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APRIL 2015

Fulfilling the promise of being alive…It is an honor to present to you this April / May schedule bursting with the hopefulness of spring and welcoming you to the gatherings of people of peace and those who love the earth. 

Echo Valley welcomes you. Enjoy.

Tree Buds




APRIL 18
Earth Day: The Land We Love

11 am to 6 pm at Ontario Community Hall in Ontario, Wis.

Land We Love




APRIL 22
Milwaukee’s Riverwest Artists Association presents
Raise Your Voice for Peace Art Exhibit

6 - 9 pm at the Jazz Gallery Center (926 E. Center St. in Milwaukee, Wis.)
Dena will be one of many presenters. For more information on this event, click here.

Coexist




APRIL 20 - 25
Chippewa River Water Walk

April 25 beginning at 1:00 pm in Nelson, Wis. 

Water Walk

The Chippewa River Water Walkers will arrive in Nelson, Wisconsin about 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. 

The walkers' arrival will be preceded by a Learning Camp at the Nelson Community Center at 1:00 p.m.
Dan Masterpole, Department Director and Chippewa County Land Conservationist for Chippewa County Land Conservation and Forest Management,
Kelly Jacobs, Land Conservation Supervisor with the Eau Claire County Land Conservation Division, and
Doug Nopar, Policy Organizer and Rural Community Organizer with the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota
will speak on the topic "Destination Mississippi: What's Happening Upstream."
There will be opportunity for audience participation. 

A reception will follow the talks with light snacks at 2:00 p.m. while we gather socially and wait together for the Water Walkers' arrival. 
The Lyster Sisters and UW-EC student musicians Len-Voy will entertain. We will then walk the bridge to Minnesota to meet friends and associates for participation in other planned activities including the water ceremony. 

Echo Valley Hope will be there!




May 9
A Conference for Frac Sand Activists: Networking, Learning, Advocating

8:30 am - 3:30 pm at St. Mary of the Lake Church (419 W Lyon Ave. in Lake City, Minn.)
Join citizen volunteers from both sides of the Mississippi River for a day of network building and information exchange.
Hosted by Save the Bluffs, with help from Friends of Wabasha and Save the Hills Alliance, who are working to protect communities from the adverse impacts of industrial-scale silica sand mining, processing and transport. Whether you are new to the issue or an experienced advocate, you are welcome.

Speakers include S. Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, along with local citizens and professionals. 
A $15 registration fee includes lunch. Download the registration form here.

Save the Bluffs




May 16
Peacemaker Conversation with Sami Rasouli and Marie and John Braun

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm
In the midst of war and in the midst of ignorance, people of peace find one another. We are creating the possibility of a new story to be written. A story of courage, of love and kindness. You are warmly welcomed to spend the day with Sami Rasouli, founder of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project and with 2012 Peacemakers of the Year Marie and John Braun. 

There is no cost for the gathering. Meals for $5. For more contact 608-337-4871.

Sami Rasouli
Sami Rasouli




May 30
Workshop: Creative Nonviolent Activism with Rivera Sun

10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Echo Valley Farm
Music from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rivera Sun offers an overview of successful nonviolent action campaigns and the fun, serious, lively, solemn, humorous tools available. The workshop highlights the importance of maintaining our humanity – breaking down “us and them.” Planning skills, the role of art, messaging & media and more will be discussed. 

Rivera Sun is author of The Dandelion Insurrection, Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars and The Billionaire Buddha; the co-host of Occupy Radio and the co-founder of the Love-In-Action Network

Suggested free will contribution: $10
Lunch: $5 

Rivera
Rivera Sun




PAYING ATTENTION
Citizens Advising the DNR
The Spring Meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress was held throughout the state on April 13. As well as voting on specific hunting and fishing issues, five resolutions were put forth to preserve natural resources from frac sand and iron mining and pipeline abuses. One resolution will allow the Natural Resources Board to maintain its autonomy from government and to continue to inform the DNR. It was a proud moment witnessing people coming together to stop government and corporate misuse of land and valuable resources. The tide is turning.




THANK YOU
to everyone who supports the mission of Echo Valley Hope, an educational and charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit advancing sustainable living and peace. 

Your volunteer efforts and your financial support are greatly appreciated. 

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
- Amelia Earhart



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