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The Peace Warrior by Dena Eakles
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Echo Valley Hope, Inc.

Community… the power of

In this age of technology, we have this wonderful luxury of knowing how people of peace from around the world are engaging their passion to help the earth, to feed her people and to make things a little smoother for all of us. This, coupled with the understanding that our common unity is our humanity, has opened the door for wonderful exchange and inspiration shared among people from all over the world. At Echo Valley we embrace this exchange and are enjoying the fruits of our larger community.

Recently, a friend from England recommended the documentary The Man Who Stopped the Desert. It is the life story of Yacouba Sawadogo of Burkina Faso and his simple and unrelenting effort to keep his homeland for his people through traditional farming techniques. We also learned that the nonprofit OXFAM was celebrating International Women’s Day with a DVD presentation on their new project entitled Sisters on the Planet. We asked for and received two short videos of triumphant women around the world taking back the land for food production for their people.

These videos and others such as Back to the Land by Gretta Wing Miller and Aarick Beher (about our land here in the Kickapoo Valley), For the Next 7 Generations, and Words of Peace are always available for viewing at Echo Valley. We champion these efforts and are grateful to count these people of peace as friends.

Next month the children and adults of Echo Valley will visit Tsyunhehkwa, the Oneida People’s community farm in Oneida, Wisconsin. And we will be visited by Fodé Camara and Helen Bond of Motherland Rhythm Community, a nonprofit benefiting the people of Guinea, West Africa, through celebrating and sharing the drumming and the culture of the people (click here for more information on this event). Echo Valley Hope also welcomes local people without land to utilize the community garden, Hope Gardens, again this year for their own personal food production.

Breaking down the walls of separation, promoting a healthy and sustainable exchange with the earth and all her people, we continue. Fun-filled and inspirational events are lined up for this season and, as always, you are welcome.

Thanks to Noho for this movie, Circles Upon Circles, best watched full-screen.
Music ("Shades of Amber" from Trees of Gold) by John Adorney :

I am not here to create a new type of community. I am here celebrating the community I have grown to accept and cherish, the community of human beings. Either everyone is in my community – or no one.
- From The Peace Warrior

Noon to 6 p.m.

Jason MoonEcho Valley Hope hosts Iraq War veteran and Milwaukee-based folk/rock singer/songwriter Jason Moon and
special guest Thacia for a benefit concert benefiting Veterans for Peace at  Echo Valley Farm in Ontario, Wisconsin.  
Click here for directions.

Singer/songwriters Anna Stange (with special guest Bob, her spouse and VFP member) and
Galynne & MarkOnDrums will open the show.

All ages are welcome and food will be available for purchase.

Cost: $5 per person, all of which will be donated to Veterans For Peace. 
Moon’s album will be available for $10, half of which will go to Veterans For Peace.
For details or to confirm your attendance, call (608) 337-4871.

Moon was deployed in 2003 and performed frequently for his fellow troops, but for over five years after his return he was unable to finish more than a single song. Breaking the cycle of PTSD and depression, he began to volunteer for veterans-issue charities, and in 2009 he was interviewed for the forthcoming documentary feature film On The Bridge. He recorded one of his original songs for the credits roll, which ultimately led to his new album, Trying to Find My Way Home. Moon is a tireless advocate for veteran’s issues and for peace, and Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice’s 2009 “Peacemaker of the Year.” He will discuss issues of PTSD after the concert.

Listen to his music here:


Time to re-up your membership to Echo Valley Hope? Would you like to help support the efforts to bring sustainability to all?
An anonymous donor has offered to match $15,000 in donations made to Echo Valley Hope, Inc. this year.
About $11,500 dollars still remain to be matched.

If you share our enthusiasm for peace and sustainability, if you recognize the practical and powerful efforts that we undertake, then please consider a tax exempt monetary gift of support.

To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd. F, Ontario, WI 54651,
donate online securely through our website,
or donate on Facebook here.

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