On Saturday, July 28, a coalition of groups that work for peace and nuclear disarmament will sponsor an Interfaith Peace Walk in Salem. Participants will meet on the north side of the Capitol building at 9:00 am and walk for 12 miles through Salem, ending at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Marion St NE. At 6:00 pm, also at St. Mark’s. there will be a potluck dinner and a presentation about the history of the peace walk and the testing of nuclear bombs in the Pacific. Members of the Salem Marshallese community will speak about the destruction of their homeland from nuclear testing.
Senji Kanaeda, a member of the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order, leads the annual Interfaith Peace Walk each summer through Oregon and Washington. The walk is sponsored by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order; the Eugene and Tacoma Catholic Worker Organization, Ground Zero Center for Non-Violent Action for Peace; Lake Forest Park for Peace; American Indian Organization for Change; Veterans for Peace; and Footprints for Peace.
Walks have been held in Oregon, Washington, California, New Mexico and British Columbia for the past 14 years, and cover between 11-16 miles per day. Participants are welcome to work for peace by walking one day or one hour, or by attending the evening potluck. Food and water will be provided during the walk and a support vehicle will be provided for those who need to rest. Bring personal gear and smile with you.