Members of the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois will be joined by the Shawnee Green Party and other supporters in a Vigil and Rally for Nonviolence on Saturday, January 15th from noon to 1:00 PM at the Town Square Pavilion in Carbondale. This will continue a tradition of advocating nonviolent solutions to national and international issues during a weekly vigil that has continued uninterrupted since December, 2001.
In response to the horrific attack last Saturday in Tucson, local activist Genevieve Houghton says “we need to emphasize that people practicing peace is a way of life, as modeled by leaders like King and Gandhi.”
Indeed the attack was a graphic demonstration of the overwhelming futility of violence as a tool for conducting human relations. We see the consequences of the loss of a few of the finest kinds of actors in the decision making and community building realms of our society. We wonder how distractions from developing real solutions may have failed the young perpetrator of this tragedy. Calling for compassion and real understanding we remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. “the ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.”
The public is invited to stand with the Peace Coalition in this symbolic action and to share in peace readings and hear remarks from Green Party representative Rich Whitney and local activist Brent Ritzel.
Questions: contact Georgeann Hartzog, 618.521.4239
Town Square Pavillion
401 S ILLINOIS AVE
CARBONDALE, IL, 62901-2812