|Springtime, 1994||"Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, hatred with love"||Number 21|
Table of Contents: (TOC) Dear Friends of Peace Pilgrim
It's a Small World
Madrid Peace Pilgrim Center
A Word About Quotes
Peace Pilgrim on the Airwaves
The Challenge of Peace
Spirit of Peace Documentary
About the Peace Pilgrim Center
Bicycle Peace Pilgrimage
Experiences with Peace Pilgrim
Trek Across America
A Visit to Cuba
Caravan of Pastors for Peace
Confessions of a Nuclear Engineer
Friends of Peace Pilgrim Home || Newsletter Index
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|Dear Friends of Peace Pilgrim,
SPRINGTIME AGAIN AND NATURE
Amirah Yates, our computer manager, noticed birds looking for cozy nesting areas along the eaves of our back porch. She fashioned two nests from old nests reinforcing them with her own hair. The finches happily took over. When she is not busy with birds she is typing STEPS in Swahili from a hand-written translation by a 1änzanian.
Marty Bruhn helps in the office, maintains our Peace Center grounds and is a great asset in general repairs. Then he rollerskates over ten miles to work as a camp counselor. George Lahoud, from Lebanon, our volunteer gardener this year, enlightens us with the history of the Middle East.
Barbara Werner still answers letters from Africa and now most of our daily letters. This leaves Ann freer to work on current Peace Pilgrim projects that keep presenting themselves. Heres a quote from a letter Barbara received from Nigeria: I read every word of the PEACE PILGRIM book, front to back. Its quite unputdownable.
Peace Pilgrims words continue to inspire people in more than 100 countries. Some spread her message by translating STEPS, or writing articles for books or magazines. We receive many requests for books from those who read a Peace Pilgrim article in one of hundreds of small publications. Books with Peace Pilgrim chapters or quotes also bring many requests. We want you to know how very much Friends of Peace Pilgrim appreciate all efforts to spread her message. We are sorry not to be able to mention each one.
In our living room are display shelves with the three English editions, the six translations of PEACE PILGRIM and 21 translations of STEPS. Also on display are books and magazines that include Peace Pilgrim chapters or quotes.
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IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL
Andy Zupko, one of the compilers of PEACE PILGRIM, wrote about his visit to an ashram in India where he met Madhava, a translator from France:
Seeing an opening to perhaps getting the Peace Pilgrim book translated into French (not knowing that it had already been published there) I chanced to say, There is a book you might be interested in. And I gave him a brief history of the Peace Pilgrim book. As I was talking, he had a strange smile on his face. When I finished, with a twinkle in his eye, he grinned and said, I translated that book into French several years ago! It is one of my favorites.
It is certainly a very small world... I travel 12,000 miles around the world to an obscure village in India and meet the French translator of PEACE PILGRIM. [The translator's French name is Jack Gontier.]
Here in the Foundation, Michael and I have become known as the source of the Peace Pilgrim information. We often have school teachers who are inspired to obtain a Peace Pilgrim video to show in their schools. Isnt that a wonderful way to reach children. Salice Dawson
MADRID PEACE PILGRIM CENTER
A PROVIDENCIA 641 North Glen Oaks Drive,
Sister Pat and Sister Millie invited us to talk about Peace Pilgrim with an ecumenical group (mostly women) at their beautiful Retreat Center. They asked many questions and were delighted with our new 30-minute video. They responded with bursts of laughter at the way Peace Pilgrim handled her prison experience with humor and aplomb.
EAGLES MOUNT WEST Cynthia Lurton, P0 Box 348, Kayenta, Santa Clara, Utah 84765 Tel: (801)673-8760
Cynthia has requested many boxes of books through the
years. For Christmas she requested 62 of our audio cassette albums of the PEACE PILGRIM
book for her friends and relatives. She asked us to print this in our newsletter:
Cynthia and Elaine, her next door neighbor, invited us to stay for a week at their YOUNG BODY RETREAT CENTER. We had a relaxed time in the beautiful desert community where low sand colored homes are part of the desert landscape. It was a treat to use their exercise equipment & enjoy their healthy meals & juices. We shared the new video with 25 of their numerous friends. They love Peace Pilgrim so much they want to keep us young in order to send books and tapes whenever they need them.
