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Drumming for Peace in Newport

Drumming for Peace, in Newport

The Newport Community Drum Circle has been dedicating its last regular drum circle of the summer season at Don and Ann Davis Park to thoughts of peace for a least a decade in honor of the annual United Nations International Day of Peace.

“This year our last summer session at the park before we resume our regular winter schedule will be on Tuesday, September 17 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and I believe this will be our tenth or eleventh year of recognizing UN Peace Day,” Drum Circle Coordinator Chandler Davis said. (Davis said the drum circle will resume its winter schedule at the park on Saturday, October 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.)

“The UN’s theme this year is ‘Climate Action for Peace’ which we find especially compelling, so we will also be participating in a rally on Saturday, September 21 (the official Day of Peace) at Newport City Hall to help call attention to the connection between environmental sustainability and world peace,” Davis said.

Davis and members of the drum circle will present a free high energy sampling of his unique arrangements of traditional and indigenous World Beat rhythms from 10 a.m. until the start of the rally at 11:00 a.m. on the steps in front of city hall.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the climate change theme seeks to make the point that “the global climate emergency is a threat to security and stability. As coastal areas and degraded inland areas are becoming uninhabitable, millions of people are being forced to seek safety and better lives elsewhere. With extreme weather events and disasters becoming more frequent and severe, disputes over dwindling resources risk fueling climate-related conflict…”

Guterres has also convened a first-ever week-long UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 at UN Headquarters in New York, to which world leaders have been invited. The plan is “to come up with concrete and realistic plans to rapidly accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement, and to make a pivotal shift toward a cleaner, safer and greener future” the UN leader said.

The Newport rally is one of more than a thousand that have been organized by groups (particularly youth groups) around the world for the week leading up to the UN summit.

Participants at the Tuesday drum circle at the park — in the glass-enclosed gazebo, across from the Performing Arts Center — are invited to bring songs, poems, or stories of peace or “to just join us in reaffirming through shared rhythm our commitment to living in a way that promotes peace, justice, and sustainability.” The event is family friendly and alcohol, drug, and smoke free. No musical experience is necessary and loaner drums will be available.

More experienced drummers who would like to participate in the free concert before the rally are invited to contact Davis at 541-272-4615 or chandler@chandlerdavis.com.

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