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International expert shares keys to lasting peace

By Robin Loving Rowland and Tom Schneider

Rebecca Cralll

“Conflict is inevitable, but peace is possible,” said Rebecca Crall, Rotary International’s Manager of Peace and Peace Fellows, to 130 people who attended her three recent presentations in San Miguel. She went on to share additional good news that, globally, we are progressing with peace building.

Crall was in San Miguel to personally experience the variety of peace initiatives in San Miguel.

Toward that end, she spoke to the public at the Biblioteca and both Rotary clubs, visited LifePath Center and observed peace and conflict resolution being taught to the police and at elementary schools. She was especially impressed with the desire of several Mexicans who attended her events to create or expand youth programs to prevent violence, saying, “This really excites me. Peace is a local initiative.”

Quoting statistics from the Institute for Economics and Peace, which quantifies peace and its benefits, she shared that the economic impact of violence in Mexico is 4.4 trillion pesos per year (US$3.3 billion), or 33 percent of the gross domestic product, in 2012. Mexico ranks 133 of 162 countries on the Global Peace Index. The US ranks 99.

Rotary International has more than 100 years of experience in professional peace building. For more information, contact President Lee Carter at

Crall invited everyone to join the Rotary Action Group for Peace and to work locally with , a community of individuals and organizations working together to bring peace and improve the quality of life in San Miguel de Allende and beyond. The group pursues this goal through education, personal development, communication and conflict resolution practices, group prayer and meditation, outreach, events and inspiration.

Camino de la Paz (The Path of Peace) the Earth Day on April 22 at Parque Juárez with a peace festivity, San Miguel as other cities around the world who celebrated United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21. Find out more at Contact: to learn how you can contribute and become involved.


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