2017 PACIFIC NORTHWEST INTERFAITH PEACE WALK

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

SCHEDULE

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

Click here for the detailed schedule for each day.

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.) kanaedasenji@gmail.com
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.”

 

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Ground Zero’s annual August action is coming up!

“IF WE CAN RISK NUCLEAR WAR, WE CAN RISK NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT”

By Mack Johnson

Concerned about nuclear war? How about the CBO’s new estimate that the US nuclear modernization program will cost $1.2 TRILLION DOLLARS? And what about that guy in the White House with his tiny finger on the button? If these issues occupy your mind, and if you want some fun and fellowship while trying the save the planet, here is a suggestion: please come to the Ground Zero Center for our August activities to help stand up against the madness of preparing for nuclear war. 2017 is the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and is a vital time to work against the Trident weapons system and its immense costs and dangers.

This has been a busy year for GZ, with many new or resumed activities such as leafleting, a workshop at the Seattle MLK Rally, a second round of bus ads, an Earth Day action, a gate action in coordination with PLC, and more. Both regular GZ activists and newcomers have been joining in for everything from weeding the grounds to risking arrest. With all of this, it is good to reflect that the anniversary of the atomic bombings is the most important opportunity to remind the public of the horrendous destructiveness of nuclear weapons and to take both concrete and symbolic steps to oppose them.

Our events take place this year a bit later in the month due to the From Hiroshima To Hope ceremony’s being on Sunday August 6. The Ground Zero Center will be open for visitors and overnight participants beginning the evening of Friday, August 11, with a private screening of Helen Young’s film, The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bomb. Peacewalkers arrive at GZ Saturday August 12 in time for the second Boats By Bangor waterborne protest on Hood Canal, with an evening concert by musician and longtime GZ stalwart, Tom Rawson. Sunday the 13th is a full day of events at Ground Zero, including a Trident orientation and slide show, nonviolence training, planning and discernment for action at the Bangor gates, and time to vigil, write messages to the federal government, or make peace cranes as attendees desire. That evening is a second concert, a special Pete Seeger tribute by local folkies Hank ‘n’ Claire with a multimedia slide show. GZ’s vigil and nonviolent direct action at Bangor is bright and early on the morning of August 14. Workers arriving for the morning shift will have time to consider the costs and consequences of America’s nuclear weapons programs when Ground Zero activists bring our message of love and sanity right before their eyes.

A detailed schedule is at the Ground Zero Events Calendar.

Click here to view and download the full-page event flyer. A quarter-page version is also available, and is great for handing out. Click here for the quarter-page version. 

Co-organizers Mary Gleysteen, Mack Johnson, and Elizabeth Murray are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible for our gathering. Invite your partner! Tell your friends! Helpers and kayakers wanted! Bring your dog! Take a few steps for peace and the earth, and GZ will help you take more.

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2016 Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk

FOR A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE – IN RESPECT FOR ALL LIFE

Sunday, July 24 to Tuesday, August 9, 2016          

The Interfaith Peace Walk is an annual effort led by the monks of the Bainbridge Island Nipponzan Miyohoji Buddhist Temple. This year’s walk begins in Salem, Oregon, which has the largest community of Marshall Islanders outside of the Marshall Islands. Walkers will make stop in many cities along the way, including Portland, Hanford/Richland, and Seattle.

Walkers will participate in the Hiroshima to Hope Lantern Ceremony at Seattle’s Green Lake on August 6th, and the walk will finish at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action for the events there commemorating the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (from August 7th to 9th).

The walk is open to all, and people are welcome to join any portion (or all) of the walk. A support vehicle will carry walkers’ personal items between overnight stops.

For more information and how to participate contact : Br. Senji Kanaeda or Br. Gilberto Perez 206-780-6739(temple) or 206-419-7262, 206-724-7632(mobile),  senji@nipponzan.net, gzperez@juno.com   Nipponzan Myohoji Temple, 6154 Lynwood Ctr. Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-4011

This Interfaith Peace Walk is sponsored by: Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order, Tacoma Catholic Worker, Ground Zero Center For Nonviolent Action, Lake Forest Park for Peace, Indian People Organization for Change(California), Interfaith Council of Bainbridge Island & Kitsap, Veterans For Peace, Footprints for Peace(Ohio & Australia)

Click here to see the full walk schedule and read a message from the monks about this year’s walk.

 

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Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk

Honoring MLK’s Dream January 14-18, 2016 Investing in Peace and Justice; defeating Racism & Militarism

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Every step is a prayer for peace. This annual peace walk is an opportunity for all people to walk, live and learn together in a nonviolent, spiritually-motivated action. Peace walkers will average about 13 miles per day. We welcome all who are sincere in walking and communing in harmony and nonviolence. Walkers can join for an hour, a day, or the entire walk. We will spend evenings with communities on the route, singing, conversing, watching documentary films, and relaxing. We appreciate any contributions of food, water or accommodations.

Walkers will gather on the evening of Wednesday January 13 at the Nipponzan Myohoji dojo on Bainbridge Island to meet each other and spend the night. The walk starts on January 14. The route will include Bainbridge Island, Ground Zero, Indian Island, Port Townsend, Port Julia/Sklallam, Kingston, Edmonds and Seattle.

The schedule may change with conditions so please check in with us if you are joining at any point.

Jan. 13 Wed. evening- Gather at Nipponzan Myohoji Dojo, Bainbridge Island
Jan 14 (Thurs) 8:30 am=-Bainbridge Island to Ground Zero ( some driving/ 12-14 miles)
15 Friday 9am- start Indian Island; walk to Port Townsend (12.7mi)- overnight in PT
16 Saturday 8:30 am- (start tbd) To Point Julia and Kingston: overnight in Kingston
17 Sunday- 7:55 am ferry to Edmonds; walk starts 8:30 to LFP or Seattle (overnight in Seattle)
Jan 18 Monday11:30 am -Join Ground Zero and community members for Martin Luther King Jr. Day march through Seattle

For more information contact:
Senji Kanaeda Ph:206-780-6739, 206-724-7632(cell) senji@nipponzan.net
Gilberto Perez Ph: 206-419-7262 gzperez@juno.com

Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Island Dojo
6154 Lynwood Center Rd. NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

The Peace Walk occurs just before the 70th anniversary of UN Resolution 1 (1) which calls for ‘the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.’ UNFOLD ZERO is promoting the anniversary as a time to act for nuclear abolition. The Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Island Dojo endorses the Joint Statement of Legislators and Religious Leaders for a Nuclear Weapon Free World.

~NA MU MYO HO REN GE KYO~

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