By Ruth Ann Angus
The first Monarch butterfly of the season greeted members of Yes We Can Peacebuilders on a bright fall Saturday for the Celebration of Peace, Justice and Nonviolence at The Gathering Place and Morro Bay Street Fair.
Kids of all ages enjoyed Grandma’s Yogurt while listening to songs by singer-songwriter Aaron Ochs, cousin to 60s folksinger Phil Ochs. A children’s peace chalk art contest brought a winning picture to the sidewalks of the street fair while more than 200 people strolled Main Street and stopped to take pamphlets and flyers from the Peacebuilder table.
Artist Rob Lichty offered Pendants For Peace to buyers and donated portions of his sales to the National Resources Defense Council to help combat climate change in the world. Seamstress artist Julie Kriegle offered her Alive Earth bags for sale and Yes We Can Peacebuilders had Ken Butigan’s book “Nonviolent Lives” and John Dear’s book “The Nonviolent Life” on hand.
In association with our celebration, the Art Center of Morro Bay located on the street of the Fair opened their new gallery exhibit with paintings and photographs depicting artists’ renditions of Social Justice in our world today. This exhibit will run through the month of October.
As Director of Yes We Can Peacebuilders I was interviewed by the Rotary District Peacebuilder Chair for Rotary Club 5240 and invited to present in October a live program online discussing Campaign Nonviolence and the Nonviolent Cities Project. This program will be saved and run for an entire week and will be available to all Rotary clubs via Rotary International’s web site.
While there were many highlights to our day of peace celebration, not the least of them were being able to talk with many people from outside our Central Coast area on the topic of nonviolence. But the best came from the pre-school boy of about three or four years old who ran up to our committee member Pastor Paula and said he knew what peace meant because he heard it from Pastor Paula, and it means “we are supposed to be kind to each other and not do harm to anyone!” Out of the mouths of babes!
So, there is our hope and our deliverance. Now, let’s just keep the momentum going.
Yes We Can Peacebuilders will take part in the 100-Thousand Poets & Musicians for Peace on the evening of September 30th on the waterfront in Morro Bay, CA.
See slideshow below:
Part of the 2017 Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions