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Yoko Ono's Non-Violence Project Holding Peace Workshop Coinciding With Copa America

(Photo courtesy of nonviolence.com)
The Non-Violence Project Foundation is an international education group. Non-violence sculptures like this one were created by the group's Non-Violence Ambassadors.

This Saturday, the Mexican Committee of The Non-Violence Project, a non-profit organization founded by artist Yoko Ono, will visit Arizona. The visit is linked to the Copa America international soccer tournament.

The group of activists from Mexico will travel to promote diversity, inclusion and respect particularly among the Spanish-speaking Latino community.

The delegation is part of The Non-Violence Project Foundation, a worldwide educational initiative created by artist Yoko Ono after the assassination of her husband, legendary musician John Lennon of The Beatles.

The organization does not have an office in Arizona. Mauricio López Aymes with The Non-Violence Project Mexico, explained that the committee will conduct a workshop in Spanish on Saturday about conflict transformation and violence awareness.

The workshop will precede the game between the Mexican National Soccer Team and Uruguay on Sunday at the Arizona Cardinals' University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

López Aymes said the non-volence project does not take a stance on political issues, but could help in finding a solution to issues that concern Latinos in Arizona, 

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.