“No Tar Sands Oil Pipelines!!

via John Berkowitz

Amherst action on 9/21 to stop the pipeline

Saturday, Nov. 9, noon-2pm:  
 5th monthly protest at TD Banks in 
Springfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield.
TD Bank is a major investor in Canadian Tar Sands oil
 mining and pipelines--the most polluting, climate-changing
 oil on the planet.    
 President Obama will decide in the coming months whether
to approve or reject the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Tar
Sands oil from Canada to Texas.  Another proposed route is
east to Montreal, then through VT, NH, and Maine to the coast
at Portland.
Come if you can to the Springfield protest.   Our goal is that this one will be the biggest, so that we  finally get coverage of our message by the region’s biggest newspaper (the Republican) and the 3 major network TV stations.    More details below.
**  Central theme and media hook :  “Funeral for Our Future”10 to 20 participants carry mock coffin painted black to signify Tar Sands oil,  and sing “They are digging us a hole, They are digging us a hole,  Six feet underground,  Where the Tar Sands oil will flow.” . . . and other verses.   The rest of the crowd will join them and sing too.
Scroll down for list of speakers and other background info.   And, please
share this info–by email and word-of-mouth– with friends, family, co-workers, members of your faith community, etc.    
ALSO:  Civil Disobedience Training will be held on same day in Springfield from 9am—4pm, with a break from 12 to 2pm to attend TD Bank protest downtown.  This training will prepare participants to join local action of the national “Pledge of Resistance”, which has over 75,000 people signed up so far.  They all agree to join in non-violent direct action (civil disobedience) if Sec. of State Kerry or President Obama approve the Keystone XL Tar Sands oil pipeline; their decision is expected by the end of this year or early in ’14.  To sign up for this training, contact me at johnpberk@gmail.com or 413-325-4533.
I’m stepping down in mid-November as coordinator of this Boycott TD Bank campaign . . . who’d like to step up?
Since April, I’ve been leading this campaign to Boycott TD Bank until it stops investing in Tar Sands oil pipelines.  Also, some of us have been training and preparing to use Civil Resistance (a.k.a ‘Civil Disobedience’) as part of the campaign to capture the media and public’s attention about the climate crisis, and stopping the Keystone pipeline as one urgent essential step.
I now plan to step back, after the Nov. 9 protests,  to pursue other priorities in my life, for the next 6-12 months.   I do plan to attend future protests, including joining others engaging in CR, such as when the Pledge of Resistance calls for action by its 75,000 signers.
So I invite anyone to step forward and take the baton from me.   On Monday  Nov. 4,  I’ll be meeting with the leaders of Climate Action Now of western Mass . to see if they will carry on the TD Bank campaign.  I’ll be glad to orient and train anyone who’d like to work on it, including passing over my files of individuals  and organizations in the valley, and my list-serve of over 700 names.
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Good things about Pres. Obama’s policies to address the climate crisis:
  1. 1)    his EPA introduced new rules to reduce emissions from power plants
  2. 2)     his speeches earlier this year were passionate calls to action, supporting increased renewable energy sources and energy conservation and efficiency efforts;
  3. 3)    he said he’d reject the Keystone XL pipeline if convinced that it would worsen global warming and climate change.
Bad things about his climate change policies:
  1. 1)    Recently, it was reported that his top foreign trade official, Michael Fromer, was lobbying European governments to drop their opposition to buying Canadian Tar Sands oil;  and one of his top campaign strategists, Anita Dunn, was lobbying Congress for TransCanada, builder of the Keystone pipeline.
  2. 2)    His State Department under Sec. of State Kerry is completing  a second  environmental impact review of Keystone XL, after the first one was revealed to be conducted by a consulting company with deep ties to the oil industry.
  3. 3)    He supports increased drilling for oil in the Arctic; increased fracking for natural gas; increased coal mining and exporting; and increased building of new nuclear power plants.
The leading climate-destroying corporation is  Exxon Mobil .  It’s  pouring tons of money into preventing  the residents of Portland Maine from
passing an ordinance banning construction of a giant terminal  in the harbor to export Tar Sands oil.   It would be pumped all the way across Canada, through northern VT and NH, and through southern Maine past Sebago Lake to Portland—in an existing 60 year-old pipeline!
Know anyone in Portland, Maine?  Tell them to vote NO on Nov. 4th  to any Tar Sands oil pipeline terminal in their harbor.
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And, contact President Obama and your Senators and Congressperson about these current critical issues:   
  • •    The ‘Arctic 30’, Greenpeace climate change activists, in Russian jail!  Seized from their ship and charged with piracy for protesting Russian oil drilling in Arctic sea.
  • •    The Fukushima nuclear power plants are at risk of exploding and causing an unprecedented world-wide environmental catastrophe!  Read these accounts, feel the grief, horror, and outrage,  and act!  Call for international help to solve this crisis!
— Fuel Removal From Fukushima’s Reactor 4 Threatens ‘Apocalyptic’ ScenarioIn November, Tokyo Electric Power Company set to begin to remove fuel rods whose radiation matches the fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs”  Common Dreams.org   10/24/13
— “The Ocean Is Broken,” http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1848433/the-ocean-is-broken/ October 18, 2013, is a first hand narrative by and about Ivan Macfadyen as he crossed the ocean from Melbourne, Australia to Osaka, Japan and then from Osaka to San Francisco.
“….The next leg of the long voyage was from Osaka to San Francisco and for most of that trip the desolation was tinged with nauseous horror and a degree of fear.
“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen said.
“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.
“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen…”
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News and Events on the Clean Energy and Climate front: 
Oct. 21:   Amherst SelectBoard mtg  discussed resolution to divest from fossil-fuel investments, as Northampton has already done.   More info:  Darcy Dumont  253-9644
Oct. 17 and 24:  followup meetings held to build on successful Climate Justice Conference in Springfield, Sept. 28, attended by 200+ people.   Sponsored by Climate Action Now of western MA., and Arise for Social Justice based in Springfield.
