SANTA CLARITA – The eighth annual A Season for Nonviolence starts today, offering 64 ways to practice nonviolence over 64 days. The grass-roots campaign is dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities. In Santa Clarita, a group of residents formed the SNV Task Force to engage the community in this simple campaign, which calls on participants to remember each day that they are responsible and able to make a better world for all people. A Season for Nonviolence was created to remember the lives and accomplishments of two great peacemakers, Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Begun in 1998 by Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi and a group of organizations dedicated to the nonviolence principles of Gandhi and King, the dates commemorate the anniversaries of their deaths: Gandhi (Jan. 30) and King (April 4). This international program honors their vision for an empowered and nonviolent world. To create an awareness of nonviolent principles and practice, the campaign centers on the 64 Ways in 64 Days to Practice Nonviolence. Every day a personal trait, skill or action is highlighted, and a simple act to enforce the trait is suggested. For the first 23 days, the focus is on personal change and learning by building courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence. During the next 21 days, the focus is on interpersonal change in and learning to practice nonviolence in day-to-day interactions. The final 20 days focus on community, helping participants to stand for truth through action. Participation in A Season for Nonviolence is simple. People are asked to read the practices, talk about them with others and implement them as best they can. The task force recommends that families, co-workers and classrooms read the daily suggestions together and practice them. In partnership with the city of Santa Clarita’s Human Relations Forum, versions of the 64 Ways brochure can be printed in city offices and local county libraries. The brochure can also be viewed or printed by visiting www.santa-clarita.com under Community/Human Relations Forum. A Season for Nonviolence is aligned with the United Nations’ resolution for an “International Decade of Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).” The state of California has issued an official proclamation that the 64-day period between Jan. 30 and April 4 be celebrated as A Season for Nonviolence. The official SNV ceremonies at the United Nations are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15. Once again, SNV youth leaders will co-design and co-direct the program. The theme for the 2006 Youth SNV Program is “Civil Rights are Human Rights.’ The local SNV Task Force can be contacted at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!