Peace Pentagon: Armistice Weekend in Washington, DC

 

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MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER

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peace4 World War I ended in 1918 on November 11 at 11:00 am (11-11-11) with the signing of an armistice agreement. Thereafter, Armistice Day became a global holiday to celebrate PEACE.

But in 1954, the U.S. Congress turned Armistice Day into Veterans Day, which is now a day dedicated to military veterans. Incidentally, if you are wondering what the difference is between Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, which began in 1868 after the Civil War, here’s the answer: Memorial Day honors soldiers who died in battle. Consequently, the U.S. no longer officially celebrates Peace, but we do honor both living and dead solders…on different days.

 

Because November 11, 2018 is the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, many peace groups – such as Veterans for Peace – wish to march that day and reclaim it as a day commemorating PEACE.

We at the Peace Pentagon agree! That’s why we opposed the Trump Military Parade that was scheduled for Veterans Day. We also are helping to plan an entire weekend of events in Washington, D.C. to mark the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.

The weekend will include a PEACE CONGRESS on Saturday, November 10, with more than 200 peace groups in attendance. And on Sunday, November 11, there will be a Silent March starting at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial led by those Vets who wish to reclaim Armistice Day for PEACE.

Moreover, at the Peace Pentagon in Independence, Virginia, we’ve planned a four-day event which starts with Sacred Activist Training and includes transportation from the Oracle Campus and accommodations all weekend in D.C. Details of this event are below and we hope you will join us!

 

In Truth, Love, and Light,
Rev. Laura M. George, J.D.

ARMISTICE WEEKEND SCHEDULE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.  

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CELEBRATE:   The Trump Military Parade has been CANCELLED!
DIVEST FROM WAR: Attend a “PEACE CONGRESS” with over 200 Peace Groups
INVEST IN PEACE:    Reclaim ARMISTICE DAY on its 100th Anniversary

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 – 11
Happening All Weekend

Catharsis on the Mall: An annual event at the National Mall near the Washington Monument (15th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW). Enjoy live music, art, costumes, and vendor booths!

Veterans Occupy Washington: Vets will occupy McPherson Square (15th Street & I Street, NW). They will have a stage and sound system for a Peace Concert & Open Mic on Saturday 4:00-8:00 pm & on Sunday 1:00-9:00 pm. Sunday night there will be a BBQ for homeless Vets outside the Veteran’s Administration Building (Vermont Avenue & H Street, NW). Stop by whenever you can!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Peace Congress: “End U.S. Wars at Home & Abroad”
Location:Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 201 4th Street, SE, Washington, DC
***** Please REGISTER HERE if You Plan to Attend *****
Speakers: Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace & 2016 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate
Cheri Honkala, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign & 2012 Green Party VP Candidate
Angela Bibens, Red Owl Law
Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN USA
Netfa Freeman, Institute for Policy Studies & Pan-African Community Action
Eli Painted Crow, Turtle Woman Rising & Women’s EcoPeace
Schedule: 9:00 am Peace Congress Registration
9:30 am Opening Plenary on How to Build a Nationwide Peace Movement
11:00 am General Assembly on Current Peace Projects & Future Organizing Ideas
12:30 pm Box Lunch provided – with Regional Network Gatherings
1:30 pm Breakout Sessions on Organizing Options & Goal Setting
3:00 pm General Assembly – with Reports from Breakout Sessions
5:00 pm Peace Congress Adjourns

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Veteran Led Silent March: 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Schedule: 8:00 am Interfaith Gathering at McPherson Square
9:00 am Silent March begins at Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Non-Vets welcome too!)
1:00 pm Concert for Peace at McPherson Square
6:00 pm BBQ Dinner for Homeless Vets at Veterans Administration Building

PEACE PENTAGON * SACRED ACTIVIST TRAINING

Armistice Day 100th Anniversary Workshop

This weekend workshop is a 4-day immersion in unleashing Courage and Compassion. These vibrations exist in all of us and are accessed by Sacred Activists in order to achieve just and fair conflict resolution. Mahatma Gandhi called this power satyagraha – the energy that allows us to “Speak Truth to Power.” With satyagraha, we find the inner strength to rise in support of the highest attainable vision through the use of nonviolent methods of political resistance.

The workshop will start at the Oracle Campus with one day of Sacred Activist training. We will then travel to the Nation’s Capital to join with more than 200 peace organizations that are contributing to the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, including a Peace Congress on Saturday and a Veteran led March on Sunday. All the while, we will celebrate with Catharsis on the Mall, the east coast version of Burning Man – a perfect progressive backdrop to our weekend activities.

This workshop is for anyone who desires Social Democracy
to survive and thrive during this dark era of the Trump Administration!

About our Facilitators
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Rev. Laura George, J.D. is an interfaith minister and Executive Director of The Oracle Institute. She authored Oracle’s award-winning Foundational Trilogy: The Truth, The Love, and The Light (due 2019). In 2015, she founded the Valley of Light community to promote a Culture of Peace through Spiritual Growth and Sacred Activism. In 2016, she launched the Peace Pentagon HUB – a strategic center and networking site. Rev. Eric Stetson is an ordained minister, founder of the Christian Universalist Association, and a humanitarian activist. He also is President of the People’s Currency Foundation, a charity which has created the world’s first blockchain-based universal basic income. Eric also serves as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Grayson County, VA, and he has been an active political blogger on Daily Kos. www.Mannabase.com Katherine Kennedy has a passion for social justice and peacebuilding. She serves as the Interfaith Coordinator of The Oracle Institute and leader of the Path of the Peacemaker in the Valley of Light micro-community. Part of her job at Oracle entails organizing local activist events and marches and coordinating the local Huddle group. She also serves as Secretary for the Grayson County Democrats.
Date: Thursday – Monday, November 8-12, 2018
Time: See FLIER for details
Cost: Thursday Sacred Activist Training only
$40(Lunch included)
$25 for students
Weekend in Washington, DC

$325 (hotel included)
$225 for students

ORACLE CAMPUS ACCOMMODATIONS

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The Oracle River House is located along the New River – the oldest river in America – where you can fish, kayak, and hike the Blue Ridge Mountains. The local “Old Time” music festivals, zipline, wineries, and other attractions are sure to please guests of all ages!.

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The Oracle Campground is located along Saddle Creek and features 10 campsites, a picnic pavilion, and rustic outhouses. You can rent one of our “U.S. Army Commando” tents or bring your own – an affordable and fun way to visit the Virginia Highlands!

www.OracleGuests.com

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