Bed-In for World Peace
The World March for Peace and Nonviolence invites you to join us (weather permitting!) on Sunday, August 16 at 1 PM in Central Park’s Cherry Hill Fountain to commemorate and celebrate the spirit of nonviolence, an idea whose time has come.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Bed-In, the organizing committee of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence will be holding a “Bed-In for Peace and Nonviolence”. We will pay tribute to John Lennon, and Yoko Ono, and the timeless cause for peace.
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WHEN ONE PERSON PUTS THEIR FOOT DOWN, THE WHOLE WORLD BECOMES A SAFER PLACE. MORE INFO: (212) 313-9480
The World March for Peace and Nonviolence — Oct. 2, 2009 – Jan. 2, 2010
Organised by www.worldmarchusa.net – (212) 313-9480
Message from Yoko Ono
To meditate on – as you are in bed!
“Imagine all the people living in peace”
– as John said.
Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world.
Power works in mysterious ways.
You don’t have to do much.
Visualise the domino effect
And just start thinking PEACE.
The message will circulate faster than you think.
It’s Time For Action.
The Action is PEACE.
Spread the word.
I love you!
for The World March for Peace and Nonviolence
21 June 2009
BED IN – 40TH ANNIVERSARY
CENTRAL PARK, SUNDAY, August 16th, 2009
Cherry Hill Terrace Fountain, east of Strawberry Fields (entrance on 72nd St, Central Park West)
Give Peace Another Chance: World March for Peace and Nonviolence Takes Yoko’s Bed-In Around the World
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Bed-In, the organizing committee of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence will be holding a “Bed-In for Peace and Nonviolence.” Participants will gather at the Cherry Hill Fountain Terrace adjacent to Strawberry Fields in Central Park on August 16th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m, where they will pay tribute to John Lennon, and Yoko Ono, and the timeless cause for peace.
A “Peace Bed” will be set-up so musicians and attendees can join the bed-in to express their thoughts on peace, nuclear proliferation and violence of all kinds in the same way that Lennon and Ono brought world attention to the violence of the Viet Nam War from their honeymoon bed.
Yoko Ono has endorsed the World March for Peace and Nonviolence and has received a special invitation to attend the Bed-In.
The press is invited to stop by to speak to the World March’s spokesperson in the US, Chris Wells, who has characterized the bed-in as a “tribute to two remarkable beings that dared to dream and used their imagination to promote peace. Their call is all the more urgent now in these times of nuclear proliferation and crisis.” This event is part of the initiatives that started in May in Montreal and is now taking in place in New York City for the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. Bed-In celebrations have been organized in Montreal, Rio, Prague, Helsinki, Ireland, San Clemente, Munich and Berlin.
The World March will be held in seven continents, starting in New Zealand on October 2nd, the International Day of Nonviolence, and will bring together more than one million direct participants in 95 countries, who will celebrate and demand peace for all countries. The message carried by all is the end of wars, the dismantling of nuclear weapons and for an end to all forms of violence.
An international team of marchers will travel through the seven continents, where marches, festivals, exhibits, concerts, forums, conferences and social, cultural, educational and athletic events will be taking place. It will arrive in New York City on November 30, 2009, and reach its final destination in Argentina on January 2. 2010.
The World March is backed by hundreds of endorsements including Nobel Laureates, heads of state, mayors and artists, such as Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, President Michelle Bachelet and Penelope Cruz. The World March was launched by the international organization World Without Wars and the Humanist Movement. For more info: www.worldmarchusa.net
Yoko Ono sent this message to the organizers, “Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Power works in mysterious ways. You don’t have to do much. Visualise the domino effect. And just start thinking PEACE. The message will circulate faster than you think. It’s Time For Action. The Action is PEACE. Spread the word. Spread PEACE.“
WHAT: BED-IN 40 ANNIVERSARY
WHEN: AUGUST 16TH, 2009
WHERE: CHERRY HILL FOUNTAIN TERRACE (just east of Strawberry Fields, entrance on 72nd St, Central Park West)
WHO: WORLD MARCH FOR PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE
PRESS CONTACT: Nicole Myers 212-580-8029
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The World March for Peace & Nonviolence
October 2, 2009 – January 2, 2010.
World March For Peace and Nonviolence
Video Created By Matthew Dimakos
After 40 Years, The Bed-In Reawakens
by Margot Adler, NPR
Cameron Miller and Julia West take a turn at the Bed-In in Central Park, sponsored by the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.
