Third annual Woodstock Walk

July 8, 2011

This year’s Woodstock International Walk for World Peace is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2011. We will meet at the parking lot at the intersection of routes 375 and 212 in Woodstock, NY, where the flags of every country will be handed out for our procession through town to Comeau Field, where the World Peace Prayer Society will once again hold the Flag Ceremony.

We hold this walk each year to reaffirm our commitment to peace. The walk is always held on the weekend closest to the anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, to recognize that we never again wish to see nuclear weapons used. We hold that all life is sacred, and that there is no such thing as a “just” war. The only way to peace is through peace, and we support the peaceful resolution of all disputes. This year’s walk happens to fall on the actual date of the bombing, and we will say a prayer for the casualties of this horrific event.

Our founder, John Nelson, is in Hiroshima, setting up events there for Live Peace International, a worldwide event where concerts for peace will be streamed live from venues throughout the world. More info is available on YouTube, and I’m awaiting more details from John; as soon as they are made available I will post them here.

The same goes for events at the third annual Woodstock International Walk for World Peace; as performers and speakers are confirmed, we will post them here. The Parrots for Peace will once again be on hand, too. We look forward to seeing you all there! Peace and Love!


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.

Happy New Year

January 2, 2010

This is somewhat belated, but we wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful new year. We expect the world to make huge steps towards peace in 2010, and we expect it to come from the people of the world; this is the year we will lead the leaders. Happy New Year! And thanks to all who joined us at Harmony to ring in the new year!

An Open Letter to the citizens of Conversano, Italy

December 29, 2009

Dear residents of Conversano, Italy,

Warm greetings from Woodstock Colony of the Arts in Woodstock, New York, USA to the people of Conversano, Italy, City of the Arts.

A street in Conversano (Bari), Italy

May this holiday season find your city peaceful and prosperous now and in this new year.

A group of concerned citizens in the village of Woodstock, New York has created a council based on the theme of events that took place in 1969 and named after the town of Woodstock, New York.

This council works in communion with other councils to promote a return to an expression of and realization of peace as stated through music and art at that time. We emphasize that this is not merely a rock concert title, Live Peace, it is also considered a call to prayer and meditation for people of all faiths.

Please welcome our delegate Christina Valentine not only as a member of our peace council but as a member of your extended family. Simply said, Christina’s maternal great grand parents were citizens of Conversano almost 100 years ago. Chiaro Frallonaro and Francesco Resta left for New York City, New York, USA but never had the opportunity to return home.

Their great grandchild is here to extend her hands in an offering to the people of Conversano in partnership as a sister city with Woodstock, New York, USA in promoting peace throughout Italy, Europe, and the world. She is also seeking assistance in tracing any surviving relatives of Chiaro Frallonaro or Francesco Resta from the kind people of Conversano, Italy.

On August 7th and 8th, 2010, Woodstock, New York, USA and towns and municipalities around the world will in participate in the largest music and art event in modern times entitled Live Peace©. This global initiative will tie together nearly 200 countries throughout the world in a common expression of peace through music and the arts.
We humbly request that you consider creating a council in Conversano, Italy and naming it the Conversano Council for World Peace. Welcome sister city!

Timing is of the essence as we want to enable the entire world to be equal partners in our cause for world peace. Christina Valentine is at your service to help facilitate the creation of your own independent council.

From our family to yours,

Woodstock Council for World Peace
Christina Valentine, European delegate