer, 2011 National Web Design Team Champion,
(405)208-3381, http://danielkline19.wordpress.com/, http://twitter.com/daniel_okc

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Program for OCU's September 21, International Day of Peace

Placement of Pinwheels :

4:00-5:00 Pinwheels planted in the lawn by anyone who brings them
Giant Peace dove floats among PINWHEELS.  Drummers drumming

4:15- 4:45  Casady YAC makes pinwheels on site!

4:45-5:00 Dove and Drummers lead participants inside

5:00 Dove flies inside hall spreading "confetti" while people are welcomed and settled

5:00-7:00 Program

A. Multicultural Performances
B. Group Dance Activities
1. Lion Dance segues into Flash Mob for Peace
2. Snake dance creates circle
3. Dove flies into circle bringing Peace sign which spins in the middle
4. Peace sign becomes horizontal, pinwheel rays form
5. Pinwheels for Peace Dance
6. End all spinning individually, Peace sign spins in the middle
7. Ending words from Chelsea as music fades out.  See you 9/21/2012


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wednesday, Sept 13, 4 p.m. in front of OCU Library

Pinwheels for Peace Festival at OCU http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pinwheels-for-Peace-Oklahoma-City-Festival/147353361424 

Agenda: Steve to speak with the directors of the performers and set a program.

Placement of Pinwheels : 4:15-5:00 Casady YAC makes pinwheels on site!
(Carmen will bring three drums)

4:00-5:00   Pinwheels being planted in the lawn
Peace dove (Sue Tarr. Nadia & Soami _, Margo Hewett) floats among them
Drummers drumming (hopefully, 11, at least Steve and Elizabeth)

4:45-5:00  Dove and Drummers lead folks inside

5:00   Dove flies inside hall spreading "confetti" while people are welcomed and settled

5:00-7:00 Program
a. Multicultural Performances
Lion Dance segues into Flash Mob for Peace
c. Snake dance creates circle
d. Dove flies into circle bringing Peace sign which spins in the middle
e. Peace sign becomes horizontal, pinwheel rays form
f. Pinwheels for Peace Dance
g. End all spinning individually, Peace sign spins in the middle
h. Ending words from Chelsea(?) as music fades out

Monday, September 5, 2011

OCU International Day of Peace-Pinwheels for Peace OKC meeting, September 8, 4:30 p.m. OCU Library, 2nd floor


Old Business: Last minute details
1. Water: Daniel. He wil request 1000
2. Sponsoring organizations: Bill???
3. T-shirts: Carmen..Ordered will be delivered to Casady

4. You tube video, Multicultural Performances, Peace MOB, Peace TV broadcast: done
5. Book Marks, Flyers, Pinwheels Contest, Signs: Mikel provided them
6. Social network: Facebook, Website: Daniel is finalizing the website
7. Ambassador of Peace Art Exhibit and Pinwheels: Carmen Casady 5th graders Haiku. UD and MD students making pinwheels in language classes. LD and PD making pinwheels in their regular classrooms and/or art classes. Morning celebrations of IDP being coordinated. Carmen will bring Peace Pals Exhibit to OCU on the 20th.
8. Registration for JASO film: Joan, two sessions taken
9. Youth Master of Ceremonies: Chelsey Riley OCU student, still looking for male MC
10. Speaker: Joan found one speaker

New Business1. ENO Trees planting: The City of Norman has a tree "give-a-way" several times a year. The number for the person in charge of this service is 366-5472. Ask for SherylSheriff. Trees are only available for Norman residents and schools. Carmen is checking for seedling of OKlahoma Memorial Museum Survivor Tree for Casady.
2. Tentative Festival Program: STEVE

3. Visitors from California: Shinnyo-en Foundation CEO and program director arriving the 21st at 2:00 p.m. to attend OCU's International Day of Peace celebration. "low profile requested" More about the foundation at http://www.sef.org/

Tsutomu Ben Takagi – Vice PresidentTsutomu Ben Takagi became the Vice President of the Shinnyo-en Foundation Board of Directors and the leader of Shinnyo-en Foundation on February 25, 2011. Previously Ben managed the financial and human resources department at Panasonic in Japan, the U.S. and Canada. Ben became a member of the staff of Shinnyo-en USA in 2002 and he served at the Seattle Temple for the first two years. In 2004 Ben was transferred to Shinnyo-en USA Head Temple in Redwood City, California. He became treasurer of Shinnyo-en USA in 2007 and continues to serve in this position. He is also a reverend at Shinnyo-en USA. He served Shinnyo-en Foundation as a member of the board of directors from 2004 through 2009.

Ineko Tsuchida Ph.D. – Program DirectorIneko joined the Foundation in October 2007. As Program Director, she oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking and all programs. In partnership with new and long-time associates and friends of the Foundation, she promotes the actualization of the Foundation’s Six Billion Paths to Peace initiative. Ineko also serves as liaison to leading academic institutions in peace education, peace studies, and service-learning as she directs the Foundation’s Shinnyo Fellowship Program. Ineko has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University and a Master’s and a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley. Working at the Shinnyo-en Foundation builds on Ineko’s lifelong passion to improve the lives of children and their families.

Dates of Action at Casady School
September 7:  RDF @ Casady  Haiku Poetry for International Day of Peace
September 10: JASO @ Casady: Japan in a Suitcase: Anime Film and Peace Cranes.  Free open to the public.  Sponsored by Japan Foundation
September 11: Casady S-L and OCU volunteers @ Concert, dinner and auction benefiting Buddha Mind Monastery. Skype at noon with Harvard scholar.
September 13: Casady Skype with Jeremy Gilley, creator of Peace one day, 10:00 a.m.
September 17: JASO @ Casady:  Japan in a Suitcase: Anime Film.  Peace art and ettiquete for understanding workshop.
September 15-19: Pinwheels made at Casady Divisions
September 18: Pinwheels and Peace Pals exhibit opens at Casady MD
September 20-22: Peace Pals Exhibit at OCU

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Resources for International Day of Peace Oklahoma City

Screening of Peace ONE DAY:
Sunday, August 21:4:00-5:30 p.m. Woods Community Room, Casady School.  Contact Carmen Clay if interested at clayc@casady.org, 520-1325.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Next Meeting September 8, 4:30-5:00, OCU Library, Second Floor

Agenda: Old Business Last minute details
Water: Daniel
Sponsoring organizations: ? Bill???
T-shirts: Carmen
You tube video, Multicultural Performances, Peace MOB, Peace TV broadcast: Steve
Book Marks, Flyers, Pinwheels Contest, Signs: Mikel
Social network: Facebook, Website: Daniel and Mikel
Ambassador of Peace Art Exhibit: Carmen
Registration for JASO film: Joan
Youth Master of Ceremonies: Chelsey Riley OCU student

New Business
ENO Trees planting: The City of Norman has a tree "give-a-way" several times a year. The number for the person in charge of this service is 366-5472. Ask for Sheryl
Tentative Festival Program

Follow-up August meeting e-mail:

Mikel, See e-mail below. I am excited about Norman Public schools embracing Pinwheels-International Day of Peace this year. Please send the most updated flyers

Jennifer, I talked to Ineko, Program Director of the Shinnyo-en Foundation. They will send 200 t-shirts. Per this e-mail, I am requesting cash on delivery for postage. I asked for 200 t-shirts: 20 2X; 50 M; 80 XL; 50 SM

Ship to:
Oklahoma City University

Att: Rev. Jennifer J. Long

Director of Religious Life

2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106-1493

Wonderful possibility on September 21: We might have one or two members of the foundation staff in OKC on September 21. If their trip is possible, they request "low profile." Check the bios of the foundation staff in San Francisco at http://www.sef.org/who-we-are/our-staff/

Monday, August 8, 2011

Organizing Committee Meeting: August 11, 2:00 p.m. 2nd Floor OCU library

Attendace: Dr. Mark Davis, Rev. Jennifer Long, Bill Bryant, Mikel Ibarra, Carmen Clay, Daniel Klinedanielkline19@hotmail.com; 208-3381. Gigi had storm damage, Joan was out of town. Steve was sick. 

Old Business: Final details:
-Book marks will be made by Mikel and distributed at A+ Schools conference and Art Teachers conference.
-Parking and directional signs were discussed.  Mikel will investigate cost.
-Carmen will request 200 t-shirts from Shinnyo-en for the festival.  Postage must be paid by the festival organizers.
-There was a report of $1,000 budget without $25 dues from sponsoring organizations wanting an 1/8 of a table.
-Online and live marketing report: Joan, Carmen, and Mikel have contacted teachers. OCU will contact through e-mail and there will be a big push through facebook
-The festival will be on PEACE TV
-There is an OCU student who might MC the festival.  Carmen will also contact a former OCU OKC Queen.
-Bill reported Steve's technology needs.  Steve needs to contact directly the pertinent OCU people.
-No response on painting the area where students could plant pinwheels yet.
-Next meeting, September 8, 4:30-5:00, OCU Library, Second Floor.
-Water bottles will be provided by Sonic (Daniel) or OCU (Jennifer)

New Business from Carmen
a. Peace One Day: DVD's arrived to Casady (32 minute and 55 minute version)Peace one day educational resources at http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/education/POD-EDUCATION.  Carmen invited people to view it with Casady faculty, Date TB e-mailed this week.

b. Ambassadors of Peace Exhibit arrived to Casady (poster size inside plastic containers).  Carmen will have it at Casady 7/1-7/11.  Mikel will have the exhibit from 7/12-7/20.  Exhibit will be at OCU 7/21

c. Conversation with OFLTA President, Russell Ray.  We will present at OFLTA conference for next year.  Russell will make language teachers aware.

d. A+ Schools Conference...September 17.  Committe members needed to volunteer. Carmen, Mikel and Joan will be at other venues.
e. Honorary Council Generals:  Contact information?? Possible speakers...Protocol person at Capitol??  No speakers this year.  Only performances

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Dear Carmen,

I have put a DVD in the post for you.

