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SEPTEMBER 2013

ALL WE ARE SAYING

The idea that might is an easier resolution than peace is a myth that we must dispel.

If you have not done so, please find the possibility of peace to prevail within yourself, then call upon your congress person and ask for peaceful resolution to Syria. We must ensure there is no military action taken against Syria. If you cannot do this, then please step aside and allow the voice of peace to prevail. Saving human lives is not a debate.

https://www.change.org/petitions/no-to-u-s-military-force-in-syria




MARGARET'S GARDEN

Maggie's Garden
Thanks to the WWOOFers and to Holly Slaughter for the photos.




PEACE IS NOT A MAGIC WAND
An Excerpt from an Interview with Prem Rawat in Sao Paulo, Brazil

I know there are people who say peace is not possible. and I say to them, "OK, you say peace is not possible, I say peace is possible. What do you want to try?"

Somebody comes to you - and you are hungry - and says, "I have no food;" the other one says, "I do." Who are you going to go to?

Give it a chance. It is easy to be a critic. It is easy to say, "No." It takes a lot of courage to say, "Yes." And peace is not a magic wand. Peace is a little bit of effort from everybody on the face of this earth.

Watch the entire interview here:




PEACEBEATS

Echo Valley is participating in this webcast on Peace Day, September 21.

What about you?




SEPTEMBER 21
Echo Valley Hope's Celebration of International Day of Peace, 10:00 a.m.

We will celebrate the growing movement and the reclamation of peace with people from around the world. This year, we are a partner in TPRF's Peace for People 2013.

Schedule of the day:

10:00 a.m. Coffee & Farm Tour
11:00 a.m.  Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice hosts a conversation: What is going well in our communities? This is part of a series of events hosted by WNPJ. All individuals and organizations are welcome to come and share WHAT IS WORKING towards peace, justice and sustainability. Read about past events here.
1:00 p.m. Lunch ($7 free-will donation)
2:00 p.m.                      TPRF's Peace for People 2013 will be followed by a conversation: Where do we go from here? Next steps in raising the voice of peace, justice and sustainability.
4:00 p.m. Dinner ($7 free-will donation)

As part of this day, we will take time to stand with 350.org's nation wide day of action Draw the Line on the Keystone XL, ensuring all people have clean water.

Let's say "NO" to the dangerous transportation of Canadian crude tar sand oil through our pristine watersheds.




SEPTEMBER 21
Blues with Joe and Vicki Price, 5:30 p.m.

Echo Valley welcomes back our dear friends Joe and Vicki Price.

Blues extraordinaire...

$10 free-will donation

Joe & Vicki Price




OCTOBER 11, 12, 13, 14
Water is Precious

In an effort to reclaim this holiday weekend for a cause worthy of our attention and celebration, Echo Valley Hope will offer our first event dedicated to water, a very basic human need. We will highlight efforts of friends and organizations from around the world who are trying to ensure that all people have clean water. We welcome back our friend Sami Rasouli of the Water for Peace Project in Iraq. Our hope is to bring people together to learn about others' efforts, battles, victories and more...

Information about water and actions to preserve it are readily available on the web. What is needed is for each of us to listen to one another. What is needed is a chance to celebrate our dependence on water - and on each other - and to preserve clean water for ourselves and for our children.

We will work towards a change in perspective, so that we can take back the right for everyone to have clean water. Our strength lies in our hope, in our love and in our determination.

Do you have a song, a play, a poem, an effort regarding water that you would like to share? We are still creating this event--more details are coming soon at www.echovalleyhope.org/events.com. You are most welcome to participate.

Free-will donations will go to the Bad River Tribe's effort to save the Penokees and the Bad River watershed.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, 5:00 p.m. Dinner, Music and Performance
Saturday Welcoming Circle and Open Conversation: Sustaining Waters
Sunday Open Conversation: Where do we go from here?
Monday Closing Circle

Supporting Organizations:
Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin
Motherland Rhythm Community and The Benkadi Project
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

If your organization would like to participate, please contact denaeakles(at)earthlink.net.




GOOD READ
on the changing tide of local energy production, reducing consumption and challenging environmental spoilers

SOUL of Wisconsin Energy News




ECHO VALLEY HOPE 

Advancing sustainable living and all initiatives of peace.

A volunteer organization working to raise the voice of peace, bringing people together, celebrating diversity and respecting the Earth.

Your help is welcomed. Thank you to all who support our efforts. How can you help? Help us to get out the news. Share our newsletters, Facebook page and website with friends. The ideas we champion are welcomed by people everywhere.

Peace is possible.
There is enough.
Live in community.
Live sustainably.
Let kindness win.
We are all indigenous.
It is our time.

Invite friends to visit Echo Valley. Hearing about our efforts is good. First-hand experience is better.

Skilled at social media, PR or web maintenance? We are looking to expand our reach. Volunteers with skills in these areas are needed. Contact Dena at 608-337-4871 or denaeakles(at)earthlink.net.

Echo Valley Farm is also welcoming people who are ready to live in community (short or long term) with a focus on sustainability and peace. Call 608-337-4578. Application can be found here.

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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