12th Annual “Walk for a New Spring”

12th Annual Walk for a New spring

Walking for Peace
For the People – For the Earth

February 16 – April 5

Walk initiated by
Nipponzan Myohoji
New England Peace Pagoda
100 Cave Hill Road
01054

For more information, to join or support
the walk when it comes to your community
Call Tim Bullock: 413-485-8469
Email: walk4newspring@gmail.com

Endorsers
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 – Leverett Peace Commission – Dorchester People for Peace – Louis D. Brown Peace Institute – Orange Ink

Walking for PEACE….
We are in a time of great change, some have called it the “Great Turning”
**
Term first used by Joanna Macy

The Earth is a living being. We are all on this precious planet (rather than any other) because the Earth, as Mother, gives all necessary sustenance to humans, animals, plants…all life. The Earth is NOT a material mass to be brutally plundered, exploited and destroyed for money. Let us open our spiritual eyes, not our materialistic eyes to see the limitless wonder of this natural world and particularly the inexhaustible, beneficial and generous power of the Earth… Let us be humbly thankful.

The People just as the Earth, have been viewed as exploitable and expendable in the modern era. To move from the harsh materialistic age which has brought the forced impoverishment of millions, to a more spiritually grounded age, let us practice to see and revere the sublime and noble inner nature of all people.

“These are the times to grow our soul.” – Dr. Vincent Harding

Bills

Support the creation of the Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability
Act to direct the NRC to develop an action plan for reclamation of thousands of abandon uranium mines and exploratory sites that are polluting the homes and communities in the US, primarily on Native Peoples land.

H.R. 1334: Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion
Act of 2011 112th Congress, 2011–2012 To provide for nuclear weapons abolition and economic conversion in accordance with District of Columbia Initiative Measure Number 37 of 1992, while ensuring environmental restoration and clean-energy conversion. Sponsor: E. Holmes Norton

Support H.R.808 Latest Title: Department of Peace Act
Sponsor: Rep Dennis J. Kucinich, [OH-10] (introduced 2/3/2009)

Action Plan

Letter writing campaigns urging our legislative representatives to support bills and legislations that protect, uphold and value human, animal and planetary life.

Wisdom of Guruji 1885-1985


Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii, the Founder and Teacher of Nipponzan Myohoji, wrote

Guruji

Guruji

in 1953: “It is imperative that we replace materialism and the economic way of thinking, which have served as the fundamental principles of social organization, with community based on human solidarity and mutual aid and develop the life of Tangyo-raihai, the offering of respect to everyone…”

Community

Although we all have individual challenges, the root and resolution of the major problems we face are common to us all. We will find the way to live by fostering human connection and caring, and by helping one another to live and make the changes necessary for a more viable future.

“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

Sustainability

End Nuclear Power, Halt uranium mining, clean up thousands of open uranium pits, commit to responsible solutions to radioactive waste End Fossil based-power (oil, gas, coal), no fracking or drilling, no mountaintop removal Commitment of Federal, State and local govt’s to conversion to safe modes of energy production, particularly sun and wind.

All of us practicing conservation and simplification of our lives.

Disarmament
War and the weapons of war must end. It is time for us to come together, sharing our energies and resources for the good. Only by coming together can we find a way to solve the overwhelming crises of climate change and the poisoning of the Earth with highly radioactive waste.

Let us pick up the ancient and noble spiritual arts of negotiation and peacemaking.

“I believe in the possibility of uniting the hearts and minds of billions of people in goodness” – Most Ven. Fujii Guruji, 1979

Tentative Schedule
(subject to change)
Saturday – Feb 16
Leverett, MA, North Shore, Boston, Plymouth, Brockton, New Bedford,
Providence, RI, Newport

Thursday Feb 28,
Hartford, CT, New Haven, Fairfield, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Stamford

Sunday March 10
Indian Point, Buchanan, NY

Monday March 11
New York City, Jersey City, NJ

Wednesday, March13
Toms River NJ, Trenton, Burlington, Camden, Philadelphia, PA , Lancaster,
York, Baltimore, MD, Tacoma Park

Wednesday, April 3-5,
Washington, DC

In Commemoration
We walk in 2013 keeping in our hearts and minds that this year is the 50th
anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the 45th
anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King and Robert F.
Kennedy, and the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Malcom X.
We walk to pick up the mantle of commitment to a just and peaceful
world to which these great leaders and prophets gave voice and ultimately
their lives.
We also walk for all those, known and unknown, alive and deceased, who
dedicated their lives to making our planet a better world.

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