The pace changed and other than brief chatting I ended up charging downtown, my feet beginning to feel tired. I don’t usually quit, but some were jumping the barriers and leaving. I wanted to meet with the indigenous people at the end of the march, but that was not to be. When we reached the plaza at the Javits Center, it was jammed-packed, with many more marchers than they were prepared for—400,000, not the 100,000 predicted!
On the way to the subway station, as I headed home, I saw another huge procession of marchers heading where I had just left and wondered if they were the rest of our group. So many people were dedicated to, “to change everything, we need everyone!” I was pleased to have completed this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Denver Interfaith Gathering
Larry Griffin – Denver Chapter
The Denver Maryknoll Chapter joined Pace e Bene and Pax Christi Denver on the steps of the Colorado Capital for prayer, song, and a call for non-violence on September 21st. The inter-faith group included Moslems, Buddhists, Protestant and Catholics, who joined with similar groups in cities across the US to celebrate this Peace Day.
Ellie Hays – Reno Chapter
Reno Affiliates worked with several local groups in the Reno-Sparks-Carson City area to put on “People-Planet-Peace,” held September 27, 2014. The event was designed to connect the many people and organizations in the area who already work on the big issues of violence, including the violence of poverty, of environmental destruction, and of war.
Excellent speakers—Fr. Chuck Durante of the Catholic Diocese, Barry Peterson of University of Nevada–Reno’s Peace Studies, Kyle Chandler-Isacksen (featured in the 2014 Sept/Oct NSFA) of Be the Change Project, words from an interfaith contingent, as well as performances by three musicians and a Native American chanter rounded out the activities.
Reno, Sparks, Carson, and the Nevada State Governor’s office made Peace Day proclamations that were on display, and participating groups offered involvement opportunities. Participants wore blue scarves, and a plastic bottle sculpture demonstrated the problem of using plastics. The event was publicized with an opinion piece and letters to the editor in local papers, plus coverage by Channel 4 KRNV News.
*First appeared on the Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence website.