rn:Walk for healing & Peace (Nov. 25 – Dec. 4)


Jan Slakov

From: "Voices in the Wilderness" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: "A Walk for Healing and Peace"
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 15:06:22 -0600
Organization: Voices in the Wilderness

Dear Friends,

We are writing to announce a walk which Voices in the Wilderness will
help coordinate and to invite your involvement and support:

A Walk for Healing and Peace

>From Washington DC to NYC - November 25 - December 4.

Following the tragedies that occurred on September 11, 2001, in New York
City, Washington, DC, and in Pennsylvania, several individuals spoke to
the world words of extraordinary spiritual depth and courage. Even as
they mourned their loss of beloved family members and close friends,
they asked that the deaths of their loved ones not be used to justify
retaliatory attacks on other innocent people.

In the past weeks, US Armed Forces have daily attacked Afghanistan.
Millions of people there now face hunger, displacement, and fear of
further attacks. The war could spread to other countries. With each
passing day, we increasingly appreciate calls to resist war, hunger, and
revenge. We are particularly respectful of the testimony given in
statements mentioned above, --those words collectively clarified: "Our
Grief Is Not A Cry For War." (http://www.nonviolence.org/vitw/)

Walkers will use such testimony as a moral compass in a pilgrimage from
Washington DC to NYC. Led by Buddhist and Franciscan monks, and joined
from time to time by various leaders of faith-based and peacemaking
communities, we will depart from Washington DC, on Sunday, November 25.
The route will include visits in Baltimore, MD, Princeton, NJ,
Philadelphia, PA, and Trenton, NJ, arriving in New York City on
Saturday, December 1. (A large bus will assist with shuttling during
parts of the route.)

At each stop along the way, walkers and supporters will invite members
of the public to join them for public events.  We must not forget the
hundreds of thousands of people who have died and are still dying from
the effects of economic and military warfare in the Middle East. We must
not forget Iraqi mothers who have wept over their dying children and yet
said, "We pray that this will never happen to a mother in your country."
We must not forget the refugee families facing the Afghan winter without
food or shelter. 

We will welcome accompaniment, on the road, from all those who want to
be guided by the calls for nonviolence. For more information about the
itinerary and about the public gatherings, please contact (646)208-2098
or •••@••.•••. 

This walk is endorsed by The National Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Concurrent with this walk will be national days of prayer and fasting
coordinated by the National Network to End the War Against Iraq
(NNEWAI). To learn more about the network visit www.endthewar.org. 

Voices in the Wilderness
1460 West Carmen Ave
Chicago  IL  60640