Walk for a New Spring
March 20 - April 9
Come join the Monks, Nuns and concerned citizens as we begin our 18th annual “Walk for a New Spring” and our continuing the tradition of “walking the talk” of peace in our communities, in our country and in our world.
Make plans to join us if you can!
The annual ‘Walk for a New Spring’ of the New England Peace Pagoda began several months after the shattering event of September 11, 2001. We began walking in Massachusetts to help bring people together to listen and share with one another easing the fears dividing people at that time.
Since 2008 we have lengthened the walk to culminate in Washington, DC, connecting peoples concerns and moral will to congress for policies promoting equity, peace and a viable life for all. We invite you to join us as we walk together, pray together, share food and concern together.
As we walk through the communities to Washington, DC, we can open a space to reframe how to address international and local crises; Systemic poverty, racism, climate instability, oppression of immigrants, lack of healthcare, these are some of the crises affecting us both domestically as well as globally. Thinking from a perspective of Shared Security we can start moving from an”us versus them” approach, to cooperative strategies for shared solutions.
In light of this mission, we invite all to sign the following documents which we will carry with us:
- The Hibakusha Appeal – honor this call for the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons for all time.
- The UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
- In Massachusetts, legislative initiatives regarding nuclear weapons, arms sales to Saudi Arabia, creation of the Peoples Budget and changing the State Seal from an image of violent suppression of Indigenous People.
All are welcome to join us for as much or as little of the walk as possible or simply to meet us in one of the towns we will pass through to connect with our community and show your support for our mission. A tentative walk schedule is attached below but, if interested, please contact walk organizer, Tim Bullock, for more information (phone: 413-485-8469, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).