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Let's Celebrate.

The Festival of Nonviolence and Peacemaking will take place July 19-21, 2024 across Northeast Ohio. It will be a celebration of nonviolence and peace through music and festivities. It will also provide nonviolence and peacemaking trainings, amplify the work of nonviolence being done in our cities, and include a beautiful ceremony where we turn guns into garden tools.


We can flip the script on violence. But it takes all of us. 

Join us at one or all of the regional events throughout the weekend: 

  • Friday, July 19 | 4 pm - 8 pm | Artha Woods Park | Cleveland

  • Saturday, July 20 | 10 am - 8 pm | Cascade Plaza | Akron

  • Sunday, July 21 | 3 pm - 7 pm | Nimisilla Park | Canton

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What to Expect

And they will beat their swords into plowshares

What to Expect:

A festival with a purpose! Activities will include food, musical performances, training and inspiration, the celebration of peacemaking work happening across the region, and, of course, a call to action for ALL .

Shane Claiborne will bring his RAWtools gun decommissioning ceremony to every city where guns will be forged into garden tools. 

Learn more about Shane and RAWtools here and here.

Juard Barnes will work with local leaders to provide a Power Building Research Report that provides a status of each community in terms violence and peacemaking. 

More info on this momentous event coming in June!

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Call to Action

Let's Dream.

You've heard the saying, "You are what you eat." Well, you are also what you celebrate. So, let's celebrate peace. Let's imagine a region defined by peace, not violence. Let's make true MLK's dream, one that he hoped wouldn't die in the 60s. Let's get to work...together.


Each city will provide attendees with resources on how we can all actively participate in reducing violence in our region and promote economic and social wholeness -- peace.

THank you
to our sponsors!


Presenting Peacemaker

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Regional Peacemaker

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”
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