I encourage everyone who can to join in this peace walk! Please read the web page that I have cited below and come for as long as you can. This is a response to the violence that has been perpetrated over the “Innocence of Muslims” trailer and as a counter to Pamela Geller’s infamous poster campaign of promoting Islamophobia.
These peace walks are a long standing tradition in many parts of the world and are a legitimate outlet of free speech in the tradition of non violence. Insha’allah thousands will show their support for interfaith-intercultural peace building in our time. Unfortunately I cannot come due to my current health concerns but I hope you, each and every one of you, if you are close to New York City, take the time to participate in this event.
Below is the link to the web page and some excerpts from the home page.
NEW YORK CITY PEACE WALK
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2012
Please join us at 2:30 pm for an opening event with the walk leaders at the NY Academy of Medicine (1216 5th Avenue @ 103rd).
PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WORLDWIDE
FOR MUSLIMS, JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND PEACE-MINDED PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS
PLEASE COME WALK TOGETHER
The first large US silent Peace Walk is being planned for Sunday, October 7, 2012 in New York City’s Central Park. Following an opening gathering at 2:30pm, the walk will circumnavigate continuously Central Park allowing participants to join along the way. The walk is intended to be slow, beautiful and dignified, without flags or signage, an expression of the goodwill and friendliness of people who live together. It empowers us all to be peacemakers. Instead of shouting in the name of peace, peace will be embodied by our quiet presence. ‘There is no way to peace, peace is the way’.
With over 8 million people living in New York City, it is one of the most densely populated and ethnically and religiously diverse cities in the world. Home to over 100 ethnic groups, including several million Muslims and Jews, the walk is intended to demonstrate that people of all faiths and origins can live peacefully side by side. The peace we long for in the Middle East and Worldwide is actually possible. We call for the urgent cessation of violence in the Middle East and a serious and committed movement towards a sustainable and peaceful coexistence.
The walk will be led by Jack Kornfield, one of the leading Buddhist teachers in America, Dr. Stephen Fulder, founder of Middleway, an Israeli-Palestinian group applying mindfulness and spiritual insights to peacemaking, Rabbi Ingber, the Founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu, Daisy Khan, Bernie Glassman, Sheikha Fariha and many others.
Large silent peace walks have become famous in Israel and Palestine, for 10 years and Dr. Fulder has been a central teacher and visionary for these walks.
All communities are welcome and encouraged to join the walk.