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Greater Lansing Chapter

Greater Lansing United Nations Association 

was well represented by its board and members at the Community Vigil for Peace held in East Lansing on December 15th. A very diverse group of about 200 people came together to show strong support for refugees, particularly Muslim refugees, given recent incendiary remarks in the media, and to stand together for peace and justice for all.

Peacekeeping is one of our chapter's main themes, and it is an essential role of the United Nations.

A Worldwide Symbol of Non-Violence

In 1988 the Government of Luxembourg offered the pro-peace sculpture “Non-Violence” by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd to the United Nations. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan marked the dedication of the sculpture with these words: “With Non-Violence, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd has not only endowed the United Nations with a cherished work of art; he has enriched the consciousness of humanity with a powerful symbol. It is a symbol that encapsulates, in a few simple curves, the greatest prayer of man: that which asks not for victory, but for peace."

Originally created as a pro-peace memorial to the artist’s friend, John Lennon, who was shot and killed outside his home in New York City on December 8, 1980, Non-Violence (also known as the “Knotted Gun” sculpture) has inspired millions, and there are at least sixteen replicas at various places around the world. Although the trigger is cocked, the barrel of the gun is twisted so that its end points straight up making it clear that it will not shoot. The sculpture has become a worldwide symbol of the nonviolence movement. 

In a review for Foreign Affairs Review (November 5, 2012), Sean Auyash observed that “Non-Violence asks us to create knots in the frightening movement of violence around the globe…so that a different way of living, without threat to life, in peace, can thrive. Non-Violence asks us to consider the gun, with its cold stiff metal and latent, terrible, violent power, as something we can bend, stop, and reshape into a new space affirming life rather than death.” Read the entire review at


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