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13th Annual “Walk for a New Spring”
February 21, 2014 - April 8, 2014
Common Unity – Peace Building – Demilitarization
February 21, 2014 – April 8, 2014
Leverett, MA to Washington, DC
“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
For more information, to join or support the walk when it comes to your community
Call Tim Bullock @ 413-485-8469
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk Initiated by
Nipponzan Myohoji, New England Peace Pagoda, 100 Cave Hill Rd, Leverett, MA 01054 www.newenglandpeacepagoda.org
Arise for Social Justice -Western Mass American Friends Service Committee-
Mass Peace Action – House of Peace – United for Justice with Peace -Cambridge Peace Commission, Nuclear Free Future -The Traprock Center for Peace and Justice- Mass Slavery Apology -Kabala House- Leverett Peace Commission – Dorchester People for Peace -Louis D. Brown Peace Institute –
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, US – Orange Inc.
We will transcend (war-making) in ways that we cannot yet properly imagine, through the deter- mination to rise above our incapacities and achieve our purposes on earth.
– Kathy Kelly
Founder of Voices of Creative Non-Violence Leader of Peace Delegations to Iraq, Afghani- stan, and Pakistan
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
– Nelson Mandela
Great leader of Anti-Apartheid Movement in
First-elected President in Post Apartheid South
Wisdom of Guruji
Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii, the Founder and Teacher of
Nipponzan Myohoji, wrote in 1953:
Just as the height of winter is the prelude to spring, the fear that shrouds humanity can be seen as a harbinger of peace,
leading to a sudden upsurge of spiritual vigor sprouting in the hearts and minds of humankind. Only with such spiritual conviction can we overcome the trials we face in this most perilous of times. Humanity’s challenge is to choose between extinction and great unity through reconciliation. It is in turn a choice of victory of violence or that of humanity’s spirituality.
Rev Dr. Martin Luther King identified extreme Materialism, Militarism and Racism as the “Triplets of Evil”, which we must transform. They exist both within us and external to us.
Materialism – viewing human beings and nature as exploitable for profit, regardless of consequence. Leads to large scale societal impoverishment and destruction of nature.
Racism – Artificial and pernicious con- struct of thought and social organization that some human beings are inherently superior to others. “It separates bodies, minds and spirits, descends to inflicting spiritual and physical homicide on the out group.” (Martin Luther King)
Militarism – The belief that armed violence is the way to control perceived threats. The US spends more on our Military arsenal than the rest of the world combined. Domestically the number of guns is roughly equivalent to every man woman and child in the US. Also our police forces are being armed with ever more lethal weapons. Let us build a culture that posits faith in humanity and dissolves the intensifying cycle of fear and violence.
On the Earth
We are part of the Earth, it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters, the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crest… and man- all belong to the same family… Whatever befalls the earth be- falls the sons and daughters of the earth . All things are connected.
Chief Seattle 1854 Suquamish Nation
“Let us organize goodness”
Inspired exhortation of Dr. Martin Luther King quoted by
– Dr. Vincent Harding, Theologian, Activist and close colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King
Please Consider Supporting these Legislative Bills and Initiatives
? Bill to Ban Uranium Mining in the US and to clean up the thousands of abandoned uranium mines on Native American lands
? H.R.808 A Bill to establish a Cabinet-level Dept of Peace-Building
? Continue the Funding of the SNAP Program – NO CUTS
? Petition to support Jobs Not Jail for Non-violent Offenders
? Support for Initiative of Fairfax, CA to establish an International body of experts to oversee the care of the damaged and dangerous Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
More to come
We welcome your suggestions
Tentative Schedule subject to change
Please join us for an hour, a day or the whole walk !