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.
Break the Silence at
The ARK - 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
401 East Jefferson Street in Viroqua, Wisconsin
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.
5:30 p.m. - Dinner and introductions followed by conversation
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
2:30 p.m. - Seed swap and discussion of seed saving
5:30 p.m. - Dinner and music / singalong with Anna Stange
1:00 p.m. - Water considerations in a changing climate and lasagna
You are welcome to
any or all of the weekend's activities.
will be collected for the Ontario Library's newly developing community
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.
STANDING WITH THE BAD RIVER TRIBE Tribal
Member Esie Leoso-Corbine
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