2017 PACIFIC NORTHWEST INTERFAITH PEACE WALK
For a Nuclear-Free World – In Respect for All Life
“The religious basis of the non-violent movement was laid
as far back as more than 2,000 years.“ Ven. Nichidatsu Fujii
Sun. Jul. 30 – Mon. Aug. 14
Corvalis-Salem-Portland-Olympia-Tacoma-Seattle-Bainbridge Is.-Bangor/Ground Zero Ctr. + 8/6 Hiroshima Day Lantern Ceremony in Seattle
7/30-31 Sun-Mon Gathering & Walk in Corvalis OR
8/1 Tue Salem
2 Wed Portland
3 Thu Chehalis- Centralia WA
4 Fri Olympia
5 Sat Olympia
6 Sun L.F.P.- Seattle Lantern Ceremony
7 Mon Rest Day Bainbridge Island
8 Tue Steilacoom – Tacoma
9 Wed Seattle(Kubota Gd-Sadako)
10 Thu Port Townsend
11 Fri Bainbridge Is.- Suquamish
12 Sat Poulsbo- GZ & Old Bangor
13 Sun Ground Zero Center
14 Mon GZ Action & Prayer at Bangor
All are welcome to participate – for an hour, a day, or any portion of the walk. Please bring minimum baggage or backpack. One or more vehicles will be used to shuttle personal belongings, and to assist walkers as needed. Please also bring eating utensils and your nonviolent spirit.
Contact: Rev. Senji Kanaeda 206-780-6739 or 206-724-7632(cell.) firstname.lastname@example.org
Nipponzan Myohoji Temple 6154 Lynwood Ctr. Rd, NE Bainbridge Island WA 98110
Sponsors of this annual Interfaith Peace Walk include the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order,
Catholic Workers, Ground Zero Center For Nonviolent Action for Peace, Lake Forest Park for
Peace, Indian people Organization for Change(CA), Veteran For Peace (ME & the others),
Footprints for Peace(OH, Australia).
“Many people don’t know war.” An African American veteran, Allen Nelson, who was sent to Vietnam as a Marine Corp soldier said this many times. He becomes an avid peace activist and said that people who don’t know war don’t know what wars really are, unlike US veterans, innocent victims in Vietnam and Iraq, people who died or were seriously burned in the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombings, indigenous people who were stripped of all they had, and even people like an actor, John Wayne and others who were “down wind” of nuclear testing here in the US and Bikini atoll and were exposed to radiation that caused their deaths many years later. The politician who created this vicious cycle would never become victims. Given our history, if we never experience wars in our life time, we are fortunate.
“Wars & catastrophe are closer than you think: yet wisdom or super medicine that would help us avoid wars are also within our reach.”
The 20th century was called the century of wars, but the 21st century has never been more peaceful than its previous times. Many people are desperately searching medicine to cure our hunger for wars; this medicine has been prescribed by Buddha, Christ, our ancestors, our own grandparents, retired soldiers, and even young children in our neighborhood for a long time. Why doesn’t this medicine fix the problem of people in power?
“This will be the 13th peace walk in Pacific Northwest. We walk, listen, share the voices of survivors.”
For the last 12 years, we have been walking in OR, WA, CA, NM, & BC. Our tie to the Marshallese community in Salem has been strengthen through walking and praying with them. The steps that we take are small, just like a ripple in a pond, but it is certainly a way to reach the peaceful outcome on the earth. We will walk about 15 miles a day. Participants walking even one day, one hour, or talking at our evening potluck are all welcome. Bring personal gear and smile with you! “The smallest contributions gratefully received.”