In one week, exactly on September 21st, the world will celebrate the International Day of Peace. I’d bet dollars to donuts that if you’re reading this, you probably didn’t know this fact. But I’d also bet that if you’ve been following our work with Roll for Peace, you might well indeed know the significance of September 21st. JJ Husley did this awesome artwork. Our decision to launch Roll for Peace was based on the reality that peace begins with us – our skate community. Within the skate community, there is much that binds us together. We take great joy spreading the stoke of skateboarding. Videos of the latest tricks and raw runs make our heads explode. We marvel at those legends still riding hard and with passion well into their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond. The amount of incredible product means we are literally dizzy with choice. Skateparks in every conceivable form are in numerous parts of the world. If you want instant freedom and joy, a skateboard is pretty much the best bang you can get for your buck. And yet, despite all these incredible things that skateboarding gives us, there are some who are not at peace. Social media elevates and amplifies our ideas. There is both good and bad consequences to this. If you find yourself getting depressed and de-stoked by the negativity, you might want to rethink where you are positioned. I know where I am positioned along with hundreds of others on September 16th. On that date I am pledging to Roll for Peace. You can register here. We don’t care how long you roll or what you roll. We don’t care where you roll or who you roll with. We don’t care how long or how fast or slow you roll. We don’t care how many people join you when you roll. All we care about is that if you’re reading this message you get out there and roll. Once you’ve finished rolling for peace, we’d like you take the five days before the International Day of Peace and think about your role in peace. Are you fostering peace? Are you creating balance in your life and the lives of others? Are your actions and ideas compassionate? Are you striving to shine a light on injustice, no matter where you find it? Is harmony part of your life? Are you establishing trust with all those you come into contact with? These are tough questions to ask, but they are necessary.   When you pursue peace, you have to first build trust. When you foster balance, the bi-product is harmony and when you pursue justice, you must be compassionate.  We ALL have a role for peace. My sincere thanks to all those who are participating. High fives and positive vibes to the Shralpers Union. Special thanks to Sean Powell of Whatever Skateboards Visit the Day of Peace. Chris Koch is one AWESOME human being! Visit ifican.ca