Live Poll: World Peace Day: Give Peace a Chance

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World Peace Day is observed annually on 21 September. The United Nations-sanctioned holiday, officially known as the International Day of Peace, is dedicated to promoting world peace. (Poll idea inspired by rubyfruit76)

Which modern peace activist do you admire the most for their leadership in the use of nonviolence as a means to achieve political and social change?

See the partial list of peace activist who espouse nonviolence to achieve political and social change here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls049914598/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/V8ihsxOlDxo/
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All icons but I choose Nelson Mandela
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Does the United Nations organization conflate nonviolence with peace? I would not do so.
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I get your point, but what is the alternative to quietly sit by and doing nothing. By allowing those in power under the status quo to promote violent harm and social injustice. "Nonviolent resistance (NVR or nonviolent action) is the practice of achieving goals such as social change through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, satyagraha, or other methods, while being nonviolent. This type of action highlights the desires of an individual or group that feels that something needs to change to improve the current condition of the resisting person or group." Given all the options, this seems the most peaceful of all and far better than doing nothing to solve the world's problems.

I would guess that the purpose of the day to have a discussion about peace and steps that can be taken to move us closer to that ideal.. Here is the website if you want to know more, International Day of Peace. The 2019 Peace Day #peaceday theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.#ClimateAction Learn more HERE

In order to face to to the theme, I am making that association, as does Google and Wikipedia when searching for famous peace activists. Likewise, the New York Post made the association as i did:,To honor the International Day of Peace, a list of the most famous peace activists.
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LOL
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Give Chance a Piece I always say!
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INTERNATIONAL PEACE MONTH.
August is International Peace Month and a time to reflect on the First World War.
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All of them are monuments, but I choose Mahatma Gandhi.
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The list is kind of too male centric (especially given the examples ... ((cough cough)) womanizers....

FYC:
Toni Morrison, RIP.
Yoko Ono

Nobel Peace Prize winning women.
Malala Yousafzai
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5324796/?ref_=tt_rv_t0
Bertha von Suttner (1843–1914),
first woman to ever have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0903080/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Leymah Gbowee. I just added the related image file to the Daily Show episode in which she was interviewed (if this is an image list related poll suggestion). Give it a day for approval and posting (no doubt it will be).

Jane Addams (there isn't an image of her IMDb... though I'm scrounging around to see if the 1914 animated short documentary with her featured ... ((WTH?!)) is online).
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4236798/reference




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Hi Urb,

I'm sorry that I didn't notice that you changed the intro for August. I had it noted for September. Let me know if you have a preference. 
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Mandela didn't exclusively advocate nonviolence.

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/pea...
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Urb,

I'm getting the message that your list is not public.
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You're not suggesting this anymore? I liked this one. 
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You are welcome to adopt this orphaned suggestion, if you like.
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Urb, the list is no longer public. Do you still have it? It'd be great for this Friday. If you don't want to do it, I can copy it and credit you. 
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I deleted it, but I felt inspired to re-create it as an image poll suggestion and expand it based on the feedback to include more world famous individuals. As well as, better explain how NVR is a type of a peace or pacifistic solution to the world's problems. https://www.imdb.com/list/ls095710473/

World Peace Day, Give Peace a Chance

World Peace Day is observed annually on 21 September. The United Nations-sanctioned holiday, officially known as the International Day of Peace, is dedicated to promoting world peace. One proven and effective alternative to war, revolution or armed conflict is nonviolent action. According to Wikipedia, "Nonviolent resistance is the practice of achieving goals such as social change through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, satyagraha, or other methods, while being nonviolent." (Poll idea inspired by rubyfruit76.)

Which modern peace activist do you admire the most for their leadership in the use of nonviolence as a means to achieve political and social change?


Mohandas K. Gandhi
Indian anti-colonial and India independence activist
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Gandhi (1982)

Emmeline Pankhurst
British suffrage activist
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Suffragette (2015)

Martin Luther King
American civil rights activist
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Selma (2014), King (1978), Boycott (2001)

Susan B. Anthony
American suffrage activist
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999)

Nelson Mandela
South African anti-apartheid activist
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), Invictus (2009)

Vera Brittain
British pacifism activist
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Testament of Youth (2014)

The Dalai Lama
Tibetan world peace activist
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Kundun (1997), Road to Peace; Ancient Wisdom of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (2012)

Malala Yousafzai
Pakistani female education activist
Biopic and Documentary Movies: He Named Me Malala (2015)

John Newton
British abolition activist, "Amazing Grace" hymn composer
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Amazing Grace (2006), But Now I See, Bill Moyers: Amazing Grace (1990)
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Mother Teresa
Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary founder, Missionaries of Charity (with over 4,500 nuns and active in 133 countries)
Biopic and Documentary Movies: The Letters (2014), Madre Teresa (2003), Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor (1997)

Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese politician leader, National League for Democracy
Biopic and Documentary Movies: The Lady (2011), They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012)

Sophie Scholl
German anti-Nazi political activist White Rose non-violent resistance group member
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (2005), Die Widerständigen. Zeugen der Weißen Rose (2008)
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Leo Tolstoy
Russian writer author, War and Peace (1869)
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Lev Tolstoy (1984), Lev Tolstoy (1984), Leo Tolstoy: Genius Alive

Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani politician leader, Pakistan Peoples Party
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Bhutto (2010), upcoming Benazir Bhutto biopic

Al Gore
American politician writer/star, An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Biopic and Documentary Movies: An Inconvenient Truth (2006), An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

Andrew Carnegie
Scottish-American industrialist large-scale philanthropist with special emphasis on local libraries, world peace, education, and scientific research
Biopic and Documentary Movies: The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie (1997), Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace (2015)

* Carnegie's 1889 article, "The Gospel of Wealth" called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and stimulated a wave of philanthropy. He personally gave away 90% of his wealth, donations totaling $65 billion in 2019 dollars. Carnegie built the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. It is home to the the principal judicial body of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and The Hague Academy of International Law. He founded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign-policy think tank with centers in Washington D.C., Moscow, Beirut, Beijing, Brussels, and New Delhi. It is dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations.
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Cesar Chavez
American labor leader and Latino American civil rights activist co-founder, National Farm Workers Association, later renamed United Farm Workers
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Cesar Chavez (2014), The Fight in the Fields (1997), Cesar's Last Fast (2014)
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Perhaps you shouldn't include "revolution" alongside war and armed conflict as some "revolutions" are not very violent. The Wikipedia article you refer to also cites such examples.

FYC:

Lech Walesa (Polish democracy activist)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0907408/m...
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Lech Walesa
Polish pro-democracy activist and union organizer, leader of Solidarity (NSZZ "Solidarność"
Biopic and Documentary Movies: Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (2013), Czlowiek z zelaza (1981), Robotnicy '80 (1982)

Plus, a fair point on the use of the term, "revolution".
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'Looks good, Urb, and I like the expanded version. I'm glad you brought it back. And I love that you added Malala and Lech Walesa.

FYC:
Jimmy Carter: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0141699/mediaviewer/rm3510802944
He is the only US President to never use violent action and never kill anyone. Also, after his Presidency, he has been central to world peace and justice for so many people, including women, the homeless, and occupied Palestinians, among many others. He has many times worked as an unpaid diplomacy consultant and advocates diplomatic solutions over military solutions. He also writes books, some that have been very influential, on such subjects.
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i like this version too, I would still like to add 10-13 more noteworthy peace activists, especially those with a well-known movie connection. It seems like almost every one needs an image and/or profile though. Currently, under consideration are William Randal Cremer, Bertha von Suttner, Fridtjof Nansen, Jane Addams, Sir Norman AngellBetty Williams and Mairead Corrigan, Rigoberta Menchú, Liu Xiaobo, Carl von Ossietzky and various U.S. Nobel Peace Prize Presidents.. Plus, any others that had might belong because their efforts were world-changing or had the potential to be world-changing. Ideally, I would like to get a good mix of reformers and causes. Suggestions of individual peace activists from 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century are appreciated.
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Oh, yeah, that just reminded me that I didn't mention that Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for all of his work post-Presidency.  During his Presidency, he also was most instrumental in the critical peace pact between Israel and Egypt and the Nobel Peace Prizes that those nations' leaders won at the time. Apparently, he's been on the short list for the Nobel more often than any other living person. 

I'll put my thinking cap on for people from the 16th - 19th centuries. Off the top of my head:
FYC:
Frederick Douglass https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248812/mediaviewer/rm3591675648

Sojourner Truth (couldn't find a photo or title, etc)

Susan B. Anthony 
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7243203/mediaviewer/rm3400546304
(Oops, you've already got her.)

More contemporary FYC:
Father Daniel Berrigan https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0077381/mediaviewer/rm3443699712

And another several votes for Carter. I can't imagine a peace activist list without him.

Can I throw some chips in for the removal of Carnegie? I'm from Pittsburgh, where he lived, and while his massive amounts of money did a lot of good, he got that money through cruel means: using child labor even when it was widely considered to be immoral, union busting (including through violent means), not having safety standards at his steel mills, severely under-paying and over-working his workers, who were routinely injured, and much more, as if that isn't enough. 

Pittsburgh has a cultural and educational establishments, such as great museums and a public library system second to none, and they all have his name but they don't, of course, carry the names of the hundreds of thousands of people that built his wealth on their backs. 

Ok, I'm off my soapbox, lol. 
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FYC:
(these all have close ties to movies, including that each had a popular film made about them; the photos below are actually them, though)

Sister Helen Prejean
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0695878/mediaviewer/rm2714278144

Harvey Milk
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0587548/mediaviewer/rm2164503040

Edward R. Murrow
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0615386/mediaviewer/rm505898752

'The popular films they inspired: Dead Man Walking (Prejean), Milk (Milk), Good Night & Good Luck (Murrow), not including documentaries and such about each

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I couldn't find a photo of Stephen Biko himself, but Denzel Washington played him in 'Cry Freedom,' the most popular of many films about him:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092804/mediaviewer/rm789977600

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FYI:
Sister Helen Prejean On Witnessing Executions: 'I Couldn't Let Them Die Alone'
August 12, 201912:32 PM ET
Heard on Fresh Air
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/12/750470040/sister-helen-prejean-on-witnessing-executions-i-couldn-t-le...
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