Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Greater Cleveland Celebrates International Peace Day 2014


Groups and individuals from all around the Greater Cleveland area are planning a tremendous International Day of Peace, September 21, 2014. Many are planning unique events. The United Nations' theme, Education for Peace, will be a focus for all the Worlds Children.

Greater Cleveland Celebrates International Peace Day was started in 2012 by American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca as part of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) Great Iceality Revelation.  The peace initiative promotes the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts for a sustainable culture of peace for ALL Living Things through the Worlds Children Peace Monument.

The Science behind Peace and Global Harmony is the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts". Developed in 1987, it is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Wildlife  Kingdoms!   The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a "Universal Peace Equation" is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.

There will be a Global Feasts for Peace around town including the ARK in Berea featuring the Ark's famous Stone Soup to build unity and celebrate the peace we have. 

The International Day of Peace is now observed annually by well hundreds of million people in over 150 countries and many major cities worldwide. For more about the IDP, go to: www.internationaldayofpeace.org and join the International Day of Peace Facebook Page. 

Cleveland World Peace Daily encourages local participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace, observed globally on Sept. 21.   For more about Cleveland World Peace Daily, please visit our website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClevelandWorldPeaceDaily/ 

Enjoy the best Ambassador Renate's Peace and Iceality Quotes and Share with your friends.

"Living courageously means being bold in pursuit of Peace through Iceality, following your heart, taking some risks, and not allowing fear to keep you from doing your absolutely Best"  Ambassador Renate

"You know, doing what's right for the Worlds Children gives you a satisfaction than nothing else can give you".

"When you try to bring all nations together, it is the individual that count"

"Discover how to make your feelings line up with the truth found in the Iceality of Peace"

"It is hard work saving the World"

"Peace must be more than a theory or a word; it has to be action. It must be seen and felt. A sustainable global culture of Peace is and has always been an attainable quest for all Living Things - The Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts teaches us how to live in Peace. When we do this, Life is exciting, beautiful and rewarding"

"Fear is a dead end, but Peace through Iceality always has a future".

"Practice Peace through Iceality Aggressively".

"Peace through Iceality should be a main theme in out Life".

"Iceality calls upon the different political, religious and cultural traditions to join hands and to cooperate with us."

“Sometimes Goodwill is best expressed through service. Words are wonderful, but when you act through Iceality, your commitment to Peace will contain much more than just words.”

“Iceality has brought peace back into the home/family..........where it belongs”

"We must cultivate an iceality which manifests itself in action..." 

"Iceality is the source of helpful sustainable energy."

"We will favor Peace and Iceality by countering the tendencies of individuals and communities to assume or even to teach that they are inherently superior to others."

"Iceality will promote dialogue and harmony between and within Religions, Politics and Cultures and Nations."

"To support the iceality of peace, one must have an ulterior motive. Even Mother Teresa had a motive her good works...She wanted to have a (purpose) reason for her Life"

"ICEALITY' is the ultimate form of Simplicity"
"Simplicity”is the ultimate form of Sustainability"

“We must show the Worlds Children something about Peace and Iceality, not just tell them about it”.

“If your mind is blinded with your worries and fears, your eyes cannot see the beauty of a peaceful world”

you create "peace" with:
your attitude
your behavior
your actions
it's all up to you

“Don’t be afraid of using Iceality for change because it is always necessary for Peace”

“Peace through Iceality is not a mere feeling. It is a decision about how we will behave and treat All Living Things”

“We develop Peace when we focus on Iceality”

“Iceality never fails, Peace is seen in how we treat All Living Things”

“You don't have to wait to feel like showing others Peace—you can do it anytime!”

“The Iceality of Peace is what we all have in common”

“Be the person who pours out Peace into the lives of people around you. You may discover how happier you are when you do”.

“One thing I learned in 25 years at ICEA is that some fundamental elements of Life, like Energy and Individual Rights, for examples, are universal and cannot be created or destroy, but only manipulated to be controlled. If you gain the Rights to something then consequently someone must lose their related Rights. A simple fact that is easy to learn but hard to practice”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On the Death of Robin Williams, American Cultural Ambassadors Mourn the Loss

"As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

ARK in Berea:  David and I we're shocked and saddened to hear that the talented artist and arts activist, Robin Williams, passed away yesterday. As American Cultural Ambassadors, we remember him not only for his incredible career that brought joy to so many, but also for the way he used his talent to promote the Arts, he as left his mark on pop culture forever.