INDIA Peaces message has universal appeal the quintessence of spiritual teachings of all the saints, sages, seers and avatars of all ages, regions and religions. And it is, perhaps, the simplest to understand and the one which she LIVED! This makes it very very special, with the spiritual potency to inspire. ShambhuDass
RUSSIA From a far away Russia I write to you.... people who know about Peace Pilgrim live all over the world and I am one of them.
I was 15 when I first heard about this wise woman. Now I am 17 and have managed to know more about her, thanks to the RUSSIAN FRIENDS of PEACE PILGRIM. I can say she changed my life, my mind and creed. The only thing I desire is to help plenty of people around me to know about the perfect and selfless life of Peace Pilgrim and to strive for it.
I made up my mind to become a teacher because this noble profession is a wonderful opportunity to tell many people and children about Peace Pilgrims ideals of kindness and clearness of soul. I chose the English department as I was eager to master the language Peace Pilgrim spoke. I am a first year student now. I dare to ask for English Peace Pilgrim books, audio and videos with her speech. They would help us to get rid of mistakes in expressing her thoughts. All of us, my fellow students and my future students will be very much obliged to you. Maria
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A WORD ABOUT QUOTES
We read your wonderful daily letters (from 5 to 50) and would like to share all of the letters with you. However, since we cannot, we save quotes to share. The hardest job is choosing which of the hundreds of quotes to put in our newsletters. This time we have chosen many quotes from other countries.
UNIVERSITY OF SWAZIL&ND, DEPT. OF CHEMISTRY
FINLAND I am an Indian of the Iriadament Tribe (Quebec) and involved in a walk for peace and life all over the world. RETOUR is the name of the walk. We have walked through the European countries. A friend gave me PEACE PILGRIM and I have been fascinated by her walk, her work and her life. I hope well meet when we cross America in 96 or 97. e asked for our materials which we sent.]
JERUSALEM I have just finished reading PEACE PILGRIM and found it a most touching experience. Im an Irishman working in Ethiopia and have spent a few months here in Jerusalem, where I came across the book. Next I travel to U.S. to visit my sister. e asks for a book sent to Olathe, Kansas!!]
SANTA BARBARA A friend told our Quaker Meeting how she had taught English in Siberia using STEPS in English and Russian.
IRELAND I have just completed reading a photocopied article on the wonderful Peace Pilgrim & it is the most inspiring, moving & loving story I have ever read. I have given the article to relatives & friends & we are all moved deeply by it. Clare Cahill
ABBEY OF NEW CLAIRVAUX, CA I read PEACE
PILGRIM with avid interest. I had never heard of her before. I live as a monastic hermit
and was amazed to discover that here was a person who discovered and lived the richest
monastic secrets in a unique way and apparently never lived in a monastery! The
open road was her monastery, or better, she carried it in her being as she walked.
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PEACE PILGRIM ON THE AIRWAVES
After eighteen months of shock, rage and grief, [following her son's accidental death] I started to smell the flowers again. I got involved in many projects, working as a mentor in the high schools, one day a week with "Habitat" and being a docent & hostess in museums. I also read to the blind on public radio in Tampa.
One day I wondered why I was reading such depressing stories [about the rragedy in Bosnia]. Why not something wonderful like PEACE PILGRIM and I asked the station if I could read it. The following week they approved of it with much joy. I taped the book for WUSK & WSFP in Tampa, Florida. They have an audience of more thatn five tousand, and it reaches Ft. Meyers & Sarasota. I suspect there will be more Peace Pilgrim admirers in Florida.
NEW ZEALAND How delighted I was to receive
a copy of PEACE PILGRIM. I still feel a sense of wonder at the way spiritual energy moves
us. This book is not what I imagined it would be, but has messages far beyond my
expectations. And I give thanks that this wonderful being has been made known to me. I
have tremendous urge for world peace and am aware of a searching by many people all over
the world seeking love and peace.
THE CHALLENGE OF PEACE
This is the name of a course I am involved in at Rivier College, New Hampshire. The goal of the course is to learn how to live and teach peace imaginatively and creatively in both thought and action.
