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The Satyagraha Forum

WHEREAS, An application has been received at The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation from the The Satyagraha Forum who propose to conduct a silent walk for peace starting at the Gandhi Memorial in Union Square Park on April 6, 2008; and

WHEREAS, This event is scheduled to be held at the same time as performances at the Metropolitan Opera of Philip Glass's landmark work, "Satyagraha," which is set to a text in the ancient Sanskrit of the Bhagavad-Gita, an account of Mahatma Gandhi's formative experiences in South Africa; and

WHEREAS, This event is in conjunction with 12-14 differently located panel discussions; and

WHEREAS, This event coordinates with the 40th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's peace march and Gandhi's peace march; and

WHEREAS, This event is being lead by Mahatma Gandhi's grandson; and

WHEREAS, The event will leave Union Square Park and the route is being closely worked out with the NYC Police Department; and

WHEREAS, All the appropriate permits will be obtained including sound; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval to hold the start of the silent walk at the Gandhi Memorial in Union Square Park.

The above resolution passed  by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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