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Boise Idaho Takes Action for CNV Week

Posted by Ryan Hall
09.22.15

Boise, Idaho has a week of events during Campaign Nonviolence Week!  

See updates and photos below for details on each days events.

Photo Credit: John C. McMahon

Opposing Idaho’s Death Penalty For CNV Week!
On Sept. 21st, In the tradition of Thich Nath Hanh and in Solidarity with the Idaho Peace Coalition and Idahoans Opposing the Death Penalty, a group of about 20 conducted a Mindful Walk around the Idaho Statehouse. The Walk was lead by Michelle Tae a founding Member and Teacher of the Darmah (what The Buddha taught) with Beginners Mind Sangha Boise. In posting a photo of the Idaho Statehouse we wish to show the world where we have to go to get rid of the Death penalty once and for all here in Idaho. We were interviewed by TV Channel 6 ABC at www.kivitv.com

Walk to Protect Idaho from Nuclear Waste
On 22 September 2015 the Idaho Peace Coalition, since 2001, and Snake River Alliance Idaho’s Nuclear Watchdog existing since the 1880s, together conducted a public gathering to walk through Boise carrying signs opposing Nuclear waste being brought to be stored at the Idaho National Laboratory.

This would be a contradiction to existing Idaho Law (1995) in which the Citizens of Idaho voted Unanimously to disallow ‘additional’ Nuclear waste to be brought to Idaho!

Our ‘Walk’ ended at the Idaho Statehouse where we delivered a Petition to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden thanking him for upholding the current law. We are demanding that he not be persuaded by purely political pressure to accept our Governor’s desire to allow more Nuclear waste, created elsewhere, to be stored in Idaho!

Our efforts are driven by the fact that Nuclear Waste has already threatened the Snake River Aquifer due to its improper disposal! This caused contamination going back to post WWII and ‘Cold War’ activities. In 1995 We Idahoans ALREADY SAID “NO MORE WASTE!” AND, WE’LL SAY IT AGAIN!

Walk for the Climate
On September 24, 2015 Idaho Peace Coalition and Idaho 350 Organization Volunteers sought to bring awareness about Climate Concerns. We are Demonstrating in Solidarity with a Majority of the World’s People! We Urge Our Leaders to Take Meaningful Steps to Address The Global Climate Crisis! We Can AND We Must Do This! We as a Species Will Save not only Ourselves but also the Animals and Plants Who Suffer with Us. Besides Ceasing War-Making Forever, we Must Work Diligently To Save Our Mother Earth… Or, We Will Perish With Her! How are the Children? [ African Greeting ]

Add the Words Idaho
On 25 September 2015, Idaho Peace Coalition, Persons of the LBGT Community and Our Allies walked through downtown Boise to show support for “Add The Words Idaho”.

Idaho Remains One of the Few States in which Institutional Discrimination in Hiring, Housing and Providing Goods and Services Can Be Denied to Anyone Without Legal Consequences. It is therefore necessary that Idaho Law reflect the National Laws. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is a Civil and Equal Rights Concern. The Idaho State Legislature Must Finally Add Language to Our State Constitution that Disallows All Forms of Discrimination Against Persons.

Practicing Nonviolence Ceremony
On Saturday September 26, 2015 Idaho Peace Coalition Campaign Nonviolence gathered at Boise’s Municipal Park set back on a quiet street next to the Federal Building and Courthouse. There we reflected on what it means to Practice Nonviolence. One or two of us failed miserably after negotiating our way through a ‘’Run for a Cause!” which of course ‘caused’ gridlock for vehicular conveyances and the frustrated individuals buckled-up inside same! Thankfully the one or two ‘frustrated ones’ (not named) were able to repent and be redeemed after a Yoga session.

We sang Peaceable Songs led by a local Singing Woman. A local Pastor and the Woman who walks beside him demonstrated the scales of justice showing the ‘balance’ between the stressful emotional weights we carry and the thousands of little things we do that make our lives bearable. We shared what we hope to accomplish during the remainder of our lives. We departed cheered and refreshed.

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