One of the requirements is to choose a peacemaker and report on the historical circumstances in which these people lived, their basic accomplishments, the spirituality that motivated them as well as the legacy they left behind...We have been asked to take our own personal research and link this to the research done by others in a small group and finally to present this to the class in some creative manor.
I have enjoyably done my own research on Peace Pilgrim and would like to use your 32 page booklet as part of our groups presentation. I feel this would be a nice addition to the other materials handed out in the classroom.
SRI LANKA I was impressed by PEACE PILGRIM. Im of the view that her books should be a constant companion and source of reference to every one of us, confused in daily living and tensed up by the events of each day.
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FRIENDS OF PEACE PILGRIM.
Also in Newsletter 20 we printed a poem by Elizabeth from the book, HER WORDS. George Dolnikowski, a long time friend of the Bakers and translator of PEACE PILGRIM into Russian, wrote this about her book of poetry: I read the entire collection of poetry and prose and I was overwhelmed with the sincerity and depth of feeling expressed in it. My favorite poem is Fragile Child of Mystery. While reading it, I immediately connected it in my mind with the most famous Russian (Byzantine) icon, Our Lady of Vladimir, or better known as Our Lady of Tenderness. The icon and the poem both express the reality and mystery of Motherhood.
ENGLAND It is so easy for people of all walks of life, even those living in Monasteries, to be weighed down with inner turmoil of one kind or another. I find that the message of Peace Pilgrim is the same message of Jesus all boiled down to one living word Love.
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THE SPIRIT OF PEACE:
Its hard to believe that a year ago this whole project was still a dream...We had no financing but a lot of faith that it would somehow come together...
Even so, probably no one was more surprised than the three of us when all the necessary elements seemed to miraculously fall into place and we were on the road by June 29th. After three and a half remarkable months (for details see Newsletters 19 and 20) crossing the country in our Spirit of Peace van, we returned to Los Angeles for a little recuperation and to plan out the next two legs of our journey.
Up to that point, everything had flowed almost effortlessly. But then, like Peace Pilgrim on the first year of her pilgrimage, we were tested...
Just days before we were about to leave for Northern California, Claire found out shed developed breast cancer. Needless to say, we were stunned. ..It seemed impossible that such a thing could happen! But somehow we gathered the strength to regroup, rethink what we needed to do, and move forward. As the Malibu fires were raging, we said our good-byes. Claire stayed home to begin her journey of healing, while Dave and Gigi rolled off in the van to resume The Spirit of Peace pilgrimage in Northern California...
Among the many wonderful people we were privileged to interview there was Cheryl Canfield, one of the compilers of the book whod spent a lot of time with Peace Pilgrim in her last years. Fortunately, wed brought lots of videotape. Cheryl kept our spirits up as she regaled us with her many personal stories of Peace Pilgrim. We were also comforted to be with her at that time as she herself is a cancer survivor. That gave us lots of hope for Claire.
By the end of November we were ready to resume the next leg of our journey. Returning to Los Angeles for less than 24 hrs, we were encouraged to hear that Claire was doing well and scheduled for surgery the next day. Feeling greatly relieved and encouraged, Dave and Gigi continued on to New Mexico...
Our first stop was Albuquerque where we were invited to a training seminar being given by the Dallas Mediation Lawyers (See Newsletters 11, 12 and 15). What a privilege that was! It was completely inspiring to see Peace Pilgrims influence creating such an impact among our countrys lawyers, and to see how the lawyers, in turn, are transforming our legal system. Peace Pilgrims golden rule for resolving conflicts, Have as your objective the resolving of the conflict and not the gaining of advantage is being put to good use by this very impressive group of Mediation Lawyers.
We were so thoroughly uplifted by our time with the Mediation Lawyers, that we practically floated over to our next destination Santa Fe. It was in this city of Holy Faith at the home of Richard Polese that the five compilers, including Richard, very appropriately came together in 1982 to compile the Peace Pilgrim book.
In addition to taping Richard Poleses tales of Peace Pilgrim, other highlights of New Mexico included meeting Arthur Kanegis, a film producer whose company, Future Wave, creates stories using alternatives to violence for the big screen. Peace Pilgrim gave him the dilapidated sneakers she wore when she completed her 25,000 miles in 1964. He was a high school student at the time.