President Obama released a statement last night about Williams passing:
"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets."

Robin's notable disappearance is a healthy reminder of our choices in the face of the challenges of our time which take so many lives unwillingly because of the unmet need for love. Depression is a crisis of learning held in the homeostasis of denial because we fear the experience of pain and wish to control it. Our finest moments are those in which we absorb and then release what appears to be dark energy, discovering underneath it a brilliance of serenity and joy never before experienced, layer upon layer, deeper and deeper into the heart of Love.

Our condolences are with Robin Williams family and friends, and we'll always remember him at the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) for his enormous talent and his generous heart.

David and Renate Jakupca,
American Cultural Ambassadors


Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts

Monday, March 17, 2014

American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca offers condolences to those affected by the loss of a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

ARK in Berea:  American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca  expresses condolences over loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The Ambassadors said:
"We are deeply concerned to hear that the loss of Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing may an intentional terrorist incident . Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the families, friends and especially the children of all those affected at this terrible time. On behalf of all at the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM) worldwide working for Peace, we keep hope alive and we are all here for you during this difficult time as we wait to hear more definitive evidence of what has happened."

"Peace is eternal, and love is immortal. And death is only a boundary line in Life, And a boundary line is nothing, Just the limit of our Sight - Peace Friends." Ambassador Renate.
Provenance of the subject sculpture places its conception at Germany's World's Fair, EXPO 2000's 'Culture on the Move' segment.  American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca addressed the 140 Nation Assembly of the concept for a permanent universal symbol of renewal and peace on earth for all living inhabitants through the 'Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts'.
This 'Universal Symbol of Living Peace' was the WCPM sculpture. This project was initiated in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program and organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The Science Behind Peace and Global Harmony is the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts."  Which is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~  Human, Plant and Wildlife Kingdoms!*

Artists express hope: Students gather around a three dimensional artwork, based on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, that was painted on a school ground in Makati city. According to the artists, the artwork is their way of expressing sympathy towards the relatives of passengers onboard the missing Boeing 777-200ER

Thoughts and prayers: Children write a message at the Wall of Hope for the passengers of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia
Winged Peace
Worlds Children Peace Monument
Support: Thousands of people have written messages of support on a wall at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, for passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane

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*The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a "Universal Peace Equation" is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture of Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.

Universal Peace Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca

Saturday, January 18, 2014

American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca Expands Role of Greater Cleveland being the International Center of the Environmental Art Movement

ARK in Berea:
Historic ARK in Berea - Home of the Environmental Art Movement
In 2012, as part of the 25 Year Iceality Silver Revelation, the Greater Cleveland Area has become recognized as  the Global Home of the Environmental Arts Movement by American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca of the the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) as a ‘Cultural Industry’, to foster civic identity, cultivate jobs and tourism, and brand Ohio Environmental Arts and Culture District in the Bioregion”

The Global Home of the Environmental Art Movement is the region in Northern Ohio that is noted for its growing concentration of Sustainable Design and Technology Industries. Geographically, the region occupies the same area as the Greater Cleveland Area where it is centered and where most of the companies are located. It is in the northeastern part of Ohio, an area stretching from the south end to Akron-Canton, Lorain in the west and Youngstown in the east.

It is visualized as the home for many of the world's largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of small start ups working on a sustainable future. The term ICEALITY refers to the region's original innovator, the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), the environmental arts pioneer, but it eventually expands to all sustainable practices, and is now generally used as a metonym for the global cultural of peace sector.

Since 1987, the success of ICEA has spawned a number of other Peace/Environmental Centers throughout the United States and the World, but ICEA continues to make the north coast a leading hub for innovation and development. This question may have occurred to many people's minds when they came across the term ICEALITY. While its meaning is mostly unknown to them, the revolutionary ideas and developments which have been made in this term affect everyone’s daily life, and it is hard to imagine our modern civilization without them. Greater Cleveland is now recognized as the heartland of the Environmental Peace Industry which is based on the ‘Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts.

