International Peace Pilgrimage
Towards A Nuclear Free Future
Sorry about the delay with updates….
The last 6 weeks has been hectic…
this week is the Anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki there will be many
events happening here and through out the world.
in Australia we MUST take the time to remember the Atomic bombs that were much
larger than these two bombs, and
also detonated around innocent communities, and without the permission of the
Indigenous Peoples of those lands.
must also realize that these remote communities are continuously at the front of
the struggle against the Nuclear Industry. It is these communities that are
endlessly exposed to the main dangers of the Nuclear Industry , through the
mining and the dumping of radioactive waste.
Nogawa the organizer from Japan was here for 3 weeks and we journeyed out to
Adelaide for the Students of Sustainability conference, after which we went on
to Broken Hill to attend the No More Radioactive Genocide gathering.
If anyone is in Melbourne on the 8th of August, there is a Hiroshima remembrance day at Latrobe Universities Along with the other events happening there, we will be showing a video of Sacred Run in Japan. During this run to Hiroshima & Nagasaki, which was led by a group of Native Americans we meet with Ainu (Indigenous peoples of Northern Japan) and many Japanese Buddhist monks and others opposed to the Nuclear Industry.
They are also trying to organize a screening of “We of little voice” the latest video from the Kupa Piti Kunga Tjuta (Traditional Aboriginal Women from across South
free to join us at Latrobe Uni between 12.30pm and 2.00pm
are moving along with the walk, we are now getting a really good crew together
to help with the organizing and logistics.
thanks goes out to all the people now putting together fundraisers to help with
the costs of organizing such a huge event.
free to contact us if you would like to get more involved
University will be hosting us from the 12th of November through to
the 17th. We will then be leaving for Roxby Downs via Broken Hill,
Honeymoon, Beverly, Lake Eyre and possibly Cooperpedy.
Everyone is welcome to join us on this journey and we are encouraging people to
come so as you can see for yourself what is really happening in the remote
communities in these areas.
wish list is growing,
anyone knows where we can get a water trailer or something to haul water. We are
estimating that we will need about 1,200 liters a day while we are in the hot
dry summer of December, January and February.
we are looking for vans or busses that can transport everyone to Roxby Downs
from Melbourne in mid November, with the possibility of having to bring some of
the International representatives back to Melbourne in early December.
are always looking for people to help coordinate in their own areas...
things were quite hectic while we were in Adelaide and Broken Hill, it was
great to finally catch up with a lot of the people who are helping to make
this event possible.
also presented the Indigenous representatives of the Kupa Piti Kunga Tjuta
with 1000 Peace Cranes (many being made by people in Japan who are becoming
aware of their story)
She is telling everyone that there is a great energy in Australia at the moment, and they really have to come and check it out.
being back in Japan for well over a week now, and traveling with a group of
Hiroshima survivors. She is getting
a great response from people.
are now planning to attend the conference.
look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming events and on the road as we
walk through your communities.
you would like to contribute to costs of organizing this event. (all done by
donations are greatly appreciated
send your donation to:
3995, Victoria, Australia
INDIGENOUS LEADERS SPEAK OUT
Latest Info May
Over the last few weeks we have been talking with different Indigenous Leaders and are getting a lot of good support from them, as well as permission to walk through their lands. I would personally like to thank everyone for their time and energy over the last few weeks. Especially Arabunna Elder, Kevin Buzzacott from the Lake Eyre region of South Australia, We will be adding a statement from him in the next few days.
We are now in the process of trying to purchase a couple of vehicles that run on used vegetable oil. If anyone would like to make a contribution towards us purchasing these vans it would be much appreciated.
We would also like to let everyone know that there is a large NO MORE RADIOACTIVE GENOCIDE gathering being organized for Silverton (26km's from Broken hill) 14th July - 18th July 2003. For more info visit their webpage www.nukefreegathering.org
"WE NEED MORE GREENIES UP HERE!" Uncle Ron, Adnyamathnya Elder
Latest Info April
We are now in the beginning stages of organizing the International Peace Pilgrimage Towards A Nuclear Free Future, and are now seeking permission from the indigenous peoples of Australia, as we will be walking across their lands during this journey from Roxby Downs (South Australia). Environmental & Social Justice organizations through out Australia have also been contacted, with some support beginning to come from a number of groups
There is also a group in Japan organizing and they have been talking with the Ainu (indigenous peoples of Japan) and a group of Buddhist Monks, some of them will be attending sections of the walk in Australia.
Many groups and individuals from America and Europe are also planning to take part in this walk either by coming to walk or by doing an action in their own country. This includes some 1991 Gulf War, and Vietnam Veterans along with different social justice organizations. We have also been talking with people from the American Indian Movement and other Indigenous groups.
This is becoming a very large project, and there is quite a lot of organizing that must be done. If you feel you would like to help in the organizing. please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the road 2002
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more info on our journey to Hiroshima
During July we visited anti--nuclear groups in Hiroshima
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more info on the Peace Pilgrimage to Oak Ridge
The fourth annual Peace Walk from Atlanta to Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear weapons manufacturing plant.
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