Something rather ironic happened on our way to Tucson, Arizona, where we were to visit a prison. As we passed the town of Benson, we realized this was where Peace Pilgrim was arrested and booked for vagrancy. We decided to stop and see what we could find...
We were sent on a bit of a goose chase but finally shown the Benson jail. What a disappointment! It was a one room cell, not at all the way she described it in the book. (A large inner room, surrounded by cell blocks...) We were beginning to get a little concerned. Did Peace Pilgrim make the story up?.. Very discouraged, we trudged over to the Benson Museum hoping they might have some old jail records.
A very friendly group of women greeted us. When we explained what we were looking for, they got rather curious and asked to see the book. We read the passage where Peace Pilgrim described being arrested by a plainclothes policeman at the Benson Post Office. They read on to the part where she was taken to court and one of them exclaimed, Theres no courthouse in Benson. She must've been taken to Bisbee!
The next thing we knew, we were driving south to Bisbee, the county seat. What Peace Pilgrim described as a short drive, was actually more like an hour. (The police car mustve been faster than our van.) When we arrived, we quickly found the courthouse. An extremely helpful bailiff befriended us and took us on a tour of the old jail house. We were taken almost immediately to where he was sure the women were kept: A large inner cell surrounded by cell blocks, exactly the way Peace described it. Since the old jail was no longer being used as a jail, we were allowed to go around and film it. We also filmed the courtroom where she was brought before the judge.
Thrilled with our jail discovery, we were driving off toward Tucson when it occurred to us that this may have been the high, mountainous region in the remote part of Arizona where Peace Pilgrim had her near death experience in the snowstorm. Feeling inspired, we hopped out of the van and started filming...We found a bridge with a high railing and checked the date. It was built in 1950...We half expected to find a petrified cardboard packing box and Peace Pilgrim Slept Here painted on the stone. Even though we didnt, we were sure wed found the right place.
We arrived in Tucson thinking this trip couldnt get any better. We were wrong. One of our first interviews was with Michael Todd (see Newsletter 18). Since he wrote to the Peace Pilgrim Center telling about the Peace Pilgrim Program and the Prison Inner Peace Program, hed been released from prison. At the time of our visit, he was setting into motion continuing his life of service as a volunteer working with H.I.V. positive women...We also met with Thomas Magnuson, the director of the Echo Unit at Arizona State Prison. Finally, we got into the prison itself...
It was the first time either of us had ever been in a Prison so we really didnt know what to expect. What we found astounded us. We met first with Richard Wirta, the prisoner who developed the Prison Inner Peace Program. We felt like we were in the presence of another Peace Pilgrim. Richard was not influenced by Peace Pilgrim or anyone else. Completely independent of any outside influence, the Inner Peace information came to him in a dream or a vision. We sat there awestruck as he told his story. Richard illustrated to us a point that Peace Pilgrim emphasized again and again. Its not the messenger but the message. Truth is truth and it can be given to anyone. And it was certainly given to Richard in a place where it is was needed desperately.
Then we met with a group of prisoners whod actually gone through the Prison Inner Peace Program. Again, we were amazed! We all but forgot we were sitting in a prison. And its certainly the last place we wouldve ever expected to find so many enthusiastic experts on the subject of inner peace.
We returned to Los Angeles a week before Christmas for a holiday break and to the good news that Claires surgery had gone well and she was recovering rapidly. We were also delighted to get all the Seasons Greetings from so many of you.
Rested and prepared for our final interviews, We were scheduled to leave on one last trip on January 17th. We did not oversleep that morning as we were all violently dumped out of bed by the Northridge Earthquake...Still that put only a minor crimp in our plans as Gigi, who lives only a few miles from the epicenter wanted to see if her apartment was going to be condemned before leaving town.
Two days later, somewhat tired, and a little grungy, but grateful to escape the after shocks, we steered again toward Northern California. This time we visited Andy Zupko, another close friend of Peace Pilgrim. Having traveled with Peace Pilgrim to Alaska and Hawaii, and as one of the 5 compilers of the book, he was brimming with stories. Even though we had a hard time keeping Dave off the enormous trampoline in Andys backyard and out of his almond orchard, we still managed to get in our second longest interview.
