International Peace Museum and Convention

International Peace Museum and Convention
International Peace Museum

Friday, December 29, 2017

Ms. Nathalia Fernandez,
Bronx Director, Governor’s Office 
 
Dear Ms. Fernandez:
 
The International Peace Museum Proposal.
 
Following the recent discussion I had with you to initiate a peace museum in the Borough of The Bronx, we are submitting a brief overview of the captioned proposal with a view to seeking guidance from your offices in navigating city state and federal processes that will make this proposal a reality.


Background.


In 2007, concerned community members came together to discuss ways to stop the disturbing levels of violence and crime in the Bronx. During that time, the Bronx had become the epicenter of violence making it a place of negative attention by media houses in New York State and across the country. While it is true that the Bronx has always had a history of being a crime scene among other things, these concerned community members continued their relentless pursuit of peace by engaging elected officials to set the tone for durable peace initiatives that would transform the Bronx.


Peace December International and the New York Peace Coalition.


Concerned community members collaborated with the New York Peace Coalition to assume a peace caucus platform called Peace December. The initiative was welcomed by Governor Patterson, Mayor Bloomberg Borough President Ruben Diaz and other elected leaders whose proclamations inspired all community stakeholders to participate. It is the mission of the Peace December International to enhance peace conversations in houses of worship, schools, community organizations and families from December to December of every year.


Bronx Peace Museum Proposal


Throughout our Peace December causes, gang members have come out in the open to interface with other community members and they are willing to surrender their weaponry and become ambassadors of peace. There are a lot of reconciliatory gestures that are indicative of the need to establish a museum that will make violence in the Bronx as history. There is so much excitement and many suggestions on the envisioned symbolism and outlook that the proposed peace museum will represent.


Museum Principal Pillars:


1.     Document and showcase peace initiatives.
2.     Prevent violence & conflicts
3.     Advocate for justice & equality
4.     Nurture Artistic Peace talents & activities
5.     Inspire Culture of Peaceful Coexistence
6.     Host Peace Events
7.     Coordinate Peace Education
 
Specific request


A proposal of such historic importance calls for private-public partnerships to assume processes of setting a tone that will inspire the city, state and federal political leadership to be at the help of making this happen. Governor Cuomo, we are kindly requesting you to own this process and work with your constituencies to install a legacy of peace in the Bronx, New York State and the country at large. We remain confident that in a country that is now plagued with social uncertainties, you will accept this leadership opportunity in providing guidance to establishing the International Peace Museum in the Bronx because you are not only a great politician but also a long champion of public safety.
 
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
 
 
Sincerely,


Edna Thomas
Executive Director
Peace December International
 
CC: Sheikh Musa Drammeh
Mrs. Melanie Robbins, ADL
Mr. Spencer Chiimbwe, Peace December
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Proposal.
 
The Bronx Peace Museum.
 
 
Executive Summary.


     When it comes to matters such as crime, homicides, gun violence, rape, antisemitism, homegrown terrorism, xenophobia and other ills eroding some communities across America, the Bronx has been researched to the bone. Notwithstanding some positive aspects contained in various pieces of information about the Bronx, negative research about this northernmost habitat of the five boroughs in New York City surpasses any attempts to cover the developments that can make the Bronx a destination for all peace-loving people from around the country and the world at large. There is never a dull day for negative news in the Bronx. However, the fact that the Borough of the Bronx is still standing despite the negative narrative describing the place, it is an opportunity for potential stakeholders in peace and development translate the Bronx debacle into a community changing experience. It is against this backdrop of information that a group of community stakeholders have come together to propose the building of a peace museum that will archive and showcase the historic beauty of the Bronx by translating the daily symbols of negativity into informative, educational and unifying series that will engrave positive nuances on the tabloids of the infamous trends of negative occurrences in the Bronx.
 
Background………………………………………………………………………………….1.1
Opportunity……………………………………………………………………………2.1
Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………...3.1
Possible program areas………………………………………………………………………….4.1
Cultural competence and preserving communities of faith…………………………………….5.1
Partnerships……………………………………………………………………………………...6.1
Fiscal implications………………………………………………………………………………7.1
Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………….8.1
 
1.1 Background.
     While there has been a rise in hatred and bigotry across the world, there are no efforts to document the experiences that will make communities reminiscent of the peace that this planet yearns for. In America, the uncertainty of the current political climate is favoring anti-Semitism, racial hatred and is negatively politicizing the social and religious cultures that make positive impacts throughout the US communities every day. For example, chants like “Jews will not replace us” in white nationalist rallies threatens the history and livelihoods anywhere in America. As a matter of fact, Sebastian Gorka, a former national spokesman for the Trump administration was a member of Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian nationalist group with a history of Nazi collaboration (Peiser, 2017). Therefore, when the conundrum of political intentions reminds Jews to relive the history of the holocaust, or blacks to relive slavery or Native Americans to relive oppression or American communities to be reminded about the civil war, then something must be done to archive the symbols of peace that should bring communities together.


    Further, Anti-Semitic incidents in New York State have nearly doubled over the 2016 presidential elections. According to the Anti-Defamation League, there have been 267 reported anti-Semitic incidents across the state from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30. During the first nine months of 2016, there were 136 reported incidents, the group said, and 199 for the entire year. “There’s been a change in the environment since the election, especially in New York," said Evan Bernstein, ADL New York’s regional director (Graham& Blau, 2017). These waves of negative developments across New York are catching up with the Bronx which, according to popular perception, is always ripe for violence. The Bronx Peace Museum will inspire a sense of peace by bringing consciousness and awareness to the information that should bring peace education in the face of fascism.
 
