by Mary Beth Schlagheck // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions
The Vigil for Peace celebrated International Day of Peace in Downtown Madison, WI Monday, September 17, 2018 within the context of Campaign Nonviolence-Pace e Bene framework by focusing on militarism. In dozens of fliers passed out to passersby we sought to expose militarism as one of the main drivers of U.S. culture of violence. We said militarism—not to be confused with the military—is the subordination of social interests to military values and institutions. We explained:
We created five placard highlighting the following drivers: HEALTHY PLANET, DIPLOMACY FIRST, LET’S CELEBRATE DIVERSITY, PROMOTE PROSPERITY, CREATE A CULTURE OF PEACE. (Placards pictured). We were joined by Madison’s Ragging Grannies who sang songs relative to those five themes. (Grannies pictured). We gathered signatures (Photo attached) on ten letters to our elected senators and representatives calling upon them to abide by our five tenets. We celebrated with a Pace e Bene – Peace & All Good festive cake. (Cake pictured.) In closing we gathered in a circle singing Dona Nobis Pace led by the Grannies.
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