Walk Through The Valley

13th ANNUAL “WALK FOR A NEW SPRING”
A WALK FOR COMMON UNITY, PEACE BUILDING, AND DEMILITARIZATION
LEVERETT, MA to WASHINGTON, DC
February 21- 2014 – April 8, 2014

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A THREE DAY SEND-OFF!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 to SUNDAY, February 23, 2014

The New England Peace Pagoda would love it if you would come and participate with us
for an hour, a half day, a full day or as many days as you can.
You are welcome to bring our own signs and help send THE WALK from Western Mass to Washington D.C.!

 ITINERARY FOR FIRST THREE DAYS

DAY ONE -FRIDAY, February 21, 2014

8:30 am: Opening Circle at the New England Peace Pagoda
10:30 am: Visit to Leverett Town Hall
1:15 pm: Begin walking from the Survival Center, North Amherst to Town Common, Amherst
3:00 – 3:30 pm: VIGIL on Town Common
5:00- 6:30pm: Potluck and Presentation at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk
7:00 to 9:00: Walk for a New Spring participants will attend and view a student production of PROJECT UNSPEAKABLE,  at the Commonwealth Honor College, UMASS (the new building located near the Mullins Center)

DAY TWO – SATURDAY, February 22, 2014

8:30am: Opening Circle at Amherst Town Common and then begin Walk to Northampton 12:30: POTLUCK LUNCH AND PRESENTATION, First Churches, Northampton
1:30 pm: Begin Walk to Holyoke
5:00 pm:   Arrive 101 Pearl St, Holyoke
5:30pm: Potluck and Presentation/Community Discussion

DAY THREE – SUNDAY, February 23, 2014

11:00 am: Meet at Nuestras Raices Community Garden site on route 5 across from Mount Marie to walk into Springfield, southward on route 5 to West Springfield
12:30 pm: Brown Bag Lunch at West Springfield (Location TBA)
1:30 pm: Walk over the West Springfield Bridge to Springfield
5:00-6:00pm: Potluck Dinner, Wesley Methodist Church, 741 State Street, Springfield 7:00 pm: Panel and Community Discussion
Speakers
Roberto C., Springfield No One Leaves
Michaelann B., Arise for Social Justice
Sheldon A., Justice For Ayyub
Jorge S., Just Communities Comunidades Justas
Tim B., New England Peace Pagoda
For more information call Tim Bullock 413-485-8469 / email- walk4newspring@gmail.com

March 10: Ossning to Stony Point

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March 10, 2013

This morning the walk set off from 1st Presbytarian Church in Ossning, NY. Thanks to Dan Fullerton and his partner Duna for welcoming us so warmly at the last minute.

We set off for Stony Point, stopping for a bathroom break at the local Fire Station.
Thanks so much to Mike the volunteer firefighter who let us in!

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We stopped for lunch outside of the The Runcible, the first day this walk could break in the sunshine.

GetAttachment.aspxjsfljldkjldskjglfdjAfter lunch the walk continued on to Stony Point Center where the group took part in the Fukushima Fallout conference. Former Navy Sailors Maurice Enis and Jamie Lee Plym shared again their experiences with the navy, and their health ailments following their irradiation.

Roberto Muller of the Stony Point Convergence shared a presentation about Indian Point, and Martin Lucas premiered his film, Cold Shutdown, the story of Fukushima in the aftermath of the nuclear meltdown.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.
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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.

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Salem Peace Committee Walks for a New Spring