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Dubuque celebrates International Day of Peace

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Dubuque celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace Tuesday.

Loras College hosted a speaker Tuesday evening, who talked to the crowd about finding nonviolent alternatives to conflict-resolution. He is Ken Butigan, executive director of Pace e Bene, an organization whose name means, "peace and well-being."

As part of Dubuque's International Day of Peace celebration, Butigan traveled to high schools and colleges in the city and talked with students about how they can make a positive difference in their world.

He spoke to them about the two hands of non-violence.

"On the one hand, I will not cooperate with violence or injustice, but I'm open to you as a human being," Butigan explained, holding out his hands. "I believe this is the job description of the 21st century, and those students were open to that today."

In 1981, the United Nations established September 21 as the International Day of Peace.

This year the Dubuque City Council proclaimed Dubuque is an official International Day of Peace city.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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