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SJCC celebrates International Day of Peace

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SJCC celebrates International Day of Peace

Philip Pflager, Cam Vu, Rev. Jethroe Moore II pose by peace pole

Philip Pflager, Cam Vu, Rev. Jethroe Moore II pose by peace pole

Philip Pflager, Cam Vu, Rev. Jethroe Moore II pose by peace pole

Philip Pflager, Cam Vu, Rev. Jethroe Moore II pose by peace pole

Melissa Maria Martinez, Times Staff

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City College held its fifth annual peace pole dedication ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the arts quad near the tall white inscribed peace poles.

“These peace poles represent all the people who in our tradition, have gone on before us, fought before us,” NAACP San Jose Chapter President Rev. Jethroe Moore II said.

Moore was one three guest speakers at the event.

The Director of Development at the Asian-Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Cam Vu works with over 12,000 predominantly low-income Asian immigrants and refugee individuals every year.

“After 43 years of serving the community,” Vu said, “what is important is that we respect the diversity of those who live here in our county.”

Philip Pflager, a member of Veterans for Peace San Jose chapter, spoke on behalf of the organization that opposes war.

“We seek justice for veterans and victims of war,” Pflager said. “We seek to end the arms race and eliminate nuclear power, to increase public awareness of the costs of war, abolish war as an instrument of national policy.”

The U.N. General Assembly has declared Sept. 21 as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

“All of us have troubles, all of us have issues, we see troubled times,” Moore said, “but every human being wants the same thing in life, peace.”

 

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SJCC celebrates International Day of Peace