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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Yes – as a cultural organization dedicated to providing heritage and culture from an African perspective, we have helped to erase negative stereotypes about African people by displaying the great civiliation African people have created and their past and present contributions to humanity.  

We have developed initiatives to measure process by the use of monitoring the number of requests received to acquire the displays and the formation of a number of groups coming together to display their ethnicity with pride without feelings of confusion and fear.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The obstacles that prevented progress is the lack of funding to purchase video materials, a projector and other audio visual aids, plus books for the establishing of an after school reading room where Afrikan history and tutorial services can be provided which would create an atmosphere that would enable young people to develop positive self-images that could help to eliminate crimes and other criminal activities.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Let Spirit Run Free has developed the Breaking the Silence Exhibition from a community group based project in London by members who are on the Advisory Committee of the Antislavery International, as part of the UNESCO Breaking the Silence Transatlantic Slave Route project.  The exhibition is widely displayed in schools, community groups, the prison institution and in churches. The exhibition is used as a medium for exploring issues of identity and culture. Through
the exhibition adults and children are invited to explore the traumas of slavery that still prevails in modern forms of slavery and racism. The exhibition is a teaching tool that has opened dialogue for developing positive images to a dysfunctional race of people who had suffered for over 400 years and  still suffers the turmoil of slavery and abuse, the effect continues in modern day slavery that bring hardship, poverty, violence, war and destruction to many across the world. Along with the exhibition there are lectures that promote issues on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination. It is the belief of the organisation that the spiritual and moral health of the nation is fundamentally threatened when the finger of discrimination, racism and abuse of the basic human rights of a people are denied.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed that 'no one shall be held in slavery and servitude'. Enslavement takes away justice and peace.  The problems of slavery and slave labour remain unresolved. In promoting a
cultural of peace all of us have a critical role to play in ensuring that the issues of enslaved labour are returned to the top of the human rights agenda.

The Breaking the Silence exhibition is helping to break the silence and to create a profound sense for the need for justice in our society and the world. History continues to show that it is possible and deeply desirable that the entire human family, regardless of culture, colour or social status can and must live with appropriate levels of mutual respect and in peace.

Let Spirit Run Free represents an important contribution to the education and involvement of concerned people in learning how the object of peace can be achieve in modern pluralistic societies by helping young people to develop positive images of themselves, it also help many to develop within a culture of peace, justice and respect within their families, communities and the society in general.

Since the overthrow of the President of Haiti, the bombing of Afghanistan and then Iraq, we have participated with the Global African Congress and other grassroots organisations in vigils and mass rallies to demonstrate and make a stand against the thousands of people who lost their lives to US bombs and invasions.  We have also joined with the Global Women's Strike to give vocal support to women who everywhere invest their lives in caring and who are the ones that pay most for war.  We supported the celebration on Pan African Women's Day and spoke out in solidarity with our African sisters for peace and social justice.  We assisted the Universal Day of Hope Trust to develop a calendar of events for effecting change that can promote the Caribbean as a "Crucible of Peace"

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Our advice would be to develop an innovative educational
Framework that would show "A culture of Peace as  "Buzz" words in schools, churches, homes and all learning institutions so as to mobilize persons worldwide to observe and to celebrate the 12th September as the International day of peace.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

The Global Afrikan Congress
The Universal Day of Hope Trust

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Our Organisation is involved with the Global African Congress in promoting a programme of action for addressing crimes against humanity and in developing programmes within the community to invest in caring not killing.

Postal address of organization

39 Maxwell Park Drive, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indies

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Website address of organization

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Human Rights

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Equality of women

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Second priority country of action (or international)

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