again in this issue, you will be introduced to individuals and
organizations working towards peace. For all of our diversity, people
of peace share a common bond. It is a feeling that leads to
understanding and lends itself to transformation. Peace is possible.
Valley's 2011 commitment to Peace First is bringing wonderful new
friends and new possibilities. You are welcome to come and explore -
through our websites, through our events and classes, as a wwoofer,
as a guest.
of Echo Valley. Your support enables our programs to continue. Let
May 20 - 22
A LIFE IN RHYTHM:
WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING EXPERIENCE
Bond and Fodé Camara of Motherland Rhythm Community back to Echo Valley Farm.
Helen and Fodé will teach drumming and Fodé will share stories of his
home in Guinea, West Africa.
Free-will donations will be shared by the nonprofits Motherland
Rhythm Community and Echo Valley Hope.
All ages and abilities are welcome.
for the schedule.
Click here for more
information on Fodé and Helen.
Click here for a
flyer to email or print and post.
WATER FOR PEACE
of the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project
In January, Echo
Valley Hope purchased a water filter for a school of 288 students in
Enjoy these photos of the children with their new water filter at Asia
Bent Muzahim Elementary School in Najaf.
to the UN Children's Fund, "Only 30 percent of children nationwide have
access to safe drinking water in Iraq, and only 20 percent of people
outside Baghdad have a working sewage service."
JUNE 10 - 12
GATHERING FOR PEACE
keeping with the theme of Peace
First, there will be time for
individual rest and contemplation. There will be opportunities to hear
from individuals pioneering new models of community and sustainability.
We will have the opportunity to work together as a group on the
construction of a cob building, and to share with one another our
dreams and hopes and ideas for peace.
In preparation for the weekend, we recommend the book The Next American Revolution
by Grace Lee Boggs and the work of Prem Rawat at www.wopg.org. You can
learn about the James and Grace Lee Boggs
Center to Nurture
Community Leadership and purchase the book at www.boggscenter.org.
Event Cost: Free-will
donation to Echo Valley Hope
for local accommodations.
FARMS LINK PEOPLE BLOG POST
Read the post below
You never change
things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model
- Richard Buckminster Fuller
it stands, with a wet and wild spring, the growing season has been
shortened and by all accounts, food prices will rise.
As it stands, the markets which control the price of oil seem to care
not that the livelihood and the transportation of food to people will
be jeopardized by a greed that bows to profit, not humanitarian
As it stands, we have chosen to support a government more concerned
with corporate and militaristic concerns that that of the good will of
As it stands, we have painted ourselves into a corner...
really like this quote by Fuller. We can fight the old model - or begin
again. We are very much into the creation of a new model. Review our
websites and, if this effort agrees with you, become a part of creating
something new. Your help in any way is welcomed. Please pass this on to
those who may be interested. Spring planting is on and we are eager to
grow as much food as possible. Everything we need is at hand. Let's get
on with the business of life.
to subscribe to the Farms Link People Blog.
KELLY ON WORT
Kathy Kelly of Voices
for Creative Nonviolence
shared stories from Pakistani and Afghan communities targeted by drones
at the Wisconsin
Network for Peace and Justice's
recent meeting in Mauston.
You can listen to her talk via the WORT 89.9 FM website.
play in your browser.
allows you to download the audio.
VETERANS FOR PEACE BENEFIT
Thanks again to
Moon and special guest Thacia, Anna
Stange with partner and VFP member
MarkOnDrums, and Roger
Wendover for playing a house concert at Echo Valley!
Thanks too, to all the guests who turned out in the snowy April weather
Click here to
enjoy a slideshow of the event.
"Sparkler" written and performed by Jason Moon, photos and A/V by Meg
Novick and Kasia Siemaszko.