Non-Violence Week Legislation Passes Ohio Senate
Senate Bill 38 promotes violence prevention and awareness

Columbus –Legislation to designate the first week of October as “Non-Violence Week” recently passed the Ohio Senate with a vote of 33-0. Sponsored by State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Senate Bill 38 will help to promote violence prevention and awareness across Ohio.

“Unfortunately, this past year has been marked with tragic acts of violence across the country,” said Senator Schiavoni. “These tragedies were a huge reminder of the levels of violence we find in our society today and we need to be proactive in finding creative ways to stop violence. We have a lot of work to do at every level from the dinner table to the president’s office. This bill was brought to me by children who recognize the need to curb violence and will be used as a starting point.”

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.   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. 

“The Sojourn students and I are really excited about this bill passing,” said Director Penny Wells. “I hope it receives quick action in the House and gets to the governor’s desk. This is a great start to establishing non-violence week in Ohio.”

The legislation will now move to the Ohio House for consideration.  

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