2nd Annual Woodstock Walk for Peace—Save the date!

July 18, 2010

Hello, everyone! After the wonderful walk we had last year, we feel that it’s once again time to hold a Woodstock Walk for Peace, to affirm our message of peace and love. All are welcome and invited to participate, and the date is tentatively set for August 8, 2010—once again, the Sunday nearest the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, sixty-five years ago.  Living peace icon, Pete Seeger, whose song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, a spontaneous anthem of the annual tradition of the Woodstock Walk for Peace, has agreed to participate in this year’s event.  Pete will be giving an 8:00 a.m. interview for WDST, Woodstock radio from his home in Beacon and be with us from 10 a.m. to 11:30 before he performs at the Bearsville Theater at 1 (doors open at noon) with a benefit concert for Clearwater (cleaning up the Hudson River and environmental education and activism) and The Smile Revolution, a campaign to ignite the power of a smile to begin peace in one’s heart and radiate to those who are touched by this simple act. Following the concert, Pete will be signing his newly published book, “Where Have all the Flowers Gone”, an anthology of popular folk songs.  Pete wished to be at the first annual walk, last year, but had a previous concert commitment. Toshi Seeger, Pete’s life-time love and partner in marriage, comes from Woodstock originally, Pete is always glad to announce, as Woodstock is an extension of home for the Seeger family.

We are now beginning the process of seeking approvals from the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and the town board—we will

Pete Seeger. ©2010 Cameron Williams

make announcements here, and expect to begin distributing flyers around town this week. With the enthusiasm generated from last year’s walk and the buzz around making it happen on a continuing basis, the grass roots organizing has now begun. Jack Nelson will participate, along with local talent for peace, social justice, music, and joy.

“May Peace Prevail on Earth” is our theme.  With the World Peace Prayer Society’s donation of the Peace Pole in the Village Green and the flag ceremony, a uniting pageantry of flags representing each nation and indigenous region of the world last year, we call upon the ideal of peace to end the unfortunate and continuing strife around the world, from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, to Palestine, and more; our voices need to be heard more now than ever. Join with us in the spirit of peace and brotherhood, and let the world know that the spirit of peace lives in Woodstock, and around the world in sister cities of the Woodstock Nation.


Haitian Benefit

February 27, 2010

Please come out to the Dutch Reform Church in Woodstock this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and help support the Haitian people.

The Haitian People’s Support Project, The Woodstock Reform Church, The Woodstock Council for World Peace, and many local heartfelt people, are holding a benefit in the Chapel of the Woodstock Reform Church, Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

The funds raised will be divided between:

• The Haitian People’s Support Project–sponsoring many orphanages in Haiti.

• Partners in Health–one of the best relief organizations at work in Haiti.

Find out more–explore the tabs on the event’s Facebook page

• Bill McKnight–MC
• Anique Taylor
• Prana–Baird Hersey (leader), Peter Buettner, Joe Veilette, Julie Parisi-Kirby, Julie Last, Kirsti Golsen, Amy Goldman, Amy Fradon, Bruce Milner, Julian Lines, Steve Rust
• Elly Wininger and Dave Kearney
• Whitman and Pantell
• Julie Parisi-Kirby and T.G.Vanini
• Sylvia Bullett
• Rennie Cantine
• Mighty Xee with T.G.Vanini
• E.C.Lorick
• Bar Scott
• Terry and Pierre Leroy from The Haitian People’s Support Project
• Michael Veitch
• Julie Last
• Charles Lyonhart and the Junkyard Angels 
w/Julie Last, Brian Hollander and George Quinn

One of Woodstock’s own local musicians, E.C. Lorick, has just written a new song, called Haiti… Out from Under. E.C. will share this song with everyone immediately after Terry and Pierre speak.

Bread Alone and Sweet Sues have agreed to donate baked goods. Beverages and sweets will be available.
*If you would like to donate baked goods, 
or want to help with the benefit in any other way, 
please call 845 688 5012.

Vote for Peace

February 21, 2010

Click here to register your vote to establish a U.S. Department of Peace, and send your message to Congress here. The bill to establish a Department of Peace is now before the House of Representatives, and, among other things, would provide funding to establish a U.S. Peace Academy which would act as a counterpart to the U.S. Military Academy, teach violence prevention and mediation to America’s school children, and provide complimentary support to our military by engaging in parallel peace-building activities.

The Woodstock Council for World Peace has already sent a letter of support for the Department of Peace to Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who first introduced this bill in July 2001, shortly before the attacks of 9/11. Unfortunately, our country’s reaction to those attacks, and George W. Bush’s mistaken policy of GWOT (Global War on Terror) has allowed this bill to languish. Make your voices heard, and tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and your representatives that you want the United States Department of Peace to become a reality.

We are living in a world that is witnessing the threats of habitat and biodiversity loss, fisheries depletion, global economic stress and world hunger; in such a world, war is unsustainable.

The above views are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of The Woodstock Council for World Peace.

Pictures from Haiti

February 21, 2010

Here are pictures from Jacques Josue Logiste Julie who is working with Pierre Leroy of the Haitian People’s Support Project. The pictures are apparently from Santo Domingo, of supplies being sent to Port-au-Prince to aid the earthquake victims (my Spanish and French are poor, but that’s what my meager translation skills tell me).

The invisible war

January 31, 2010

Photo from Stop Conflict: DR Congo—stopconflict.wordpress.com

Nicholas D. Kristof’s column today concerns the continuing war in the Congo, which, he points out, has claimed 30 times more lives than the Haitian disaster, and is the most devastating conflict the world has seen since World War II. The war has claimed more than 5.4 million lives to date, with no end in sight.

Mr. Kristof notes the pathetic international response to this tragedy, and I thank him for his continuing dedication to the causes of peace and justice. The unspeakable atrocities being committed in the Congo must be stopped; please write your representatives asking that they devote resources to putting an end to this.

You might also write to media outlets, expressing outrage at the lack of media coverage.

Disclaimer: The above views are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Woodstock Council for World Peace.

State of the Union address at Harmony

January 27, 2010

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, January, 27, 2009, which is normally open mic night at Harmony, will be devoted to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, hosted by Father Jack Nelson, and posted on Organizing for America by Elaine Maggiore, who is working hard for the Woodstock Council for World Peace, and whose daughter, Christina Valentine, has represented the Council in Conversano, Italy (Woodstock and Conversano are now sister cities, largely due to the Council’s, and Christina’s efforts), and who is now in Buenos Aires, Argentina, spreading our message of love and peace.

President Barack Obama

So please come out to Harmony, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY, and participate in our American democracy; help us rebuild our community spirit, which is so desperately needed, especially in these troubled times. There’s sure to be much lively discussion after our president’s speech, so this is an event you won’t want to miss. Thanks again to Elaine Maggiore, and to Father Jack Nelson for making this event possible. We’ll post the events at Harmony for Thursday, Friday and Saturday tomorrow; and don’t forget, the Woodstock Council for World Peace meets at Harmony every Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Disclaimer: The above views do not necessarily represent the views of the Woodstock Council for World Peace.

A Benefit Concert for the Children of Haiti

January 22, 2010



For the Children

A Benefit Concert for the Children of Haiti

7:00 pm, Saturday February 20, 2010

Holy Cross Church

Pine Grove Avenue

Kingston, NY

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