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Walk Blog: Kathy Kelly, July 14

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July 14, 2008

On July 12th, supporters of the “Witness Against War” walk from Chicago to St. Paul, MN launched the walk in Chicago’s Federal Building plaza with a program rich in good will and diversity.

Brad Lyttle recalled the courage and determination of peace activists protesting the Viet Nam war during the Democratic National Convention held, in 1968, in Chicago. And, holding aloft a sturdy placard written in Russian, he helped link the walk to the “San Francisco to Moscow Walk,” which crossed the globe campaigning for nuclear disarmament in 1958.

Cynthia Banas sent us clippings from newspapers in upstate New York chronicling a mid-May 2008 project, the New York State Marches for Peace, in which opponents to war set forth from multiple towns for a ten day trek, convening at Fort Drum where to call for an end to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Voices activists asked Karl Meyer for advice and reflections during the final weeks of preparation for the “Witness Against War” launch. From Nashville Greenlands, Karl Meyer, whose rich history of peace activism includes participation in the “San Francisco to Moscow” walk, Karl sent this article.

Further glimpses of the connections across region, continent, and generations of resistance to war, were seen upon the WALK’s launch in Chicago, engendering energy for the gathering walkers.

In the summer of 2007, in Amman, Jordan, an Iraqi family awaiting resettlement had welcomed various Voices activists into their humble home and helped us understand the extremely harsh circumstances they had faced after being forced to flee from their home in Iraq. We never would have imagined, then, that the family’s oldest son would be sitting in the living room at Voices, a year later, conversing with a member of Iraq Veterans Against War and preparing to walk together in hopes of putting an end to war. We carry signs of hope along with immense responsibility to step forward in a collective witness against war.


WITNESS AGAINST WAR – a walk from Chicago to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN - sponsored by Voices for Creative Nonviolence – July 12-August 31, 2008

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