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Global Peace Forum brings people together in Billings

Posted at 9:17 AM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 11:18:24-04

A project in New Jersey helped young people from different backgrounds and is the model to help in Billings.

Leaders met to work on the pilot project at the 5th Annual Global Peace Forum at the Vegas Hotel on Saturday. The conference works on community peace building among different races, religions and cultures.

In Jersey City, the group with people from ages 20-to-40, designed a non-violence pledge and a march. The project here will bring together native Americans and non-native Americans.

"The goal is deepen relationships and to see what can be done together going forward," said Gail Hambleton, Global Peace Foundation senior program specialist. "Who knows? It can be the beginning of many wonderful things."

"Bringing different cultures together, sometimes it takes events like this here what we're having," said Mike Yakawich, Global Peace Foundation Montana director. "Bringing people from the community together. Kind of facilitating good will, facilitating peace building, facilitating understanding each other's culture and each other's heritage."

The pilot project, called cross community engagement, will start in January and the plan is for 30 people to work for about eight months.