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
Chi with Deb Hilt
Saturday, April 6, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Kombucha & Kim Chi with Lauren West
Sunday, April 14, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Navajo Weaving with Jan Kenyon
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Time of Wood
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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
House Concert by
Patchouli at 3:00 p.m.
AND FROM OUR FRIENDS
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.
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
whole is greater than the sum of its parts. - Aristotle
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.
to Echo Valley Farm
for the weekend or a day
Minute Video on Reclaiming Our Humanity
- personal and immediate needs for nonviolent and visionary activism
Circle - unmasking the isms (racism, sexism, agism, etc.) within
- peace first - expressions of personal commitments, hopes, actions
There is no
for the event but donations for food and lodging help to sustain our
We suggest $5 / meal, $35 / night sliding scale.
Donations also accepted for WNPJ
and / or the
MINING UPDATES AND MORE
- Please sign this
petition to defend the Penokees and mark your calendars for
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.
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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