Oct. 7:  Hundreds attend Tar Sands Pipeline protest in Boston: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/environmentalists_protest_in_b.html
Nov. 2,  Worcester statewide 350MA summit:   350 Massachusetts is a grassroots, volunteer-led network that Bill McKibben has called a “model for what we need all across the country and all around the world.”
We’re focusing on two core campaigns: divesting the state of Masschusetts from fossil fuels and working with Governor Deval Patrick to achieve key climate goals during his last year in office. On November 2nd, we’re holding a statewide summit for activists who want to work on these key campaigns. Will you join us?
WHAT: 350MA Campaigns Summit
WHEN: Saturday, November 2nd, 9:30AM-4:00PM, with a bonus session from 4:00-5:45
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, MA
Nov. 12:  Boston Statehouse Hearing on Clean Energy Bill
H. 2935: “An Act to Transition to a Clean Energy Commonwealth” – Fact Sheet
This legislation ensures that the Commonwealth, owners of coal-fired power plants, employees of such plants, and municipalities where the plants are located are properly prepared for a smooth transition into a cleaner energy future. This legislation would be economically beneficial, good for the environment, and helpful to workers and municipalities who will need support during this transition.
What does this bill do?
  • •    Section 1 of the bill requires owners of coal plants to file a report with the commissioner of DOER detailing how greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced consistent with state and federal standards.
  • •    Section 2 requires DOER to establish a plan for replacing all use of coal as an energy resource by 2020.
  • •    Section 3 establishes a greenhouse gas emissions performance standard for all retail electricity suppliers selling electricity to end-use customers in the Commonwealth. It also sets up a community transitioning fund to mitigate the impacts of the retirement of coal-fired plants on employees of such facilities and on the municipalities where they are located.
Section 4. This section establishes worker re-training programs focused on clean energy jobs.
Important articles about the climate crisis:
Dr. Michael I. Niman is a professor of journalism and media studies at Buffalo State College. His previous columns are at artvoice.com, archived at www.mediastudy.com, and available globally through syndication.
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/18941-arctic-sea-ice-and-al-gores-prediction-2013      Lou Miller, Ph.D. is an emeritus professor who writes fiction and nonfiction about climate change. His upcoming “cli-fi” novel is Save It Now.
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18925-climate-change-movement-shifts-to-convey-urgency-of-the-moment   interview with Tim DeChristopher, who served 21 months in prison for falsely buying land in the West at federal auction and preventing it from being mined and abused.  He’s also a climate change activist.
By Shamus Cooke, Counter Currents | News Analysis
By Paul Jay, The Real News Network | Video
By Dennis Trainor Jr, AcronymTV | Video Reports
Go to website Tar Sands Blockade, and you’ll find a lot of inspiring examples of people all over the country protesting Tar Sands oil extraction, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and TD Bank’s major investment in both of them
i.e. “Rising Tide Philly Targets TD Bank’s Cherry Hill Headquarters Over Investments in Tar Sands and Keystone XL Pipeline
Rolling Stone  9/12/13 International Scientists Warn Climate Deniers Are Enabling Earth’s Suicide   by Jeff Goodell
http://www.ameg.me/index.php/sea-ice     Arctic Methane Emergency Group  Malcolm Light
Paul Beckwith, Ottawa
Guy McPherson
5th monthly protest to Boycott TD Bankfor bankrolling and worsening climate change by investing in Tar Sands
oil mining and pipelines from Western Canada to Texas and Maine.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 12-2pm
TD Bank,  1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield(1-block walk from I-91, easy parking under 91; rally with music and speakers will be in a public park adjacent to TD Bank building) 
and  protests on same day and time at TD Banks in
* Northampton ( 175 Main St);
* Amherst (11 Amity St at main downtown intersection)
* Greenfield (324 Main St.)
Speakers (not yet confirmed) in Springfield include: 
* Ivette Cruz, Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Council, Springfield;  
* Ernesto Cruz, candidate for Springfield City Council and activist for  environmental justice;
* Natalia Munoz, Board member, Alliance to Develop Power, Springfield;
* Michaelann Bewsee, Director, Arise for Social Justice, Springfield;
* an active member of  Springfield No One Leaves.
* Rev. Douglas Fisher, Episcopal Bishop of western MA diocese
* Alex Leff and Varshini Prakash, student climate activists at Hampshire College and UMass;
* Malcolm Bliss, 350Mass/Better Future Project, Boston;
* Kim Finch,  volunteer organizer with Coal-Free Mass Coalition (led by Mass. Sierra Club)
Central theme of rally to attract media coverage
“Funeral for our Future”, with 10 participants carrying a black casket covered in oil and chanting:
“They Are Digging us a Hole, They Are Digging us a Hole,
Six Feet Underground, Where the Tar Sands oil Will Flow”.
Participants are protesting and boycotting TD Bank for being a major
investor in TransCanada, the corporation building the proposed Keystone XL
pipeline.  Top U.S. climate expert Dr. James Hansen said: “It’s ‘Game
Over’ for stopping catastrophic climate change if Tar Sands oil keeps
getting burned”.
Co-sponsored by:   American Friends Service Committee of western MA
More info:  John Berkowitz, Northampton
413-325-4533  johnpberk@gmail.com
Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Bank at 1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield in a campaign to boycott TD until it stops its major investments in Canadian Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines.
Similar protests on the same day will take place at TD Bank branches in Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield.  Protests have already taken place at TD banks in all 4 cities. Read Daily Hampshire Gazette story at: http://www.gazettenet.com/home/7272782-95/qa-climate-activists-put-northampton-td-bank-branch-in-spotlight  and Greenfield Recorder story at climateactionnowma.org
Representatives of the group will ask the TD Bank manager to write a letter to
the TD CEO, urging him and the Board of Directors to divest its holdings and
loans to TransCanada, the Canadian energy giant that is developing the Tar
Sands Oil fields in Alberta.The group will also call on President Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas.  Their decision is expected later this year or early next.

