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February 2013

IDLE NO MORE

Ripple

As I listen to concern that the peaceful beginnings of Idle No More may be co-opted by voices of violence and hate, I consider the four women founders' unwillingness to compromise peacefulness and I recognize they have cut a path for what can be.

To those unwilling to forgive, to those who abuse the earth and diminish human dignity, to those who think all is hopeless and to those who follow corporate, government or other leaders who glorify war, destruction and hate: Your inability to accept our inter-connectedness to each other and the earth is not welcomed. You have forfeited the right to lead. This time belongs to those who know what can be.

To those who yearn for peace, who recognize the need for respect and dignity to the earth and to each other: This is not a time to be silent. If ever a time to speak it is now. It is time to act. It is time to find unity. We must "find a way out of no way." (Jimmy Boggs)

Even if Idle No More fails to make the case for kindness and peace, there will always be, as there has always been, a cry for peace in the heart of each human being. And there it will be answered. Peace will prevail.




ONE STEP AT A TIME

Enjoy this excerpt from Prem Rawat's address at the Italian Senate on December 3, 2012.




One Billion Rising

Break the Silence at
The ARK - 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
401 East Jefferson Street in Viroqua, Wisconsin

More information is available on the Local Rising (a printable flyer) and at One Billion Rising.




GARDEN DREAMING
February 15, 16, 17 at Echo Valley Farm

Come to Echo Valley Farm for a seed exchange, shared tips on gardening, good food and music. We will discuss garden design, water considerations in the changing weather patterns and more.

Schedule

Friday
5:30 p.m. - Dinner and introductions followed by conversation and video 

Saturday 
10:00 a.m. - Hot and cold frame demonstrations, discussion of compost and home-made planting media
12:30 p.m. - Lunch and conversation with John Ross of Ross Seeds and Greenhouse
2:30 p.m. - Seed swap and discussion of seed saving
5:30 p.m. - Dinner and music / singalong with Anna Stange

Sunday 
1:00 p.m. - Water considerations in a changing climate and lasagna gardening

You are welcome to any or all of the weekend's activities.
Free-will donations will be collected for the Ontario Library's newly developing community garden.




GLOBAL DAYS OF LISTENING
February 21, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST

The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers host this call aimed at listening to voices of peace from all over the world. You are welcomed to sign up for a time to talk by emailing GlobalDaysOfListening@gmail.com.

Visit the Global Days of Listening website for more information, including instructions on how to call in.




NONVIOLENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE & VISIONARY ACTIVISM
March 8, 9, 10 at Echo Valley Farm

We urge participants to read Grace Lee Boggs's The Next American Revolution in preparation for this weekend of important conversation and active community.

Free-will donations will be collected for the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and the Boggs Center.




STANDING WITH THE BAD RIVER TRIBE
Tribal Member Esie Leoso-Corbine

Lake Superior Chippewa Bad River Tribe
No Mine Rally 1/26/13




YOU ARE WELCOME

The bone chilling cold of January behind, dreams turn towards spring. An occasional egg pops up in the barn. The light grows stronger, days longer. The sheep and goats ready for new young. The pulse of life is emerging. This is the beauty of winter, the reflective and insular time, a time of gathering strength for the year's journey around the sun.

We begin each year with recognition of the life and the vision of Martin Luther King and take the time to reflect and re-commit to the Dream. We are one people, one earth and kindness must lead.

We welcome those who know that peace is possible and living sustainably is not a luxury but a necessity, not a sacrifice but a promise fulfilled. Come and enjoy.




ECHO VALLEY HOPE is busy with the business of life. In January 2013, our nonprofit has met with more people, worked with more organizations and acted on more initiatives of peace than in years past. With your help, this promises to be a very good year. Come and co-create. Thank you for your participation and financial support. Every skill is needed and welcomed. Let Kindness Win.

Click on the button above to make a tax-deductible one-time gift or become a monthly supporter. Your donation of any size helps advance sustainable living and promotes initiatives of peace.

To make a tax-deductible donation by mail, send a check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
E 14604 County Rd. F
Ontario WI 54651


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