Blaine mayor signs peace proclamation
After a long-standing debate over a sister city relationship with Pugwash, Nova Scotia and the politics of their international peace conferences, Blaine City Council extended its support for peace Monday by endorsing a United Nations proclamation.
At a council meeting Monday, Blaine mayor Mike Myers signed the order – originally put forth on September 11, 2001 as a day of “global ceasefire and non-violence” – declaring September 21 to be a Day of Peace as recognized by the city of Blaine.
The move was supported by the Blaine Peace Alliance (BPA), a peace advocacy group headed by Blaine resident Diane Palmason, who attended the meeting.
Myers said the timing with regard to the anniversary of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks was appropriate to remember what seems like an often “illusive” search for peace.
“Peace is the greatest thing that mankind can pursue,” Myers said. “It’s something that we, as a city, want to support.”
The BPA has also scheduled a peace vigil for 7 p.m. September 21 at the Blaine Performing Arts Center at 975 H Street. Guest speakers will include Eleanor Stebner, chair of the humanities at Simon Fraser University. For more information, call 332-2077.