Recently, 10 Nobel Peace Prize recipients signed a letter urging President Obama to reject the pipeline as a key step in taking bolder action to stop climate change.

Nearly 2000 people have been arrested in the past two years protesting the
proposed Tar Sands pipeline, including 30 college students in February at TransCanada’s office outside Boston, and 44 people of all ages on July 29th at the Brayton Point Coal Plant south of Boston.
Over 75,000 people across the country have signed a “Pledge of Resistance” to engage in non-violent direct action/civil resistance to protest if the pipeline is approved, or in the lead-up to the President’s decision.

“Hope in the Face of the Intolerable”

“Proveniente de Oaxaca Mexico, Gustavo Esteva”
Uno de los pensadores más interesantes y creadores de cómo moverse más allá del desarrollo, más allá del capitalismo, más allá del estado, y más allá de la política estará hablando dando una conferencia por primera vez en Bridgeport. CT

We are experiencing the end of an historical cycle, not just another crisis. All over the world, people are taking initiatives reclaiming the control of their lives and challenging the political system and dominant paradigms while reorganizing society from the bottom up. The Zapatistas have been and remain a source of inspiration to communities everywhere who seek to imagine and realize autonomy and their own idea of ‘buen vivir’ (the good life).

About the presenter: Hailing from Oaxaca Mexico, Gustavo Esteva is one of the clearest voices in the discourse of post-development theory in the world today, working to establish bottom-up alternatives to neoliberal globalization. A self-described ‘deprofessionalized intellectual’, Esteva’s theory has developed in tandem with a vigorous practice – redefining learning at the Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca, a free university which he helped to found, along with countless grassroots networks in Mexico and worldwide. Esteva served as a political advisor to the Zapatistas in the negotiations with the Mexican government and was a crucial voice during the 2006 APPO uprising in Oaxaca. His political work is closely aligned with La Otra Compaña.

Sponsored by Bridgeport Free Skool and Latino Advocacy Foundation.


Thursday I was at the height of the worst cold I’ve had in years, had just been fired from my job and had a headache.
Despite all this I was extremely excited to take a small road trip with Cat to hear from former Zapatista advisor and revolutionary Gustavo Esteva speak on the movement in Chiapas, our role in our own communities, and how to sustain revolution. At about 5:30pm we hopped in the car to begin our three and a half hour ride to Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The event was co-hosted by the Bridgeport Free Skool and the Latino Advocacy Foundation. Gustavo started off first in Spanish and then translating into English, sharing his experiences working and living in Chiapas. He spoke of a community that was self governed and almost totally self sustainable with communal land set aside for farming.

“The Zapatistas are champions of non-violence,” Gustavo said. He shared a story with the group of a particular incident where a group from the Zapatista community had clear cut land to grow food. A group of aggressors moved forward and started harassing the Zapatistas who then left the land for the community to use. They moved elsewhere and began to clear the land again and the group followed them, this time with paramilitary forces. The Zapatista response was, “We cannot nourish hatred in our hearts because these our are brothers in confusion. We blame the government and power structure behind them.”

The overwhelming feeling I got from this gathering was one of hope and optimism – the true positive nature of the work the Zapatistas are doing is reflected in his character. Gustavo is over 70 years old but spoke with vigor, excitement and good humor. It’s a stark contrast to (some//older) activists I see in the US who have been broken from the assassinations in the 60’s and seem worn down and unhealthy. When you live your politics the difference is clear.

