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April 2013

APRIL

The robin singing, the sounds of running streams and children laughing, the grass turning green overnight, sand hill cranes in flight and of course the light, the lovely light. Spring is teaching again about the continuum of Life and the warmth is melting away the hardships of winter. Wishing for you the sweetness of this time and as always you are welcome to our little bit of heaven.

For the Lovers: I am the peaceful wanting peace.

I am the woman who developed asthma when sand mining came close to her home. I am the Bad River Tribal man who knows destroying the Penokees means the end of a way of life. I am the father whose farm is surrounded by transmission lines, whose son succumbed to leukemia and now higher more powerful lines are being planned...I am the migrant farm worker, welcomed for my back breaking labor, targeted for having human needs. I am the politician's son who is afraid to admit he is a queen. I am the veteran wondering why I am the enemy at home... I am the churchgoer wondering what happened to love thy neighbor?

I am the peaceful wanting peace. I am the majority allowing ignorance to reign. I am the weary, and the overwhelmed. I am the young and angry. I am a human being and I deserve so much more.

I am the one who knows peace is possible. I am the one ready to try again. I am the one counting my blessings even if I am not sure there is a god...I am the one looking for my people.

I am the peaceful wanting peace. I am the one who can turn this around.
We are the ones who can turn this around. It will take more than anger. It will take more than money.
It has nothing to do with politics.
It has to do with remembering our humanity and letting kindness win.




APRIL GATHERINGS AT ECHO VALLEY
Free Will Donation Welcomed; Call 608.337.4578 to reserve a space

Tai Chi with Deb Hilt
Saturday, April 6, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Making Kombucha & Kim Chi with Lauren West
Sunday, April 14, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Beginning Navajo Weaving with Jan Kenyon
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Time of Wood
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Celebrating trees and forests and sharing a good meal.
Discussion and demonstration of tree grafting, tree planting and care.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

House Concert by Patchouli at 3:00 p.m.

Patchouli

AND FROM OUR FRIENDS

Ontario Library's Community Garden Kickoff
Saturday, April 20 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

We will begin with a work party, planting a tree, making raised beds, then celebrate with music. Feel free to bring favorite cookies or sweet bread. Fun for all ages. Learn and teach gardening tips, grow community.

WNPJ's Spring Fund Raiser, Sowing Seeds
April 21, Tenny Park, Madison




TALKING ABOUT ENERGY
Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Every 2nd Wednesday at the Ontario Public Library

Echo Valley Hope will host a discussion, "Talking about Energy," the second Wednesday of each month at the Ontario Public Library from 6:00pm-7:00 pm.

The first meeting is Wednesday, April 10. We will discuss all aspects of energy to promote conservation and suggest tips to reduce electric bills. There are simple steps we can all take towards renewable energies as individuals and as a community. And here is an offering from SOUL to help you monitor and decrease your energy usage: the Wisconsin Meter Pledge.




NONVIOLENCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE & VISIONARY ACTIVISM: Reclaiming Our Humanity
May 16, 17 at Echo Valley Farm

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. - Aristotle

WNPJ

What if activism grew from our humanity, rather than from our idealism? What if we could see beyond "us and them"? What if there is no 99%--only 100%?

If you agree that it is time to recreate new possibilities of community, of food production, health care, education and all things human, let's talk.

Let's stop and consider waging peace.
Everyone interested in nonviolent change is welcome.
Let this be a time to recharge, refocus and reconsider peace.
You are welcome to the circle to listen and to speak. It is our time.

Come to Echo Valley Farm for the weekend or a day

Friday Early Dinner
Circle of Introductions
14 Minute Video on Reclaiming Our Humanity
Saturday Breakfast
Circle - personal and immediate needs for nonviolent and visionary activism
Lunch
Afternoon Circle - unmasking the isms (racism, sexism, agism, etc.) within ourselves
Dinner and Music
Sunday Breakfast
Circle - peace first - expressions of personal commitments, hopes, actions

There is no charge for the event but donations for food and lodging help to sustain our efforts.
We suggest $5 / meal, $35 / night sliding scale.
Donations also accepted for WNPJ and / or the Boggs Center.




MINING UPDATES AND MORE
  • Please sign this petition to defend the Penokees and mark your calendars for May 24-26. Attend the Penokee Hills Education Project fundraiser, May 24 at the Bad River Casino and Convention Center in Odanah, WI. A campout at Copper Falls State Park will follow.

  • Jim Tittle's "The Price of Sand" is a one-hour film about frac sand mining in the Midwest. Click here to watch the trailer.

    DVDs will be available online later in April. Let's educate our friends on the price of sand.

  • The effort continues to stop the Keystone Pipeline. Let the State Department know how you feel about the possibility of disrupted lives, ruptured pipes and polluted water versus moving to a clean renewable form of local energy. Click here to write a letter via 350.org.



ECHO VALLEY HOPE is busy with the business of life. So far in 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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