The 13th Annual Walk for a New Spring

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Photos from the 2013 Walk for a New Spring, “Walk for the People, Walk for the Earth”

2014
Common Unity
Peace Building & Demilitarization

February 21, 2014 – April 8, 2014
Leverett, MA to Washington D.C.
A 47 Day Peace March to the White House
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  • Diplomacy Not War
  • An Economy That Uplifts All
  • Renewable Energy
  • Jobs Not Jails
  • Commit to Ending Racism
  • Move Resources from Military to People’s Needs
  • Respect for the Earth
  • Immigration Reform

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. identified extreme Materialism, Militarism and Racism as the “triplets of evil” which we must transform. They exist both within us and external to us.

Materialism – viewing human beings and nature as exploitable for profit, regardless of consequence. Leads to large scale societal impoverishment and destruction of nature.

Racism – Artificial and pernicious construct of thought and social organization that some human beings are inherently superior to others. “It separates bodies, minds and spirits, descends to inflicting spiritual and physical homicide on the out group.” (Martin Luther King)

Militarism – The belief that armed violence is the way to control perceived threats. The US spends more on our Military arsenal than the rest of the world combined. Domestically the number of guns is roughly equivalent to every man woman and child in the US. Also our police forces are being armed with ever more lethal weapons. Let us build a culture that posits faith in hu-manity and dissolves the intensifying cycle of fear and violence.

Walk Schedule

Tentative walk schedule, subject to change Join the Walk when we come through your community!

Tentative walk schedule, subject to change
Join the walk when we come through your community!

 
Please Consider Supporting These Bills & Initiatives

  • Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act, A Bill to Ban Uranium Mining in the US and to clean up the thousands of abandoned uranium mines on Native American land
  • H.R.808  A Bill to establish a Cabinet-level Dept of Peace-Building
  • Continue the Funding of the SNAP Program – NO CUTS
  • Petition to support Jobs Not Jail for Non-violent Offenders (Massachusetts)
  • Support for Initiative of Fairfax, CA to establish an International body of experts to oversee the care of the damaged and dangerous Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

More to come
We welcome your suggestions

I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information or to join or support the walk when it comes to your community please fill out the following form:

or contact

Tim Bullock  413-485-8469 | walk4newspring@gmail.com | Facebook

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. 20th Cambridge to Boston & Feb. 21st Massachuetts State House & Boston City Council

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DSC04900After a beautiful night in Salem walkers left Wednesday morning for Cambridge, Mass. It was about a 10 mile walk through the wind along the shore. The walk arrived Wednesday afternoon to the Cambridge Friends Meeting House where the group was met by their host for the evening John, a member of the meeting.

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Walkers arrive at Cambridge Friends Meetinghouse

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After a potluck dinner provided by the community Charmaine gave her presentation, “America’s Chernobyl”, about 30 people were in attendance.

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Feb. 21st Massachusetts State House & Boston City Council

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Thursday morning the walk left the Friends Meeting for the State House.
A few locals joined for the meeting with Representative Byron Rushing (9th Suffolk District of Mass), 2 Representative Aids from the Department of Energy, 2 Aids from the office of Governor Patrick, and 1 Representative Aid from Northampton.

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After passing along copies of the Uranium Exploration and Accountability Act and sharing information about the local nuclear reactors in Plymouth, MA (Pilgrim), Seabrook, NH (Seabrook), Vernon, VT (Vermont Yankee) and Millstone, CT the walkers went to Boston City Hall.

Every year the Walk for a New Spring has the pleasure of meeting with Boston city Councilman Charles Yancey. The Boston city council welcomes the walk warmly every year, and is an office that works diligently for their community.
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This is Councilman Yancey’s 30th year as city councilor. Their tireless dedication to working for positive change is an inspiration.

The city Councillor and a few representatives from other offices came to meet the walk and learn a bit more about the work we are doing.DSC04992

When he learned of the 3,272 abandoned open pit uranium mines on the Sioux Nation Councilman Yancey was appalled, and after he and his staff took copies of the bill they assured the walkers that they would look into the matter further.

Locally, Boston has its own toxic problem in the shape of a BioLab.

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Resources
Uranium Exploration and Accountability Act

“America’s Chernobyl”

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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