Gustavo i

Vanessa, Gustavo, Cat

People asked about prison in the Zapatista community and Gustavo said it’s interesting, but there are only 2 men in jail right now that he knows of. Their crime was the highest offense – cultivating marijuana. Because the government is always looking for a chance to separate and divide the movement the illegal cultivation of marijuana gives police grounds to get involved which is a threat to the whole community. Many people were surprised that there was a lack of violent crimes and domestic abuse.

Gustavo spoke of rotating leadership and how powerful and important this is in a true, democratically run society. He also noted that in 1994 the group voted that there be no alcohol in the community. This was a consensus voted on by the entire group and something interesting to me.

On most peace walks I have taken part in there is a strict, “No Drugs, No Alcohol, No Weapons” policy. This is in compliance with non-violence and safety guidelines but also in respect for the fact that European colonizers used alcohol to divide and diminish indigenous communities in the Americas.

For true non-violence to work complete honesty is required – first with yourself, second with your community. True honesty requires a lot of soul searching and a clear headed mind, and I was intrigued and somewhat glad to know that the community had come upon these rules also. I think it’s also not a far stretch to say there’s a direct correlation between a lack of alcohol and a lack of violent crimes. Some people in the group were shocked that this rule was in place, but it seems fairly natural to me.
Gustavo laughed though, and said alcohol has been substituted with coke and pepsi.

It’s interesting to note that he spoke of two clear cut communities – Zapatistas and those who were living under control of the Government. In discussion it was raised that there is a new middle ground forming – young people who were raised with the Zapatistas and hold much of their practices firm but bring a blend of something more modern mixed with the orthodox Zapatista tradition.

Finally someone asked a question about anarchy and if this was how the Zapatistas lived.

Gustavo’s response?

The best tradition for anarchy is law and order but it is our own law and order – not a vertical law that come down from someone else.”

Viva la revolucion.

gustavo iiiPeace & Solidarity
Vanessa @drvonskillet

Campaign to Boycott TD Bank for funding Tar Sands Oil Pipeline


What:   3rd rally of Campaign to Boycott TD Bank for bankrolling
                                        climate change by investing in Tar Sands Oil
                                        development and pipelines. 

Where:  TD Bank,  1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield (and similar protests 
                               at bank offices in
 Holyoke, Westfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield)

When:   Monday, Sept. 9, noon to 1pm


More info:  John Berkowitz, Northampton   
                                                     413-325-4533  johnpberk@gmail.com




Area citizens concerned about climate change will hold a permitted rally in front of TD Bank at 1441 Main St. in downtown Springfield in a campaign to boycott TD until it stops its major investments in Tar Sands oil mining and pipelines.


Similar protests on the same day will take place at TD Bank branches in Holyoke, Westfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield.  Protests have already taken place in July at TD banks in Northampton and Amherst.  Read Daily Hampshire Gazette story at:http://www.gazettenet.com/home/7272782-95/qa-climate-activists-put-northampton-td-bank-branch-in-spotlight

Representatives of the group will ask the TD Bank manager to write a letter to
the TD CEO, urging him and the Board of Directors to divest its holdings and
loans to TransCanada, the Canadian energy giant that is developing the Tar
Sands Oil fields in Alberta.

The group will also call on President Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry to
reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas.  Their decision
is expected later this year.  Recently, 10 Nobel Peace Prize recipients signed a letter urging President Obama to reject the pipeline as a key step in taking bolder action to stop climate change.

Nearly 1500 people have been arrested in the past two years protesting the
proposed Tar Sands pipeline, including 30 college students in February at TransCanada’s office outside Boston, and 22 people of all ages in Chicago on June 17th.  Over 70,000 people across the country have signed a “Pledge of Resistance” to engage in non-violent direct action/civil disobedience to protest if the pipeline is approved.


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The Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz

The Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz
Press Release
via returntoalcatraz.com



In 1978 11 bills were introduced in the United States Congress that if passed would have harmed American Indian sovereign rights, with the worst of the bills calling for the abrogation of all Indian Treaties.  This inspired some people such as Dennis Banks and Bill Wahpepah to come up with a way of raising awareness about these bills and building support for Inidan Treaty rights.  They came up with an idea for a Walk across the land from Alcatraz to Washington D.C.  So on February 11th, 1978 The Longest Walk began with a Ceremony on Alcatraz where a Sacred Pipe was filled, and that Pipe was carried across the land, with staffs and other sacred items. What started as a response to anti-Indian legislation soon became an affirmation of Indigenous Sovereignty.  The Longest Walk was a spiritual walk, and the prayers were felt and heard by many Indigenous Peoples, as well as other Peoples from the four directions.  The same cannot be said by those in Washington DC.  Although all but one of the bills did not pass, the attitude in Washington toward finding new and creative ways to diminish Indian sovereignty did not end.


Many years have passed, and the struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty has carried on and grown in many places and among many Indigenous nations.  There have been many sacred Walks and Runs such as The Longest Walk 2 (Northern and Southern Routes) and 3, the Sacred Run, the Peace and Dignity Runs, Water Walks, Freedom for Leonard Peltier Walk, and many others.  We have also seen the rise of Idle No More bring these issues to light for a new generation.  We acknowledge all of these, especially the recent inspirational Journey of Nishiyuu Walk by young people from the James Bay, and give thanks for what they have inspired and the prayers and spiritual strength they have generated.


