#NationalPeaceDay — Campaign Info & Tools

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by jeni No Comments

#NationalPeaceDay

A petition to have July 17 (Mattie’s birthday)
declared a national day dedicated to peace choices…  

-

-
-

We are campaigning for

a presidential proclamation:

National Peace Day

to be celebrated July 17 each year

-

-

-

-

JOIN US!
-
CLICK HERE

to sign our
Change.org Petition
asking President Obama
to declare July 17
National Peace Day 

– =

-

November/December 2016 UPDATE

Mattie’s Foundation is updating the peace day campaign — in effort, and in name.
-
1 – Due to the increasing unrest and divisions in our country that have grown during and since the 2016 presidential campaign and elections, we have re-opened our peace day campaign – PEACE UNIFIES!

 “From one child’s legacy…
a gift of healing for our country.”

2 - Due to feedback from White House representatives that declaring a “day” in a particular person’s honor is rare and unlikely, we are changing the name of this campaign to “National Peace Day” – still to be celebrated on July 17 (Mattie’s birthday).
-

Peace is for ALL people…
all races and religions, and all political affiliations.

Let’s let peace unify us, by choice.  

-

-

-
-

National Peace Day - A United Choice

Our Campaign

Millions have been inspired by the late 13-year-old poet and peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek. He left a legacy of hope and peace for our world. Today, our nation is divided in so many ways. But peace is a unifier. On July 17 – Mattie’s birthday – we want our country to celebrate peace, as a choice, together. The life and messages of Mattie J.T. Stepanek offer inspiration for doing so, and an achievable “pathways to peace” guide.

-

The Petition

In a time of increasing division and unrest in our great nation, we are committed to peace, and commemorating Mattie’s peace mission and legacy by campaigning President Obama to declare July 17, his birthday, National Peace Day!

-

About Mattie’s Foundation

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to continue spreading the message of hope and peace shared by Mattie, the late teen poet and peace activist who encouraged us to “Remember to play after every storm!” Mattie’s Foundation offers educational and recreational resources for people of all ages that support an understanding of peace for individuals and for our world, and that encourage peace as a deliberate choice.

-

About Mattie

Jimmy Carter called Mattie J.T. Stepanek “the most remarkable person” he has ever known.
-
Oprah Winfrey named him as one of her top three most memorable guests across her 25 years of programming.
-
A congressional resolution was passed in his honor after he died during June, 2004, and a flag was flown over the US Capitol to honor his great contributions to society.
-
Another congressional resolution was passed on July 17, 2014, to honor his 10 year peace legacy and the growing effort for the President to declare a National Peace Day.
-
Members of the Catholic church are gathering information on his heroic virtues for a possible Cause for Canonization.
-
All this, and more, in honor of a child who died just before his 14th birthday due to a rare neuromuscular disease, but who left a legacy that continues to grow and inspire people around the world. A legacy of hope and peace, guided by a simple, clear, and achievable message rooted in personal choices.

==== 

-

Frequently Asked Questions

=

What is being asked of President Barack Obama?

We are requesting that President Barack Obama sign the proclamation request submitted by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and supported by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), State Senator Jennie Forehand (MD), numerous local politicians and national celebrities, and more than 8,000 citizens for a National Peace Day to be celebrated each year on July 17.

-

Why does a National Peace Day matter?

A national day designated for peace matters because peace matters! Our country is in desperate need of non-violent conflict resolution, anti-bullying programs, and simple kindness. Peace is possible – if we make peace something that matters to us and for others, and if we choose to reflect on how peace begins and grows, and then learn to respond and reach out with peace through deliberate attitudes and actions.

-

Why is the day linked to Mattie J.T. Stepanek & July 17?

Mattie J.T. Stepanek is the late teen poet and peace activist who penned seven NY Times Bestselling books of poetry and essays, each filled with inspiration and information about hope and peace and purpose. Mattie took the abstract concept of peace and explained it in ways that make it understandable, desirable, and achievable. He offered a “Three Choices for Peace” template that can move peace from a possibility to a personal, community, and national reality. Mattie’s birthday is July 17.

-

How is a national peace day different from the international one?

The mission of the International Day of Peace is to promote the absence of war and violence, even if only for a temporary humanitarian aid related ceasefire. The mission of the proposed National Peace Day is very different. Rather than “pause violence” this day would bring diverse individuals and communities together to “begin peace”- through both education and cerebration. Through understanding how peace begins with deliberate choices in attitude and action, it becomes a sustainable reality that grows across time.

-

How can people get involved?

  • By signing the petition at MattieOnline.com
    – or directly Change.org link here: http://www.chn.ge/1pQcZA1
  • By forwarding the petition and this information to friends and local politicians
  • By contacting your local politicians and asking them to put PEACE on our national calendar
    —- (Download our reproducible information letter here…) 
  • By social media sharing with #NationalPeaceDay and #July17 and #Change4Peace hashtags
-

How can the media help?

We need to get the word out about our campaign for a July 17 National Peace Day. Numerous resources are listed on the next page detailing how the media can make an extraordinary story out of this campaign, and transform one child’s legacy of peace into a lasting gift for all of us!

