About Peace…

July 14, 2011

John Lennon and Yoko Ono had it right, “War Is Over (If You Want It)”. Peace can only be achieved through peace; wars cannot bring peace. We enjoyed this Grammy Award performance of Imagine, with Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Seal, Pink, and others.

Join us at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the intersection of Routes 212 and 375 in Woodstock, NY, for our third annual Woodstock International Walk for World Peace. We will be joined by The World Peace Prayer Society once again, for the procession of flags through town to Comeau Field, where we will hold the Flag Ceremony, followed by musical and other entertainments. Denise Jordan Finley and Daniel Pagdon have agreed to perform, as has James Cannings; other speakers and performers are to be announced. We look forward to seeing you come together to affirm our profound wishes for peace throughout the world.

We need a new approach if we are to achieve lasting peace throughout the world, an approach that focuses on human security—everyone needs access to clean water, adequate food, safety from violence, education, housing, and freedom of religion, if we are to build a more peaceful world. That is the basic concept behind Shannon D. Beebe’s and Mary Kaldor’s book, The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon, which outlines a framework for this to happen. They propose that our military be re-purposed to assist in bringing about a more peaceful world. Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D. Beebe is a West Point graduate, and Senior Africa Analyst, Office of United States Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence; and Mary Kaldor is a professor of political science and director of the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Their words have weight and merit, and I urge you all to read this most worthwhile book.

Thomas Barnett makes many of the same points in this interesting TED talk. While I object to his insistence upon the initial use of overwhelming force, many of his other ideas are worth serious thought. His book, The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century, contains many of the same ideas as Beebe’s and Kaldor’s book. While I cannot completely disagree with his basic concept of the “functioning core” of nations, it is worth noting that there is much about this “functioning core” that is dysfunctional at best, as attested to by the millions of currently unemployed in the so-called “developed world”. We can do better here, too.

Join us, to show your most profound hopes are for peace.

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


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!


August 13, 2010

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I hope you enjoy the slide show above (all photos © 2010 Cameron Williams or © 2010 Doug Potoksky, all rights reserved); this is the first opportunity I’ve had since Sunday’s second annual Woodstock International Walk for World Peace to say thank you to all of you who helped make our event a success.

First, thanks to the legendary Pete Seeger, to whom the Woodstock Council awarded the first “Noble Peace Prize”.

Pete Seeger’s "Noble Peace Prize”

Thanks also to Joyce Beymer, and all the wonderful folks at the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and the Arts, Woodstock Town Supervisor Jeff Moran, Woodstock Police Chief Clayton Keefe and the Woodstock Police Department, Terrie Rosenblum, Cathy Magarelli, Bill McKenna, Jay Wenk, Angela Sweet, Jacquelyn A. Earley, Michael Reynolds, Paul Andreassen, Ray Brundage, who was so helpful in setting up Comeau Field, Adam Slagsvol and all the other folks at American Printing, Michael and Ziedel Epstein at Hurley Ridge Market, Nick Altomare, Mark McDunna, Fumi Stewart and The World Peace Prayer Society, Gloria Waslyn and The Parrots for Peace, Victorio Roland Mousaa, Princess WOW!, founder of The Smile Revolution, Mary Poppiins, Caitlin O’Heaney, Hank Woji, Luke Hunzberger, Norman (who played and sang, and whose last name I don’t know), Mighty Xee, Christina Valentine and Monica, Tinya Seeger, Phil Sauers, Sonia Malkine, who repeated her moving rendition of Pete’s song “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”; Greg Reitman and Britta Peterson of Blue Water Entertainment, who are filming Rooted in Peace, Russell Richardson of the INDIE project, and Marie Uridia, also of INDIE, who filmed our walk; Carol Johnson, Catskill Mountain Plumbing & Heating, Vivo Gallery, and Cucina restaurant; David and Fiona Saxman of The White Gryphon, Catskill Mountain Pizza, Reverend Josh Bode of the Dutch Reformed Church (congratulations!), Bill McKnight and Melinda Terpening McKnight, Doug Potoksky; the inimitable Father Jack Nelson, without whom this would not be possible; Elaine Maggiore, B. Vos, Michele Elyse Flanders, Bob Place, Tony Angel, Pierre and Terry LeRoy of the Haitian People’s Support Project, and anyone else whose name I may have omitted. Special thanks also to Ronnye Jai and Alan Shapiro, who serve as inspiration to us all. Peace! —CW


August 7, 2010

A photo from last year's walk. ©2009 Doug Potoksky

We have less than 24 hours left until the Second Annual Woodstock International Walk for World Peace, and much to do!

Went to the Beacon Sloop Club potluck last night to make final preparations with Victorio Roland Mousaa and Pete Seeger, and we’re going to see them at the Peace Corner in Wappingers Falls today; also sound check, meeting Jack Nelson, and lots more to do. Thanks to everyone at the sloop club for their generosity toward Tony Angel’s Spirit Journey; we raised $120.20 for Tony last night, which we will deposit in his account this morning.

What is clear is the need for a more peaceful world. The best thing we can do is to be the change that we wish to see in others; we state again that if each of us is dedicated to a more peaceful world, we will have one. Please come support us in our mission by walking with us through town with the flags of all nations in Woodstock, and show the world the pro-peace spirit that is the true legacy of the Woodstock Nation lives.

Peace and love!

Second Annual Woodstock International Walk for World Peace

July 23, 2010

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.

A message from Mighty Xee

January 21, 2010


Looking forward to gathering at this week’s meeting, Sunday, January 24th at 3:00 p.m.

There is a lot to get done at our weekly meeting, to create peace through music… LIVE PEACE©, August 7th and 8th, 2010… and today.

ALSO, relief efforts are being made to co-host with the Haitian People’s Support Project, the Woodstock Council for World Peace, and one of our local churches; a benefit for the people of Haiti, and to also to support our local food pantry, (which has been coming up short with food each Thursday).

Details are being worked out to hold the benefit near the end of February, or in early March. Please come to the Sunday meeting, where, after the work of the Woodstock Council for World Peace is finished, we can work on the details of the benefit.

If you can’t make it Sunday, and still want to volunteer ideas, time, food or anything else to the Haitian Benefit, please call me at 845.688.5012.

May peace be with you,

Mighty Xee