HI NYC’s “Sleep for Peace” Programming begins September 21

Posted on September 8, 2017 · Posted in Uncategorized

What if just by choosing the right place to sleep you could help build a more tolerant world? Each year, Hostelling International NYC (HI NYC) brings together more than 200,000 travelers from over 88 countries in conversation and friendship, which often provides new perspectives on global issues and world cultures, an outcome that’s critically important with current world issues. Hostelling International USA (HI USA)’s Sleep For Peace is an annual celebration of how HI USA hostels bring people together to create a more peaceful world, every day.

Beginning on the United Nation’s International Day of Peace on September 21st, and finishing on September 28th, HI NYC is joining HI hostels around the US and the world to offer peaceful programming for hostel guests and the community to foster discussion and reflection to help create a more tolerant world.
Throughout the week, HI NYC will shine Blue Beacons for Peace on the exteriors and grounds of the hostel at Amsterdam and 103 rd Street, lighting the New York skyline.
The week-long schedule of free community programming includes:
Upper West Side Peace Walk with local historian Jim Mackin – Visit Upper West Side historic
locations of peace movements both local and global; 10 am Thursday, September 21, open to all.
Potluck LunchHosted by NYC locals, hostellers and neighbors will share a meal and
conversation; Friday, September 22 at 12 pm, open to all with RSVP to community.newyork@hiusa.org.
Two Koreas – Hosted by visitors from North and South Korea, this program will explore the
ideas of unity and division. The Korean hosts will teach attendees how to make bibimbap and
discuss its cultural relevance. Following this there will be a facilitated dialogue, talking about
culture, politics, unity, and disunity. Takes place at 12 noon, Saturday, September 23; all are welcome to
attend with RSVP to education.newyork@hiusa.org
Peace Meditation: Hostellers and local New Yorkers are invited to rest their minds with
reflection for more peaceful times guided by a trained meditation specialist. Takes place at 8:30 am
Sunday, September 24; open to all, sign up required beforehand at
Screening and Anti-Racism Discussion  This event is co-sponsored by the Harlem Cultural Collaborative/Harlem One Stop. We will look at the role of the Upper West Side and youth workers with Freedom Summer in the 1960s, and connect that work to anti-racism work today. Facilitated
dialogue with an illustrious panel of anti-racist activists to follow screening; Monday, September
25 at 6 pm; free and open to all.

NYPL Screening:  No Vietnamese ever called me n*****, release in 1968, this 68 minute
documentary focuses on the black ex-G.Is who discuss their experiences in Vietnam, racism in
the armed forces and their dissatisfaction with life in the U. S. upon their return. Intercut with
scenes of anti-war protest demonstrations in New York City and the 1967 Harlem
Fall Mobilization March. Screening takes place at the NY Public Library branch on 82nd Street
and Amsterdam; Tuesday, September 26 at 6 pm, free and open to all.
Peace of Poetry – Open mic night for poetry & performances relating to peace & justice.
Wednesday, September 27 6:30-8:30; free and open to all.
Wrestling Jerusalem (film screening + conversation with director) – The finale to HI NYC’s
Sleep for Peace presents director Ethan Kussman, who will screen and lead a discussion about
his film, which has its New York premiere on September 12. According to Kussman, Wrestling
Jerusalem “is a work of art. It makes no sweeping generalizations and offers no easy answers.
Rather, it aspires to serve as an experience that, combined with discussion, will address issues
facing all communities about Israel and Palestine and the broader concerns of our polarized
world and encourage viewers to make space for multiple perspectives, competing narratives,
and have empathy for the ‘other.’” Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm; free and open to all with RSVP to
Harlem Artists on Display – The Harlem Cultural Collaborative will host a photography exhibit
of Harlem artists in HI NYC’s New York Room starting September 21. 
HI NYC will also host a Peace Maker Mixer at the start of Sleep for Peace, inviting those actively
engaged in peace and justice work to participate. Takes place September 21 from 5-8pm. To attend,
contact community.newyork@hiusa.org.
“In such a turbulent time, we feel that this year’s Sleep for Peace events take on even greater
meaning,” said Emily Gallagher, HI NYC Community Relations Manager. “We are inviting the
community in for an open dialogue to discuss how it feels to live in various worlds. These discussions
aren’t about what side you’re on, but how you emotionally navigate the world today and how we can
make friendships and cross cultures in these challenging times.”
In addition to the special programming, HI NYC will also light the New York skyline with blue beacons of
peace each night during Sleep for Peace.