NEWS ARCHIVE 03/11/2003-03/24/2003


Los Angeles, CA -- Global Vision for Peace's DOVE OF PEACE pin, inspired by Pablo Picasso Dove of Peace paintings, is being worn by 52 nominees, presenters and attendees to the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 23, as an expression to hold the light of Peace globally from America.
Three of the Best Director nominees, three of the Best Actor nominees, three of the Best Supporting Actress nominees and a Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor nominee will wear the DOVE OF PEACE pin: Rob Marshall, Pedro Almodovar, Martin Scorsese, Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicolas Cage, Adrien Brody, Meryl Streep, Queen Latifah, Kathy Bates, Nicole Kidman and John C. Reilly. The full list of DOVE OF PEACE wearers follows.

The celebrity-worn DOVE OF PEACE pins will be auctioned on Ebay by Global Vision for Peace after the Academy Awards, and all proceeds will go toward removing devastating landmines in Afghanistan, Angola, Croatia and elsewhere and replacing them with seeds of new agricultural growth via Roots of Peace; and to Global Green USA and its American affiliate Green Cross International, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev, whose mandate is the organic unity between humankind and nature, and promote the ethic of global responsibility.

The DOVE OF PEACE pin was commissioned by Global Vision for Peace founders Cliff Rothman and Xorin Balbes, who asked American designer Henry Dunay to interpret Picasso's world-famous image of peace. Dunay is one of the leading jewelry artists in the world, having done commissions for Buckingham Palace and The White House. His international clientele has included Princess Diana of Wales, (who inspired the founder of Roots of Peace, one of Global Vision for Peace's philanthropic partners); Elizabeth Taylor, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Salma Hayek, Mrs. Denzel Washington, and others.

At the launch reception on Thursday, March 20, covered by 150 local, national and international broadcast and print media, a message of Peace was sent from India by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and read by Drew Barrymore. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a message that was delivered by U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Gillian Sorensen, and John Lennon's "Imagine," at the request of Yoko Ono, was performed.
The full listing of Dove of Peace wearers so far, as of noon on Saturday, March 22, are:

Pedro Almodovar, Christina Applegate, Kathy Bates, Dion Beebe, Paul Bettany, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Josh Brolin, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Connelly, Carlos Cuaron, Hope Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Farrell, Helen Fielding, Carrie Fisher, Brendan Fraser, Philip Glass, Bob Goen, ET, Marcia Gay Harden, Elliot Goldenthal, Mary Hart. ET, Anjelica Huston, Lainie Kazan, Catherine Keener, Nicole Kidman, Diane Lane, Queen Latifah, Catherine Lorenzo, Carol Marshall, Rob Marshall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Dermot Mulroney, Garcelle Beauvais Nilon, Pat O'Brien, Access, Nancy O'Dell. Access, John C. Reilly, Martin Richards, Ann Roth, Meg Ryan, Eva Marie Saint, Susan Sarandon, David Schwimmer & Carla, Martin Scorsese, Risa Shapiro, Charles Stone III, Meryl Streep, Julie Taymor, Nia Vardalos, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron
-- Leading World Voices of Peace--
The Honorable Mikhail Gorbachev, The Dalai Lama, Yoko Ono, United Nation's Kofi Annan send peace messages to launch Global Vision For Peace at press reception

Los Angeles, March 20, 2003 -- Yoko Ono requested that "Imagine" be sung. New recording artists Miranda Lee Richards and Cory Brannan performed the legendary song of John Lennon.

Drew Barrymore read the articulate and profound message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama about the meaning and route to Peace.
Mr. Kofi Annan's message was delivered by U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Gillian Sorensen.

Global Vision for Peace is bringing together Peace and Human Rights Leaders and organizations with the Hollywood community, and using the global reach of the Academy Awards to send a powerful message via a universal peace symbol -- THE DOVE OF PEACE -- to convey to billions round the world that there are prominent Americans who support Peace.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Princess Ann Claire Van Shaick Pahlavi, National President of the Screen Actors Guild Melissa Gilbert, and Program Director of the Film Society at Lincoln Center Richard Pena have all lent their illustrious names to support the collective vision of Peace and Global Vision for Peace.
Twenty-four White Doves were released at the end of the performance of "Imagine," manifesting the hope of peace flowing outward into the world.
Melanie Griffith, Anjelica Huston, Kathy Bates, Beau Bridges, Rob Marshall, Pedro Almodovar, Christina Applegate, Jonathan Demme, Teri Garr, Rob Reiner, Judith Light and others have joined the Honorary Committee of Global Vision for Peace.

The launch reception of Global Vision for Peace was covered by 150 local, national and international broadcast and print media outlets.