Please feel free to pass on my details to any other interested teachers, and direct them to www.peaceoneday.org/en/education  where they too can access our FREE Peace One Day Education Resources.

Please note that you can now access The Day After Peace film for free at http://youtu.be/pVo4lQe8MhQ  .

Additionally, you can watch the Global Truce Introduce Film for free at http://youtu.be/AuTVFMj5m0A .

It would be wonderful to hear how both teachers and students have responded to the Peace One Day Education Resources, as well as the films. It would also be great if you could update us with any plans you may have for Peace Day 2011, or perhaps let us know how you plan to begin your 365-day countdown to Peace Day 2012 – a Global Truce.

Thank you, Carmen, for your continued interest in Peace One Day.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,  Clementine clementine.smith@peaceoneday.org

Thursday, July 21, 2011

International Day of Peace-Pinwheels for Peace Meeting

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2:00 P.M. OCU LIBRARY, Second Floor
Click here for Peace TV: http://www.peaceday.tv/peaceday2010


Old Business: 
Follow-up International Day of Peace planning
-Mikel made the flyers and will be ready for distribution shortly. Joan, Mikel and Carmen will contact databases.
-Steve will make a video for promotional purposes.
-Next Meeting August 11, 2:00 p.m. OCU Library.

New Business: For planning committee consideration
ENO Schoos Program on line: Trees project. OCU already planted trees and Casady passed on the opportunity. 
May Peace Prevail Art Exhibit:  Waiting for the exhibit to see if paitings can be placed at festival location.

Minutes from Bill
July 26, 2011, Dulaney-Browne Library, Oklahoma City University, Planning for the International Day of Peace..."Pinwheels for Peace" -- September 21, 2011. In Attendance: Bill Bryant ... wildbill73107@cox.net 405-760-5322, Carmen Clay ... clayc@casady.org 405-520-1325, Dee Freeland ... diannafreeland@me.com 917-455-7879, Gigi Hu ... tyghu@hotmail.com 405-260-1833, Mikel Ibarra ... mikeliba@gmail.com 405-924-6036, Joan Korenblit ... rdfrdf@cox.net 405-359-0369, Jennifer Long ... jlong@okcu.edu 405-208-5078, Steve McLinn ... steve@ojasmusic.com 405-844-0242, Devin Schroeder ... dschroeder@regionalfoodbank.org 405-604-7102, (Carmen's cousin-Chary Angulo de Alfaro was also in attendance, but she did not put her name on the Sign-In sheet).

Next meeting: Thursday, August 11th -- 2pm, Second Floor Conference Room, Dulaney-Browne Library, Oklahoma City University

It was noted that Joe Meinhart was AWOL today. No doubt he is doing something that will result in the betterment of the human condition.

After a round of self-introductions, there was a general discussion of the purpose of the International Day of Peace. It is a celebration that has many different dimensions and a slightly different meaning depending on one's perspective.

Mikel commented on the appeal of bringing the pinwheels to OCU.

Carmen reminded us about the competition for construction of giant pinwheels. She mentioned the "Peace One Day" website, and she encouraged everyone to visit it:
http://www.peaceoneday.org/. She spoke passionately about the motivation of Pinwheels for Peace. Steve described his work with arts in the schools.

Mikel circulated draft flyers she prepared. She mentioned that a Facebook page has been created for our celebration of the International Day of Peace: "Pinwheels for Peace Oklahoma City Festival."

Regarding the giant pinwheels competition, Carmen said she is working with 3 architectural firms to provide contest guidelines. Jennifer mentioned that OCU may be able to provide some prizes for the contest.

There was a good discussion about food and drink. Jennifer reminded us that OCU has an exclusive contract with Sodexo for food service. And, being peaceful non-violent folks, we would not want to step on Sodexo's toes. However, if we need to bring in some incidental food with an ethnic or national flavor (or other special properties), then that would probably be OK.

I have "transportation" in my notes. I don't remember what this means. I think it might refer to school buses to transport students from their school sites to OCU. As I recall, there was a question about parking. Or, maybe it was something else. (I need to take better notes!).

There was a general discussion about the use of space within the Great Hall.