The Science behind Peace and Global Harmony is the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts". Which is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Wildlife  Kingdoms!   The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a "Universal Peace Equation" is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.  http://theicea.com/page22
Iceality saw the "development to the LEED program, the Worlds Children Peace Monument, Urban Lakefront Development and has generated a lot of information on elements related to climate change, population and human rights.

David Jakupca, asserts that, "Respect for human and environmental rights and greater understanding
between people from different racial and religious backgrounds must be the first goal of society in today's fast-changing, globalized world."  The goal is accomplished according to Jakupca, "Is by focusing on the creative process and affirming to the principles of the "Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts".

The  Theory on Environmental Arts (ICEALITY*) was enthusiastically embraced by the United Nations by 1990 and was featured in many of their World Conferences; 

1- 1992 Earth Summit on the Environment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
2- 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria 
3- 1994 World Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt   

4- 1995 World Conference on Women, Beijing, China  
5- 1996 Habitat II- UN Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, Turkey 
6- 2000 World's Fair, Expo2000, Hannover, Germany   
7- 2001 World Conference on Racism, Durban, South Africa 
8- 2002 World Summit on Sustainability, Johannesburg, South Africa  
9- 2003 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy   
10- 2005 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy    
11- 2007 World Peace Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The result of this major global public promotion at the United Nations level, is that the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts is now considered as the cornerstone of the modern sustainable global Environmental Art Movement and this concept is now replicated by artists, architects, urban planners and sustainable organizations throughout the World, reflecting a still growing global audience.

Looking at our over populated society in which Sustainability has become a necessity against Ecocide, the crucial role of Iceality in the Environmental Arts and Design Revolution becomes even more evident.

This also makes Iceality a philosophy meaning that there is hope for Humanity after all, and that improvements in our Society can take place daily. American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca see it as a transformation from the rust belt to a place where, "Economics and Culture combined with leading edge technology and thriving entrepreneurship, financial investors and pioneering organizational styles provide the background for the most profound inquiry ever into the Nature of Peace that will affect our planet’s very evolution for centuries to come."

They would like to convey the image of ICEALITY as the nucleus of the modern sustainable agenda for saving our Planet, presenting the most important developments of major elements which comprise the future which is the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Design and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things in the Human, Plant and Animal Kingdoms.

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  • -- The Environmental Arts Movement was professionally organized by the The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) founded  by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987.
  • -- Environmental Art is the true indigenous art form of the greater Cleveland, Ohio area.
  • -- The ARK in Berea is the global home to the Environmental Art Movement.
  • -- David Jakupca is the recognized leader and the Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement.
  • -- The 'Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts' is now considered as the cornerstone of the modern sustainable global Environmental Art Movement and the concept is now replicated by urban designers, architects and artists throughout the World.
  • -- In 1993 in Vienna, Austria at the World Conference on Human Rights, ICEA, with the approval of U.S. Delegates, Jimmy Carter and Geraldine Ferraro, began recycling and promoting United Nations' World Conferences until 2007..
  • -- Through this partnership with the United Nations, ICEA has influenced a global audience of literally billions of people.
  • -- Environmental Art was used by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of their 1997 American Canvas Project that is currently used in all 50 States.
  • -- In 2000, David and Renate Jakupca were appointed American Cultural Ambassadors representing the US at EXPO2000, The Worlds Fair held in Hanover, Germany.
  • -- Environmental Art is the number one Art Movement in Cleveland, Ohio
  • -- Environmental Art is the number one Art Movement in America.
  • -- Environmental Arts is the number one Art Movement Worldwide.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014
ARK in Berea the Home of the Environmental Art Movement


Related Links:
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative


Sustainable Cleveland 2019
Eradicating Ecocide Global Initiative

International Center for Environmental Arts

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art
Cleveland Museum of Art


Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Pragmatic Peace Paradigm for 2114

Iceality means;  "We are All Connected"

ARK in Berea
- This Pragmatic Peace Paradigm from the International Center for Environmental Arts addresses areas where Peace Agencies working together may be able to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in the real sense across boundaries, cultures, societies and nations to build the new sustainable Culture of Peace Movement for All Living Things (ICEALITY).  Within these areas are growing zones of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication where multiple agencies and activities are creating waste and inefficiencies. Although at times, it may be appropriate for multiple agencies or entities to be involved in the same programmatic or policy area due to the nature or magnitude of the Peace effort, there are many areas where opportunities exist to achieve resource savings and achieve financial benefits.