A number of people who were on The Longest Walk in 1978, and a number of these other Walks and Runs, have seen the messages being carried to political leaders and to the non-Indigenous public many times only to have token support and then be forgotten about.  We have seen the nation-states take the words of sovereignty, self determination and self government and twist them to achieve an agenda of assimilation and corporataziation, thus achieving the abrogation of treaties through stealth.  We have seen agreements and settlements with hidden clauses and small print that amount to self termination.  We have seen the mantra of “good governance” being used to undermine the “good government” necessary for us as Indigenous Peoples to carry on with our responsibilities to our People, Lands and Waters. 


On July 15th,, 2013 we will begin a Walk for our own Indigenous Peoples, to support all those Indigenous Peoples and Nations that are carrying on the struggle of affirming Indigenous Sovereignty; whether it be by stopping the exploitation of the land such as through tar sands development and pipelines; protecting and maintaining traditional spiritual beliefs; protecting sacred sites; stopping the exploitation or Indigenous women and children; and any other ways that People are affirming Indigenous Sovereignty rooted in the principles of respect and responsibility; with the guiding force is land based spiritual beliefs.


Alcatraz means a lot to those of us involved in this struggle.   The time has come to make our voices heard again for our own Indigenous Peoples, as the original message affirming Indigenous Sovereignty has become clouded through the efforts of the nation-states.  The threats to our continued existence and way of life are more severe than ever, yet it has become better disguised.  We hope to help bring the original vision back to the forefront.


The Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz will begin with a sunrise Ceremony at the Washington Monument on July 15th, 2013.  From there we will walk along the route generally taken by the original The Longest Walk in 1978, following the I-70 corridor and going down to Wichita, Kansas, following Hwy 50 to Sacramento.  We will arrive on Alcatraz on December 21st, 2013.  This will be followed by an Indigenous Sovereignty Gathering on December 22nd, 2013.


For More Information:
The Longest Walk Organizing Committee email: tlw4rta@gmail.com
Website : www.returntoalcatraz.com
Facebook: The Longest Walk 4

Joey Silvas:   Central Coordinating
Mike Corral:   Web Related outreach, mike macorral123@yahoo.com
Michael Lane: Logistics, wabus44@gmail.com
Morningstar Gali:  Media, mstargali@gmail.com, 510-827-6719


Chikako Nishiyama West Coast Speaking Tour

Chikako Nishiyama West Coast Speaking Tour

July 26: Interfaith Peace Walk Gathering Portland, OR
7pm Gathering & Symposium *Atomic West*
Augustant Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave
full walk schedule here

July 30: Hanford Nuclear Site
Yakima, WA
1pm:  from John Dam Plaza [1815 George Washington Wy, Richland, WA] to the gate of Hanford Site (5.7mi)
full walk schedule here

August 3rd: Vandenberg AFB to Diablo Canyon

August 9th: Nagasaki Remembrance Day Ceremony
7pm: Steynberg Gallery 1531 Monterey St  San Luis Obispo, CA
Speakers will include Chikako Nishiyama, Nipponzan Myohoji Reverend Sawada Shonin and Cecile Pineda, author of “Devil’s Tango: How I learned the Fukushima Step by Step”
Event is free but donations are welcome

To join any of these events, make a donation or learn more about Chikako Nishiyama’s work please leave your contact information below:

Mothers For Peace



2013 Interfaith Peace Walk and Atomic West Program

The Detail Schedule and Information of 2013 PEACE WALK

for A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE (Portland OR – Bangor WA)

 Starting Point , Time & where we will walk & stay.


Jul 26 Fri. Portland,OR

          ◎7PM Gathering & Symposium*ATOMIC WEST*

          Augustant Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave. PORTLAND OR

          (15th Ave. & Knott)                              

[STAY] The Native American United Mothodist Fellowship of Portland

3917 NE Shaver St. PORTLAND OR 97212  503-287-6526

Jul.27 Sat. Portland(12mls-)

          ●8:30AM Walk start at

Japanese American Historical Plaza:2 NW Naito Parkway, PORTLAND OR

(Along the waterfront at NW Naito & Coach)

Jul 28 Sun. White Salmon & Hood River(13mls-)

           ●9:00AM Walk start at Hwy 141 & W Jewett Blvd WHITE SALMON WA 

           12:00PM lunch at Water Front Park located at the riverside of Columbia R.

           HOOD RIVER, OR

●1:00PM Walk start from Water front Park HOOD RIVER OR

      ◎Symposium *Atomic West* HOOD RIVER(unfixed) Contact Robbie Lap

Jul 29 Mon. Toppenish(Yakama Nation),WA(12-3mls)

            Drive from HOOD RIVER OR to WAPATO WA (2.5 hours~106miles)

           ●10:30AM Walk Start W.3rd ST. & S.Naches Ave. WAPATO

            To 241 Robbins Rd. TOPPENISH(Long House located)

~Walking downtown Wapato, Hwy 97 & downtown Toppenish

[Stay overnight] at Yakima Indian Reservation Long House(unfixed)

Jul.30 Tue. Richland-Hanford Gate of 300.(12mls)

            Drive from TOPPENISH to KENNEWICK(1.5 hours~68miles)

      We will leave Toppenish on 8:30AM

            ●940AM Walk Start at Rite Aid Parking Lot, 101N.Ely St.KENNEWICK

            ●After 5 miles walk we will move to John Dam Plaza 

      Gathering At 12:00PM AT John Dam Plaza,1815 George Washington Wy.


            ●Prayer and Walk start 1PM from JOHN DAM PLAZA to the Gate of 300

            Area of Hanford Site(5.7mls)[Stay]Christ the King Church Richland

Jul..31 Wed. Centralia(8mls)

            Drive between Richland and Chehalis

            ●200PM Walk Start

Chehalis Timberland Library,400N. Market Blvd.CHEHALIS. WA

7.5miles walk to 3681 Cookshill Rd. CENTRALIA WA                

Aug.1 Thu. Olympia( 17.5mls)

      ●815AM Walk Start

HWY12 +Littlerock Rd. SW ROCHESTER WA

(88Exit I-5 connected to HWY 12 Go to West)

      [Stay] 5537 40th Ave.SW OLYMPIA WA

2 Fri. Lacey(13.3miles)

        ●800AM Walk Start

        5537 40th Ave. SW OLYMPIA WA – Walk through Downtown OLYMPIA

        [Stay] Sacred Heart 812 Bowker St. LACEY 

3 Sat. Tacoma(18mls)

       ●800AM Walk Start

       Steilacom-Dupont Rd. SW+Pendleton Ave. DUPONT (near to I-5 Exit 119)

       To Downtown Tacoma

       [Stay]Guadalupe House Tacoma Catholic Worker

    1417 S G St. Tacoma 98405 253-572-6582           

4 Sun. Des Moines(14.5mls)

       ●830AM Walk Start

       Guadalupe House Tacoma Catholic Worker 1417 S G St. Tacoma

       [Stay] Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church

       25701 14th Pl. S. DES MOINES WA 98198

5 Mon. Seattle(15miles)

       ●900AM Walk Start

       Kubota Garden 55th Ave. S + Renton Ave. S. Seattle

      To Downtown Seattle & Sadako Statue(Univ. Dist.)

      Sadako Statue(The Peace Crain girl in Hiroshima) located at

      NE 40th St. + Roosevelt Wy NE Seattle~northern end of the University Bridge, University District Seattle)

      ◎Symposium *ATOMIC WEST* at UNIVERSITY FRIENDS MEETING, 4001 9th Ave. NE Seattle. WA 98105 (unfixed 7PM~?)

6 Tue. Lake Forest Park & Green Lake Seattle Lantern Ceremony-Hiroshima to Hope (10mls walk + Volunteer work+ Lantern Ceremony)

       ●830AM Walk Start Bothell Wy. NE+80th Ave.NE KENMORE


        [Stay]Bainbridge Island. Beautiful Nipponzan Myohoji Temple   

7 Wed. Bainbridge Is. (Rest Day)

       [Stay]Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Is. Dojo 6154 Lynwood Ctr. Rd. NE B.I. *Lunch-Dinner* Barbecue at Ichimura san’s home in Key Peninsula

8 Thu. Bainbridge Is.-Suquamish(12mls)

       ●830AM Walk Start at Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, 6154 Lynwood Ctr. Rd. NE Bainbridge Island. WA 98110  206-780-6739,  

      ◎7PM Symposium*Hibakusha in the World/Atomic West*

       SUQUAMISH UCC CHURCH (the Address is below)

[Stay]Suquamish UCC Church. 18732 Division Ave. NE Suquamish.WA

9 Fri. Suquamish-Ground Zero Center(14.5mls)

      ●900AM Walk Start at Chief Seattle’s Grave

   ~Downtown Poulsbo~Ground Zero Ctr. For Nonviolent Action

     [Stay]Ground Zero Center 16159 Clear Creek rd. NW Poulsbo WA 98370


10-11 Sat.-Sun. Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Activities of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action     


 “This year we are hoping to expand our reach to communities of color
along the westcoast and get the information about the global, regional
and local compromised positions we are in regarding use of nuclear in
all its forms.

On the anniversary of the Poor Peoples Campaign ignite a fight for people’s rights




and the 45th anniversary of the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign



Beginning on Saturday, May 11th – the anniversary weekend of the Poor Peoples Campaign, we will hold a civil rights walk and March from Baltimore to Washington D.C. and arrive in Washington on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

We invite people from around the country to join us in Baltimore on May 11th.

There will be support vehicles to ensure that everyone can participate, regardless of physical ability.

We are Marching because…


Baltimore has become the capital of police killings! Since January, 2012, 16 people have been killed by the Baltimore City Police Department and not a single officer has been indicted. The epidemic of police terror and abuse are not confined to our city. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement has documented that every 36 hours a Black person is killed by police agencies in this country. Police repression and racism go hand in hand with the mass incarceration of young people, mostly of color, who are locked away in prisons across this country.

We march to bring national attention to these issues and to demand community control of police and an end to mass incarceration. On May 11, 2013 we will link arms with the families of the victims of police killings to demand that the Justice Department charge killer police.


One out of every four persons in Baltimore City lives below the poverty level. Growing poverty due to continuing depression level joblessness in every major city in this country and in many towns underscores the need to revive Dr. King’s fight to end poverty. Justice minded people everywhere must begin to prepare a united resistance to stop any and all austerity measures, whether it comes in the form of cuts to social security, Medicare, unemployment or food stamps.

We must renew Dr. King’s call for “Jobs or income now” and demand that the federal government: 1) bailout the people, not the banks; 2) provide a massive Works Projects Administration program to put the people back to work and 3) through Executive Order place a moratorium on home foreclosures.


If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive he would be on the front line of stemming the tide of right wing attacks on workers and unions couched in the misleading language of “right to work.” Dr. King would have been leading sit-ins to win justice for low wage workers from Wal-Mart to McDonalds. His last days were spent fighting for sanitation workers rights – this battle is yet to be finished.

On May 11th we will be marching to defend workers’ rights from Detroit to Atlanta.


We will march to continue the ongoing struggle to stop racism, end attacks on immigrants, women and LGBTQ people.

We can no longer be divided from or consider a person as “illegal” simply because he or she has crossed a border; the fight for justice is far from over when someone can be profiled and murdered because they are Black, Latino/a, Native or Asian; it continues when women are still denied equal rights and LGBTQ people continue to suffer from violence and bigotry.


Dr. King proclaimed very accurately that “every bomb that falls on Vietnam, is a bomb dropped on our inner cities.” The names of the targeted countries and occupations have changed. What hasn’t is the growing trillions spent on the Pentagon that drain the wealth of this country and that could instead fund healthcare for every uninsured person, provide education for youth, stop school closings and provide jobs for all. Not only does war still threaten the people of this world, but the refusal to deal with ever growing evidence of climate change, and the insatiable desire to put profits before people, threatens the entire planet. The only way to build Dr. King’s beloved community is to end war and put people’s needs before profits.

It is urgent that we reclaim Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and begin a new revolution to ignite a people’s movement for not only civil rights but human rights.

The Occupy movement inspired many, but the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign in Washington D.C. was, outside of other heroic examples in labor history, one of the first “occupations.” Let’s bring the movement together. Join the 2013 Poor Peoples Campaign March!

The campaign to reclaim Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in this historic year to fight back against police terror, austerity measures, attacks on workers and student rights was voted and consented on at the December 15, 2012, National Peoples Power Assembly.

We in Baltimore invite everyone to join us – from Oakland to Atlanta, from Detroit to New York. Our problems are the same as your problems – let’s stand together. If you are interested in organizing your community, school, or union to be part of this effort call us at 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835 or emailBaltimorePeoplesAssembly@gmail.com. To sign on as an endorser of this effort please contact us by phone or email.

Initiated by: Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly
2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835

 Peoples Power Assemblies Boston c/o Action Center 284 Amory St Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-286-6574 iacboston.org

BE PART OF HISTORY: Reclaim Dr. King’s dream during this special year
Ignite a fight for people’s rights!




FRIDAY, MAY 10 — 5:00 P.M. Pre-Poor People’s March Kick-off in the Community at Biddle Street and North Montford Avenue, 21213 – Join us from 5 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Remember Anthony Anderson Sr. with family members. Hot dogs and refreshments! We will be putting together signs and listening to spoken word artists and singers. We’ll open up the People’s Power Assembly with a community speak-out, and showing videos as it gets dark. We will also canvas the neighborhood.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 — 10 A.M. The Poor People’s Campaign March rally begins. The March will start at 11 A.M. sharp. We will gather in the lot where Anthony Anderson Sr. was killed by Baltimore Police. This is one of the poorest communities in Baltimore. At a brief rally, we will recognize all who have come.

Representatives of the families of Alan Blueford and other victims of police killings will be coming from as far away as Oakland and California’s Bay area. Students are coming from local campuses and from other cities. A bus of poor people and union workers from Boston will join us.

OUR Walmart workers, who are fighting for workers’ rights will join us in Baltimore and later in Hyattsville. We will be marching past one of the super Walmart’s.

We will take a break for bag lunches as we exit Baltimore City and begin our March down Route 1. Route 1 is the historical route used by prior Civil Rights leaders in the campaign to desegregate restaurants and other facilities. It’s important that we raise the demand to defend voting rights, which are under attack.

The Baltimore and Washington D.C. Metropolitan AFL-CIO Councils have both endorsed, along with the national United Food and Commercial Workers Union Minority Coalition and other union locals.

Several key things to be aware of: There will be support vehicles, vans, and cars, so there will be options. Some people may choose to ride the entire route. Most will take breaks and alternate between walking and riding. Some participants will also have to drive. For those activists who view the 41-mile march itself as very important, we are making it possible for them to walk the entire route. From our own experience and that of others who have done this, the key is unity, a lot of spirit, group decision–making and lots of water.

