Peace Walkers from near and far join together to walk, pray, chant, vigil and educate in WNY on their way to the UN’s review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which happens every five years. Students, Japanese, and indigenous people make up a good proportion of the 35 walkers from outside WNY. They will be joined by locals April 10-16, 2015, walking to West Valley and gathering in an urgent prayer to prevent nuclear disasters and to build public awareness of the nuclear threat and costs, e.g., Fukushima’s dire state; the radioactive plume at West Valley headed toward Cattaraugus Creek and 20% of the world’s fresh water supply; the threat of drones crashing into nuclear power plants here and elsewhere; etc.
Local sponsors include the Indigenous Women’s Initiatives (IWI), Burning Books, Friends of the Japanese Garden, the Global Justice Ecology Project, the Interfaith Peace Network, Nekanehsakt, the Peace Education Fund, Seneca Nation of Indians, WNY Drilling Defense, WNY Peace Center, and others. All support and appreciate the walk leadership from the Nipponzan Myohoji Grafton Peace Pagoda.
The WNY Schedule is as follows:
Friday April 10 - 3-6:30 PM WNY Peace Center www.wnypeace.org invites you to a POTLUCK to greet and meet the Japanese NPT Walkers at the Foundry email@example.com , 298 Northampton St near Jefferson in Buffalo NY. Dr. Charley Bowman will speak. Public Invited to walk 71 miles for Peace. For more information contact Vicki Ross firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday April 11 - 8 AM RALLY at Buffalo NY City Hall at Niagara Square sending the NPT Walkers off on their 15 mile WALK to through downtown Buffalo to South Park Avenue all the way to 116 Union St, Hamburg NY. Bring your prayers for peace, banners, flyers to hear Jules Orkin email@example.com with the NPT walkers. For more information, contact Nate Buckley firstname.lastname@example.org . Public Invited to walk.
Sunday April 12 - 8 AM NPT walkers begin 15 mile WALK from 116 Union St, Hamburg thru Boston NY to Genesee Rd on Rt 228 where they will be shuttled to 37 North Buffalo Street in Springville NY 14141 for a PUBLIC EVENT at 6 pm Springville Center for the Arts Theater. Ayumi Temlock of NJ Peace Action AyumiTemlock@gmail.com will speak on the UN Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty Review Conference; Native Salamanca High School Students ( contact Sue.email@example.com) will speak on the UNIPPF; and the UPitt at Bradford PA college students (contact Don Ulin@pitt.edu) will also present. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday April 13 - 8 AM NPT Walkers begin 8 mile WALK from Genesee Rd/Rt 228 Boston Springville Rd to West Valley Nuclear Services, 10282 Rock Springs Rd, near West Valley NY 14172 where the NPT Walkers will continue to chant and pray for a NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE at the site. Public invited. NPT Walkers will be shuttled back to stay place in Springville NY.
Tuesday April 14 - SUNRISE 5:30AM Water is Life Interfaith Ceremony at 10282 Rock Springs Rd Rt 85, near West Valley NY 14172. 6:30 AM begin 20 mile WALK along Rt 85 to local Rt 219, to route 39 west to to Rte 62 to Richardson Rd to END at Micky G’s on the Cattararaugus Indian Reservation near Collins NY (email@example.com) . Walkers shuttled to the Cattaraugus Community Center (CCC) on Rt 438 near Irving NY 14081 for a Social from 6-9 PM. Public invited.
Wednesday April 15 - 7:30 AM NPT and Water is Life walkers will be transported back to Micky G’s on Richardson Rd.Public invited to 13 mile WALK down Route 438 to Sunset Bay on Lake Erie, Irving NY 14081 for a Water Ceremony (contact Maria Maybee firstname.lastname@example.org). The NPT Walkers will then be shuttled to Gahadago on Route 20 in Irving, NY 14081 for a lodge, pipe and pot luck feast ceremonies (contact Al White email@example.com). Walkers shuttled to stay place at CCC Rt 438.
Thursday April 16 - 11 AM NPT walkers will be transported to Depew NY to the AMTRAK train station to continue on to the Grafton Peace Pagoda, 85 Crandall Rd, Petersburg NY 14138 Phone: 518-658-9301 firstname.lastname@example.org to rest then walk to United Nations in NYC for the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty Review Conference (contact Jim Anderson NRCJim@aol.com 716-903-5648) where they will fast and pray for peace.