What I Plan To Do On My Summer Vacation
Last year I walked about 11 miles of the Interfaith Peace Walk for a Nuclear Free Future. This year I’m making a much larger commitment; I plan to participate in the entire walk, approximately 210 miles!
For the past couple of months, I’ve been in training – walking daily and getting in shape. It’s a labor of love for something I truly believe in: a future free from the severe damage to our health and environment caused by exposure to nuclear radiation and waste and the threat of nuclear annihilation overall.
Here are some of the details about the Walk:
- What: Annual Interfaith Peace Walk organized by the monks of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
- When: Beginning July 26 and ending on August 11, 2013 to coincide with the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
- Where: The walk goes through northwest cities and countryside, and past Hanford Nuclear site. It winds through Seattle and Bainbridge Island, and ends at the Ground Zero Center.
- Why: To drum, chant and pray for peace, and by our presence, inform others of the need for a nuclear free future
The Plan: I will blog about my experience each day of the walk and post on the Oregon WAND website. Each day I plan to highlight a particular organization or individual and the work they do striving for peace and a nuclear free world.
For example, here is a small sampling of the groups and individuals who have already pledged their support with pledges, t-shirts, buttons, and so forth:
Monday – Georgia WAND, which is exposing the dangers at Savannah River Site.
Tuesday – Ploughshares Fund, which invests in peace and security worldwide.
Wednesday – Senator Ron Wyden, who is investigating problems with the Hanford toxic clean-up
Sponsorship days are filling up quickly. Please contact me if you would like more information about how to be a part of this effort.
What Can You Do to Help?
Follow me on this journey and help me get the word out to as many others as possible! Here are some suggestions.
- Like Oregon WAND on Facebook.
- Follow us on Twitter.
- Bookmark the Oregon WAND blog and check it everyday.
We welcome donations to help us continue the work of creating a nuclear-free future! If you would like to support this effort and my walk with a financial donation, it would be greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to Oregon WAND and write “Peace Walk” in the memo line. Mail to: Oregon WAND, 1950 Franklin Blvd, Box 18, Eugene, OR 97403. Thank you!
Spread the Word!
- Link to and share your comments on the Oregon WAND blog.
- Comment on Facebook and Share the journey with your Friends, Family, Tribe, Colleagues, Everyone.
- Retweet on Twitter.
- Pledge funds for each mile I walk (or a lump sum) to support the Peace Walk and the work of WAND.
Thank you to all for your support and pledges. The thought of walking 210 miles is a little daunting, but the cause is too important to let the opportunity slip by. The motto of the walk is this: Each Step a Prayer Towards a Nuclear-Free Future. I believe this wholeheartedly. If you can join us on the walk itself, please do. We’d love to have you. If obligations prevent you from walking, your interactive participation is equally valuable.