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WHEREAS, America’s problems with violence has escalated during the last decade affecting families in every walk of life and threatening our national security and the safety of children, youth, adults, seniors, and families; and
WHEREAS, it is in our nation’s best interest to increase knowledge and training about conflict resolution, mental health, parenting skills, and non-violence, and to make resources available to youth and adults to contribute to “Changing the Culture of Violence in America;” and
WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and President Nelson Mandela demonstrated leadership in non-violence and called for peaceful resolution to conflicts and disagreements in order to create more fair and just societies; and
WHEREAS, x-ray technology has advanced the medical field by providing extraordinary imaging of bones, cavities, swallowed objects, blood vessels, lungs, and intestines, to name a few; and
WHEREAS, Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), a national civic, volunteer organization is calling for a “2019 National Week of Non Violence,” during the week of October 12-20, 2019; and
WHEREAS, BW4PC is urging Governors, Mayors, and elected officials to organize workshops in their cities on non-violence in collaboration with elected officials, faith-based leaders, business leaders, national organizations, educators, musicians, rappers, bloggers, athletes, and community leaders; and
WHEREAS, all Virginians are encouraged to organize community-based events that teach non-violence, conflict resolution, better parenting, and to promote interventions that lead to violence prevention;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 12-20, 2019, as NATIONAL WEEK OF NON-VIOLENCE in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.