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A Letter to the Editor in Napa, CA

Posted by Ryan Hall
09.12.14
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Campaign Nonviolence Action Organizer Teresa Cahill recently wrote a letter to her local Newspaper The Napa Valley Register to let her community know about their upcoming nonviolent action.  Despite the damage and difficulties placed on her community from the recent earthquakes in Napa she makes a beautiful connection between the goodness that came about from this event and the importance of  fostering that goodness out into the world during the Campaign Nonviolence week of actions.  We encourage all participants to contact their local media and let them know about your event as well. Read Teresa’s letter below.

Today is the thirteenth anniversary of September 11th, when the peace
and calm of a sunny Fall morning was shattered by the horrific
destruction of so many lives.

On that terrible day, those who survived found a tremendous force of
support in the efforts of not only the brave First Responders, of whom
many lost their lives, but in the kindness of the countless individuals
who did what they could to alleviate the pain and suffering of that day.

Here in Napa, obviously on a much smaller scale, we survived a powerful
earthquake that shook us out of our beds on a quiet Sunday morning.
The comparison I want to make is in the response of our community to the
destruction we suffered.

From the Napa Valley Register who got us a newspaper (complete with
photos) on the very next morning, to the many individuals and businesses
who opened up their hearts, homes and wallets, I sincerely thank you.

I shall never forget the brilliant light of our neighbor Barbara’s
flashlight that pierced through the terrifying darkness and gave me a
second wind to get up off the floor.

Since then we have experienced countless acts of generosity and kindness
shown to all of us and as always it proves the inherent goodness of
people that is in each one of us.

There is a story of a little boy who asked his grandfather why there was
such evil in the world.

The grandfather told him to imagine that within each one of us there was
a good wolf and an evil wolf and that they were always fighting.
Then the little boy asked him; “which one gets to win?” and the
grandfather answered . “the one you feed”.

Throughout the United States, Canada, Colombia and Kabul, Afghanistan,
individuals, organizations, Churches, etc. are participating in Campaign
Non Violence, calling for an end to war, poverty, and the climate
crisis. It will take place from September 21st. to 27th.

It’s true that we cannot stop the evil that is growing in the Middle
East and also in our own homes and communities but individually and
collectively we can “feed the good” and as the saying goes; “it’s better
to light a candle than to curse the darkness”.

As part of the Campaign, any like minded person is invited to join us as
we stand on the four corners of Third St. and Soscol on Sunday, September 21st from 2-4 pm.

“Pessimists complain about the wind,
Optimists hope it will change
Realists adjust the sails”.

-Teresa Cahill

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