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Walk for Peace For the People – For the Earth
Saturday, February 16- Friday, March 8, 2013
This is the annual Walk for a New Spring initiated and led by the New England Peace Pagoda. This year’s walk for community, sustainability and disarmament is designed to help awaken people to the need for foster human connection and caring; to promote environmental sustainability, focusing on alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels; and for disarmament and peace.
Feb 16: Peace Pagoda-Amherst
Feb 17: Seabrook, NH
Feb 18: Ipswich
Feb 19: Beverly, Salem
Feb 20-21: Boston
Feb 23: Cape Cod
Feb 24: Plymouth
Feb 25: Fairhaven
Feb 26: Dartmouth
Feb 27: Attleboro
Feb 28: Providence, RI
Mar 1: Mystic, CT
Mar 2: New London
Mar 4: Madison
Mar 5: New Haven
Mar 6: Hartford
Mar 7: Waterbury
Mar 8: Danbury
For information to join or support the walk when it comes to your community, phone Tim Bullock at 413-485-8469 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
We walk in 2013 keeping in our hearts and minds that this year is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, and the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Malcom X.
We walk to pick up the mantle of commitment to a just and peaceful world to which these great leaders and prophets gave voice and ultimately their lives.
We also walk for all those, known and unknown, alive and deceased, who dedicated their lives to making our planet a better world.
Walking for PEACE….
We are in a time of great change, some have called it the “Great Turning”*
*Term first used by Joanna Macy
The Earth is a living being. We are all on this precious planet because the Earth, as Mother, gives all necessary sustenance to humans, animals, plants...all life. The Earth is NOT a material mass to be brutally plundered, exploited and destroyed for money. Let us open our spiritual eyes, not our materialistic eyes to see the limitless wonder of this natural world and particularly the inexhausti- ble, beneficial and generous power of the Earth… Let us be humbly thankful.
The People just as the Earth, have been viewed as exploitable and expendable in the modern era. To move from the harsh materialistic age which has brought the forced impoverishment of millions, to a more spiritually grounded age, let us practice to see and revere the sublime and noble inner nature of all people. Let us renounce killing and open up a new era of security and peace.
“These are the times to grow our soul” Dr. Vincent Harding
Charmaine Whiteface, Zumila Wobaga, a member of the Ogala Sioux Tribe and the founder and coordinator of Defenders of the Black Hills, a group of volun- teers without racial or tribal boundaries working to protect and preserve the environment of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty Territory, will join the New Eng-
land portion of the walk and speak about uranium mining, open uranium mines and “America’s
Chernobyl”. Join us at Brattleboro, MA, Seabrook, NH, Plymouth, MA and New London, CT
Support the creation of the Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act to direct the NRC to develop an action plan for reclamation of thousands of abandoned uranium mines and exploratory sites that are polluting the homes and communities in the US, primarily on Traditional Native People’s land.
H.R. 1334: Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of 2011 112th Congress, 2011–2012 To provide for nuclear weapons abolition and economic conversion in accordance with District of Columbia Initiative Measure Number 37 of 1992, while ensuring environmental restoration and clean-energy conversion. Sponsor: E. Holmes Norton
Support H.R.808 Latest Title: Department of Peace Act
Sponsor: Rep Dennis J. Kucinich, [OH-10] (introduced 2/3/2009)
Letter writing campaigns urging our legislative representatives to support bills and legislations that protect, uphold and value human, animal and planetary life.
Wisdom of Guruji 1885-1985
Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii, the Founder and Teacher of
Nipponzan Myohoji, wrote in 1953:
“It is imperative that we replace materialism and the economic way of think- ing, which have served as the fundamental principles of social organization, with community based on human solidarity and mutual aid and develop the life of Tangyo-raihai, the offering of respect to everyone…”
Although we all have individual challenges, the root and resolution of the ma- jor problems we face are common to us all. We will find the way to live by fostering human connection and caring, and by helping one another to live and make the changes necessary for a more viable future.
“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” Dr Martin Luther King Jr
End Nuclear Power, Halt uranium mining, clean up thousands of open ura- nium pits, commit to responsible solutions to radioactive waste
End Fossil-based power (oil, gas, coal); no fracking or drilling; no moun- taintop removal
Commitment of Federal, State and local govt’s to convert to safe modes of energy production, particularly sun and wind.
All of us practicing conservation and simplification of our lives.
War and the weapons of war must end. It is time for us to come together, trans- forming our fears, sharing our energies and resources for the good. Only by coming together can we find a way to solve the overwhelming crises of climate change and the poisoning of the Earth with highly radioactive waste.
Let us pick up the ancient and noble spiritual arts of negotiation and peacemak- ing.
“Peace will prevail in the world when we no longer kill or take from others and instead make offerings to sustain the lives of others”
Most Ven. Fujii Guruji, 1974