The “Rude Mechanical Band” from the Occupy movement will take part in this walk. Some Boston school bus drivers from United Steelworkers Local 8751 will have a special sound car, which will blare great music.

We will break near Elkridge/Columbia which is about 1/3 of the way. There, we will be greeted by local activists for a break and dinner at the side of the highway. We will also schedule bathroom breaks on the route.

Students and activists will greet us at the University of Maryland College Park, where we will continue our People’s Power Assembly and hear and record testimony, thoughts and proposals from participants.

Depending on physical needs, there will be floor space for bedrolls and sleeping. For those who need beds, we will arrange for motel rooms nearby. For some Baltimore and regional participants who have brought cars, they may go home to sleep and return the next day for the final leg of the march.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 — 10 A.M. Our final leg of the March will begin. This is Mother’s Day. It was the actual day that Coretta Scott King led the kickoff of the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968. We will gather in front of the corner near Hyattsville Bus Boys & Poets at 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20781

Women participants will lead this part of the March, including the women of OUR Walmart, who are marching in honor of Alan Forest; the mothers and sisters of the victims of police killings; youth from the Dreamers; women workers impacted by the sequestration cuts, and others. Bring your mothers, sisters, daughters and friends on this special day. Honor Mother’s Day in the best way possible. We urge our brothers to bring roses for all the women marchers.

This is the shortest leg of our March.

We expect to arrive at Freedom Plaza at 3 P.M. where we will be greeted by Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. C.T. Vivian, who helped lead the original Poor People’s Campaign. We will also hear greetings from local community and labor representatives and Occupy D.C. from the Peace House.

We will then get snacks and food and proceed to a 5 P.M. People’s Power Assembly where we will hear people’s testimony on the many issues and important proposals about where we should go from there.

8 P.M. to 9 P.M. We will show videos and have teach-ins. During this period, we will hold a meeting of those who will remain in D.C. to decide what we do on Monday and in the future.

Please stay tuned. We will soon be posting more concrete logistics and arrangements.


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M.L. King and Poor Peoples Campaign

Contact: 410-500-2168 or 410-218-4835                  email: 2013PoorPeoplesCampaign@gmail.com

 Peoples Power Assemblies Boston c/o Action Center 284 Amory St Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

617-286-6574 iacboston.org

Walk for a Nuclear Free Future Day 3

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Untitled, a photo by Peace Walks on Flickr.

August 7, 2012

Westfield to Easthampton

After the Hiroshima Day Ceremony walkers spent the night at Genesis Retreat Center.

In the morning, participants traveled to the home of Sister Marjory and Bob for breakfast and morning prayers.

Joining them was Ruth, a vocalist coach on retreat at the Genesis center, who offered a beautiful rendition of Dona Nobis Pace.

The walk was approximately 12 miles.

Something very noticeable in Westfield and West Springfield were the fighter jets overhead. Shortly after the days walk began there was a deafening noise in the sky. We looked up and for the second time on the walk noticed jets flying overhead doing drills.

Westfield is home to the 104th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard.


After passing the air base the walk passed two farms that were boarding horses.

While passing the second farm the owner came out to say hello.

Les was about to begin putting new shoes on his horse, Chipper.

He took a few minutes to learn a bit about the walk and share some stories about retirement.


About 2 miles passed the horse farm the walk decided to stop for lunch at a gas station.

The people driving support went up ahead and set up a picnic in the parking lot of the Stop’n’Save.

Occasionally people aren’t too happy about sharing their concrete with the walk, but the manager Sajid was friendly and accommodating, letting us use the bathrooms and have water for tea.


After exchanging information the walk continued on the way to the Valley Women’s Martial Arts center (vwma.org) where we met host Janet Aalfs.

Members of the dojo community came out for a potluck and discussion about nuclear power and local alternatives.

The discussion touched on many issues in the nuclear cycle and asked how to change the mindset that put us where we are now.


After an inspiring conversation the walkers moved on to their host’s house for the evening.

Day 5


Last night Annika left the walk to head back home to N.Adams – We missed you today! Hope you got home safely and spent the day resting up 🙂

This morning we left St. Peters around 7:30 after a short discussion with Father George about the state of the world. A local, Jen Chambers came to offer a ride to the walk. We drove a few miles out of Oswego and walked 12 miles into Pulaski.

It rained briefly today around lunch and we weren’t sure where we would be able to have lunch. The support van stopped at the 6 mile mark at the Sleepy Hollow Bear campsite. Clara and I were riding and we went in to ask the man if we he would lend us some space and a bathroom and shelter from the rain. He opened up the door to his incredible rec room with white leather couches, a pool table, and more than enough space for the walkers to have a comfortable lunch.
After the walk we went a few more miles to Byrne Dairy where we met up with Robert & Robert of Unity Acres. They drove out to bring us to our stay place for the evening.
Unity Acres is a shelter for men. They can house upwards of 80 men at any given time.

Currently there are about 75 men living at Unity Acres.

We met with our host Barefoot who helped organize this evening. After a feast with the residents we’re organizing for Canada and heading off to sleep.

Today there was a piece published in the Post-Standard about the walk:

Tomorrow we walk from Unity Acres into Orwell.
It’s about a 16 mile day.