By Mary Lou Anderson
Campaign Nonviolence Nevada shared the Love and Joy and Compassion for All living beings on Saturday, September 26th by hosting a Community Peace Festival at Winchester Park in the South end of the city, while the stark contrast of the Life is Beautiful festival rocked Downtown Vegas with 3 days of Concerts, Food and wild, Las Vegas mayhem.
Yes, Life (was) truly Beautiful in Las Vegas this weekend! The four-hour Peace Festival featured an opening, early morning Yoga, Prayer and Meditation Circle followed by a sweet CNV NV Welcome to the early risers who joined us at our all-day PEACE Mic. Friends of Peace, Nonviolence, Spirituality and Sister and Brotherhood were asked to Share 5 minutes on the PEACE Mic throughout the day, focusing on their Understanding, their Definition, their Hope for, and their practice of, Nonviolence in their lives. Through the sharing of Song, Chant, Kirtan, Spoken Word, Storytelling, “Engage” Musings and more, the Festival gave back to the Community with over 15 distinct Speakers, sharing their peaceful purpose in their lives, for All who relaxed under the cool trees on the unusually hot, October day.
Organizers Mary Lou Anderson, Julia Occhiogrosso and Robert Majors hoped and planned for a day filled with the Teachings and Sharing of Nonviolence practices and were blessed with all and more, from the many friends who attended and performed, taught and loved. Simultaneous to Peace Mic Central, there was a continuous Children’s Peace Activity Table happening and an amazing spread of nonviolent, Earth-friendly, all Vegan food prepared by the loving hands of Julia and the Las Vegas Catholic Worker.
The Peace Mic was happy to share space with our Open Arms Domes friends who have now been 100% approved by the City LV to build our first-ever, completely sustainable and off-grid Earthship compound – Open Arms Domes, in the heart of the city! Amidst the heat of the day, the park was filled with warm, passionate hearts sharing with Community, how to truly Awaken, Forgive, Share, Teach and Love each other. The day closed with a moving Circle of a bit of Prayer, a bit of grounding energy and epic amounts of peaceful purpose, reciting The Decalogue of Nonviolence. Blessings to our Ancestors, Blessings to Us All. It was a Blessed, Beautiful Day.
See photos from this event below.
Photos courtesy of Robert Majors and Mary Lou Anderson
See also the Rev. Felicia Parazaider (a Pace e Bene nonviolence trainer) leading the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge during their event here: