Got this from Bill and Ann Myers of Knoxville of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA). Big doin's there weekend after next. Here is the announcement:
Friends of peace,
When's the right time to stand for peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons?
How about when you also get to listen to David Rovics, live and in person, Sean McCollough, Nick Boulet, Larry Osborne, Phil Pollard, and Ganasita?
Still not sure? How about when you also get entertained by the masterful theatre of the OREPA puppetistas AND the Eggplant Faeries?
It's all happening SUNDAY, APRIL 13, starting at 10:00am at Alvin K Bissell Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It's OREPA's April Action for peace, back after a three year hiatus. This is our BIG peace action this year, shifting from August.
It's also our twentieth anniversary—did you march with OREPA on August 6, 1988? Our theme is simple: Claim the Future: Disarm NOW.
PLEASE COME TO THE APRIL ACTION TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE PLANS FOR A NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX AND TO DECLARE YOUR COMMITMENT TO A WORLD FREE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS!
This is a crucial time. Leaders around the world are beginning to talk seriously about concrete proposals to lead to nuclear disarmament. We have never heard this kind of talk before—it's important we show the depth and breadth of our desire for a world free of nuclear weapons.
The peace rally at Bissell Park should last until 1:00 or so, and then we'll march to the Y12 plant for an action there.
* * * OTHER EVENTS * * *
If you've admired the giant puppets and smart theatre of OREPA's puppetistas and said to yourself, "I wish I could do that…"
A weeklong puppet workshop will be held in South Knoxville from Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 11 with a rehearsal at Church of the Savior in Knoxville on Saturday the 12th (probably around 4:30). Everyone is welcome to join in, from complete novices to master puppeteers. Call 609 2012 for directions and details.
The full-fledged nonviolence workshop is back! Starting with registration at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 12 at Church of the Savior (934 N Weisgarber Rd, Knoxville) and going until 4:00. We'll do skills training, reflection, history, and role playing. We'll go over plans for Sunday's action in Oak Ridge. We'll have music and food and drink (lunch and dinner are being arranged). We'll have a wonderful community and great trainers. Everyone welcome.
We need volunteers who will help us keep things organized and peaceful for the action—peacekeepers. We'll do a peacekeeper training at 7:00pm on Saturday, April 12 at Church of the Savior (934 N Weisgarber). Veteran peacekeepers and first-timers are welcomed.
OK. Before you go, you can get your non-violence training this weekend at First Pres. We had a couple of last minute cancellations, so there is space for you April 4-6. Then you can take your new non-violent self to Oak Ridge!
I must say, however, that the Eggplant Faeries sound a tad unnerving.
Have you seen Ben's BBs recently? He has been trying to lose them.