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Charlottesville Man Starts Petition for 'Peace' Monument

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

As the city of Charlottesville grapples with its displays of Confederate history, one man would like to see a monument devoted entirely to peace.

David Swanson started an online petition asking the city to set aside one square foot of space in a prominent public place, like the Downtown Mall, to put up a “peace pole.”

Swanson says the city's current monuments represent wars and slaughter.

He wants to see something that says "this city is for peace."

"And a peace pole is something that lots of towns and cities have put up. It can have multiple sides with ‘May peace prevail on Earth’ in multiple languages. We could have English, Spanish, and the languages of Charlottesville's sister cities," Swanson said.

Swanson has reached out to local peace organizations, including the Charlottesville Center for Peace. He says eventually he will share his plans with city councilors.

You can find a link to Swanson's petition here.

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