HESPERIA • More than 100 San Joaquin Valley College students and staffers walked Hesperia streets Wednesday morning, calling for peace and an end to domestic violence.


It was the second year that members of the SJVC community marched in support of the International Day of Peace, as publicized by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley's Peace One Day films.


"The Peace One Day walk is something we cherish here at SJVC," professor Marc Plouffé told the students and staff assembled outside the school's front door Wednesday morning. "We watch the news every day ... and see that people reach for their guns and reach for their fists" as a means to solve conflict.


The United Nations declared Sept. 21 to be the International Day of Peace in 1981. It is meant to be observed with temporary ceasefires in combat zones and the promotion of non-violent means of conflict resolution.


At SJVC, where many of the marchers were young women, many of the signs they carried called for an end to emotional abuse and domestic violence.


The students and staff marched down Escondido Avenue, Main Street and Mariposa Road.


The students later walked a second time with elderly residents of the Sterling Inn in Victorville.


SJVC students and staff will commemorate the International Day of Peace once again Friday, with a Student vs. Staff soccer game at Sunset Ridge Soccer Field West in Victorville at 5 p.m.


Donations of canned food, clothing and money, along with bake sale proceeds, will be donated to The Family Assistance Program (formerly the High Desert Domestic Violence Program). For more information, call (760) 948-1947.


Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com.