We returned to Los Angeles just long enough to grab some clean clothes, (and happily learn that Gigis apartment was not condemned) before dashing off to San Diego to interview Jeff Blom, whod been a volunteer at the Peace Pilgrim Center for 4½ years.
Finally, we arrived at our last stop, Hemet, California. We felt that the Peace Pilgrim Center was the appropriate place to finish the interviews with Ann and John Rush. Our only regret is that we couldnt continue on and interview everyone who expressed interest and had a story to tell.
P.S. Many have asked us when we will have a completed film. We are now working on chiseling our 120 hours of footage down to the equivalent of 100 minutes of screen time in our paper edit. With all the expensive costs involved in completing the film, we estimate we will need approximately $40,000. So far, whatever weve needed has been provided a beautiful testimony to Peace Pilgrims principles! Were doing all the good work on this film that we can each day and were leaving the results in higher hands.
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CROATIA Im from the country of Croatia. I spent the summer in the U.S. working with children in a girl scout camp. After the camp I hiked 265 miles of the Long Trail through Vermont. I found in a shelter on the trail the PEACE PILGRIM book. Ever since I have been reading this book. I read it over and over again, every time fmding something new in it. This book has changed my life Sonja Komadina
PARAGUAY I am writing because my interest in Peace Pilgrim has grown exponentially since reading the book. Rarely have I been so inspired as I was today as I returned in a small van to La Paz from the remote village of Coroico winding our way through the fog-laden mountains along a road barely wide enough to hold the width of a single vehicle. It was a most harrowing and spectacular ride. Reading of Peaces notions about God, Love, Peace and courage in the face of death, provided me with more than enough in the way of peace of mind. American School of Asuncion c/o US Embassy, Asuncion, Paraguay
ECUADOR I am a Peace Corps volunteer and was fortunate enough to find a copy of PEACE PILGRIM here. I cannot explain in words how this book inspired me. My assignment is helping at a center for street kids. I have learned so much from these children, and Peace Pilgrims words helped me to see things in a much more positive light. I think of her words daily, with eveiy thought and every action. Teresa Bonilla
BROOKLYN I have read in many places about
Peace Pilgrims service and good example. Peace Pilgrim articles appeared in
consecutive sections in WORLD UNION of Sri Aurobindo, Pondicherry, India. What a JOY!
LOUISVILLE, KY I recently got your address while travelling through India.
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ABOUT THE PEACE PILGRIM CENTER
Frank Noffke, a long time Peace Pilgrim friend, has served as a planning consultant for college facilities for more than 100 colleges and universities in U.S. and Canada. The positions he has held are too numerous to list here.
Frank visited us and concluded that our facilities are inadequate. He has offered to contact foundations for funds for more work space and facilities for permanent and visiting volunteers. We feel honored that he has taken such an interest. He has stated that:
The Peace Pilgrim project of sending out Peace Pilgrim literature to the world is the most worthwhile cause I have experienced in 45 years of project work at all levels (personal, church, college, university and governmental programs).
I have been in Peace Education work for nine years as a speaker, planner and scholar, as well as a Peace Advocate and networker. This project is the most cost-effective force for world peace in existence that I know of.
We especially feel the need of adequate housing for permanent volunteers (retired couples or individuals in good health who want to spend their lives helping us spread Peace Pilgrim s message) and for part-time volunteers.
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INDIA From a Catholic Sister I find
PEACE PILGRIM very inspirational. She has really taken the call
A little about the Ashram we are Christian and ecumenical open to all seekers of whatever religion. We have in the house seven Hindus, two Buddhists, at least four practicing Christians apart from the Community, one Muslim and the remaining eight no particular religious affiliation but on the spiritual path. We do not try to convert but we do have discussion groups and community activities and most of the household came to midnight Mass at Christmas and sang carols afterwards.
EARTHSEALS Paul Hoffman
You have probably received several EarthSeals, a Nasa image of the earth from outer space that we send with packages. Paul sends STEPS with his mailings. This trade helps spread both messages. With the help of donations he has printed 6 million EarthSeals in eight languages, and there over a million STEPS in print in 21 languages.
