Making strides toward peace – Walkers hope to help elevate consciousness

Posted on July 17, 2009. Filed under: 0. Peace | Tags: , , , , |

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Making strides toward peace
(Cited from El Defensor Chieftain at: http://www.dchieftain.com/news/90291-07-15-09.html )
Walkers hope to help elevate consciousness

Nat Holland El Defensor Chieftain Reporter

A desire for world peace instead of a world blown to pieces is the motivation for a diverse group of individuals participating in a peace walk that passed through Socorro on Monday, July 13.

The Trinity to Trident Interfaith Peace Walk is a multi-stage peace walk that started at Los Alamos on July 5, and will eventually end near the Bangor Naval Base in Washington State.

“It’s a trip to be out there on the road — one step after another,” said 70-year-old Arizona native Iris Wolfe.

The New Mexico stage of the walk culminates with a 26-hour prayer vigil for peace at the edge of the White Sands Missile Range, near the Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb was detonated.

“Every hour we will pray the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament,” said Telesflora Rios, a local volunteer who provided dinner for the walkers when they stopped in Socorro.

Father Charles McCarthy, of Boston, and Sister Patricia McCarthy, a sister of Notre Dame, will be two of the catholic clergy participating in the vigil.

Stop in Socorro

“One reason to stop here (in Socorro) is New Mexico Tech was one of the schools to experiment with enriched uranium in the 1970s,” said Marcus Page, part of the Catholic Worker Movement. “I don’t know what’s currently going on (at Tech), but this commemorates historical events.”

The group also planned to visit the Jumbo fragment on display in Socorro’s Historic Plaza.

The movement started in 1933, primarily to provide services to the poor and struggling in the Depression Era, Page said. The second World War, with its devastation and loss of life, pushed the organization into a different direction and it became more known for its pacifistic stance.

Prayer for Peace

“We walk and pray for world peace — this particular walk is to abolish nuclear weapons,” said Gilbert Perez, a Buddhist monk who was born in Cuba and raised in New York City. “We pray for the down-winders who were affected in this area and soldiers coming back from Iraq.”

“Life is most important. We can live together peacefully,” said Senji Kanaeda, a Japanese Buddhist Monk, who has lived in Seattle for about six years. “We wish that it (nuclear attacks) would never happen again — that is why we walk.”

Erica Freeman, who moved recently moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., met Senji two weeks after her move, and was convinced to join him on the peace walk.

“This is my first peace walk, but by no means is this the first time in my life I have felt passionate about it,” said Freeman, who volunteers for two non-profits in the Seattle area.

Impact on Japan

“Before World War II, Japan was a very militaristic country. After the war we knew what could happen and wanted it to never happen again,” said Senji.

“The Japanese people should walk on the front line of any action or movement or prayer for abolition of any nuclear weapons or energy on the earth,” said Senji, attributing the comment to an American friend, who is now a director at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, in Japan.

Japanese people also seem to be more aware of the impact of nuclear weapons than other countries, said Senji, due to direct experience, photographs, TV shows and education programs.

“We are afraid of that happening again and we think about it — not just the atomic bomb,” said Hiro Takahashi, a 20-year-old from Japan.

Concern for Consequence

Dennis Duvall, an Arizona native associated with Prescott Peace Action, is just along for the New Mexico segment of the walk.

“I got involved because I was anti-nuclear. I was working against nuclear power back in the ’70s,” said Duvall. “We joined this walk because we are very mindful of the threat to the earth and all life from these vast nuclear arsenals. So we’re walking to abolish nuclear weapons and stop the nuclear fuel cycle from the building of another generation of power plants.”

“I’m a retired social worker and psychotherapist so my interest is more personal with what is for me a heartbreaking reality that we tend to be hell-bent for our own destruction and the destruction of those around us,” said Wolfe, who is also associated with Prescott Peace Action. “We would like to think that we can fix whatever we do and that may not be possible. This is a hard reality to face.”

For more information or to follow the peace walk visit the group’s blog site at http://pacificlifecommunitydesert.wordpress.com.

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John Lennon’s plea for world peace “Imagine” chimes across Liverpool

Posted on May 16, 2009. Filed under: 0. Peace | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

John Lennon’s song “Imagine” the  unofficial anthem for World Peace, will be heard in Liverpool this Saturday May 16th, 2009, as chimes from the Liverpool Cathedral  are played to that tune.

In this post we want to celebrate this event for Peace, in Liverpool where John Lennon and the Beatles first started on their road to world-wide fame.

In a world full  news of events and forces arrayed against Peace, it is refreshing to hear about some of the events and activities that people organize for Peace. This event is an example of  people for Peace extending the call for World Peace using different creative ways.

“John Lennon’s plea for world peace “Imagine” chimes across Liverpool” Liverpool Daily Post – May 14 2009

BELL-RINGERS were put through their paces last night in a secret rehearsal ahead of the unique performance of John Lennon’s Imagine this weekend.

They will chime out the iconic Lennon song, which includes the lines “imagine there’s no heaven”, at lunchtime on Saturday.

Organisers of the event, which is part of the North-west’s Futuresonic festival, have also been sent a message of support from Yoko Ono.

The 76-year-old said: “The sound of your bells will travel around the world and remind people of John Lennon and his belief there is an urgent need for world peace . . . like the church bell in the town which used to ring as the warning to people about impending disasters like flood and fire.

“Thank you for thinking of a very important way of bringing change to the consciousness of the world.
“I will hear your bells, too, in New York where I will be working that day.”

Artist Cleo Evans, who had the original idea, said: “I wanted to have a debate about world peace. It’s a simple song, but very powerful, and the bell ringers have done a brilliant job.

“It shows the cathedral is really forward thinking, but that doesn’t surprise me for Liverpool.”

Imagine will be played three times on Saturday – at noon, 12.30pm and 1pm.

Liverpool Cathedral is also organising a number of activities around the event.  ……

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What does Senator Barack Obama’s election mean for Peace in the World?

Posted on December 22, 2008. Filed under: 0. Peace, 1. World Peace | Tags: , , , , , , |

The election of Senator Barack Obama as the President Elect of the United States of America has generated great excitement, and joy. It has raised hopes around the world. People have rejoiced, danced in the streets and spoken openly of a new day of hope.

This hope and joy expressed in the different corners of this planet that we inhabit, is in and of itself a good thing. It draws people in the different parts, who would typically belong in different camps divided by virtual and real walls that keep them apart. It is good because it brings people closer and even if it is fleeting and temporary, to some extent lowers the walls that keep them divided.

The big question however, is what will be the long term impact on World Peace, of Senator Barack Obama being elected to be the next President of the United States?

Share your thoughts, ideas and comments on this issue, and help generate a discussion on this question that relates to peace.

Peace to the World
Let’s Imagine What Will Open Up to All of Us, to Our Children and Grandchildren When We Have PEACE!!

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Issues of Social Justice, Change and Non-violence/Peaceful Struggles

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: 0. Peace, 1. World Peace | Tags: , , , , , |

Issues of Social Justice, Change and Non-violence: “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”  Mahatma Gandhi

When we call for, and take a stand for World Peace, we are inevitably faced with questions of social justice without which conflicts within nations and between different nations flare up and intensify.

In turn, when looking at issues of Social Justice, one of the most important areas of focus is that of democratic involvement of citizens in choosing leaders, and influencing and directing decisions on how they are governed.

In the last few years the struggles for democracy and democratic governments have created flash points and conflicts over different parts of the globe, such as in Myanmar (Burma), Tibet and Pakistan in Asia, different countries in Latin America, and in countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe in Africa.

These struggles for democracy have many times resulted in violence and brutal repression of opposition forces and the deaths of many people sometimes on both sides of the conflicts. The end-results have been – intensified conflicts and deeper chasms between Governments and oppositions groups.

How should issues of social justice, for democratic rights and governance be handled? How should opposition parties fight for democracy, and how should governments respond? How can each side impact the resolution of these issues so that conflicts are not intensified and positions hardened? These are some of the questions that need to be looked at when attempting to peacefully resolve issues of Social Justice and democracy.

The answers to these questions are by their nature complex and multi-faceted. There is no simple answer or remedy that addresses them all. However, a guiding principle that needs to be adhered to is that articulated by the great leader Mahatma Gandhi that “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”

Governments that use violence to suppress opposition movements for democracy and change will only radicalize and make the opposition movements more extreme, and invite more violence on themselves and their supporters.

On the other hand opposition movements that use violence to achieve what they feel is legitimately theirs will also push the governments in power to harden their positions and intensify their violent suppression on them and their supporters.

Violence will only result in a cycle of hurt and vengeance that creates needless suffering, wastes human lives and the meager resources the county has. A victory achieved by using violence will bear the seeds of more conflict as the ‘losers’ now have new scores to settle and perceived or real hurts to avenge.

Lessons of the non-violent methods of working for change used by Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian independence movement, and by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States, need to be studied and adapted as models for opposition movements. They hold the best promises for a change that will result in positive movement and change. They stand in strong contrast to the results from the use of violence to achieve change. The results from the use of violence to achieve chage include the creation of new wounds and hatreds and the intensifying of old ones, laying the ground for the new governments using violence to suppress the new opposition movements and groups.

The path of non-violence to achieve change is a difficult one, that is not glamorous, it requires a lot of sacrifice but in the end offers the best prospects for meaningful and lasting change. It offers the best prospects for minimizing the creation of new conflicts, and resolving the ones that already exist.

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On this “Mother’s Day” – Peace to the World

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: 0. Peace, 1. World Peace | Tags: , , |

On this Mother’s Day let’s dream about the day when there will be World Peace and mothers will be able to celebrate the end of deaths and sufferings of their sons, daughters and their husbands from senseless wars.

Let’s also go beyond dreaming for World Peace to taking a stand for it. Let’s envision what it would bring to all of us, what it would mean to each of us, our families, our friends, our children, and grandchildren.

Let me quote some leaders of peace:

Mother Teresa: If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.

George Bernard Shaw: Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.

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Happy Mother’s day to all the mothers of the world and Peace to the World!!

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