Venerable Gyoway Kato, Venerable Towbee Keyes and Venerable Clare Carter
Photography and Editing by Jess Barrett-Mills
On March 27, 2020, the Monks of the New EnglandPeace Pagoda will commence their annual “Walk for a New Spring”. Beginning at the Peace Pagoda, they will walk several days in Massachusetts, soon moving to WashingtonDC. After several days of walking, taking part in vigils, holding ceremony and visiting congress, the Walk will proceed northward to the United Nations in New York City. lease see accompanying Walk brochure for full details.
The overarching call of the Walk for a New Spring will be the complete dismantling of all nuclear weapons, asking particular support for the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons and the Back from the Brink movement. The Union of Concerned Scientists has moved the “Doomsday Clock” to 100 seconds to midnight–the closest they have ever judged the world to be to nuclear holocaust. Let us together face down this re-awakened force of death. Please walk some or many steps with us, join in or host the community gatherings, and plan to come to NYC for the The World Conference 2020 to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Resist and Reverse the Climate Crisis; For Social and Economic Change, (April 24-25) and a Rally and March to the United Nations (April 26).
Please see important links for: Fresh New Hope, Warheads to Windmills(Youtube), Back from the Brink, www.preventnuclearwar.org .
In the same breath, we are embracing the interrelated crises of the degradation of the natural world, which nurtures all life; the immorality of widespread of severe poverty, which brings incalculable suffering and unnatural death to millions, so often unacknowledged; and the entrenched militarism and war-making of our political and economic structure, and our overall culture.
We are so grateful to couple with so many friends, networks, groups, as in past years. This year we are also joining with the Poor People’s Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival, which embraces the same fusion of concerns. The Poor Peoples Campaign calls all people to come together to make the spiritual and moral strength to prevail over these terrible threats to life on earth. They believe in and and listen to poor and disenfranchised people, holding them in the elevated and supported center of this movement, which is open to all people to move together for the good. See poorpeoplescampaign.org.
For all the children, for the adults, for the elders – let us come together at this time, walking, praying, talking, singing, sharing food…together. Let us come together locally, and meet in New York City in late April, joining with people from around the world.
For more information contact Tim Bullock 413-485-8469 walk4anewspring at gmail.com
Join us in supporting Gov. Patrick’s call to house 1,000 of the refugee children waiting for housing at the border:
WALK FOR PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE
The New England Peace Pagoda will walk across Massachusetts
To Remember and Heal From the Nuclear Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
and to discuss peaceful solutions for the issues of war we face today
July 30 thru August 6 // Plainfield MA – Boston MA
click to download the walk brochure
August 2nd Springfield
August 6th First Church Boston
August 9th Nuke Free Northampton
On Wednesday July 30th the New England Peace Pagoda will begin a 10 day walk across Massachusetts. This walk will take place on the anniversaries of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This walk takes place in the midst of serious questions of war, in a turning point in our culture.
We walk and we carry with us the memory of the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed instantly when those bombs were dropped on the districts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We carry with us their memories and the lessons from Hibakusha, from those who survived the bombing and lived on with cancer. The world has been affected by the radiation from these bombs. We march to pray for peace and to send a call out to all who are ready to come together peacefully and work towards change. Toward a sustainable world that is not dependent on war or exploiting human labor for resources. One that is community based. We walk without guns, without alcohol, without drugs.
We carry with us this message of peace and the cautionary tales of where violence leads.
End Imperialism. Pray for Peace.
We walk with hands together, bow three times,
Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo.
Local Campaigns We Carry
-Gov. Deval Patrick has announced plans to temporarily house 1,000 of the children who are currently at the U.S. border. We commend Gov. Patrick for giving Massachusetts the opportunity to help our fellow brothers and sisters from the south and as we travel through the state we will speak on supporting this move.
-Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act, this bill which we carried with Charmaine White Face, Sioux Nations Treaty Council, Defenders of the Black Hills, calls for a moratoritum on all uranium mining until all mines have been cleaned up. Senator Raul Grijalva (D-AR) has agreed to sponsor the bill, and our own congressman McGovern (D-MA) has agreed to support this bill.
for more information visit newenglandpeacepagoda.org | facebook.com/LNEPP
The New England Peace Pagoda invites you to join
Walking for Peace and Non‐Violence
July 30 thru August 9
Remembering – Transforming - Healing
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
And the Contemporary Culture of War
Plainfield, MA to Boston, MA
Wed – July 30 Plainfield Earthdance
Thurs. – July 31 Earthdance New Salem
Fri. – Aug 1 Seeds of Solidarity – West Springfield
Sat. - Aug 2 West Springfield – Springfield
Sun. – Aug 3 Springfield – Gardner
Mon. – Aug 4 Gardner – Worcester
Tues. – Aug 5 Worcester – Boston
Wed. - Aug 6 First Church Boston
Boston City Hall
Fri. – Aug 8 Leverett Center
5:30 pm Peace Pagoda Nagasaki Commemoration
Sat. – Aug 9 Northampton
Nuclear Free Future
Campaign and Western Mass AFSC
Walk begins at Court House to Smith College –Paradise Pond
For more information regarding the walks or events please call Tim Bullock - 413‐485‐8469
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk for Common Unity, Peace Building & Demilitarization
Starting on February 21st the New England Peace Pagoda’s 13th Annual Walk for a New Spring set off for Washington D.C.
More photos & info updated daily on the facebook page.
The walk will reach Washington D.C. on April 4th.
To join the walk contact email@example.com
or call Tim Bullock at 413-485-8469