NY Peace Week: Stop Violence, Do Yoga (Free! Today!)

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In today's why-can't-we-all-get-along news, we wanted to give a quick shout-out to NY Peace Week, which runs until Jan. 22nd in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of non-violence. They have an important message and all, but we wanted to first get to the news that we think would grab your attention best: free yoga!

That's right, folks. Keep up your new year's resolutions and haul your butt over to 227 West 13th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today for free yoga. Urban Yoga for Teen, Youth, & Community Based Organizations is hosting a "Warriors of Light" workshop and practice, which is about "transforming environmental or internal stress, anxiety, anger, desire, pressure, limitation or lack into expressed flexibility, control, strength, awareness, poise, confidence and ease through body mind integration." Fight stress, anxiety, and pressure -- y'know, all the things that make you a true New Yorker!

If you can't make it this afternoon, don't fret. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can sweat for peace. That's right, perspire for pacifism. Sweat My Body is hosting a Pilates and Body Bootcamp from 7-8 p.m. and a beginner's House dance class from 8-9 p.m.

Now, for you non-yoga-lovers who want to know what this Peace Week is all about -- it's the third annual initiative in New York, and it's organized by LIFE Camp Inc., a youth violence prevention group.

They have film screenings and other events throughout the week, and are spreading a message of curbing gun violence, which seems to be a theme in New York this week.

Capital New York has a nice article on Peace Week's press conference launch, in which hip-hop producer Russell Simmons stopped by City Hall with some elected officials to promote, y'know, peace! (And also criticize Police Commissioner Ray Kelly -- who Simmons said is "insensitive," citing his stop-and-frisk and drug enforcement policies).

Youth and celebrity ambassadors are tweeting about it at #PeaceIsALIFEStyle this week.

Several at the press conference said that the discussion this week needs to involve questions of police conduct -- a message which folks screamed at Mayor Mike Bloomberg at an MLK event on Monday.

[SamTLevin / @SamTLevin]

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Matthew Swaye
Matthew Swaye

i echo simmon's strong language. the new jim crow is awfully insensitive. (hey, did you know the cops get four whole days of sensitivity training? methinks them oinkers needs a fifth day. no, no, encouraged by mr. simmon's strong stance, i shall go further: a sixth day may be necessary...)

check out this insensitive shite:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Abducted By NYPD in Harlem Jan. 5, 2012

Jim Corcoran
Jim Corcoran

If MLK had lived long enough, I'm sure he would advance this cause, like his son Dexter does now:

    Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal -  health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then plead for "Peace on Earth."

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

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Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

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