We are a global community of friends who are dedicated to creating change through peaceful action. We organize events throughout the world that bring together in solidarity a moving community to deepen our understanding of spiritual, cultural, and environmental issues. Our aim is to educate, inspire, and empower individuals and communities in building a sustainable future.
What a year it’s been!
FootPrints for Peace has had a great 2016 here in the US and in Australia!
Our year started off in Kentucky with the Walk For A Sustainable Future. In June after a short week working at the Great Smoky Mountain Peace Pagoda we loaded our bicycles up and headed to Coleman Florida to the Federal Prison where Leonard Peltier is,
then we cycled through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia finishing at the White House in Washington DC along the way showing the documentary Incident At Oglala The Leonard Peltier Story and getting signatures for Leonard’s Clemency.
Then we headed to Australia to participate in the Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country in solidarity with aboriginal people who are opposed to Uranium mining and the destruction of their communities. After the walk we went back to Kalgoorlie and started to prepare for the ANFA conference for this was the first time in 16 years that it had been held in WA. The conference is put together every year so that Aboriginal representatives from all the different communities can come together and talk about how they can support each other in their continued fight against the nuclear industry.
Then it was off to South Australia to participate in the rock hole cleaning, what is rock hole cleaning you might ask? Well there are mountain size rocks all over the desert and they
have very large holes in them. Traditionally it is where people would come to get drinking water have ceremonies and hunt so twice a year these holes need to be drained and cleaned so volunteers go out to clean these watering holes.
We then headed back to Ceduna for a little rest and two days of Grand Finals (Australia’s Super bowl) for Aussie Rules Football and Rugby we headed off to Quorn where we meet up with some old and new friends then went out to the Flinders Ranges where the
proposed national nuclear waste facility has been proposed. We had a three day camp with a protest march at the end. During the camp we heard from the local community that is against the facility and took a tour of the site that has ancient artifacts as far as the eye can see on the surface and the only fresh water spring within miles.
While in the US FootPrints for Peace continues to have more of a presence in our home town of Cincinnati. In 2015 we participated in the Walk to Stop Executions and established our credentials among local anti-death penalty activists. Since then we have continued to work in solidarity with several local organizations that seem tuned in to ways to build a sustainable future. The Cincinnati Palestine Solidarity Coalition has organized a series of teach-ins and events to allow support for Palestinian liberation to grow.
Black Lives Matter Cincinnati (BLMC) is focused on building the movement to stop police brutality towards Black people. BLMC is immersed in the effort to win a conviction of Ray Tensing, the UC cop who shot Sam DuBose. Footprints for Peace also helped take needed supplies out too Standing Rock and spent several days in solidarity with the water protectors who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipe Line. In all of these efforts we are joining with others with whom we share a vision of creating a people’s movement capable of building a sustainable future that meets the needs of the 99%.