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URI Launches Pledge Campaign for Tolerance

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 01, 2011

URI (United Religions Initiative), the globe?s largest grassroots interfaith organization, launched a global pledge campaign right now to end intolerance. Operating by way of the month of September, the ?Intolerance Ends With Me? campaign invites individuals about the globe to take 1 action every single day to promote respect for diversity in their communities.

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?In a world that can seem so divided along ethnic, racial, religious, class, even gender lines, we wanted men and women to believe about how straightforward individual actions?meeting a neighbor, understanding about a new religion, attempting a new kind of food?can make our communities far more welcoming locations,? stated URI Executive Director Charles Gibbs. ?As a grassroots organization, we think that peace is built one person, 1 community at a time.?

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The campaign is timed to coincide with each the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the International Day of Peace, September 21. The pledge internet site gives a list of suggested actions, such as organizing an interfaith dinner, visiting a location of worship or community center, or writing a letter to the editor promoting tolerance, and pledge takers are invited to share their everyday activities on-line.

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?Each and every time an act of discrimination is met with silence, it plants the seed for much more injustice,? said Matthew Youde, co-coordinator of URI?s Young Leaders Program. ?Folks, specifically young people, want to make their voices heard. This campaign is an opportunity for people to speak out for what they believe in a quite concrete way.?

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Partners and sponsors for the campaign consist of the Council for a Parliament of the Globe Religions, North America Interfaith Network, the Pluralism Project, Interfaith Unity News, 20,000 Dialogues, and My Fellow American.

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About URI:&#13
URI is a global network of 500 grassroots organizations, called Cooperation Circles, devoted to peace and justice by means of interfaith and cross-cultural cooperation. Its nearly half a million members are overcoming distrust and hostility every single day for the very good of their communities?mediating religiously motivated conflict developing schools, orphanages and wellness clinics campaigning for citizenship rights and a lot more in 78 countries. They touch the lives of an estimated two.5 million people. The network is led by Executive Director Charles Gibbs, President William E. Swing, and Yoland Trevino, chair of an elected 29-member Global Council of Trustees from 19 countries.

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Go to http://www.uri.org for further data on URI?s projects in Africa Asia Europe Latin America and the Caribbean Middle East and North Africa North America and Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

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