For Gigi's activities (origami, anime), the room will be set up with 7 tables with 6 chairs each. Jennifer took notes on the specifications.

At about 4 or 4:15pm, the space will be transformed into a spectacular venue for performances. This will involve the wrangling of tables and chairs. Jennifer has a special team of student workers who can be recruited to take care of this task. They are referred to by their job title, which is something with "dude" in the name. Is that right?

At 4:30pm, drumming will begin on the Quad. It will be dramatic and evocative and welcoming.

In the foyer, OCU will set up four 8-foot tables. These will be available for our co-sponsoring groups who may wish to have a display of informational materials -- nothing of a partisan political nature, and nothing having to do with the consumption of alcohol.

We'll invite the following groups to contribute to our budget and share the tables: Casady, Respect Diversity, Peace House, SGI-USA, the Buddha Mind Monastery, etc.

At 5pm, the performances will begin in the Great Hall.

(Mikel --> Steve: A list of groups who have performed in past years).

Right before the final dance, we will set aside some time to announce the winners of the Giant Pinwheels contest.

Then, the entire event will be moved out the doors, through the foyer, and onto the Quad. Audience and performers will stream outside (where the weather will be perfect).

The grand finale will take place on the Quad. A performance space will be pre-defined and designated in a creative way -- maybe with spray paint or pinwheels or a line-up of Miss America pageant winners from OCU.

My notes say Joan will perform a wild flash dance -- but I think this refers to a group dance rather than an individual performance. It will appear to be spontaneous (although in reality it will be carefully orchestrated).

Other topics of conversation were:

<> Press Releases. Rod Jones is the media guy at OCU, and we can count on him to push some publicity for our event.

<> Printing of flyers. OCU might be able to help with this. We also have some $ in our budget to cover the cost of printing some.

<> Carmen reminded us that the Japanese Ambassador will be in town on Friday, August 5th. He will be recognized in a special event at the State Capitol at 2pm. She has more info on this for anyone who might be interested in attending.

Oh, wait. There's more.
My notes say, "Where is parking?"

We will need to use our mass communication skills to direct participants to the best parking spots available -- that is, wherever OCU says. At a minimum, we'll use email and Facebook, etc.

Promotion. Steve has an innovative idea about using online video for outreach and promotion of the event. He volunteered to produce a short video -- a commercial of sorts, I suppose. We talked about a script and the submission of personal endorsements. Steve will edit them into an attention-grabbing spot that people will want to watch again & again!

(We'll collaborate on this video thing).
Carmen will promote the event through contacts she has with OFLTA.

At the end of the meeting, we walked over to the McDaniel Center. We surveyed the space again, visualizing the placement of tables, chairs, speakers, etc.

The meeting ended with a feeling of solidarity and satisfaction that we're doing something that Joe will be proud of.

Bill Bryant

405-622-2030 ... office

405-760-5322 ... mobie / text


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Peace Begins with Me connecting to We the world!

Casady Service-Learning will be participating in the 11 Days – 11 Ways Campaign! Motivate to act on issues of social justice, civic responsibility, and peace.

If you have any programs, events or actions, please post them on the Global Unity Calendar at http://www.globalunitycalendar.org/.  The WE Campaign & The United Religions Initiative: http://www.we.net/, http://www.uri.org/

Focus Area(s)
Theme 1 – Unity,
Theme 3 – Environment,
Theme 8 – Human Rights,
Theme 11 – The International Day of Peace, Values, Ethics and Spirit
Peace, the heart of service

YAC Peace begins with me: September 11-September 21 (At Brainstorming stage)
1. Encourage Random Acts of Kindness daily
2. Provide quotes for a Better Life at daily announcements
3. Share JASO Anime Peace Movie: September 10 On a Paper Crane
4. Share JASO Anime Peace Movie: September 17: Paper Crane making
5. International Day of Peace : Pinwheels for peace making in Primary and Lower divisions, International Club MD, language and art classes Upper division
6. Plant a tree following ENO School guidelines 100 million trees by 2017
7. Interfaith, intergenerational volunteering at a non-profit on September 11.
8. International Day of Peace chapel speakers (Jeremy, Brannan, etc)
9. Volunteering with STUCO and YAC wherever they select
10. Volunteering at Boys and Girls Club and Britton Elementary
11. Volunteering at Vineyard and Canterbury

Possible Skype with Jeremy Gilley, September 7th, 10:00 a.m. Central Time

Free educational resources: http://content.yudu.com/A1mxln/podusaeduresource/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=  (Udd....)

YOUTH LEAD OKC Brainstorming
Dear Friends: I am amazed about the work Youth LEAD is doing. Please see the two videos and read the attached information. I look forward to your feedback. Carmen Clay. http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/freedom-to-believe-or-not/id400203724?i=93295891  and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhhb82o0JmI&feature=player_embedded  and read the below information.

