Fall Festival Features Peace Pole, Exhibits

Daily Nexus

University of California at Santa Barbara

Monday, October 29, 1984

Fall Festival Features Peace Pole, Exhibits

By Bonnie Scher
Staff Writer

"We're the crest of a wave in the peace movement, about to break," Isla Vista Fall Festival Coordinator Evette Justus said. The fourteenth annual Isla Vista Fall Festival is the final part of a week-long drive for peace presented by the American Peace Movement, one of the Movement's organizers, David Crockett Williams, Jr., said.

"We want to show how to celebrate peace and have fun, but at the same time, take all the celebration energy and generate it in a direction that will cause sparks, lighting the flames in the minds of everyone," Williams said.

The festival will be a three-day musical experience with exhibits and information on the peace movement, Williams said. Storyboards will provide information about various topics such as disarmament and nuclear war. "We want to offer a maximum opportunity for the public to get informed," Williams said.

Pre-festival events such as conferences, parties in Anisq' Oyo park, and group gatherings are planned in "hopes of organizing people and bringing out energy and ideas and prayers for peace," Williams said.

United Nations Day, which was last Wednesday, kicked off the awareness drive. Members of the Peace Movement gathered at the Eternal Flame for Peace Monument on campus to pray for peace and petition for the re-lighting of the flame. "On United Nations Day, every year, people around the world bring to focus what this day means to them," Williams said.

UCSB's graduating class of 1969 dedicated the eternal flame to the university in honor of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The dedication plaque below the monument reads:

"Let us take the first step. Let us, if we can, step back from the shadows of war and seek out the ways of peace. And if that journey is 1,000 miles, or even more, let history record that we, in this land, took the first step..."

Because of the energy crisis and the need to conserve fuel, the flame was extinguished in the early 70's, Vice Chancellor of Administration Services Robert Kroes said. "If people are interested in getting the monument relit, it ought to be brought up for discussion to be reexamined," Kroes said.

Displayed during the United Nations Day rally was "Peace Pole." Created in a peace retreat on November 1, 1980, the peace pole is a ceremonial log decorated with carving and symbols related to the ideal of world peace.

Each year during fourth of July week, a group called the Rainbow Family gathers in a remote area of the United States to pray for peace. The highlight of the week is July 4, when, for one hour, thousands of people on the retreat form a circle and pray together for peace, Williams explained.

We are bringing out the message of peace to all people. We get along as one family because of the mystical and spiritual feelings behind the Rainbow Family," Williams said.

According to Williams, the Rainbow Family represents a fulfillment of many ancient prophecies. The Hopi Indians, Buddhists, and Christians all mention in their religions a time when a group of people would bring about a change of consciousness.

During the 1980 election, members of the American Peace Movement held an 11-day prayer vigil in front of the White House, hoping the president would join in a prayer circle around the Peace Pole. However, their attempts were unsuccessful. The Peace Pole was brought to Santa Barbara in hopes of reaching President Reagan at his ranch. Again, they were unsuccessful.

On Veterans Day, November 11, the pole will be taken to Washington, D.C., where the president will join in a prayer vigil, Williams said. On November 23, the Peace Pole will continue to be sent onward to a prayer circle in India. Two final stops will be made on the journey; Jerusalem, on Christmas Eve, and Red Square, in Moscow, on New Year's Eve.

"The Peace Pole is a symbol of people's universal desire for peace," Williams said.

The pole will be placed in Anisq' Oyo park at the start of the festival, he said. On Sunday, the final day of the celebration, it will be moved to the Embarcadero loop, where Isla Vistans and UCSB students can join together in prayer, Williams said. "This will further attention toward the Peace Pole and give us more of a chance for attention in Washington," Williams said.

The Fall Festival begins officially Friday, November 2, and ends after the prayer vigil on Sunday, November 4. "Hopefully we're all going to get together here and now. The other U.C. schools could then get together and make their statement," Justus said.

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UCSB's Eternal Flame Memorial Peace Monument was relit November 6, 1987, jointly by the Mayors of Santa Barbara and its new Soviet sister city of Yalta, in a ceremony organized by Williams and conducted by UCSB Chancellor Barbara Uehling after a previous blessing ceremony by Chumash elder Victor Skyeagle Lopez, and after a new chancellor welcoming ceremony July 15, 1987, the 42nd anniversary of the first atomic bomb, including Rev. Gyoten Yoshida of Nipponzan Myohoji, President Harry Truman's former speechwriter Frank Kelly as Vice President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbaran Bob Phares who walked across America with the Great Peace March of 1986, and Michael Lindemann as executive director of Santa Barbara's Peace Resource Center, also arranged by Williams. Michael is the brother of free energy historian and researcher Peter Lindemann who worked with Bruce DePalma closely during the early 1980's in Santa Barbara.

See more on Peter Lindemann and free energy technologies to replace nuclear and fossil fuel power at:


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