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Campaign Nonviolence: Planting the Seeds of Peace in Wisconsin

An event in Wisconsin linked to similar ones around the country will begin again this year with a march to the Baraboo Square on Saturday morning. (One Heart, Inc.)
An event in Wisconsin linked to similar ones around the country will begin again this year with a march to the Baraboo Square on Saturday morning. (One Heart, Inc.)
September 20, 2017

BARABOO, Wis. – Campaign Nonviolence is a national organization which sponsors peace events all over the nation, and this is Campaign Nonviolence Week. Peace events are being held around the state again this year, and the annual peace event in Baraboo will take place on Saturday.

Throughout the day there will be musical performances and speakers addressing the issues of peace and nonviolence.

CaSandra May of Baraboo, president of One Heart Incorporated, which co-sponsors the event, is one of the speakers. She says it will be a very welcoming event.

"It's very child-friendly," she says. "We have a children's choir, we have a children's dance team, and people who are really interested in wanting to make a difference, and wanting to understand how to go about doing that."

The event starts at 11 o'clock Saturday morning and continues until mid-afternoon. May says several local organizations will have informational tables set up around the Baraboo square, regarding the good works they offer and provide for the community.

According to May, the three main issues to be addressed this year are peace and nonviolence, the climate crisis, and the problems of poverty and homelessness in Wisconsin. She says people really do have the power to change things.

"We the people create the culture, and no longer is violence something that we want to continue to foster," she adds. "So we want to bring peace into our consciousness and into our lives in a daily way, and also in a way that we can make changes."

In 2015, Campaign Nonviolence sponsored 370 peace actions across the nation; last year the number of events was 758, and they're hoping for a thousand individual peace action events this year. May says the concept of Saturday's event in Baraboo is not difficult to grasp.

"The message simply is that peace is possible, and this really is something that we have to continue to remember: that peace does exist and we need to plant the seeds of peace," explains May.

The event starts at 11 o'clock Saturday morning with a walk from First United Church of Christ to the Baraboo Square and continues until mid-afternoon. More information is online at oneheartinc.org.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI