Conversation with David Kopitzke, Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War

WDRT 91.9 FM has opened the door for Conversations, a weekly hour broadcast on Thursday mornings at 9:00 am CST. I put my foot in the door with this conversation with my friend, David Kopitzke, a Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War. Raising the voice of Peace…

Beginning Thursday, June 15 at 5:30 PM CST a short segment called, “Consider This” will bring my voice and my hopes to the radio audience. Have ideas you might like to explore?…let me know.

Thanks for listening and for your support of peace.

The Spirit of Standing Rock

Join filmaker, Kahstosera’a Paulette Moore, for a viewing and discussion of her documentary, The Spirit of Standing Rock.
The film is a collection of soulful narratives from Water Protectors, articulating their world view and describing what has brought them together in sacred action.
Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) filmmaker and educator Paulette Moore and YES! Magazine Co-Founder and Editor-at-large Sarah van Gelder created this documentary from their footage and reporting from Standing Rock camps gathered in the fall of 2016.
The event is free and refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 am- 5 :00 pm at Echo Valley Farm, Wisconsin You are welcome to a conversation with the filmaker on what has been learned in environmental justice movements, what are the next steps, and the importance of indigenous media. We will view her documentary ” From Wisconsin With Love”. The event is free. A free will contribution of $7 for lunch.

Peace Education Program

Echo Valley Hope will offer The Prem Rawat Foundation TPRF’s free 10 week Peace Education Program. Beginning June 7 at 6 PM at the Ontario Public Library

This is a self awareness program designed to help individuals discover peace within. Each class will reflect upon components of peace. Topics include: Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Clarity, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, and Contentment

The program will run for 10 consecutive weeks through August 9. Make up / missed classes can be arranged.

For more on personal peace visit Timeless Today https://www.timelesstoday.com/
To learn more about the Pace Education Program beginning in Ontario, June 7, or to register for the series of free classes, please call Jan Kenyon 608-337-4578

Dena Eakles at Viroqua Area Rotary Club, March 17

Dena Eakles has been invited to the Viroqua Area Rotary Club on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at noon. She will talk about Echo Valley Hope. View the Facebook invitation.

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.

Challenges and Possibilities Coming in 2017

Listen to Love (and Revolution) Radio’s 2017 New Year’s podcast, Challenges and Possibilities Coming in 2017.

Five guests discuss the challenges and possibilities opening up in 2017. Kazu Haga of the East Point Peace Academy; Dena Eakles of Echo Valley Hope; Heart Phoenix of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuiling; Rhonda Fabian, Editor of Kosmos Online; and Larry Spotted Crow Mann join Sherri Mitchell and Rivera Sun to look into what’s coming . . . the frightening, the hopeful, the encouraging, and the inspiring.

Environmental Stewardship Pledge

It is time for fundamental change regarding care of the Earth. It is not enough to petition government leaders to bring about transformation. It is imperative for us to recognize the Earth as a living entity to which we are inextricably bound, and to know that everything and everyone is precious. With this understanding stewardship begins.Principles for Consideration:

  1. There is enough. We can actively engage in changing the paradigm from one of scarcity to one of abundance. We can grow food, buy local, maintain clean water and air, consume less, move to renewables, and do all that we can to bring about the awareness: there is enough.
  2. Abundance is having everything you need when you need it. We recognize our interconnectedness with the Earth and with one another. We do not take more than is needed, ensuring a future of abundance for our children.
  3. Practice nonviolence. We get good at what we practice. Nonviolence is understood within. It is a dedicated practice. It is alive in thoughts, words, and action.
  4. Come together. We engage with organizations and individuals, and celebrate diversity. We champion consensus and the power of the circle.
  5. Celebrate life. We are here, now. Celebrate.
  6. Peace first. There is always a way to make things better. We look for peace first within ourselves. We can help the Earth and one another by finding the gentle walk within. Walk and understand. Understand then speak. Know for yourself, then help another. Peace first is fundamental to everything we can accomplish.

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Humanity Rising

It is the pledge of Echo Valley Hope to stand as a voice for peace and to support all who seek to live with dignity and respect for the Earth and her People.

We recognize the implicit need of each individual to have dignity and peace. We acknowledge the capability of the Earth to provide clean air, food, and water to all; and we understand the sharing of these to be a sacred human right. We champion voices and efforts that reflect these understandings, as we know that our unity is our strength.

We do this in full awareness of the possibility of peace – inside and out – and are honored to stand with people throughout the world who are calling for an end to the inhumanity that has stifled our voices and efforts to that end.

Image Credit: Noho