-

==== 

-

Helpful Campaign Tools

==== 

-

Story & Discussion Ideas

for leaders & citizens, teachers & students, families & all…  

=

Discuss Our Petition

  • Initiated by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and supported by Former US President Jimmy Carter, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator-elect Chris Van Holleni (D-MD), Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), and numerous other local and state leaders, as well as national media celebrities.
  • More than 8,000 signatures so far.
  • Watch our 2-minute campaign video here…
    NOTE: This video was created in 2014, so it still has the “Mattie” peace day language. We have updated the NAME of the campaign and day, but the underlying effort and mission remains the same).
  • Schedule interviews with Petition supporters – politicians and everyday citizens.

-

Consider Mattie’s International Legacy of Peace

  • Mattie’s legacy includes six bestselling books of Heartsongs poetry, and one bestselling collection of “Just Peace” essays, with inspirational correspondence between Mattie and numerous celebrities and leaders, including Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
  • Since 2005, the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation has been creating educational and recreational resources for global neighbors who are diverse in age, ability, and aspiration, and in race, religion, and other realities. These “Pathways to Peace” materials and activities are rooted in Mattie’s “Heartsongs” and “Three Choices for Peace” concepts of purpose, and offer personal and community peace journeys.
  • In 2008, the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park & Peace Garden was dedicated in Rockville, Maryland – an award-winning 26-acre recreation facility landscaped using Mattie’s vision for peace expressed in his NY Times bestseller, “Just Peace: A Message of Hope”
  • Since 2008, Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation “Three Dot Dosh” global teen leadership initiative has linked Mattie’s peace message with international  youth activists. The result (so far) is more than 200 global teens with basic needs-related peace projects and organizations that have positively impacted tens of millions of global citizens.
  • In 2014, the Mattie & Melinda Bill (H.R. 4605), was re-introduced in U.S. Congress, an endeavor Mattie lobbied for to improve hospice care legislation impacting children and families
  • Children and adults across the United States and around the world – inspired by Mattie’s life and legacy – celebrate being “Peace Club Kids” and “Peace Ambassadors.”
  • “I Am… Mattie” - a full-length documentary of Mattie’s life and legacy, and with a
    call-to-action for all of us, is currently in development.
-

Is peace possible?
—- Discuss the concepts below… 

  • Mattie wrote that “peace is possible,” if we make peace a choice for ourselves and for others, and if we tend to the basic human needs of all citizens.
  • Mattie described “Three Choices for Peace” – moving us from attitudes, to habits, to realities as we seek, make, and bring peace for ourselves and others.
  • Mattie said that peace begins with being “okay” with who and how we are as a person or a community – despite differences, and that peace becomes a reality when we respect and support other individuals and communities, so that they, too, can be “okay” with who and how they are – despite differences.
    -
  • Mattie said that peace is not always about “agreeing with” our neighbor, but about “being with” our neighbor, in non-judgmental and non-violent ways.
  • On September 11, 2001, Mattie wrote “For Our World” – a reflection of hope and peace despite disagreements and tragedy. In the passage, he describes humanity as a “mosaic of gifts… to nurture, to offer, to accept.”

=

Read & Discuss Blogs & Information
—- posted on Mattie’s website

-

Interview Jeni Stepanek, PhD
(Mattie’s mom / Mama Peace)

  • Author of the New York Times Bestseller, Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsong.
    - 
  • Executive Director of Mattie’s Foundation, and faculty associate in special education at the University of Maryland.
  • Guest on television and radio programs including Good Morning America, CNN’s New Day, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Super Soul Sunday, and interviewed for global print media including The Washington Post and USA Today,
  • Recipient of numerous honors for humanitarian efforts, publications, and academic endeavors.
  • “Mama Peace” to global youth and adults who are learning about Mattie’s message, and who are inspired to choose peace – for themselves, for their communities, and our world.

PLEASE — CONTINUE TO
SUPPORT THIS EFFORT!

-
We need more and more signatures, and media, and general
“peace chat” around dinner tables and conference tables.

-

Mark your name with more than 8,000 others
as we change history,
 and literally Make Peace the News!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN…

-

One person can make a difference,
together, we are creating change!

-
-
Keep checking back for more updates:
www.MattieOnline.com

==== 

-

CONTACT US

-

If you have ideas,
or political or celebrity connections
who may support this effort
please let us know!

MattieOnline.com@gmail.com

 

Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. (“Mattie’s Mom”)
Executive Director, Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Faculty Associate, University of Maryland
402 King Farm Blvd #125, Rockville, MD 20850
Email: HeartsongBooks@gmail.com

==== 

Visit the #NationalPeaceDay
Information, Action, & Updates
(and overall Campaign history)
page HERE…  

 

=

Return to main News page

-

 

Comments are closed.

February Spotlight

Peace Seeker

Our Peace Seeker Spotlights honor our Peace Club Youth members -- and the families, educators, and mentors who choose to support these Kids, Tweens, and Teens in learning and celebrating that “peace is possible.” Read more...

Peace Maker

Our Peace Maker Spotlights honor our Peace Club General & VIP members – adults who "choose peace" and offer a small membership fee that supports our activities and programs, including the free activities offered to our youth members. Read more...

Peace Bringer

Our Peace Bringer Spotlights honor our Peace Activity Certificate and Peace Certification Program participants – individuals, families, educators, schools, communities, and more who choose to move from “attitude to action” with peace. Read more...

Peace Sponsor

Our Peace Sponsor Spotlights honor our Champions, Advocates, and Program Messengers – individuals, organizations, and businesses whose financial or in-kind contributions support the mission and work of Mattie’s Foundation. Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek