Two days!

August 4, 2011

The weather forecast is good for Woodstock, NY this Saturday, August 6, 2011, and we are looking forward to our third annual Woodstock International Walk for World Peace! We gather between at 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot (no parking here, though; use one of Woodstock’s Municipal lots, please) at the intersection of routes 212 and 375, where water will be available (thanks to Hurley Ridge Market, and Michele Elyse Flanders). The World Peace Prayer Society is once again bringing the flags of 193 countries, to be distributed before the walk. The walk begins at 11:00 a.m.; we will proceed through town to Comeau Field, where we will hold the Flag Ceremony, a peace paint-out, talks, and performances by Denise Jordan Finley & Daniel Pagdon, James Cannings, and others. The Parrots for Peace™ will once again be on hand, too; as will Terry Leroy of the Haitian People’s Support Project.

This year’s walk falls on the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, an horrific event that we commemorate each year by holding our walk for peace on the weekend closest to the anniversary. We once again affirm that we never again wish to see such horror, and state that we all will do what each of us can to bring about a more peaceful world. The date of August 6th is known as Universal Peace Day, though the event is often observed in the United States on August 5th, due to the International Date Line.

We can all do more to bring about peace; we can show kindness whenever possible, and work with others to produce a more sustainable world. A sustainable world is a peaceful world, as sustainability would mean providing water, food, housing, safety, education for every human being—no one left behind. In the United States, this might mean strengthening and increasing enforcement of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, moving away from fossil fuels, and writing our local and federal representatives, urging less investment in the machinery of war, more investment in jobs, education, and infrastructure; less political posturing, and more substantive action. It might encompass reducing one’s energy use (we have one of the world’s highest rates of energy consumption) and eschewing some rainforest products (palm oil = bad), while using others (brazil nuts = good).

One thing is certain, every society that has not embraced the ideas of peace and sustainability has eventually failed; this is attested to in Jared Diamond’s books Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Collapse; and more recently in Brian Fagan’s Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind.

When we contrast those collapsed societies with the Aboriginal communities of Australia, the oldest continually operational society on earth, we find that the aboriginies have a deep reverence for nature that has enabled them to live for 40,000 years in one of the harshest environments on earth, and that peace and the environment can’t be separated.

Join us this Saturday, August 6, 2011, as we walk and pray for peace!

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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

Performers
• 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).



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 letter from the White House

January 24, 2010

President Barack Obama

We received a letter from President Barack Obama two days ago, in response to our letter of July 22nd, 2009. While the President did not grant our wish, he did at least reply personally; that gives us hope that we can make the weekend nearest Universal Peace Day (commemorating the dead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) a worldwide weekend of peace; we want all nations to agree to stand down from any offensive actions on this weekend; this year, and every year.

The reply from our President has encouraged us to renew our efforts toward this end, and we will be composing and sending similar letters to the Head of State of every nation on earth in the very near future; we will post the text here.

And we will be holding LivePeace© this summer on August 7th and 8th, a worldwide series of concerts and prayerful gatherings, in Woodstock, NY, and in many other towns and cities around the world  to further the cause of peace. Save the dates!


A Benefit Concert for the Children of Haiti

January 22, 2010

THE HUDSON VALLEY YOUTH CHORALE

presents

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

For more information visit us at

www.hvyc.org