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Potluck to Welcome Walkers for a New Spring
March 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a potluck and discussion to welcome the Walk for a New Spring to Cambridge.
New England Peace Pagoda is initiating a 56 day walk, open to all interested people, starting in Leverett, Massachusetts on March 4, 2016 and ending in Washington, DC on April 27. This is the 15th annual “Walk for a New Spring”, first undertaken after September 11, 2001. This year the call of the walk will be for “Shared Security”.
As we walk we carry the somber reflection that over 1,000,000 people from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have died because of the “War on Terror”, officially begun after September 11, 2001*. Millions more in the region have become refugees. Our own soldiers have suffered loss and death as well. No end appears in sight. Present wars and potential new wars give a grave sense of insecurity to todays world. That is why we will carry the Quaker working paper, “Shared Security, Re-imagining US Foreign Policy”, to all communities along the route as well as to our legislators in Washington, DC.
“Shared Security, Reimagining US Foreign Policy” is the name of the working paper put together by the American Friends Service Committee and the Friends Committee on National Legislation. It was the result of a Quaker process of bringing together a wide spectrum of people, including those actively supporting the military presence in the world, and those actively working for disarmament. Reflecting together on the question of what creates security in our society, participants eventually came to a consensus: “We understand that our security in this country depends on advancing global security for all…” The working paper is thoughtful and grounded. It invites all readers to join in the reimagining the US foreign policy and takes to heart the reframing of security from the foundation of militarism to the foundation of “shared security”.
Believing that the conviction, moral strength and vision for this reframing of national security will come from the people and from there inspire political leadership, we will share copies of the Quaker working paper in communities all along the walk route. We will have community gatherings each night to talk and pray together that a consensus will grow in our country to shift the seemingly unstoppable militarism of powerful interests in this country. We will reach out to all faith leaders, and spiritual leaders, to bring forth the transcendent wisdom of their traditions, to help all see clearly the way we must walk as human beings, members of the same human family.
The last day of the walk, April 27th in Washington, DC will culminate with a Interfaith Prayer followed by the final procession to Capital Hill, where our Western Massachusetts Congressman, Jim McGovern has reserved a room for the presentation on Shared Security: Reimagining US Foreign Policy. All senators, congresspersons will be invited along with their staff. We ask all people, both along our route and throughout the country to strongly invite their legislators to come to the presentation. We also invite all people who can, to please join us for the final day, April 27th.
The walk will host events in Cambridge and Boston on March 18 and 19 respectively.