To address the issues identified in this report, Ambassador Renate says, being more realistic, will lead to better results.  “If we would pick just one or two things, we can cut out a lot of the clutter and divided attention and actually experience a little transcendence and success, which is really what, according to the Iceality Methodology, drives humans to repeat good behavior over all,” she says.

The world is full of confused and distressed individuals who will follow their own greed recklessly at the expense of others. They have been plentiful and active enough to manipulate history, and their history has proven to be a valid warning guide for future actions.  Hence, new activists can learn from the past to be forewarned of what the future may hold for them if ambiguous people are allowed to operate out of control and unopposed in the proposed  peace movement. A little sweat in this area now may save a lot of blood later and prevent the Culture of Peace Movement heading into Chaos.

Given that these areas of concern extend across the globe and, therefore, in a wide range of conditions amongst these areas, it would suggest that a similarly wide range of actions be open for consideration, preferably without compromise.   As ICEA CEO and American Cultural Ambassadors, David Jakupca has stated previously, “To support a new Universal Culture of Peace Movement that’s built to last, we need a Sustainable Iceality System built for the 21st Century. We’ve made real progress toward that end at ICEA, and we look forward to working with others to enact reforms to make the Culture of Peace Movement work more effectively and efficiently amongst all living things.

This Pragmatic Peace Paradigm caps a continuing 13 year effort to eliminate waste, improve
productivity, and steer resources into one supportive peace program. At a time of increased pressure on all levels, the ‘Worlds Children’ cannot afford to keep paying into the same service

two or three times. Over the past thirteen years, ICEA’s accountability research has found many areas where Peace Agencies are now duplicating efforts, at a cost that can be escalating into billions of dollars. How many billions? No one knows. "The big problem the ICEA has is that we can't adequately estimate their savings because Peace Agencies won’t tell them how much they're spending," said David Jakupca. “From day one, ICEA has made rooting out waste and improving the way it works a top priority," said in a statement from Patrick Cahill, controller for ICEA."

Often, several Peace Agencies are doing the exact same research but with different sponsors. ICEA found Peace Agencies that partly or completely overlapped their work being done by other Peace Agencies.  A good portion of this replicated work is unintentional and with good intentions, but as the Culture of Peace Movement grows and becomes more lucrative, it is attracting charlatans masquerading as legitimate organizations.  Already, grants from different sources are awarded to the same unscrupulous researchers, allowing them to "double dip."
"The point is, the Peace Agencies will not exchange information about their programs because other Peace Agencies will ‘poach’ their information and use it as their own. It is inherent in the design, that a Top Secret Military Complex must shield its research from Spies when creating new weapons of War. However, Iceality Agencies should be transparent and open but credit needs to be given for the research on creating new tools of Peace that they develop. Except for the United Nations, which has limited authority, there’s no centralized place where all this valuable stuff could be discovered, searched, managed and protected." Jakupca said.

"Another point is that these Peace Agencies, of course, have different missions, and they're somewhat competitive for funding.  Some benefactors like to see that their money goes First to the best people that will support and advance their own special interests than to the people they claim to represent Second.’ he said. "Competition is good, but cooperation is also good."

People are going to go slow when addressing this problem, but that's because there is no reliable information as much as bureaucratic resistance.
"The People have the ultimate authority.
The People created all these Iceality Programs.
The People ought to oversight them, downsize them, put limits on them and then fund them properly, and then come back in about two years and see if they're effective," Jakupca said. "It's complicated since all peace programs are joined at the hip someplace with International Political Parties usually with a narrow-minded benefactor, and career politicians that don't want to irritate their patrons."