August 25, 2009 – In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent their honeymoon in bed.
The photos from the Bed-In — actually two Bed-Ins, with a week at a hotel in Amsterdam and a week at a hotel in Montreal — have become iconic. There they are, dressed in white, sitting upright and talking to reporters, framed by signs reading, “Bed Peace” and “Hair Peace.”
The Bed-In was a publicity stunt: Lennon and Ono used their honeymoon to talk about peace during the height of the Vietnam War and the Cold War. Lennon sang about the event in “The Ballad of John and Yoko”:
Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton
Talking in our beds for a week
The newspapers said, “What are you doing in bed?”
I said, “We’re only trying to get us some peace.”
Since then, other artists have used the bed to explore similar themes. And this year, an international peace group called The World March for Peace and Nonviolence decided to bring back the bed-in to promote hundreds of global peace events taking place in every continent over the next year. The issue at hand: the spread of nuclear weapons.
So on Aug. 16, the organizers brought a bed to Central Park and put it near Strawberry Fields — only a short walk from the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived and the street where he died. There was a big bed with white sheets, fluffy pillows and flowers. Anyone could take the microphone, sit on the bed and say his or her piece on peace.
“Sitting on the peace-bed, I think that my journey for my future, starting right now, is to listen more and learn how to work out differences and learn how to move away from trying to overpower those who disagree,” said Gina Moss, a high-school teacher.
Most of the statements were personal. Perhaps 125 people at any one time gathered around the bed. Since the event took place only yards from Strawberry Fields, many tourists who came to pay homage to Lennon could easily find it.
Laurie and Cameron Miller, mother and son, came from Whittier, Calif., and wanted to visit Strawberry Fields.
“I asked my son what one thing did he want to do today, and when we got there, we heard about this,” Laurie Miller said. “And here we are.”
A Mexican runner who had just participated in a half-marathon stepped up to the bed, still wearing his number and his medal. Two Web designers from Brooklyn came dressed in white, just like Lennon and Ono. One of them, Luke Crawford, said it was “important for people to be peaceful in the simple moments, just like in a conversation. Not being aggressive, trying to push your opinion. I think those are the kinds of things that tone us all down and cool us out, and that can ripple out to the world and the way we interact with other nations.”
Chris Wells is the North American spokesperson for the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.
“John and Yoko had the vision to turn their honeymoon into a call for peace,” he says. “They asked us to imagine a world without violence. It is a call that remains unfulfilled.”
After their Bed-In, Lennon and Ono sent acorns to heads of state and tried unsuccessfully to meet with them. Wells and the organizers of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence are planning hundreds of events this fall and winter, in the hope that they might have more of an effect.
Photos of the event
My name is Katy Bea Martinez-Arizala Keller.
I flew from Miami, Florida in order to attend the 40th Bed-In Anniversary.
I brought along my professional equipment and volunteered to shoot the event.
I thought you would be interested in the photographs I had to share with you.
Katy Bea Martinez-Arizala Keller
More photos at SmugMug here
The World March for Peace & Nonviolence: 2 Oct 2009 – 2 Jan 2010
The World March for Peace and Nonviolence is the united effort of more than one million people in 7 continents who yearn for peace and are calling outfor the end of war and nuclear arms and the elimination of violence of all kinds.
The march aims to generate consciousness of the dangerous global situation in which we are living, a situation marked by the heightened probability of nuclear conflict, a renewed arms race, and the violent military occupation of foreign territories.
Because we can end world hunger with 10% of what is spent on arms. Imagine how life would be if 30-50% of the arms budget went toward improving people’s lives instead of being used for destruction.
Because eliminating wars and violence means leaving human pre-history behind and taking a giant step forward in the evolution of our species.
Because in this aspiration we are accompanied by the strength of the voices of hundreds of prior generations who suffered the consequences of war, and whose echo continues to be heard today in all those places where it continues to leave its sinister trail of dead, disappeared, disabled, refugees and displaced.
Because a “world without wars” is an image that opens the future and seeks to become reality in every corner of the planet, as violence gives way to dialogue.
The moment has come for the voiceless to be heard! Out of agonizing and urgent need, millions of human beings are crying out for an end to wars and violence.
We can make that happen by uniting all the forces of pacifism and active non-violence worldwide.
For the first time ever, an International team of marchers will cross the planet from New Zealand to Argentina. At the same time there will be initiatives taking place in more than 100 countries linking everything together. Thousands of events including marches, festivals, exhibits, concerts, forums, conferences, and social, cultural, educational, and athletic events will take place to raise awareness of the urgent need for peace and nonviolence.
