Cross-country peace marchers pass through county

Cross-country peace marchers pass through county

Peace march rolls through county

The Sentinel

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Friday, January 27, 1995

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Marchers give peace signs to employees leaving the Ships Parts Center on Trindle Road Thursday in Hampden Township.

Peace march rolls through county

By Jim Hazen
Sentinel Reporter

Their faces show the diversity of the world's peoples, yet their cause is one of unity.

A group of 20 "citizens of the world" brought their global peace walk to eastern Cumberland County Thursday. The walkers stopped for the night at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlisle.

They planned to march down Ritner Highway today until they reach Shippensburg, where they will stay at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

The passage is part of a 3,6000-mile journey that began January 15, Martin Luther King's birthday, at the United Nations building in New York.

The journey is expected to end in June in San Francisco during celebrations of the United Nations 50th anniversary.

Participating are Africans, Asians, Europeans, and peoples of the Americas, including American Indians. Many are supporters of a Buddhist monk known as the Rev. Yusen Yamato.

The group stayed Wednesday night in Harrisburg. Their stay in the area included a stop at Three Mile Island, site of one of the worst nuclear power accidents in America.

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Hikers display banner in front of their support bus during a pause in Thursday's hike down Trindle Road.

"This is a sacred ceremony," says Wonono Rubio, a member of the Chumash tribe of coastal California, of the walk across America. "We are offering our bodies on this march for all the good in the world and as a prayer for global peace."

He says the daily walking is "grueling, but it's worth the price to heighten the awareness of the world's citizens for the need for peace."

Another walker, who identifies herself as Karin from Germany, says they expected to be walking in snow at this time of year.

"We're just th

ankful it's been dry and we've been dry." Rubio says he expects more people to join the march when the weather starts to get warmer this spring. "We're marching for global peace and people will join us as we continue to get closer to our goal."

By the time they get to San Francisco, they hope to have 100,000 walkers with them.

"The nations of the world are made up of individual people," he says. "Each one of us has a voice, and if we speak together we can get our leaders to stop exploiting the world for profit, to stop polluting and stop the wars."