Dracha Arendee

THEORY OF ICEALITY ON ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS  is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Animal Kingdoms!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2013 Year in Review “Spirit of the Times”

What is a dream? What is a dream of Peace for the Worlds Children?
It is a goal, an inspiration where Hope lives, a song for Iceality in the wilderness,

That is a dream. Get yourself a dream and never, ever let your dream get away.

2013 was all about this: trying new unexplored area’s of Peacekeeping I never was able to do before. The starting point of great dreams and achievement has always been the same for me. It is for you to dream BIG dreams. There is nothing more important, and nothing more exhilarating than for you to cast off your own limitations than for you to begin dreaming and fantasizing about the wonderful things that you can become, have, and do. That feeling makes you want to realize your biggest dreams,  feeling independent, feeling powerful at first, then astonishing fragile as a lamb and back again as a lioness.

2013 was for me the year of the new collaborations with some of my favorite Causes: from the role as Cleveland Ethical Fashionista for ICEA (for which I’ve been reconfirmed for 2014) to Universal Peace Ambassador for the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM).

This year I am looking forward to working with Muhammad Atta Ur Rehman and The Multipurpose Inter Parliamentary Union – TMIPU, Mr. David Wright Of Global International, Mr. Elvis Bogonko, Executive Director at Jambo Charity Organization and Deans Triplett of Deans Images to name a few. New Peace Stones are already delivered to Nikki French for Ashtabula and Sean Brennan for Parma.
Sarajevo in Europe and Lisa Parker Co-Founder and Coordinator, Peace Day Philly have made inquiries for 2014 deliveries. And with ICEA's help and assistance, Cleveland may become an Official International City of Peace in 2014!!

This 2013 was a magic tragic year, full of joys and satisfactions but also of difficult moments, where I wanted/could/had to only count on myself. And you know something beautiful about it? You can do it. You suffer a bit, but then you wake up stronger than the day before.

But 2013 was also the year of Rewards: ICEA received a prestigious award from the Canadians for the First International stone of the Worlds Children Peace Monument erected in Windsor to mark the occasion of the 2013 International Children’s Games from Canadian Organizations.
2013 Canadian Award for Windsor Peace Stone
David and I were honored at the Ohio Environmental Council’s 2013 Green Gala in Columbus, Ohio primarily for our part of the historic re-unification of the Greater Cleveland Community under the Iceality Silver Revelation.  North East Ohio Area has been 'branded' as the Home of the Environmental Art(s) Movement by the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) as a 'Cultural Industry', to foster civic identity, cultivate jobs and tourism, and brand Ohio Environmental Arts and Culture District in the Bioregion.  We also received an award from AARP for recognizing our work with our peace project as Community Heroes. Among other recognitions are a Proclamation from Senator Michael Skindell and a Congressional Proclamation from Congresswoman Marsha Fudge dedicating the Lakewood peace stone as part of the building the National Coast-to-Coast 'Great American Peace Trail' and the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM). This was an Official event of the 2013 Cleveland International Peace Day Activities.

We also presented two awards to the Cleveland Männerchor celebrating their 140th Anniversary.  I presented an award on behalf of Cleveland Councilman Kevin Kelley on behalf of the City of Cleveland.  At the same time a plaque was presented from the Ohio German American Business Association to Bill Trivison, President of the Cleveland Männerchor.   

My social media network grew like crazy in this year expanding to reach all four corners of the globe. A bit of thanks to social media, which helped me become better internationally known, a bit for my role of active blogger and influencer, and a lot of people who didn’t understand what we were doing started to respect me and replicate me. I also understood myself that my Ambassador job is a difficult to describe, but that I can use it to share a positive messages just by being myself. Never before have I felt freer to express myself and  speak my mind.  Not everyone will like me, but I’ve never been so happy of all the success I had by opening ICEA 26 years ago.
All this would have never been possible without my support group: It grew with Ken, Jane, Monica, Paul, Ruth, Douglas and Michael as new members all of which  composed by experienced dedicated people.

I don’t know where I’ll be in 2014, what I’ll do or what I’ll be feeling in a year: global peace seems possible yet mysterious. Changes don’t scare me anymore, they excite me. I still get happy as a kid for new projects and surprises, and this makes me proud.
I try not to set boundaries, but I also accept the tears and the times I lose, which make my success even more important.
I have a lot to learn yet and I want to grow and see the best of me, but in my wish list for next year, there is a wish which is the most important to me: never stop exploring. Exploring places, exploring people, exploring feelings and explore myself.  I want to discover all the magic of Peace around me. And yes, you all are a part of it: you’re the spell that made most of my dreams of Peace and goodwill for all living things a reality. Thanks for this 2013.  At the end of the year I ask myself, if this was my last year on earth, would I be happy with it?  My answer is yes. And really, that is all that I can ask for.
Peace Friends~
Ambassador Renate


Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Remembering Nelson Mandela....

Today, an eloquent voice has been silenced, a beautiful mind stilled, and a bountiful heart stopped. The epic soul of Nelson Mandela is now resting.
It is routine to suggest that the legacy of a man or woman will outlive that person, but in this case, the world will never be the same now that Nelson Mandela has occupied it. The example of his leadership – from prison to the presidency – from a land riven by fear to a people reconciled through truth and justice – will stand for all time.

Fifteen years ago, in an address to the United Nations, Mandela wrote his own epitaph: “As I sit in Qunu and grow as ancient as its hills, I will entertain the hope that there has emerged a cadre of leaders in my own country and region, on my continent and in the world, that will not allow any to be denied freedom as we were; that will not allow any to be turned into refugees as we were; that will not allow any to be condemned to go hungry as we were; and that will not allow any to be stripped of their dignity as we were.”

I remember Nelson Mandela was a man of profound dignity.
I had the opportunity to see Nelson Mandela on several occasions when our work at the United Nations coincided. In 2001 Ione Biggs and Renate Jakupca, together as Co-Directors of the 'US Network for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism' a project of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) made their mark on contemporary history in Durban, South Africa by answering the United Nations’ call to "forge a real sense of vision and common purpose in the struggle for racial harmony and tolerance." Their courage and vision were publicly recognized when Ione and Renate received from Nelson Mandela his International Gold Medal Leadership Award in Human Rights. My condolences to his family and loved ones and to the people of South Africa and all of the World. Now as we mourn his passing and celebrate his life, we must also find inspiration in his memory – striving daily to promote peace, freedom, and dignity for others.His lessons will live on, and his life's work will continue to inspire us all. Madiba~ Thank you for all you have given. You will not be forgotten. Peace Friend.

PS~ It is hard to believe that over twenty years ago Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Dalai Lama, Jimmy Cater, Geraldine Ferraro, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Nelson Mandela.to others from the Elders believed in Cleveland by allowing the American Cultural Ambassadors, Me and David Jakupca of the International center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) to recycle the United Nations Worlds Conferences

The Mandela Family have released a Statement on the Death of a Great Man

'US Network for the Conference Against Racism'

World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination http://www.un.org/WCAR/durban.pdf

Daily Highlights - World Conference against Racism

World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

Department of Public Information - News and Media Services Division - New York
Durban, South Africa
31 August – 7 September 2001

3 SEPTEMBER, 2001: 12:45 P.M.

"As a citizen of the world community, I stand with the United Nations against racism, discrimination and intolerance of any kind. Throughout my life I will try to promote equality, justice and dignity among all people in my home, my community and everywhere in the world".
These are the words of the United Nations Personal Pledge Against Racism, launched in December 2000 as part of an international youth art competition to promote the World Conference against Racism. A selection of the drawings, paintings, essays and poems are now on view in a two-part display at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Durban (ground floor, foyer area) and at the Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC).
A group of the youth artists from South Africa and from the United States will be attending the event with Mary Robinson to present her with the "United Nations Pledge Against Racism" on 3 September at the ICC main foyer exhibition site.
The pledge and the art competition were organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information in cooperation with the Youth Art Connection / Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlanta in the United States, who worked with over 30 countries in their global youth outreach programme, International Paint Pals.
UN Information Centres worldwide also participated, along with Survivors Art Foundation, Totem Rythms, Cheney University in the United States and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
A special nationwide competition was held throughout South Africa, organized by the UN Information Centre, Pretoria. Former South African President Nelson Mandela handed over the first prize--a bicycle--to Christa Schutz from Glencoe, Kwazulu-Natal, at his home in Houghton on 9 July. Mandela asked Christa to explain the painting and to "tell all the children I love them". Reknowned musician Hugh Masekela was one of the five judges who selected the winning entries for the Durban exhibit.
In Atlanta, home of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Youth Art Connection hosted an event to "Stomp Out Racism", where hundreds of children placed their feet in buckets of coloured paint and stepped onto a huge canvas banner, and stomped out the words "racism, hatred, bigotry, prejudice and intolerance". The event was held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the banner was carried to the Durban Conference from Atlanta to be part of the art exhibition.