The World March will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Non-Violence” by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010.
Starting in Wellington, New Zealand and ending in Punta de Vacas at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Argentina.
99,419 miles (160,000 kilometers)
Participants in the tour
Proposals of the World March
• nuclear disarmament at a global level;
• the immediate withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories;
• the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons;
• the signing of non-aggression treaties between countries;
• the renunciation by governments of the use of war as a means to resolve conflicts.
• To create a new global consciousness – as has already happened with environmental issues – that recognizes the urgent need to condemn of all forms of violence and bring about real Peace.
The World March is a proposal for an unprecedented social mobilization, advanced by the Humanist Movement through one of its affiliated organizations, “World Without Wars”.
Who is Participating?
The World March has received the endorsement of thousands of people, pacifist and nonviolence groups, a variety of institutions, and renowned figures from the worlds of science, culture, and politics, who are sensitive to the urgency of the moment. It has also inspired an enormous diversity of initiatives in more than 100 countries, becoming a rapidly growing human phenomenon. Some of endorsers include: Yoko Ono, Jimmy Carter, President Michelle Bachelet, Zubin Mehta, Viggo Mortensen, Abolition 2000, Mayors for Peace. For an extensive list see theworldmarch.org/
What is happening in the US/NYC
The World Marchers will pass through the US Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2009. We are encouraging the development of local, state, and regional marches and it is our goal to have activities connected to the march in each of the 50 states during its 3-month duration.
In New York, we are promoting the development of hundreds of local initiatives by community groups and associations, elementary schools, high schools and universities, churches, mosques and temples, non-profit peace, immigration, youth, and social services organizations , and at the city government level. These initiatives will be multiple in forms but singular in purpose: to give a voice to the majority of world citizens who want peace and an end to violence as a means of social interaction.
We call for all those who agree to join us in organizing, educating and planning for the World March.
(updated April 9, 2008)
COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES ON THE WORLD MARCH ROUTE
Oceania and East Asia:
Australia. Japan. New Zealand. Papua New Guinea. Philippines.
Bangladesh. China. East Timor. India. Israel. Mongolia. Nepal. North Korea. Pakistan. Palestine. Russian Federation. South Korea. Turkey.
Austria. Belarus. Belgium. Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia. Czech Republic. Denmark. Estonia. Finland. France. Germany. Gibraltar. Greece. Hungary. Iceland. Italy. Luxembourg. Macedonia. Netherlands. Norway. Poland. Portugal. Russian Federation. Serbia. Slovakia. Slovenia. Spain. Sweden. Switzerland. Turkey. United Kingdom.
Algeria. Benin. Burkina Faso. Cameroon. Côte d’Ivoire. D.R. of the Congo. Egypt. Gambia. Ghana. Guinea Bissau. Guinea Conakry. Kenya. Liberia. Mali. Mauritania. Morocco. Mozambique. Niger. Senegal. Sierra Leone. South Africa. Swaziland. Tanzania. Togo. Uganda. Zambia.
Argentina. Bolivia. Brazil. Canada. Chile. Colombia. Costa Rica. Dominican Republic. Ecuador. El Salvador. Guatemala. Haiti. Honduras. Mexico. Nicaragua. Panama. Paraguay. Peru. United States. Uruguay. Venezuela.
The World March in Numbers:
Distance: 99,419 miles (160,000 kilometers)
Duration: 90 days
40 train trips (including the Trans Siberian)
100 trips by land (four-wheel-drive, bus, car, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.), including the segments from Paris to Dakar and from North to South America through the Andes Mountains.
14 trips by air.
25 trips by sea (ship, barge, canoe, etc.)
Climates: the March will pass through all climates, from mild and temperate – crossing through Mediterranean, continental, tropical, and desert zones – to polar. From the Siberian Steppes, through the Sahara desert and the Atacama Desert (the driest in the world), to Antarctica.
Seasons: in 90 days the March will pass twice through all 4 seasons of the year.
Altitude: during the journey the March will climb to altitudes of more than 16,400 feet (5,000 meters)
Permanent team: 50 members.
Border crossings: 160
Co-organizing institutions: 500
Collaborating and supporting institutions: 3,000
Visits with governments and political representatives: 100
Spiritual centers: 25
Participants in the tour: 1 million
Virtual participants: 10 million
WORLD WITHOUT WARS