1. An introduction to Youth LEAD: Inspiring and mobilizing youth leaders to reflect upon their values and beliefs, connect with others across differences, and act together to address local and global challenges.

2. A summary of trainings:  Training Goals and Objectives: Youth LEAD provides eight day-long skill sessions:

1. Communication (two modules)
2. Facilitation (three modules)
3. Project Management (one module)
4. Mentorship (one module)

Communication Module
Goal: To strengthen respectful communication among youth.
· Actively listen to the life experiences of others
· Respectfully communicate issues relating to their own identity
· Recognize common stereotypes, as well as their own personal stereotypes
· Identify challenges to pluralism in your own community

Managing Difficult Conversations Module
Goal: To learn new ways to respectfully engage in difficult conversations.
· Learn how to craft questions and other communication tools that invite people to communicate something new, rather than the “same old argument”
· Practice using these tools with “real life” examples
· Understand the definition of dialogue
-  Know when it’s helpful to use it
- Learn how it works
- Understand how the goals of dialogue differ from debate or just talking

Facilitation Module
Goal: To learn to facilitate modules and presentations.
· Speak comfortably in front of a group while facilitating activities in a professional manner
· Give and receive feedback in a self-affirming way
· Develop workshop templates and establish goals
· Lead small group discussions
· Use your personal story to connect with your audience

Advanced Facilitation Module
Goal: To learn advanced skills to lead modules.
· Facilitate modules and dialogues with relative ease
· Recognize and handle road blocks or difficult participants
· Give helpful feedback to others and utilize self-reflection

Dialogue Facilitation Module
Goal: To learn facilitation skills to lead structured dialogue.
· Understand facilitator role
· Review dialogue principles and qualities of well-crafted questions
· Practice setting up, running, and de-briefing a dialogue
· Monitor group process

Project Management Module
Goal: To develop skills essential to creating and implementing programs that cultivate pluralism.
· Generate a complete vision
· Create a detailed plan and execute that plan from start to finish
· Monitor progress and generate alternate plans when needed
· De-brief project successes and failures

Mentor Module
Goal: To provide adult mentors with tools to support teens.
· Prepare work plans and other strategic planning tools
· Turn difficult situations or “failures” into growth moments
· Strengthen active listening skills and recognize assets in all youth leaders
· Support the process without controlling the outcome

3. Links to the TIDE conference video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhhb82o0JmI&feature=player_embedded  In May,130 people gathered at TIDE 2011, including one teen active in the Orange County Interfaith Youth Forum. He presented a brilliant workshop on Sikhism. Our vision is that teens from all over the country will present workshops, either on their faith tradition, service projects, or other identity related involvement.

I have additional information about program outcomes, including projects created by teens following pilots we conducted on Staten Island, NY and the Islamic Center of New England, but didn't want to overwhelm you with too much information. Let me know if you'd to know what other youth have created after taking part in the trainings.

I look forward to speaking with you again, hopefully with Joan and some youth after you've had a chance to talk together.

Janet Penn, Executive Director, Youth LEAD ~ Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences, http://www.youthleadonline.org/. janet@ifaction.org, +1 781-784-0651,
"Reflect, Connect, Act"

Happy B-Day Nelson Mandela

Monday, July 18, 2011

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, July 26, 2:00 p.m. OCU Library

Follow-up last meeting items

New Items

a. Universal Day of Peace: August 6-7: Barefoot Gen Film sent by Shinnyo-en Foundation available for viewing with handout from Standford University's SPICE http://spice.stanford.edu/

b. Peace Tree: Purchase of movie for general viewing?

c. Service Possibilities
a. Interfaith, Intergenerational service possibilities on September 10 : Food Bank (Morning and afternoon shift) in collaboration "NEWS" mawad@cair.com and Janet Penn, http://www.youthleadonline.org/ , janet@ifaction.org , +1 781-784-0651 and

Brennan Randall, Speaker: September 11 definitely works for me. August 6 and 7 is a little trickier. I probably will be out of town with limited internet access. Do you know what time the presentation would be? ????

Sorry for the delay in replying; I am on a summer schedule. I would be happy to help out. I could speak briefly about my experience as a teacher at a boarding school in upstate New York when the September 11 attacks occurred. About six of our students had parents who worked in the World Trade Center (none were injured) and we had several international students who were Muslim. This created some tension at the school, but also opened doors to conversations that promoted greater understanding. Please let me know if you think this would be a suitable topic.

Dear Brendan:

I was checking http://ifaction.org/ / and I saw that the youth picked you as their keynote speaker for their TIDE conference. I found your contact information through a Goggle search in a resource provided by Harvard University to the media.

My name is Carmen Clay. I facilitate a service requirement for graduation at Casady School http://www.casady.org/podium/default.aspx?t=28916 , independent, college preparatory, Episcopal School. The Casady YAC-intergenerational service youth council, http://www.casady.org/podium/default.aspx?t=29893&rc=0  and I are looking for ways to bring greater teen involvement and ownership of service based on values and to connect to youth of other faiths in Oklahoma City to serve together on September 11, and the weekends before or after September 21, & April 19 to focus on kindness over violence, peace over war.

One way to inspire youth is through motivational, engaging speeches. I am searching for people who might be interested in being pro bono SKYPE speakers for the 10th anniversary of September 11th. The aim is to increase the number of students from different faiths to serve together at the Food Bank on Sunday, September 11 from 1-4 first. We have Upper Division daily chapel time at noon, central time. I wonder if your schedule might permit you to engage us with an 8-10 minute speech. You will be part of a series of chapel SKYPE and local Respect Diversity Foundation speakers http://www.respectdiversity.org/home.html.  You might precede Jeremy Gilley http://peaceoneday.org/en/welcome  creator of the International Day of Peace. I won a SKYPE time by completing a survey and we are working with his people and his schedule for him to speak before September 21.

I have to reserve chapel schedule in advance so I am trying to line-up all the speakers for the year. Other opportunities when the community service-learning program provides chapel speakers are the week before MLK Day and during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21

Brendan Randall, Ed.D. Candidate
Harvard Graduate School of Education

b. Planting 50 trees around Oklahoma Schools between September 11- September 21: Carmen, I have prices for 3 gallon size trees, which could be delivered for free in lots of 50 trees by September 21 – see the attached application.  I do not have prices for the bigger trees, and will not receive the new prices until late Summer or Fall. Please see the attached application for trees. The prices for the large trees are last planting seasons’ prices and may change. I doubt that the larger trees could be delivered by September 21.  I hope we can work together to get trees to schools for the September 21 Day of Peace.  I look forward to hearing from you. 
Mary Gilmore Caffrey,Executive Director of The Tree Bank Foundation
16301 N. Rockwell, Bldg. A Edmond, OK 73013
(405) 330-4701 (405) 330-5415
Email: mcaffrey@thetreebank.org
Website: http://www.thetreebank.org/

16301 N. Rockwell, Bldg. A, Edmond, OK 73013
TELE: 405-330-4701
FAX: 405-330-5415
e-mail:mcaffrey@thetreebank.org website: www.thetreebank.org

Thank you for your interest in trees from The Tree Bank Foundation. We believe this project is having a profound effect on the attitudes of our fellow citizens, as well as tourists. Businesses and individuals considering relocating to our area will find a greener, more pleasant environment. We look forward to working with you. Let's green where we live!

Requirements for obtaining trees:

1. Trees must be planted on PUBLIC OR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION property. Publicly owned easements on private property do NOT qualify. Businesses and new construction sites must receive special approval. Churches must plant trees within 10 feet of the street easement. A minimum order of 5 trees is required.

2. You will be responsible for planting and maintaining the trees for three (3) years. Maintenance includes watering, pruning, treating with insecticides, and disposing of any trees that die. You must sign the Tree Maintenance Agreement attached.

3. Attendance at a brief, one-time tree planting and maintenance training course will be required, unless a professional planting contractor is hired. We will work with you to schedule your attendance or to lend you a video tape or written materials of the training.

4. Call OKIE at 840-5032 to report your planting site. OKIE will inform you of any buried utility cables, gas lines, etc., at your site.

5. If the site is on public property, we will notify the local government entity and ask that the site be reviewed. You will be notified to mark the tree locations with stakes prior to this site review.

6. You will be responsible for loading and transportation of your trees from a distribution site during business hours. We will coordinate this with you. Delivery may be available for a fee.


8. Number 2 grade trees (less perfect as to form) are available upon request (These trees may sometimes require additional care to improve form.) $38 for 1.75” caliper and $48 for 2” caliper each available in lots of 50 trees only. Ask us which species are available in Number 2 grade.

9. Larger trees are available upon request at an additional cost.

If you are able to fulfill the above requirements for obtaining trees, please complete the enclosed Tree Request Application and Tree Maintenance Agreement.

Send To: The Tree Bank Foundation
c/o Mary Gilmore Caffrey, Executive Director
16301 N. Rockwell Bldg A, Edmond, OK 73013
Telephone: 405-330-4701 Fax: 405-330-5415
Email: mcaffrey@thetreebank.org
Website: http://www.thetreebank.org/


Organization Name____________________________________________
City State Zip _____________Phone_______________
Contact Person Phone_______________
Fax Number: ________________________ E-Mail
Proposed planting site (be specific):

SITE NAME:__________________________________________________
SITE ADDRESS:______________________________________________

Propose site is in what municipality?

Is water available at the proposed site? Yes No

If no, how far is accessible water from the proposed site?


Yes, as a participant in The Tree Bank Foundation program, I agree to be responsible through (Date - 3 Years) for the maintenance (including watering, pruning, spraying, and disposal of dead trees) of the trees I propose to plant.


1 ¾" – 2” Trunk Diameter Trees Available
Maple, Shantung 1 ¾” – Trunk Dia. 73.00
Oak, Northern Red 1 ¾” – Trunk Dia. 73.00
Elm, Lacebark 1 3/4” Trunk Dia. 73.00
Pine, Austrian 5’-6’ Tall 58.00
Juniper, Spartan 5’ –6’ Tall 58.00
Juniper, Blue Point 5’-6’ Tall 58.00

Total Number Requested Subtotal Cost
(A minimum order is 5 trees) Tax 8.375%


1 ¾”- 2” Trunk Diameter TREES ARE:
· Number 1 grade
· Approximately 1 ¾” -2" in caliper
· Approximately 8 to 12 feet tall.
· Burlaped & may be in a wire basket with an 18"-24" diameter root ball that weighs approximately 200 pounds
· Easily handled by two people with a tree dolly
· Easily transported - Load 5-8 trees in a full-sized pick-up truck or 20 trees in a 16' trailer
· Ready for delivery after the first freeze, winter through spring

3 Gallon size trees available
Oaks 3 gallon 11.00
River Birch 3 gallon 11.00
Sycamore 3 gallon 11.00
Crapemyrtle 3 gallon 11.00
Black Gum 3 gallon 11.00
Pistache(limited numbers) 3 gallon 11.00
Total Number Requested Subtotal Cost
(A minimum order is 50 trees for free delivery) Tax 8.375%
3 gallon TREES ARE:
· Number 1 grade
· Approximately ¾” in caliper
· Approximately 3-6 feet tall.
. Approximately 10 pounds
· Easily handled by one person
· Easily transported - Load 50 trees in a full-sized pick-up truck.
· Ready for delivery after the first freeze, winter through spring

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Changes to the Flyer

1. Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  September 21, UCO...location!!!

2. Information about the contest, with contact information

3. Information about Gigi’s offerings for students and teachers who will be placing pinwheels on campus on Wednesday morning and early afternoon. (Gigi would like 45 minutes for showing a film, brief discussion, teaching the art of crane making and guiding students to make their own. We suggest they bring a sack lunch but that we have water available. We need to begin scheduling student groups.)

4. Location Confirmation: I just received confirmation that we are good to go for the Great Hall on the 21st and have it held from 10a.m-8p.m.   Jennifer

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 5th, 2nd Floor, OCU Library, 2:30 p.m.

Expected attendance: Reverend Jennifer Long (OCU), Dr. Meinheart(OCU), Bill Bryant(UNOK), Mikel Ibarra (C.A.S.T. for the World), Steve MacLinn(Ojas Music.com), Joan Korenblit(Respect Diversity Foundation), Dr. Gigi Hu (JASO)

Pinwheels 2011-07-05: Jennifer Long ... jlong@okcu.edu, Carmen Clay ......clayc@casady.org, Bill Bryant ...... wildbill73107@cox.net, Joan Korenblit ... rdfrdf@cox.net, Mikel Ibarra ..... mikeliba@gmail.com, Steve McLinn ..... steve@ojasmusic.com, Gigi Hu .......... tyghu@hotmail.com, Clydia Forehand .. clydiaforehand@ou.edu, Joe Meinhart ..... Jmeinhart@okcu.edu, Mark Davies ...... mdavies@okcu.edu

These are my notes from the planning meeting for the International Day of Peace celebration at OCU -- also known as "Pinwheels For Peace."

In attendance were: Jennifer Long, Joan Korenblit, Steve McLinn, Gigi Hu, Joe Meinhart, Mark Davies, and myself (Bill Bryant).  Our meeting convened in the 2nd floor conference room of the Dulaney-Browne Library at OCU.

The meeting was good, with lots of participation from everyone. There was a cordial atmosphere, and by the end of the meeting we were joking with one another and feeling a sense of our shared culture. Joe and Steve serenaded us with pop songs from the '70s.

Before ending the meeting, we walked over to the McDaniel Center (just west of the library), where we surveyed the Great Hall, the Shdeed Lounge, and the Quad.

LOCATION: The task of identifying a usable space for our celebration was high on our list of priorities. We felt that the Great Hall offers a nice area for performances, and the Shdeed Lounge (just outside of the Great Hall) can accommodate information tables for our partner groups who want to be co-sponsors of the event.

Pinwheels Contest: We're counting on Mikel and other teachers to help organize the production of pinwheels in their schools. Then, we anticipate that students and teachers will be invited to deliver their creations to OCU during the day on Wednesday, September 21st. Pinwheels will be planted on the Quad -- maybe all the way out to 23rd Street.

