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Standing For Peace on the Streets in Napa

Posted by Erin Bechtol
09.28.17

Seen above: Margery Bancroft, John Dunlap (age 94 and a retired attorney who also served as an Assemblyman with the State of California), Teresa Cahill, and Mary Lou Dunlap at the peace vigil in Napa, CA on September 24. Photo by Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht.

On Sunday, September 24, Napa Peace Group staged a peace vigil to participate in Campaign Nonviolence’s annual Week of Actions.  Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht presented the Proclamation, “Standing For Peace.” The signs included quotes like, “To have peace, we must make peace,” from Dietrich Boenhoeffer, a Lutheran Pastor who was executed in Germany in 1945.  Of that sign, participant Teresa Cahill says, “I was holding a similar sign with that quote in 1968 at a protest against the Vietnam war on the 4th of July at a Hemisfair in San Antonio, Texas.  When it was reported to the city manager, he told me that I had to stop demonstrating or resign because I was a city employee (public health nurse) and it was against the Brown Act.  I resigned but because it was on my day off I was eventually rehired and was able to continue demonstrating in a silent vigil outside the Alamo every Saturday morning.”

Cahill is not the only demonstrator who has been actively spreading the word of peace for decades. The Napa Peace group gathers on the streets for a silent vigil once every other month, scheduling their vigil in September to align with the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions.

Read more about the Napa Peace Group vigil at the links below:

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/on-day-of-nonviolence-sign-holders-bring-peace-message-to/article_5b7c4463-9e80-5d20-b04e-febf2e2515dc.html

http://napavalleyregister.com/opinion/letters/violence-is-not-the-answer/article_63220b17-8cae-5c95-9c48-0ade7c191102.html

 

Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2017

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