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Walk for Unity in Berlin: Remembering -Appreciation – Shaping Peace
September 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Walk for Unity Berlin: Remembering – Appreciating – Shaping Peace
15.9.2020, 5 to 8 pm: Peace Stations around the Brandenburger Tor
6:45 – 7:30 live stream via https://zoom.us/j/2110820518 or https://www.facebook.com/CCE-Caravan-of-Unity-224960935429456/?ref=your_pages
We live in a very challenging period of upheaval. And it is time for all of us to take responsibility: for ourselves, our fellow human beings and all living beings on our planet. A humane and democratic Europe can make an important contribution to this. This is why Co-Creating Europe (CCE), together with other European and international partners, is calling for the Caravan of Unity. The Caravan is a series of events with a variety of activities around the topic of sustainable peace work. Co-Creating Europe is organising the European part of this worldwide initiative from 1-21 September 2020 on the occasion of the World Day of Peace on 21 September.
Integrated in these worldwide activities, CCE-Berlin is calling for a walk for unity around the Brandenburger Tor on 15.9.2020 from 5 to 8 pm. We walk the path in the form of a lemiscate (infinity sign or horizontal figure eight). The idea behind it is to connect East and West, because the Brandenburger Tor is the connecting link between the two parts of Germany and all of Europe. Berlin as an important place of peace in the middle of Europe sends a message to the world. Peace is possible: inner peace, peace with others and with nature. We need this threefold peace for a good life on our unique planet and our unique continent Europe as unity in diversity.
Under the motto “Remembering – Appreciating – Shaping Peace” we want to walk through 12 stations with high symbolic value – with short inputs, inner holding in meditation and prayer, artistic expressions and exchange.
We will start the tour on 15.9.2020 at 5 pm in front of the Room of Silence in the Brandenburger Tor. Our healing lemiscate leads in two arches through 12 stations and ends at 8 pm again at the Brandenburger Tor. At each station the artist Ramona Becker will hand over a peace greeting. During the last hour we will broadcast live from the Brandenburger Tor into the world. For those who can’t be present at the walk, the link can be found on our website in the program from September or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org..
Der 2nd Arc of the Lemiskate
Station 1: Room of Silence in the Brandenburger Tor
The Room of Silence is an inter-religious and placeless place of freedom and love. Here it becomes clear that what unites us is stronger than what divides us. It gives us courage and confidence, as it is so beautifully said in the prayer of the United Nations, “to begin already today with this (peace) work, so that our children and children’s children will once proudly bear the name of man”.
Station 2: Memorial for the Sinti and Roma
At the lake we commemorate the tears of the Sinti and Roma, who were killed, tortured and persecuted under National Socialism, and pay tribute to their fate and culture in a song.
Station 3: Band of Democracy
The Reichstag building with the German Bundestag and other institutions of democracy call attention to the importance of democracy as a form of state, society and living. And that democracy needs democrats and democratic attitudes as well as democratic education.
Station 4: Refugees and Wall Deaths
On the bank of the Spree we commemorate the people who died trying to escape from being walled in. And we think of all those people who want to flee dictatorships, oppression, war and poverty wish to live in peace and prosperity.
Station 5: The Band of basic rights, human‘s and children’s rights
“Human dignity is sacrosanct. It is the duty of all state authority to respect and protect it.”This is stated in Article 1 of the Basic Law of 1949, which goes on to affirm “the inviolable and inalienable human rights as the basis of every human community, of peace and justice in the world”. This is recalled in the Band of Fundamental Rights. Children’s rights are the special human rights for children aged 0-18 years, which were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989. We advocate that they should finally be included in the Basic Law.
Station 6: Capital Media: The right to freedom of opinion and free media
Apart from fundamental rights, separation of powers and free elections, free and pluralistic media are a central component of democracy. The media are committed to the truth and its many perspectives. The power of argument, careful consideration and openness protect against oppression and conformity, as well as propaganda and resentment.plea
Station 7: Representation of European institutions at Pariser Platz
Despite all its shortcomings, Europe is a great peace project. “Despite all that. You simply have to love Europe,” wrote the well-known journalist Heribert Prantl of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in a passionate plea.
The 2nd arch of the lemiskate
Station 8: Empire time monument in the Tiergarten
The German unification of 1871 did not arise from the longing of the citizens of the former small states. Their democratic movements were powerfully and bloodily suppressed, German unity was won through wars. Unlike the peaceful movements in 1989, which put a bloodless end to the division of Germany.
Station 9: Europe in the world – the stone project of the continents in the Tiergarten
Each stone group stands for a continent and the whole world comes into view. What role can Europe play in the world family, how can colonial wounds be healed, what qualities can Europe bring for the good of all and what can it learn from other continents and cultures?
Station 10: The Holocaust Memorial: Without a culture of remembrance there can be no new culture
At the Holocaust memorial we remember the victims of the Shoa. The Jewish author and poet Shmuel Kedi sings of a sea of stones and tears. The song “Tränenmeer” is taken from his book of poems and songs “Eure Liebe ist größer” (Your love is greater) and will be recited in original Hebrew and translated into German.
Station 11: All embassies have messages
Back at Pariser Platz, we pay tribute to all the embassies of the Allied victorious powers of World War II who fought against Nazi rule: The Russian, British, French and American embassies.
Station 12: The 2nd circle is closed, the lemiscate is completed. A livestream to the world.
We end with a meditation for peace in Europe and in the world. We let the pictures of our tour pass by and open ourselves for peace in the world and the well-being of all people and living beings and our unique planet. From about 18.45 we will go into a worldwide livestream and report from Berlin about our impressions and wishes.
If you feel like it, you can join us in a nearby restaurant to relive the impressions.
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