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Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi promotes peace at Lane Community College event

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

Arun Gandhi, following in the steps of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi, stopped by the Lane Community College campus Thursday night to promote nonviolence in the 21st century.

The Peace Center at LCC hosted the event.

Gandhi focused on using peace as a path to personal awareness and social change in the community.

Center chairman Stan Taylor says the topic is crucial and timely with the turmoil and conflict rising in the states and abroad. "We're seeing increases in violence and we're seeing people respond to that violence with hate and violence in return."

"Today we abuse anger and yet it's a very powerful and a very useful emotion if we can only harness it and use it intelligently," said Ghandi.

The next talk scheduled for the Peace Center was a translator for the Dalai Lama, but he was unable to obtain a visa in time to enter the the US.

We're told it's unrelated to the president's travel ban.

The center hopes to reschedule his visit for this fall or next spring.

For more information on the LCC Peace Center, visit the website: https://www.lanecc.edu/peacecenter

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