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Community event aims to combat domestic violence through celebration


October 16, 2013
After years in the international entertainment business, Sally Busby knows a thing or two about throwing a party.

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Sally Busby, one of the organizers of Celebration 4 Peace, showcases the Victory Over Violence exhibit at Western Days in 2011. Contributed image
She and her husband, Richard Novey, moved to Valley Center in 2006 to find some solitude, but they still like to get friends and neighbors together every once in a while to have a good time. However, they decided to make their next celebration about more than just hanging out and grilling burgers.

On Oct. 27, from 1–4 p.m., Busby and other volunteers will be hosting Celebration 4 Peace, a fun community event designed to educate people on the many harmful effects of violence.

"More and more in the last two years, we've noticed there's more and more violence in Valley Center," said Busby. Due to the stresses of the recent economic downturn, Busby believes that bullying, domestic violence, and other acts of aggression are on the rise. "No matter where you come from, what your belief is, this is a serious problem," she said.

The centerpiece of Celebration 4 Peace will be a traveling exhibit called Victory Over Violence. Featuring 12 panels, the exhibit examines the modern day statistics and challenges of stemming violence, as well as tracing the peace movement from Ghandi through Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Busby first presented the exhibit at Western Days in 2011.

"The people that did come by were so impressed with the exhibit," she said. "It's clearly something that many, many people feel passionate about."

was first created by Soka Gakkai International in 2000 after the Columbine shootings in Colorado the year before. A Buddhist movement, Soka Gakkai translates roughly to "value-creating society." However, Celebration 4 Peace is not a religious event and people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.

One major aspect of the Victory Over Violence exhibit involves passive violence, or non-physical acts that are still violent in nature.

"We can take responsibility for peace if we are aware when we are criticizing or teasing or judging someone else, it's an act of violence," said Busby. "We can also realize by doing that, it's an act of violence against ourselves."

The exhibit is especially targeted toward young people, particularly in a school environment. It is written in both English and Spanish. There is no overt political agenda behind Victory Over Violence; it is just about promoting dialogue and educating people on the importance of compassion and respect.

Although Celebration 4 Peace is a party with a purpose, there will be plenty of activities just for fun. The free event, which will take place at the Busby/Novey residence near VC High School, will include music by the Roaring Tigers as well as a DJ set by professional singer David Pascowitz. There will be a caricature artist, a make-up corner, sports, and a supervised pool.

There will also be popcorn, hot dogs, and, of course, hamburgers. All the food is free as well.

A former gang member will be speaking on his experience with the peace movement and his inspirational journey from a life of violence to a successful business career.

Local artist Kimm Byers will also be in attendance, with a huge canvas for everyone to paint on.

"We're going to do a big painting of peace for anyone who wants to," said Busby. There will even be calligraphy lessons for people to learn how to draw Chinese characters.

"We wanted to keep it pretty informal," said Busby. "It's just about helping to inform people in the community."

Celebration 4 Peace is an all-ages event. To more information or to RSVP, call 760-533-5929 or email vcacelebration4peace@gmail.com. For more information about the Victory Over Violence exhibit or to take the pledge for nonviolence, visit www.vov.com.

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    October 17, 2013 | 01:16 PM

    I am so pleased to see that you've published this piece. Sally Busby is sincerely committed to educating and empowering our community, particularly our young people. She is one of the most compassionate people you'll ever meet and, if you are able, it would behoove you to attend this event. She and her hubby throw terrific parties!
    Well done on covering what matters!

    Camille Strate
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