Pillars of Peace is a new group within Pillars of Light and Love. Created on Facebook on June 2, 2020 by our Founder, Kathy Opperman, at a time when the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic and much unrest due to rioting and protests. An African American, George Floyd was killed by a white police officer on May 25, 2020. His unnecessary and tragic death was recorded and has created an outpouring of support from around the world for the Black community and victims of unfortunate police brutality. Peaceful protests turned violent across the US out of anger and frustration. Many fear there will never be equality and unity, but we believe we can change that and we must start now.
The Facebook group is to create awareness via personal stories of injustice for race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability and more. It is a place to give and receive support as well as to educate people on the injustices faced by so many on a daily basis.
It is a place to learn to become peaceful on the inside, and to carry on our work to teach self-acceptance, self-love and self-respect!
We hope to create a global movement as more Pillars of Peace join our group at www.Facebook.com/groups/pillarsofpeace
Let's show the world that there are more people who are Pillars of Strength, Love, Light, and Peace in this world and we refuse to be divided. United we stand, divided we will fall. We cannot let that happen! Let's lift one another up. #LoveWins!
1. For the Essay contests, we had 2 age groups to submit essays. Congratulations to the winners of the essay contests who are 10 year old Avery L, and 16 year old Caroline B. Their essays appear below! Each winner will receive a $125 Amazon gift card.
2. Congratulations also goes to Ava D., age 16, who is the winner of the songwriting contest! Our goal is to get the song into a recording studio so stay tuned for "To Heal The World Again" by Ava D.! Ava will be receiving the $250.00 Amazon Gift card.
3. The winner of our logo contest is 14 year-old Jaedyn M.! Her logo can be seen at the top of this page. Jaedyn will receive a $250 gift card. In addition, honorable mention is going to 8 year old Ella K. for her entry.
4. As for the TiKTok contest, the Judges were looking for a dance with original words and music portraying the theme of Pillars of Peace, which they now realize may have been too difficult to accomplish, so they are withdrawing the TikTok dance option from the contest. Thank you to the two entrants who submitted TikTok dance entries, we appreciate your efforts!
If you would like to join our Pillars of Peace Facebook Group, click here: www.facebook.com/groups/pillarsofpeace
Here is the essay of the winner of the 8-12 year old Essay Group, Avery L, 10 years old.:
"What a Peaceful World Looks Like to Me"
"A peaceful world has more comfort, love, respect, good, happiness, and
selflessness. A peaceful world has more role models who aren’t afraid to stand up for what is right even when they are scared. It also has people who know they are different, but that doesn’t bother them. They know they are unique. It has people who are more concerned with others’ needs than their own. Peaceful people give the gifts of love and understanding even when they don’t receive them. You can’t always change what other people do, but you can change the way you react to it. In my peaceful world brave people take a stand for what is right, but not popular and change others’ lives forever. That is what a peaceful world looks like to me."
Below is the essay of the winner of the 13-18 year-old Essay Group, Caroline B., age 16:
"What a Peaceful World Looks Like to Me"
"To me, a peaceful world would look like so many different things! First, a peaceful world would be one where we are all treated equally. No matter what our colors, religions, backgrounds, or beliefs, we should treat everyone with the same respect that we want to be treated with! Everyone is equal and everyone has a purpose! Second, a peaceful world would look like a world that is protecting our land and oceans! We only have one Earth, and if we are littering and harming the oceans, land, and the creatures they hold, our world will slowly fall apart. I think a peaceful world would be one where we all do our part to keep the Earth clean and our oceans prospering. Finally, I think a peaceful world would be one where we simply treat each other with kindness. My mom always tells me to treat others how I would want to be treated and love my neighbor as myself! You never know what someone is going through, so being kind and even simply smiling at them can turn their entire day around! We need to treat everyone with kindness no matter who they are! So in conclusion, a peaceful world to me would be one where we treat everyone equally,
help preserve our Earth, and treat others with kindness! I hope whoever reads this is
An interview with our Founder, Kathy Opperman, Dr. Damesa Martinez & Kathy O'Connell, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who both have extensive training on understanding Racism. Let's be the change by starting with understanding!