Third Annual Woodstock International Walk for World Peace—photos

August 11, 2011

Thanks to all who came to our Third Annual Woodstock International Walk for World Peace!

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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


January 17, 2010

Hundreds of injured went to the office of Medecins Sans Frontieres for treatment. © AP

We urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to re-evaluate the way food and water is being distributed in Haiti. As these pictures show, armed men are often seizing the large packages of supplies being dropped by helicopter or being distributed from centralized distribution centers, and many helpless victims are being further victimized. It would be far better to drop individual MREs, bottled water, and med kits from helicopters so that more people benefit from this aid. Until order is restored, centralized distribution will not be an effective means of distributing supplies.

Pierre Leroy, of the Haitian People’s Support Project suggests that the UN and US authorities hire these armed men and put them to good use; we’re not sure if we agree, but Pierre is a Haitian, and is probably better able to judge the situation than we are.

We pray that the situation in Haiti improves soon. Many lives have been lost, and an improved approach to providing aid to the Haitian people is necessary. Madame Secretary Clinton; we beg you to re-evaluate the circumstances, and to act accordingly.

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

Photos from Brenda Crews

August 21, 2009

Photographer Brenda Crews has posted wonderful photos of the event, including the painting for peace, and many of Ronnye Jai’s works in her PEACEOGRAPHY galleries.


August 11, 2009

We have posted photos from Saturday, and there are more to come.