Pro Concordia Labor

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Pro Concordia Labor:
The 2013 event in connection with the
Peace Palace Centenary

The Pro Concordia Labor flag was first adopted on August 27, 1897 by the Universal Peace Union at its 31st annual convention in Mystic Grove, Connecticut, U.S.A. 116 years later to the day, the flag was revived for an event aptly entitled ‘Pro Concordia Labor’ which was held on August 27, 2013 - the eve of the centenary of the Peace Palace - in Delft, The Netherlands.

The 2013 event was designed as an educational celebration aimed at connecting
Bertha von Suttner’s legacy to the development of international law - which in a very real sense begins with the Peace Palace in The Hague - which was built as proper symbolic home for the world’s first international court - The Permanent Court of Arbitration. A bust of Bertha von Suttner was unveiled at the Peace Palace on the occasion of its 100th birthday on August 28, 2013. 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee - who spoke at Pro Concordia Labor the night prior, unveiled this bust. Also speaking at Pro Concordia Labor were Stephen J. Rapp (U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice) and Brigid Inder (Director, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice). The 2013 event was conceived and organized by Hope Elizabeth May. A number of materials in connection with this event are available below.

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1) Original webpage describing the August 27, 2013 event ‘Pro Concordia Labor’ can be viewed here.

2) Invite, agenda and other materials distributed at the August 27, 2013 event

3) Press information can be seen

4) Video archive of the August 27, 2013 event

5) Video of the unveiling of the Bertha von Suttner statue in the Peace Palace (The Hague) on August 27, 2013, can be seen

Relevant Links

Points of Light
(educational outreach component of 'Piece of the Palace)

The Bertha von Suttner Project
(created to educate English speaking audiences about this important but largely unknown figure from the 19th century peace movement)

Pro Concordia Labor began as a component of '
Piece of the Palace' - which consisted in a constellation of international activities celebrating the Centenary of the Peace Palace (August 28, 2013). 'Piece of the Palace' was created and organized by Hope Elizabeth May with the support of The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University, The College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences of Central Michigan University, The Planethood Foundation, The International Criminal Court Student Network, and by private US citizens. In 2014, Pro Concordia Labor became an initiative of the Bertha von Suttner Project - and is now supported by the Peace through Education fund at Central Michigan University and the Peace Palace Library (The Hague).
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