Celebrating Peacebuilders (Part 1): Yoko Ono at 84

This article is part of a new series that showcases the work of American peace activists, demonstrating the great promise of ongoing peace initiatives in bringing about peace on Earth. Every person's piece of peace matters.

Recently, Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, who is known in her own right as an artist, musician and global peace activist, appeared in New York's Central Park in a wheelchair. At 84, she is still active, tweeting about peace and in January showing up for the historic Women's March.

38Before the Japanese-born Yoko Ono even met John Lennon

The caption on her Twitter account (@yokoono72IMAGINE PEACE: Think PEACE

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Here, Yoko is advocating for all of us to use our smartphones and other tech gadgets for good - to advocate for peace, rather than just allowing the war mentality on the planet to flourish, without challenge, without saying that war does us no good. This is peace journalism at its finest.


Love, Yoko Ono Lennon, New York, USA, May 2017

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After John's assassination in New York in 1980, Yoko Ono decided to build the Imagine Peace Tower in his memory. You can watch the Tower light up live on their YouTube channel.

Located on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík, the Imagine Peace Tower227emanate wisdom

Started in 1981, the other main project Yoko's been involved with since John's death is the Wish Tree. It's an art series by Yoko that also involves a native tree being planted at the site where viewers can write a wish and place it on the tree. The Wish Tree project has spread worldwide - from New York City, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Pasadena, Palo Alto (California), Tokyo, Venice, Paris, Dublin, London, Exeter, England, Finland to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It's inspiring - but not surprising - to know that after all these years, Yoko is as fervent for peace as ever, and is a great model for artists (and all of us) as to how we can use our gifts, our time, and our energy to foster good in the world - and to help change the dialogue from war to peace. It's been a long road to 2018 for Yoko Ono, one of the peace activists I most admire.

To read more about her extraordinary life, you can listen to The Real Yoko Ono276I don't believe my mother would have gotten as much flack back then (in the 1960s and 1970s)

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