(With respect to putting art on display, Carmen has suggested that giant pinwheels could be created as part of a contest. And, that some pinwheels might be placed on the OCU campus as early as September 11th. We didn't talk about these ideas. Maybe at our next meeting we will).

Paper Cranes. Throughout the day on the 21st, the Great Hall will be used as a workshop area. A short film about Paper Cranes will be shown there, and students will be given instructions on how to create them. Gigi has a vision of how this part of the celebration will take place.

The Venue. Jennifer needs to check with Mary Benner about the availability of the Great Hall and Shdeed Lounge on the 21st. Nothing has been confirmed yet in this regard.

Performances. As in year's past, we expect that we will have good participation from various dance groups and musicians. We made a point to express how much we would like to make this event a showcase for some performers from OCU. Joe Meinhart will help us to extend our invitation to OCU singers, dancers, ensembles, etc.

(Carmen's draft flyer refers to Dr. Clydia Forehand as an additional resource for "Peace Songs." Dr. Forehand is affiliated with the Confucius Institute and OKITEA -- not to be confused with the Tea Party!).

Speakers. We'll need to have a good Emcee for the performance part of our celebration. Do we know who this person is yet? We think we might like to have a couple of featured speakers -- folks who can convey some words that are appropriate to the occasion. Everyone agrees that these messengers of peace should be people who recognize the value of brevity.

The Finale. The culmination of the performances will be some sort of interactive, participatory dance -- like we've had in the past. The Japan-America Society of Oklahoma -- JASO -- has an interactive peace dance that might be incorporated into this moment. If the weather isn't bad, we think we might move the entire celebration outside (onto the Quad) for this final part of the event.

OCU Things. We love the folks at OCU. Beyond providing a venue, they will be able to help us with lots of related things -- like, providing some publicity (news release), helping us get parking permits if we need them, and arranging for the tables & chairs, etc., that we will need. We are mindful of the university's need for assurances with respect to the safety and security of the campus. We'll comply with any special rules / regulations that might be required.

Flash Mob. Joan imagines that our Pinwheels Celebration may provide an opportunity for us to organize a flash mob. This is an idea that is brewing. A little more time is needed for the flavor of this activity to come out. We'll discuss it more at our next meeting.

Films for Peace. Carmen has in mind that we should show films with messages of peace, and she has a list of titles. We recommend that these films should be scheduled for September 18th -- the Sunday preceding the Internaional Day of Peace. We think Harbour Winn might be willing to work with us on publicizing and showing the films. Harbour directs the OCU Film Institute. We need to discuss this idea some more.

Next Meeting:  We agreed to meet again on Tuesday, July 26th, at 2pm. Probably in the library at OCU.

I may have left out some of the details of our meeting. If I got anything twisted the wrong way, please be sure to let me know. Whenever I write up the notes of a meeting, I always appreciate suggestions for improvement.
Bill Bryant



Thursday, June 30, 2011

Peace Tree & Shinnyo-en reply

I am interested in at least showing it once at Casady. Are you all interested in the film at all? See below the e-mail from the director.

Thanks for your message and for your interest in showing The Peace Tree. Will this be a one time screening or will the university keep the DVD and show it again in the future? That determines the license which will go toward the post-production of our new film that we recently shot in India.

Thanks and hope you have a great International Day of Peace celebration.

Warmest regards,
Mitra Sen
Peace Tree International
Sandalwood Productions

Tel. (416) 441-0253
Fax (416) 441-6307

Hi Carmen,

Yes, if a high school acquires the dvd, they can show the film in perpetuity too, but it can only be shown within the high school.

Best regards,

From: Clay, Carmen
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:26 PM
May I suggest for the meeting to take place on the 5th unless there is a problem with Bill and Mikel. Mikel has younger children and maybe she could be on speaker phone like we did with Joan at the last meeting. Joan, Steve and Gigi have responded as able to participate.
I received the following response from Shinnyo-en:At the Foundation we are at a critical junction formulating our strategic plans under new leadership, and by September we will move to another office within the same building. In light of these issues, we are very sorry to inform you, but we won’t be able to provide substantial sponsorship to your peace events this year.

As for the DVD, Barefoot Gen, I believe we have an in-house copy. I will inquire to other staff if we could make another copy for an educational purpose without impinging on the copy right issue. In addition, we have a booklet that includes discussion questions about Barefoot Gen that Stanford’s SPICE program created. I’ll ask our staff to make copies of both the DVD and the booklet and mail them to you shortly.

I wish you the best for the Peace Day events! We’d love to feature this year’s activities on our website again. It will be great if a faculty member or an older student could write an article and send us some photos!

Best regards,


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