INDIA I have derived extreme faith, courage and strength from Peace Pilgrims books. I always carry it with me. So many students in our college campus have come to know about her life and message. We conduct peace trips to nearby villages and spread her message through her books and booklets. So many have developed extreme faith in her teachings and are putting it into practice.
DISARM LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY
BICYCLE PEACE PILGRIMAGE
Krest said there are far more good people in the world than bad and he wants his son to see that people are wiffing to help others. Who would have believed we would be invited to stay in a courthouse? And that the mayor would be taking our clothes home to dry? We are doing this to discover within ourselves what we can do to create peace within our world.
CHURCH WORLD, a Catholic newspaper, Brunswick, ME
"Her views on pacifism I find intriguing. She
extended her pacifism to include non-use of psychological violence, as
VENEZUELA Thank you so much for the copies of PASOS and STEPS. I have shared the booklets with many people and have used some extracts from PASOS in talks in the health care course I am giving to thirty barrio people. Sister M. Clare
GUATEMALA A friend gave me STEPS. I am very grateful for Peace Pilgrims simplicity and clarity of vision. I have come to see that unless we have peace within, we cannot work for peace. I often have many questions about what I am going do, how I am to affect the oppression in my country. I dont have many answers but I think thats OK for now. I really appreciated Peaces thoughts because, rather than being overwhelming, they are so simple and free. I feel very encouraged by her and so I wanted to thank you for making available the Steps and other materials. Eugenia Aguirre
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EXPERIENCES WITH PEACE
The year was 1961. 1 had just finished my day as English teacher at Round Rock High School and was on my way home when I passed someone walking along the road, PEACE PILGRIM in big letters across her front. I stopped and picked her up.
She was quite a hit at dinner. The girls couldnt figure out what to make of this woman old enough to be their grandmother who walked around the country telling people about peace, having nothing, asking nothing, taking what was offered, or doing without. Texas Baptist Childrens Home didnt often have this kind of visitor.
When she spoke to the all-school assembly at the high school the next day, Peace Pilgrim told her quiet story with such authority that all who listened were transfixed. And transported to a place where gentleness and purpose and passion for peace are part of the real world.
In the years from 61 to 79, I would run across a news story now and then about Peace Pilgrim in Mexico or Canada or various states. Then in 79 she showed up at Jewell College and I had her in my class.
SPIRIT TRAIL: TREK ACROSS AMERICA
When in 86 I began to dream of BikeAmerica, it was the example of Peace Pilgrim that shaped and gave it direction, though so subtle had been her influence upon me that I could recognize it only as I looked back to find the source of my plan to be penniless.
I first learned of the PEACE PILGRIM BOOK when I was in Eugene, Oregon in 1987, nearing the end of my cross-country bicycle ride. At a vegetarian restaurant in Eugene, Norma Corr invited him to sleep in their loft. While talking about health foods in their living room Norma asked if he had heard of Peace Pilgrim.
Now to sit in Normas living room and have her show me the PEACE PILGRIM BOOK about her life and its purpose a book I didnt know existed is to me confirmation of my life and the direction it has taken.
Alone and without money I had left Orlando, Florida two months earlier, and I would be another month in getting to Anaheim, California.
I have given away many PEACE PILGRIM books since you sent me some several years ago. Now Im grateful you can send more to share with my students and friends.
AUSTRALIA The Peace Pilgrim SIEPS booklet is so down to earth and without sectarianism, it is able to speak to all manner of people. Father Conlan (See Newsletter 19)
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Located on the campus of William Jewel! College in Liberty, Missouri, was founded and is directed by Dr. Ed Chasteen. Ed teaches Race and Ethnic Relations and Cultural Anthropology. From their brochure:
HateBusters began in 1989 when a Klan member won election to the Louisiana Legislature. A group of students at Wiffiam Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri wanted to help redeem the image of the state and to encourage the good people of Louisiana to fight back. At the invitation of the governor and hosted by a black church and a white church, HateBusters undertook their first mission. Student HateBusters have since traveled by invitation to more than a dozen states. They hope to visit all 50 by the end of the century.
HateBusters teach people how to like people. They organize Human Family Reunions and hundred mile bicycle rides. They write HateBuster Bulletins for their local newspapers. They wear their red and yellow, black, brown and white Hatellusters T-shirts. They speak in civic clubs, businesses, schools and religious settings. When hate erupts, HateBusters respond.
Their immediate goal is to take HateBusters nationwide by getting 100 corporate sponsors, 1,000 religious sponsors, and 10,000 individual members.
To help start a HateBusters chapter, student HateBusters will go anywhere in the United States they are asked to go. Using the book written specifically for this purpose, HOW TO LIKE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT LIKE YOU, these HateBusters from Liberty will teach new HateBusters how to like themselves, then to like friends and family better, and finally, how to like people who are different by virtue of race and religion. How, when, where, and why to oppose organized hate will be addressed.
For information on how to become a member write to:
AUSTIN, TX I just got through reading STEPS and am inspired to help humanity in simple ways. Everything I read in this small pamphlet had so much meaning and made a lot of sense. The world, as chaotic as it is, needs to be bombarded with the message of Peace in order that we may live happier simple lives.
LITHUANIA My name is Gabija. Now I am reading a wonderful book of Peace. I have borrowed the book from my friend, and I must give it back sometime, yet I wish to have it with me and be able to reread while having such need. Also I have told about the book to many of my friends, and they are looking forward to read it. Therefore, I will be very happy to receive Peace Pilgrims literature and to share with many interested people the joy of dwelling on it.
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A VISIT TO CUBA
In January my wife and I went to Cuba for 3 weeks to visit her family, after not sccing thcm for 14 years. I never, ever felt more safe in any country of a different politic. There was a strength of character that was very new to me. They seem to be strengthened by their very unfortunate predicament of having very little to eat or not having good enough shoes or barely suitable clothing.
My cousin Pedro, who does not believe in God or anything outside himself, is a staunch believer in his own capabilities. He feels that it is only a lacking of self worth that makes a person search outside himself for answers. He truly does not doubt himself; he has a very giving heart and is a very honest noble person. Because he is an atheist he was the last person on earth I thought would have any interest in reading Peace Pilgrim, but after I gave him the STEPS booklet, he went everywhere with it. He said that this booklet agreed with his principles of self improvement and the value of living to your fullest potential. It seems that is a very natural way for Cuban people to be, whether they are communist or not.
I have since ordered 50 STEPS and 10 PEACE PILGRIM books for him and told him to form groups where people could meet every week and discuss what they have read. Several other people we talked to are starting to spread the Peace Pilgrim book in Cuba.
A CARAVAN OF PASTORS FOR PEACE
Just four days later, the United Nations General Assembly voted 59-3, with 79 abstentions, in favor of a Cuban-sponsored resolution calling for an end to the blockade. The only countries voting against the Cuban resolution were the United States, Israel and Romania. No one spoke in support of the U.S. position during the 2/2 hour debate, while 20 countries spoke in support of Cuba.
Tom Hansen, the national coordinator of the caravan, is a long-time Peace Pilgrim supporter (See Newsletter 13). lie described his groups successful challenge of the blockade in words that could be applied to the General Assembly vote as well: This was a victory of truth over power.
TEXAS Peace Pilgrim had a lot to do with my beginning this year of volunteer work in Mexico.
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CONFESSIONS OF A NUCLEAR
Soon after I reported for work at the Los Alamos Laboratory in November 1949 I showed symptoms of an addictive disease. I became fascinated with the inner workings of nuclear explosives. My mother and my wife, Caro, asked how I could work on anything designed to kill as many people as possible. My answer was the same as my governments making war impossible by making sure it would be completely devastating. This answer didnt wash with Caro or my mother.
The wars in Korea and Vietnam proved that our 30,000 nuclear warheads were not preventing devastating wars. I had engaged in self deception, to feed my addiction, and I realized that my wife and mother had been right all along. For 25 years it has troubled me deeply that MY COUNTRY IS PREPARED TO KILL MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE IN RETALIATION 10 ACTS COMMITTED BY A FEW INSANE LEADERS. I therefore say to anyone who will listen: Say NO to all nuclear weapons or expect, one way or another, to lose your humanity.
In our next newsletter we plan to publish Theodore Taylors deeply moving talk to the Nuclear Dialogue Project Meeting in Princeton, New Jersey.
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