Survivors Art Foundation, with students from Cheney University--the oldest historically black university in the United States--also prepared hanging silk paintings for the Durban Conference. Four students from Cheney University came to Durban to help with the creation of a "Tree of Pledges" at the exhibit site in the DEC. Totem Rhythms also created banners and "story poles" with young and elder Native Americans, using indigenous symbols and patterns.
Since its launch in December 2000, more than a million people have signed the Pledge Against Racism, which was sent around the world via the Internet, through the UN Information Centres, and through NGOs. The United Nations Information Centres in India and Bangladesh alone collected over 60,000 signatures; many of these are now incorporated into the Tree of Pledges in Durban.


On the passing of Nelson Mandela
This evening, President Obama delivered a statement on the passing of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Click here to watch President Obama's statement.
by Pris Reagan Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at 8:58 PM
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The global movement for human rights has lost one of its great figures - Ione Bigg.
Ambassador Renate and Ione Biggs

Cleveland, Ohio - The global movement for human rights has lost one of its great figures. Ione Biggs, a beloved friend and defender of human rights, died Friday, December 16th, 2005 at LakeWest Hospital. She was 89. She was a advocate for social change in the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and Central America.

Ione fought tirelessly for social change. In the 1960s she marched for Mayor Carl B. Stokes and against the Vietnam War. She later worked with Nine Five to advocate for working women. She backed Cleveland Women Working, Speakout for Affirmative Action, League of Women Voters, WomenSpace, American Civil Liberties Union and many other organizations. She attended a peace conference in Sweden. She went to the Soviet Union to support women there who wanted nuclear disarmament.

She was an advocate of the principles of the United Nations and attended the 1985 UN World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1992 Ione became active with the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) in Cleveland, Ohio. She contributed to the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria (1993), the Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt (1994), the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China (1995), and the Habitat II - Conference on Cities in Istanbul, Turkey (1996), EXPO2000 in Hannover, Germany (2000), World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa (2001) and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa (2002).

In 2000 Ione became Honorary Chairwomen of the Board of ICEA when the organization was nominated by TIME Magazine in their Millennium Issue as one of their Hero's of the Planet.
In 2001 Ione Biggs and Renate Jakupca, together as Co-Directors of the 'US Network for the Conference Against Racism', made their mark on contemporary history in Durban, South Africa by answering the United Nations’ call to "forge a real sense of vision and common purpose in the struggle for racial harmony and tolerance." Their courage and vision were publicly recognized when Ione and Renate received the Nelson Mandela International Gold Medal Leadership Award in Human Rights.
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Ione and her husband, Keith, were married for 53 years, he died in 2003.
Ione is survived by a son, Keith D. Jr., of Euclid, and a daughter, Gladys Morrow of Baltimore.

Her Memorial Service was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec 21, 2005 at the Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.
Friends of Ione filled the large church to its capacity.

Opening Statements:
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones
Louise Lawler, Women Speak out
Renate Jakupca, Director ICEA

Paticipating Ministers:
Rev. Jonyrma R. Singleton
Rev. Harold Carter
Rev. Laury W. Larson
Rev. Dr. Robert J. Campbell

Ode to Ione Biggs
God saw you getting tired
When a cure was not to be.
He closed His arms around you
And whispered, "Ione, Come with me."
In tears we saw you fade away
You fought so hard to stay.

But when we saw you sleeping
Peacefully, free from pain,
We would not make you stay
To suffer that again.
So treasure her, Lord
In your garden of rest,
For here on earth
She was one of the best!

Ione Biggs and ICEA:

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