The Great Peace Project of 2000
The Kent State University May 4 Task Force
issued the following call on May 4, 1999.
CALLING EVERYBODY WHO STILL CARES ABOUT
The May 4 Task Force cordially invites you to
participate in THE GREAT PEACE PROJECT OF 2000. Our goal is to
mobilize the greatest mass pilgrimage in Kent History for May 4, 2000. On the the 30th
annual commemoration of the killing of our sisters and brothers at Kent State and Jackson
State, international media outlets will undoubtedly tune in to see if our combined efforts
for a more compassionate world have finally begun to fade. IT'S TIME TO SHOCK THE
WORLD by proving like never before that those who fell before us have not died in
vain and that the masses are still determined to secure a world free of senseless
We are calling on everyone whose lives have
been touched by violence, warfare, domestic abuse, gunfire, etc. , to join us May 4,
2000, for a day of healing organizing and changing. To begin, THE GREAT PEACE
PROJECT OF 2000 needs for everyone who attends to bring at least one piece
of (weather-proof) art that depicts that individual's interpretation of the meaning and
importance of non-violence. We are striving to accumulate "one million pieces of
peace." (Update from the Task Force on November 5,
1999-The Task Force has requested that instead of bringing a piece of art, that
individuals instead bring a flower as their "piece of peace.")From the
very young to the very old, we each have a unique perspective on what it means to secure a
more peaceful existence. It is imperative that we come together in this innovative
approach to show the world all of those perspectives.
Regardless of artistic ability, leave
your "pieces of peace" at Kent State on May 4, 2000, and take with you the power
to better the world.
For updates on the 30th commemoration link
here to the
May 4 Task Force Web Site
This Web Site's 2
Over the years Mike and Kendra have
had the fortune to meet with hundreds of people who have worked in the peace and justice
movement and have made Kent State a major part of their lives. The values we struggled for
so diligently 30 years ago seem so very far away as we enter the new millennium. Yet, each
of us, I believe, still harbor those values of our youth that provided us with the
energy to struggle so hard.
Although separated by time and distance we are still family. And it's about time we all
had a reunion. Over the years we have lost track of many who have visited us here in Kent.
We want to reestablish contact with them and organize the biggest family reunion in
AND YOU CAN HELP!
We need to network. Mike and Kendra are offering this web
site as an interactive forum for those who were touched by the events of May, 1970 and the
broader struggles for peace and justice. Please contact us and if you are aware of anyone
else who would be interested, tell them about May 4, 2000 , this web site or tell us how
we can contact them. You can e-mail us or comment
on our forum page.
In the next few weeks we will be adding more features to this website. In
addition to reporting on this year's commemoration we will be highlighting certain
individuals who have been effected by May 4, 1970 over the past 29 plus years. Link here
to our web site future plans page.
Mike and Kendra-May 8, 1999
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