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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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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.

A DOP bill was authored by Democratic presidential candidate Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and has been endorsed by 40 Democratic Congresspeople to date. The bill seeks to make peace a guiding principle of American policymaking, both on international and domestic levels. It provides for the use of field-tested programs to promote nonviolent means of resolving conflict, the facilitation of governmental policies geared toward expanding human rights and democratic principles, and widespread education on the tenets of nonviolence.

The Kucinich bill calls for one percent of the federal budget to be allocated to the Department.

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.

The peace walkers conducted a rally at UCSC’s Bay Tree Plaza on Friday during which Kucinich’s campaign manager called Kirschner to convey Kucinich’s gratitude to the walkers.

For more information on the walk, contact Yoel Kirschner at (818) 620-3391 or Will Parrish at (831) 252-4373.
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Re: UCSC Students Step Toward Peace

What a bunch of Dirty Hippies! They're all happy and idealistic. Just look at the last picture. They just walked almost 15 miles on hard concrete, and they're still smiling bright and big. I think they're the most inspired bunch of wackos I've ever seen. I wish I could be more like them. Come to think of it, I think I am. Power to the Peaceful.
 

Re: UCSC Students Step Toward Peace

I followed these UCSC Peace Walkers, and Cody the Peace Dog, for most of four days. The energy around them was electric! Their generosity of spirit, their human compassion and sense of plain old fun infected everyone they came in contact with, including Congresswoman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's staff. So, if this is what young hope for peace is about, the world not only needs it, but we're all blessed to have these kids on our side. And we'll get the U.S. Department of Peace -- if they have anything to say about it! Stay tuned...and get tuned up... 'cause I think they might be planning to do this again in October...even bigger!
 

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