CCCPGV was invited to speak at the ‘International Day of Peace’ observation
organized by the Chester County Peace Movement on Monday evening, Sept. 21st.
We joined the stage with Senator Andy Dinniman, Mayor Carolyn Comitta, and 3 other
speakers as well as a children’s choir from West Chester Friends, and the Concordia Choral
Arts adult choir. A nice gathering of around 150 people gathered together to promote
peace and brotherhood. Here is the speech from Tom Buglio, director of CCCPGV.
Guns Everywhere means No Peace at Home: International Day of Peace, September 21st, 2015
Andi, Annette, Mayor Comitta, Senator Dinniman, distinguished guests, and fellow Chester Countians, thank you for inviting me to speak today. I feel very blessed and privileged to live and work in West Chester, the County Seat of one of the most beautiful and wealthy counties in the nation. We truly have it all here, a good place to get a job, raise a family, enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and open space with hiking, biking, horse riding, canoeing the Brandywine, picking apples at our favorite orchards, buying fresh produce from local farmers on Saturday mornings right down the street. We have our fine university providing educational opportunities for young and old, as well as contributing to the arts with concerts, lectures, and Sat. football games. It is truly difficult to imagine a nicer place to be anywhere in the Country.
But even here in West Chester, in bucolic Chester County, the domestic peace can be shattered at any moment by someone doing something stupid and dangerous with a gun. This year, we have already had someone drive down High street, firing a few shots towards the High Street Parking Garage. We had a man shoot another man in the leg literally right outside the offices of Sen. Dinniman and Congressman Costello’s office, on Church Street late one Saturday. And just a few weeks back, a Henderson High School student who was selling marijuana, was lynched, robbed and shot to death, with his body discarded on Hillsdale Avenue in town, literally within sight of the Art Center. What can we surmise from these incidents? There is truly no place safe in America from the scourge of gun violence. Continue reading