Feb. 19: Ipswich to Salem

House of Peace

This morning the walk started off at the House of Peace in Ipswich Massachusetts.
We have had the pleasure of spending time with long time peace workers John and Carrie Schuchardt, founders of the House of Peace.

The House of Peace help make it possible for children suffering burns to get treatment at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Boston. The House of Peace hosts the families of the children while they are waiting for surgery.

Image

This morning as we left the walk our thoughts and prayers were with Tariq, a seven year old from Iraq who was going in for an eight hour surgery for facial reconstruction.

Image

Lunch

After the house of peace the walkers stopped for lunch at the UU church of Beverly where they were hosted warmly by local members of the congregation.

Image

Following a beautiful lunch and song by one of our hosts, Richard, the walk set out across for Salem.

Salem
About halfway across the bridge from Beverly to Salem the walk was met by several local families and activists, many from the Peace Commission.
It was a beautiful reception into the city, and the walk was met with joy, honks, peace signs, and waves.

Image

Image

The first stop in Salem was at city hall to meet with Mayor Driscoll, a Mayor for Peace who has hosted the generously hosted the walk in the past.

Image

Walkers shared information about the walk with Mayor Driscoll, and she shared some of the ways that Salem is working toward renewable energy, including attempting to get windmills in the city, and converting a coal factory into a much smaller natural gas company.

Image

Charmaine spoke with Mayor Driscoll about the situation in South Dakota and its effect on her people, and ultimately all people.
She shared the draft bill that she and the Defenders of the Black Hills wrote.

This bill calls for a moratorium on all further uranium mining until all of the existing mines have been cleaned up.

The bill would also force uranium mining companies to be held responsible for clean up of any further or existing mines.

Uranium Exploration and Accountability Act 

This bill currently needs a sponsor.
Spread the word!
ImageImage

The walk left the mayors office for the First Church, a Unitarian Universalist church in Salem.

First Church

The Peace Commission and Occupy Salem members welcomed the walk graciously and contributed in preparing a potluck and opening up a space for conversation on community action.

Following dinner Charmaine presented, “America’s Chernobyl” to the crowd.
ImageImage

Charmaine will be with the walk for a few more days. Join us in Boston or on the Cape to hear the incredible story of America’s Secret Chernobyl, and what you can do to work for a nuclear free future.

CharmaineWF

Salem Peace Committee Walks for a New Spring

2 thoughts on “Feb. 19: Ipswich to Salem

  1. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures and giving a sense of the day. It is exciting to know of all the miles and smiles, walks and talks, good food and thoughts, chants and heartfelt prayers
    this Walk for a New Spring has already brought to many people and communities. I hope Tariq’s operation has gone well and also that the Defenders of the Black Hill get a sponsor for the bill soon. I was glad to learn about Mayor Driscoll and the sustainability efforts underway in Salem. Greenfield and the Franklin County area where I live was just chosen as one of the communities to recieve a major state funded grant for developing further sustainbility and energy efficiency. Had a beautiful powerful dream last night that involved caring for household plants, a slew of wild animals in a strange pond and a sense of environmental conservation work, and Charmaine was in it. Not that surprising, but neat how one’s consciousness works on various levels.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s