Governor Signs Senator Schiavoni's "Non-Violence Week" Legislation
Idea first proposed by Mahoning Valley students

COLUMBUS- Legislation to designate the first week of October as “Non-Violence Week” was signed into law by Governor John Kasich earlier today. Sponsored by State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senate Bill 38 will help to promote violence prevention and awareness across Ohio.  The idea of Ohio Violence Week was developed by the Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, an organization that advocates for peace, tolerance and understanding in the community.  

“I’m so happy to see that the hard work of students in the Mahoning Valley to help prevent violence has paid off.” Sen. Schiavoni stated. “I believe that this legislation will be used as a starting point for communities around the state to have meaningful conversations on how to prevent violent acts in our schools, neighborhoods and everywhere else. I thank Governor Kasich as well as my fellow legislators for their support of Non-Violence Week.  I look forward to promoting violence prevention this October.”

In 2009, Sojourn students designed a non-violence week for Youngstown schools hosting a non-violence workshop and public service announcements based on the principles of non-violence.  Students also designed and sold over 1700 non-violence t-shirts, leading the Youngstown Mayor and City Council to pass a resolution declaring the week of October 2-8, 2009 Non-violence Week in the city. Today, Nonviolence Week in Youngstown is a large community event marked with a rally and a parade.  In 2012, over 500 people participated. 

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