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UCSC Students Step Toward Peace

Over twenty Santa Cruz activists are walking from San Jose to San Francisco from May 29 to June 1 to dramatize the need for a U.S. Department of Peace (DOP). Comprised of 16 UC Santa Cruz students, five other city residents, and Cody the Peace Dog, the group set out from Larry Marcelli Park on El Camino Real on Saturday morning. They intend to continue on El Camino until reaching the office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, where they will deliver a petition bearing over 1,000 signatures that indicate support for the creation of the DOP.

The concept of the walk was conceived by first-year student Yoel Kirschner. Kirschner was inspired by Indian activist and author Satish Kumar, a former Jain monk who, at the instigation of Vinoba Bhave, Mahatma Gandhi’s chief disciple, walked all over the world for two years in the 1960s to plea for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Kirschner co-organized the walk with fourth-year student Will Parrish.
 

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