Buffalo New York’s 3rd Annual Peace-Justice-Nonviolence Festival & Walk
By Tom Casey
Initiated and formed based on Campaign Nonviolence, the WNY Coalition of Peace-Justice-Nonviolence Advocates, consisting of more than 125 partner organizations, held its 3rd Annual Festival and Walk on the Buffalo Waterfront, Sunday, September 11th attracting over 400 participants. The nonviolent examples of Martin Luther King Jr.; –Sister Karen Klimczak—Buffalo’s Apostle of Peace; and our indigenous brother’s and sister’s deep respect for sacred Mother Earth were highlighted. The event supported, celebrated and made others in the Western New York Community aware of the many organizations and faith communities working to end violence in all its forms in our neighborhoods, our culture, around the world and to our environment. As an integral part of the activities the deep interconnectedness of local and global violence (racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, poverty, war, gun violence and the destruction of Mother Earth) were emphasized.
The Red Road Singers – Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) drummers and singers opened the proceedings including a traditional Go(t) nee goonhleeo – Indigenous Nation’s Welcome and Thanksgiving to all Creation, followed by an interfaith prayer and moment of silence for all victims of violence locally and throughout the world, before the Walk of Peace.
The Festival included tabling by community organizations, live music, entertainment, food by ethnic vendors and special activities for children.
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Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2016