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The New England Peace Pagoda invites you to Walk for Peace and Non-Violence
July 30 thru August 6
To Remember and Heal From the Nuclear Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Plainfield MA – Boston MA
August 2nd Springfield
August 6th First Church Boston
August 9th Nuke Free Northampton
JFK if even one child…
On Wednesday July 30th the New England Peace Pagoda will begin a 10 day walk across Massachusetts. This walk will take place on the anniversaries of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This walk takes place in the midst of serious questions of war, in a turning point in our culture. In Palestine in the last month over 1000 people have died with thousands more injured. Thousands of children are stuck at the US – Mexico border seeking refuge. Fukushima, three years on is pouring out radiation.
There is a black person killed by the police every 23 hours in this country and we have more black and brown men in prison than we had slaves in 1850. The traditional owners of the Midwest and the South are being irradiated by the abandoned uranium mines whose poison has now spread to Fallujah Iraq.
Leonard Peltier, Oscar Lopez Rivera, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Ayyub Abdul Alim and countless others are waiting in cages because they dared to question the US government.
We walk and we carry with us the memory of the lives of those millions of people who were killed instantly when those bombs were dropped on the districts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We carry with us their memories and the lessons from Hibakusha, from those who survived the bombing and lived on with cancer; the mutations from this radiation has forever altered our DNA. We remember the rice, the milk, the cows, the water and the fish who are forever altered too. We march to pray for peace and to send a call out to all who are ready to come together peacefully and work towards change. Toward a sustainable world that is not dependent on war or exploiting human labor for resources. One that is community based. We walk without guns, without alcohol, without drugs.
We carry with us this message of peace and the cautionary tales of where violence leads.
Break the cycle of colonization and of the exploitation of land, culture and people.
We walk with hands together, bow three times,
Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo.
Local Campaigns We Carry
-Gov. Deval Patrick has announced plans to temporarily house 1,000 of the children who are currently at the U.S. border. We commend Gov. Patrick for giving Massachusetts the opportunity to help our fellow brothers and sisters from the south and as we travel through the state we will speak on supporting this move.
-Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act, this bill which we carried with Charmaine White Face, Sioux Nations Treaty Council, Defenders of the Black Hills, calls for a moratoritum on all uranium mining until all mines have been cleaned up. Senator Raul Grijalva (D-AR) has agreed to sponsor the bill, and our own congressman McGovern (D-MA) has agreed to support this bill.
-WMCP, Western MA Coalition for Palestine
-Injustice Liberation Front – freedom for Ayyub Abdul Alim, Massachusetts needs jobs not jails
We sleep in churches, mosques, community centers. Those wishing to walk with us should bring, aside from their clothes, a sleeping bag, good shoes, a water bottle, and a journal is helpful.
no drugs, no alcohol, no weapons.
we will adhere to the principles of non-violence
Those interested in joining the walk you will need
– a sleeping bag
During the walk we will adhere to the principles of non-violence
-State your needs
-Keep an open mind
-No discrimination of any kind
-Age, gender, race, religion, body type/ability/preference may be different from you. That’s okay!
-Leave each place cleaner than when you arrived
-If the group is faces with problems, we will come together as a group to resolve them
-No violence (see discrimination – this includes physical and emotional. Sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia – any form of discrimination is form of violence)
* Self Care Note: If you are taking any medication, need other accommodation, or are in recovery please tell one of the organizers. When we’re walking as community we need to be able to properly support each other, this helps!
“Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.”
July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests
march for peace!
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