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
Echo Valley welcomes
Earth Day: The Land We Love
am to 6 pm
at Ontario Community Hall in Ontario, Wis.
Milwaukee’s Riverwest Artists Association presents
Raise Your Voice for Peace Art Exhibit
- 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.
APRIL 20 - 25
Chippewa River Water Walk
25 beginning at 1:00 pm in Nelson, Wis.
The Chippewa River
Water Walkers will arrive in Nelson, Wisconsin about 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April
The walkers' arrival will be preceded by a Learning Camp at the Nelson Community Center at 1:00 p.m.
Masterpole, Department Director and Chippewa County Land
Conservationist for Chippewa County Land Conservation and Forest
Jacobs, Land Conservation Supervisor with the Eau Claire
County Land Conservation Division, and
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
Echo Valley Hope
will be there!
A Conference for
Frac Sand Activists:
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.
Peacemaker Conversation with Sami Rasouli and Marie and John Braun
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.
Workshop: Creative Nonviolent Activism with Rivera Sun
am - 5:00 pm at Echo Valley Farm
Music from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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
Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars and The Billionaire Buddha;
the co-host of Occupy Radio and the co-founder of
Suggested free will
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.
to everyone who supports the mission of
Echo Valley Hope, an
educational and charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit advancing
sustainable living and peace.
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.