Art of Living Foundation Launches New Campaign

Posted on: Thursday, March 21, 2013

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The Art of Living Foundation is initiating a Bay Area-wide campaign for a “Stress Free and Violence Free Community,” which will be launched at 4 p.m. March 24 at the San Jose Convention Center. 

The campaign aims to create a stress-free and violence-free society by strengthening each individual member of the society. This initiative promotes peace, human values and cultural unity in diversity. 

The AOLF has conducted several educational and practical workshops that have brought a positive change in the lives of a number of citizens in the community. Its programs provide an education of non-violence and practical tools for emotional well-being, which are key ingredients to building a stress free and strong community, according to a press release. 

Some of the key initiatives include strengthening family values, empowering youth, fostering a feeling of community, and building happier and safer communities.

On March 24, prominent Indian American community leaders, government officials, nonprofits, educators, reformers, activists, media and other citizens are expected to come together in honoring a commitment to a stress-free, violence-free society. AOL founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will deliver the keynote address.

The San Jose Convention Center is located at 150 W. San Carlos Street in San Jose. Those wishing more information about AOLF and the campaign should visit the Web site.

A number of pre-launch events have already taken place in advance of the event. In Fremont on March 9 there was a conference for a “Safe and Peaceful Fremont,” which was attended by many local officials who agreed that authorities alone cannot create a safer environment; it has to be done by a collaboration of all citizens of the city.

On Feb. 10 at San Jose’s Overfelt High School, campaign partners IAHV and Carry the Vision organized a symposium, “Ending Violence in Our Schools - Can We Take Responsibility,” which was attended by school teachers, students and parents.

And on Feb. 14, the Santa Clara and Dublin Centers of AOLF hosted a “One Billion Rising to End Violence,” a dance party along with a guided meditation that was attended by over 50 people of all ages and races to stand in solidarity, in one voice, to put an end to violence among women and children. The Santa Clara event was co-hosted by another campaign partner, Maitri. 


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