It's been a while since I have posted on OlyBlog any videos from the peace vigil... Here's one recent video, the vigil/celebration/protest is still happening, every Friday, from 4:30pm to 6, at Percival Landing. And you're invited! If you don't like the signs, bring your own. Be the peace! Be there! And thanks to the Artesian Rumble Arkestra for the music!
video from the most recent peace vigil. Come on out and express your vision for a better world for everyone, and boogie down along with one of Olympia's hottest bands, The Artesian Rumble Arkestra marching band!
— Friday evenings from 4:30 or 5 until 6pm at Percival Landing
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Great peace vigil last night. Larger than normal turn-out, perhaps thanks to Artswalk and Occupy Wall Street.
couple of photos below the fold:
Friday 23 September 2011 Olympia—Before the peace vigil I was at the Cherberg Senate office building on the Capitol Campus. The Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences had a hearing about tax preference and scheduling and some other difficult to understand stuff.
At the hearing I testified about the increasing disparity in wealth between those with more and those with less, and I did my best to suggest the committee might work toward tax policy that would reduce this disparity, rather than actually encourage the disparity to grow. You can find more information about the Citizen Commission here: www.citizentaxpref.wa.gov/
As I made my way to the vigil, I found some drummers at Bus-chut-wood, near the corner of 5th Avenue and Water Street (the area also known as Heritage Park.) I stopped to listen, and they told me about an event in early October. From October 7 through October 10 there will be drumming 24 hours a day, at the same location, as part of Turtle Women Rising. More information about that here: www.turtlewomenrising.com/
This has been an Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Vigil production.
[text updated 21 September 2011] Here in Olympia, Washington, we had a festival to celebrate the International Day of Peace. It was sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation. We set up a couple of tents and a path of peace. In the tents we had information, and we also listened to a singing bowl concert. The path of peace was constructed out of 12 pieces of bamboo poles ranging in length from about 7 feet to about 20 feet. We used twine to secure the poles, and to string up about a hundred or so pieces of cloth with "peace" written in as many different languages.
The idea with peace written in so many different languages is to suggest that we all have something in common. We may look different, or speak different languages, but we are all still part of one human family. On the most basic level, we are all one, interconnected beings. Interconnected energetically, spiritually. Our actions affect each other. And if we want a world that is peaceful for ourselves, and for our children, for our friends and family and neighbors, then it makes sense to be kind to everyone, regardless of whatever differences there might be between us.
After people had a chance to walk through the "Path of Peace", and listen to the concert of singing bowls, we were led on a meditative peace walk (in the style of Thich Nhat Han,) by Miles, who is a local Zen Buddhist Priest.
It was an interesting Friday Evening peace vigil. Great weather and a good turnout: there were lots of people and goings on at Percival Landing.
One reason it was unusually interesting was because there were two young men at the vigil with interesting signs —signs that were not all too understandable for me. I've talked with them briefly before at previous vigils, and yet I'm still unclear about their ideas.
Both signs had wording on both sides. On sign a, one side had the words, "I support Israel."
The other side read: "Know for certain where you will spend eternity!"
"Call upon the name of Jesus and you shall be saved!
Repent, confess, and Believe."
The other sign, on one side read, "Wide is the gate to destruction, and narrow is the gate to life."
The other side: "my King, my God, Jesus died for you."
Interesting sights and sounds at the vigil, as usual. Here is a video with more peace vigil sights and sounds:
p.s. Some Reasons Why I participate in the Peace Vigil at Percival Landing+:
It's been a few years now, and occasionally I think back to those first few Fridays at the peace vigil. It was anger and frustration that drove me! It was mid-way through the second Bush years, 2006 if I recall correctly, and I held a homemade sign that read simply, "Impeachment." I was angry because of the appearance of deceit and betrayal by some of our nation's holders of high offices.