Our new project Code4Peace launches today at the 13th annual How Weird Street Faire in downtown San Francisco. Stop by the Info Booth + Peace Pavilion at the center of the faire to find how you can get involved.
Code4Peace will serve as a global portal for the creation and distribution of peace software, showcasing new tools and solutions. There will soon be a series of Code4Peace events that will bring programmers and peace workers together to create practical and valuable tools that can be used by people around the world. We’re looking for computer programmers, software engineers, and people from technology companies who want to use their talent and resources to help bring peace to this planet.
Mother's Day has its origins as a peace holiday, so it's appropriate that this year's How Weird Street Faire occurs on Mother's Day. The 13th annual How Weird Street Faire takes place on Sunday May 13, 2012 in downtown San Francisco. The faire is a celebration of peace, bringing a diverse collection of people together to find similarities and overcome differences. The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the World Peace Through Technology Organization.
The history of Mother's Day is also rooted in peace. In 1858, Ann Jarvis, a young mother from West Virginia, started organizing Mother's Work Days. These were initially focused on improving sanitary conditions. After the Civil War, they focused on reconciling former enemies of the Union and Confederacy, and honoring mothers who had lost family in the war.
From the words of the original Mother's Day Proclamation:
"From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: 'Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.' Blood does not wipe our dishonor, nor violence indicate possession."…
In honor of all mothers, and all those affected by war, we gather in peace.
(from the first Mothers Day for Peace)