 
2.1 Opportunity.
      The negative attention that the Bronx receives is an opportunity for community stakeholders and people of goodwill to replace negativity with a treasure that will unite the Bronx for generations to come. The Bronx has hundreds of community based organizations treading in its complex and most sophisticated neighborhoods. All levels of government, city, state, and federal have agencies that cater for the social, economic, political and cultural needs of the community. The real estate market is always booming, the famous Yankee Stadium is always trending, trade and investment forums are held in high and low places and yet, the crime and hatred story takes the day. The positive variables in the Bronx are too many to be overshadowed by the forces of hate crime, antisemitism and bigotry. Nevertheless, the Bronx is well positioned to engage all the players into the building of the Peace Museum that will create an opportunity to assume a chapter of the new Bronx in the history of New York. A place where endowments will be generated from creative programs like Holocaust Remembrance Week, Nelson Mandela Reconciliation Project, Martin Luther King Civil Rights Group Conversations, the Rosa Parks Tenacity, the Migrant Recognition Week, The New Jim Crow and several other envisioned programs.


3.1 Objectives.
•    Create space for programs that will set the new tone in the promotion of peace across all communities.
•    Bridge the gap between investment opportunities and endowments from historic peace programs to be installed at the envisioned Bronx Peace Museum.
•     To roll back the mushrooming frontiers of hatred.
•    To foster public-private partnerships in the creation of a peaceful community.
 
4.1 Possible program areas.
•    Nelson Mandela Reconciliation Week
•    The Holocaust Remembrance Week
•    Symbols of Slavery
•    Migrant Week
•    Martin Luther King Civil Rights Conversations Group
•    Women in Struggle, the Claudette Colvin Case.
•    Hispanic Heritage Week.
•    The New Jim Crow & The Prison Industrial Complex.
•    Religious  & Political Extremism & Radicalization Study Week
N.B: The Peace Museum will collect, archive and showcase symbols of peace that will speak to each of these programs and other programs that will be included into this draft by other stakeholders.


5.1 Cultural Competence and Preserving the Communities of Faith
          Cultural preservation and cultural competence will be at the center of holding things together in the formation and establishment of the peace museum.  The peace museum will not exist to stigmatize any group, community or people of faith. A cultural competence policy will be collectively agreed by all stakeholders so that the mission of peace is maintained and promoted in this mammoth endeavor.        
 
 
6.1 Partnerships.
      The stakeholders shall design a framework that will be used to identify partners in this project. Notwithstanding the fact that financial resources are going to be mobilized from public and private entities, it is envisioned that no individual or organization will be brought into the partnership without passing the credibility test. This project is bigger than power and money and the stakeholders will not risk to undercut the integrity of the project by including individuals or organizations that are going to distort what the Bronx Peace Museum is all about.


7.1 Fiscal implications
   There are currently no public or private funds earmarked for this project. Stakeholders will start accepting commitments and pledges once the project has been further discussed, debated and a budget is attached thereto.


 8.1 Conclusion.
     Creating a safer world takes concerted efforts from individual and organizational stakeholders. The formation of the Bronx Peace Museum will be no different, it is going to take the involvement of credible role players to chart the direction of this proposal forward. The proposal will be both privately and publicly funded, but it will be community owned. Therefore, the greatest stakeholder in this undertaking will be any average resident in the Borough of the Bronx, every day people whose lives are plagued by the negative news, this peace museum is their gift.
 
 
 
 
 
Works cited
Peiser, Jaclyn. “Anti-Semitism’s Rise Gives The Forward New Resolve.” New York Times, 8 Oct. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/10/08/business/media/the-forward-antisemitism.html.
Rayman, Graham, and Reuven Blau. “Anti-Semitic incidents nearly double in N.Y. since Trump’s election: report.” Daily News, 2 Nov. 2017, www.nydailynews.com/new-york/anti-semitic-rates-double-n-y-trump-election-report-article-1.3607636.
 

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Bronx International Peace Museum

1.    Globe shape structure with continental living quarter towers
2.    2000 feet Peace Light Tower Antenna
3.    $2 billion budget
4.    Public/Private partnership
5.    Number One destination in NYC
6.    Largest Food Court in NYC
7.    The most powerful peacebuilding structure in the world
8.    One of the most fascinating architecture in the world
9.    The most tourists friendly destination in the world
10.    The most hospitable visiting venue in the world
11.    One of the most inspirational experiences for visitors
12.    Opens 24 hrs and 365 days a year.
13.    Community Public Peace Officers Precinct
14.    Annual Peace Parade
15.    Annual Peace & Prosperity Convention

Facility:
1.    5000. 2000. 700. 500. 200.100 Conference rooms.
2.    International Cuisine and mall section.
3.    K-12 STEMDUP ACADEMY
4.    STEMDUP University
5.    Media Studios (365 + Inspirational) 
6.    International Peacebuilder of the year offices
7.    3 in 1 Abrahamic Houses
8.    Meditation room
9.    Peace December Headquarters
10.    Etc.

Country Representation:
1.    Special display gift from each nation.
2.    Special “What Not To Repeat” tour group presentations
3.    What special about the country tour group presentations

Peacebuilders of the year:
1.    National Peacebuilder of the Year, NPBY, (from UN members).
2.    International Peacebuilder of the year (from NPBY).
3.    Annual Lighting is the honor of IPBY, while NPBYs carry their national flags during IPLD.
4.    NPBY travel throughout their countries promoting peace and national harmony using their winning platform during their rein.
5.    IPBY travel to all continents and address UN,AU,EU,NATO, OIC, Etc..
6.    Peacebuilder of the year program criteria & qualifications write up
7.    Promotional marketing package