Interdependence Day was launched in Philadelphia on September 12, 2003. The date was deliberately chosen as a post 9/11 symbol of regeneration, as a time to reflect on the tragedy of the incidents of terror, not only in the United States, but all over the world, and to ask ourselves “What next?” It seemed critically important to acknowledge the inevitability and significance of interdependence in our time, and set out to build constructively and culturally a global civic society.
Since the launching event in Philadelphia in 2003, there have been major Interdependence Day observances in Rome and Paris, along with Philadelphia and in communities and on campuses around the world, including Scranton, which has celebrated Interdependence Day since 2006. The commemoration is organized by a planning committee comprised of volunteers from the cultural community, the secondary and higher education community, local civic groups, religious groups, local libraries, county government and many others.
A Call to Action
Civic, cultural, educational, and religious organizations must take the lead in strengthening democracy and the culture of interdependence. We have the necessary skills, the intellect and the imagination, the creativity and compassion, the dynamism and the inspiration, and we have the will. To paraphrase Rabbi Tarfone, in the Pirke Abot, we are not required to complete the work, but neither are we free to desist from it.
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