, Newburyport, MA

February 14, 2013

Peace group to walk through region this weekend

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — Members and friends of the Peace Pagoda in Leverett are making their 12th Annual Walk for a New Spring with stops to vigil at nuclear power plants along the way.

They will leave Leverett tomorrow and will arrive in Washington, D.C. on April 4. Concerned citizens are invited to join them in vigils, walks, pot luck suppers and other events along the way.

The group will arrive in Andover on Sunday in time for services at the West Parish Unitarian Universalist Church and plans to vigil with the Merrimack Valley People for Peace at noon at the intersection of Routes 133 and 128.

Members will then drive to Seabrook for another vigil and ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. on the Route 1A bridge between Hampton and Seabrook, facing the Seabrook nuclear power plant. From there, they will walk to Seabrook power plant’s main entrance where they plan to vigil again from 3 to 4 p.m. The walk will then continue to Amesbury, where they will be hosted for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. at the Amesbury Peace Center located at the Friends Meeting House on Friend Street.

An evening program begins at 7 p.m. with speaker Charmaine White Face, a Sioux woman from the Black Hills of South Dakota, who is a coordinator of Defend the Black Hills, a group concerned about uranium mining in that area. White Face is an internationally recognized figure for work on the human rights of indigenous people worldwide.

On Monday, the group will continue on to Newburyport for a morning vigil in Market Square. At 11:30 a.m., members will walk to Ipswich, where they will be hosted at a pot luck supper beginning at 6 p.m. at the First Church of Ipswich, UCC. On Tuesday, the group will head to Beverly and then to Salem.

Endorsers of the Walk for a New Spring are Arise for Social Justice, Western Mass American Friends Service Committee, Mass Peace Action, House of Peace, United for Justice with Peace, Cambridge Peace Commission, Nuclear Free Future, The Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Mass Slavery Apology, Kabala House, Leverett Peace Commission, Dorchester People for Peace, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, US.

For more information on the walk, contact Tim Bullock at or 413-485-4469.