Celebrate International Women's Day with Jun-san Yasuda: As a member of the Nipponzan Myohoji order whose only mission is to walk and pray for peace, Jun-san walks to challenge the root causes of nuclear weapons, the African slave trade, and the many injustices to Native people. After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, she organized three major walks: a four month walk in which she carried a live flame from Hiroshima; a two week walk from Albany to New York City that linked Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Native American prayers for healing and reconciliation; and a three week trek from Hiroshima to Nara, site of Guruji’s vision quest. Jun-san also fasts and chants for peace and nonviolent justice, and has spent days in rough weather outside the prisons of Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu Jamal. And always, she walks and walks and walks, and will continue to walk until the last nuclear bomb is dismantled and the last peace treaty is signed.
On Thursday, March 8th, Jun-san will be walking from Tarrytown to White Plains as part of an 11 day walk to commemorate the nuclear disaster at Fukushima (full schedule attached). WESPAC members will be joining her and her entourage at the Fountain in downtown White Plains at noon for an hour of vigil, chanting, meditating and sharing. The Memorial United Methodist Church will kindly host a pot luck and sharing for us that same day starting at 5:30pm in the Fire Side Lounge.
No More Fukushima! No More Hiroshima! And on March 8th (International Women's Day), we celebrate women at the vanguard of the global movement for a more just and peaceful world.
We need volunteers who can help provide refreshments for the walking group at noon at the fountain as well as folks who can offer to bring dishes to share for the pot luck. Thank you very much for considering. Or if it's easier for you to give a monetary contribution, I will buy food for the group (8 to 10 people).