Peace December 2012



It Costs Less To Be Friends



Third Annual Peace December

Countdown to Peace December Celebration on 11/30/2012  

In 2010, Governor David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. issued proclamations to have the month of December as Peace Month inNew York City. This historic moment was hosted in the Bronx Rotunda under the auspices of a diverse cross section of elected officials from across the City, State and Federal agencies including the Bronx Borough President Office, Bronx District Attorney, New York State Senator Ruth Hassell- Thompson, DYCD, the New York Police Department, New York City Parks, Bangladeshi American National Democratic Society, USA, Inc, and several other elected officials.

 This initiative was born out of the need to lower the bar of skyrocketing crime and violence statistics that happen inNew York Cityevery year. With proclamations from the governor, the mayor and series of endorsements from elected officials, government agencies, the clergy and community leaders, the momentum to celebrate December as a peace month keeps galvanizing diversified communities from acrossNew York Cityto partner in the process.

 The New York Peace Coalition partnership is an embodiment of governmental and nongovernmental organizations and initiatives that include Adopt-A-Friend, Bronx Clergy Task Force, NAACP Parkchester Branch, New York Center For Conflict Dialogue, LaCrown Initiatives- It Takes A Village Inc, Latin America-Muslim Women Organization, Islamic Leadership School, St Ann Anti Violence Program, The Mayor and the Bronx Borough President Offices, Bronx District Attorney, NYS State Senator Ruth Hassell- Thompson, Kuki Ndiho Rwanda Orphans Support Project, DYCD, NYC Parks, JCRC-Cause-NY


Why December?

 Simply put, the Jesus month.  Jesus, peace be upon him, is the Prince of Peace. In addition, the month of December is a month of festivities, commemorations and triggers a unique hyperbolic behavior in certain communities. The month begins with world Aids Day and it goes on to celebrate Christmas and other preparations as people get ushered into the following year.

On the contrary, communities have experienced violence, larceny, hate crime and strange behavior patterns. The law enforcement community step up with more preventive operations to ensure public safety and parents see to it that their children are not out of bounds during this festive season.

 Therefore declaring December a Peace Month will not only reduce violence but create a conscious awareness that will call for a communal sense of responsibility to focus our minds on programs that lead to peace. It is a good way to end the year and an excellent way to start the year.


Proposed Programs during Peace December.

 (i)   General Programmatic Landscape in Reflecting on Peace– All activities taking place in the Borough of the Bronx in December must be commensurate with an awareness of peace. This may take different forms be it in the churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, community centers, schools, for-profit companies or law enforcement activities. This concept will not offer any guided prescription on how this will be done. It will be at the prerogative of the individual, the organizing party or any undertaking that will be doing any activity in the Borough of the Bronx.

 (ii)  Community Joint Collaborative Programs with the District Attorney Office and the law enforcement community. –  Both the community and law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney, the NYPD, families and community leaders will choose a day within December on which the Bronx residents will surrender their illegal guns and other weapons without questions asked. The modalities and implications that may come with this exercise may be discussed with the concerned parties ahead of December.

 (iii)          Preservation of Nature and Animal Life-   For example the Special Prevention for the Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) in conjunction with Advocates for animals and organizations such as the Bronx Zoo may host a series of activities to raise awareness on easing human cruelty towards animals.

 (iv)            Disaster Relief and Community Development-  Different groups can also focus on global disasters such as the Tsunami, Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina and other disasters that have called for peaceful coalitions to solve environmental problems.


Media Coverage: News 12, Bronxnet, Hunts Point Express, and Muslim Community Report Newspaper. 

 Masters of Ceremony:

Ms. Marie Claudine Mukamabano, Ambassador for Peace Award. Mr. Lacrown

 Peace Messages: Rabbi Bob Kaplan, Pandit Vyaas Sukul, Rev. Dr. Charles Gorilic and Imam Suleimane Konate.

 Countdown to Peace December

The Countdown Celebrations will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012, from 8:00PM-12:30AM.

Venue: To be announced later


Objectives of the Celebration

 i)       Enhance strategic awareness in crime reductions.

 ii)    Promote peace and reduce homicides and other domestic violence cases

 iii)   Inspire inter agency and inter community coalitions that will cross fertilize ideas in the quest to eradicate crime in the city.

iv)    Foster the voice of faith based houses in crime reduction

 v)      Facilitate experience sharing experiences from families and communities.

 vi)    Clergies of all faith to dedicate all their sermons in December to Peace & nonviolence.

 vii) Public and Private Schools inNew Yorkto observe a Peace Day in December.

  1. Political Leaders to be invited: Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo, NYS Governor, Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg, NYC Mayor, Hon. David Paterson, Former NYS Governor, Hon.  Dennis Walcott, NYC Schools Chancellor, Hon. Ruben Diaz, Jr. Bronx Borough President, Hon. Aurelia Greene, Deputy Bronx Borough President, Hon. Robert Johnson, Bronx District Attorney, Hon. Charles E. Schumer, US Senate, Hon. Kristen Gillibrand, US Senate, Hon. Thomas DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller, Hon. Eric Schneiderman, NYS Attorney General, Hon. Jose E. Serrano, US Congress, Hon. Carl E. Heastie, Chairman Bronx Democratic County Committee, Hon. Peter M. Rivera, NYS Assembly, Hon. Annabel Palma, NYC Council, Hon. Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr., NYS Senate, Hon. Michael Benjamin, former NYS Assembly, Hon. Vanessa Gibson, NYS Assembly, Hon. Naomi Rivera, NYS Assembly, Hon. Jeffrey Dinowitz, NYS Assembly, Hon. Carmen E. Arroyo, NYS Assembly, Hon. Nelson Castro, NYS Assembly, Hon. Jeffrey D. Klein, NYS Senate, Hon. Marcos Crespo, NYS Assembly, Hon. Eric Stevenson, NYS Assembly, Non. Helen D. Foster, NYC Council, Hon. Gustavo Rivera, NYS Senate, Hon. Michael Benedetto, NYS Assembly, Hon. Jose M. Serrano, NYS Senate, Hon. Maria del Carmen Arroyo, NYC Council, Hon. Fernando Cabrera, NYC Council, Hon. Larry B. Seabrook, NYC  Council, Hon. G. Oliver Koppell, NYC Council, Hon. Joel Rivera, NYC Council, Hon. James Vacca, NYC Council, Hon. Raymond Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner, and Community Board Leaders, Non-profit organization leaders, entertainers and some organizations in the city combating violence and abuse.
  2. Participation: Should you want your organization or community to participate, please contact us so we can include your events in Peace December Events Calendar.

 Endorsements: Elected officials to endorse Peace December with Proclamations.

 RSVP: or call Sheikh Moussa Drammeh: 718-829-2323

Entertainment, prayers, food, performances & testimonials


 Please select a day or days in which your organization hosts a peace program. If your organization already has peace programs in December, please let us know about them so that they can be included in Peace December Leadership list for continued peace networking throughout the year.


 Name of organization: ___________________________________________


 Address: ____________________________________________________


 City: __________________   State: _____ _____ Zip Code: _____________


 Telephone: ___________________________________________________


 Website: _____________________________________________________


 Email: _______________________________________________________


 Contact Person: ________________________________________________


Position: _____________________________________________________



Type of organization: ____________________________________________



Services/Program/Products: ______________________________________




  Name of the Peace December event being organized: ___________________



Description of the event: _________________________________________



 The reason for organizing this event: ________________________________




  Is this a new program or an existing one? ____________________________


 Is it open to the public?  ____ Yes.    ____No.      Is it free of charge?  _____ Yes.  _____ No.

  Select day or days and time this event is taking place in Peace December:

  December ___  ____ , 2012. Other days?   __________________________ 


From: ___ ___: ___  ___AM  PM    to ___ ___: ___ ___ AM  PM 


 Submit this application to: New York Peace Coalition, c/o Peace December.

2006 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, New York 10462.

 Thank you for making Peace December a successful nonviolence month. Crimes and violence are not inevitable. Together, we can fight them!