Jeff McKenzie
Y12 Nuclear Complex, Oak Ridge Tennessee
To The United Nations
Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Talks
New York, New York - 2005

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     This is going to be a long walk and there will not be many computers with Internet connections along the way. So frequent updates simply are not possible. I have a camera and a notebook with me and I am going to try to tell a portion of the story about this walk as it relates to military familys. Some pictures as well as a few updates will also be included. Keep in mind that I am only part of a coalition of people and organizations that are doing the walk and I am part of the main story as well. I hope you find this story interesting and informative and that you will join us in our crusade to rld the world of these weapons of mass destruction and the environmental damage caused by the nuclear industry.

Peace
Jeff
 
 
Day Logs

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
      These are some pictures taken the first two weeks of the walk. We started at the Y-12 Complex in Oak Ridge Tennessee where the nuclear bombs are still being worked on and developed. The first picture was taken during the Sunday evening prayer vigil. The rest were just selected from the library of pictures by my buddy John, who is posting this stuff on my site.
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Day 12

 
 
Comunity Response
Abingdon, 03/24/05
       Hi,

   Hope you are fine? Just thought I would do a quick email to say we are all doing fine on the walk. Today we entered Viriginia. Tonight a local activist group made supper for us in Abingdon, VA. People from the group, church and community came out, doubling our numbers. Several of us talked in front of the whole group about the walk, including me. Several families invited us to stay at their homes, other walkers stayed at the church. I am staying with a very nice family and we have had a nice time talking about a little bit of everything.

   We have 20+ walkers that will be going the whole way and usually about 5 others with us each day that are doing stretches of the walk. Unfortunately about a third of use caught some type of bug but no one has fallen ill the last few days so hopefully everyone will stay healthy. The weather has been varied: 40 degrees and rainy to 60 degrees and sunny. We have had more nice walking days than bad though.

Take care.
Love and peace, Jeff
PS: The pictures just above are in Abingdon Virginia
 
 
Day Logs

Day 13
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      A few more miscellaneous picture from the road.

    03/29/2005
   Hi,

   Thought I would updated you on the past couple days by email since we have good access at the public library here in Radford, VA on our restday.

   On the 27th, most of us attended the 6:30am sunrise service at the church we attended. The church invited us to join them for breakfast at the church - eggs, toast, ham, grits, juice and coffee. It gave us a chance to meet and talk with church members. After breakfast we started down the road, greeted by cooler temperatures and a drizzle. The drizzle switched to moderate rain then back to a drizzle for the 19 miles trek. Despite the weather, late start and an uphill climb on winding stretches of narrow road and then a downhill stretch into Pulaski we made good time, arriving at the church at 4:30pm.

   Yesterday, the weather was even colder and the rain more intense as we started off on our 16 mile walk. Most of us were quickly drenched, at least our shoes, as streams of water were running in our path. But the sun came up and we dried out for the most part until about 2 miles from our destination the rain started once again.

   But today is restday: a time to catch up on laundry, do emails (because we have good access today), find supplies, walk around town, scout out the route ahead or just hang out together. The weather is warm and sunny - hopefully it lasts awhile.

Take care.

Love and peace, Jeff
Day Logs

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Day 24


 
 
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Day 30
Day 31
Day 32


    04/04/2005

Hi Everyone,

   I am writing from Sweet Briar College, VA (outside Lynchburg) where we are spending the night in the college Inn. This is a girl's school, so they have their own Inn. Three walkers to a room, we each have our own bed, and we have showers in the room. We ate in the college cafeteria, so we have eaten very well the last several days. Plus, internet access two nights in a row. But the next 2 nights we will be at a Methodist Church in the middle of nowhere. I am in the process of doing all my laundry tonight here at the college, because I don't know if we could do it on the rest day.

   Tomorrow is a 20+ mile day.

   This coming Saturday is a run day for the walk. So some of the walkers and a group of runners will be coming from Ohio to cover the 80 miles or so. The 15 walkers not running, myself included will be shuttled ahead and be walking 15 miles into DC (the White House), this change was decided between yesterday and today. Then we will get shuttle back to our place for the night.

   On April 30th, the mayor of Hiroshima will be visiting the walk, with possibly a couple Hiroshima survivors, we are hoping to have a few hundred people join us that day.

   All is well, hope you are all also doing well.

Love and peace, Jeff McKenzie

 
 

    04/12/2005

I trust this finds all of you well.

   A short time ago I was dropped off nearby the library in Fredrick, MD - we arrived in Fredrick yesterday afternoon. Today is a rest day, so we have another night here before moving on. The local Friends Meeting House, Peace group and Women and Black families are feeding all of us and have offered places for most of the walkers to stay - a bed, food, shower, laundry and internet access.

   We will have one other night in MD before entering PA where we spend 12 days, then onto NJ and the last two nights in NYC.

   As I reflect back on the miles that we have covered, the thing that stick out the most in my mind, is the response we have had along the way. Drivers passing us by have flashed peace signs, waves, honked their car horns or spoken words of encouragement. A few miles from MD border while passing a schoolyard in VA, a girl's sport team saw us and watched in amazement to see this sight walking down their country road. Wasn't long before they responded with a spontaneous cheer: 1-2-3 PEACE!!! In a few towns the local peace groups, church community and members community have joined us for the walk into town.

   Some people along the way have stopped to offer us bottled water, granola and some have given the group a few bucks to help with expenses (one of them, said this was from the Marines).

   Everynight we have had a place to stay inside and usually a meal provided, while a lot of that credit goes to the organizers of the walk for making contacts, phone calls, and follow-ups; it has still taken the response of churches, communities, and individuals that support the issue we are walking for, to make it really happen. (Oh, there have been a few negative comments yelled out of passing cars or hand gestures but they have been few in number.)

   The walk is constantly influx. We have a core group of around 20 walkers that will cover the entire distance (either on foot or taking turns driving a support vehicle). Everyday other walkers are in our midst, some for several weeks, a few days or just a couple miles but they are always with us in spirit.

   Take care.

Love and peace, Jeff
    05/05/2005

Hi Everyone,

   The walk took it last steps on May 2nd but the journey continues. Acheiving peace, justice and the elimination of all nuclear weapons, power and waste is an ongoing process. Many of the walkers will be taking part in other walks going on around the globe in July and August, as we approach the 60th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I will be walking in Belgium.

   The walk was a success, as our goal to raise awareness about the NPT, which is currently being reviewed at the UN, was definitely met. About 20 walkers walked from start to finish but along the way we were joined by many others that walked for an hour, a day, a week or a month. On May 1st, the morning we crossed the George Washington Bridge into NYC, we started with over 60 walkers but as we walked down Broadway, we swelled to at least 106 (42 were drumming). Once we joined up with United Peace and Justice for the walk to Central Park, the numbers swelled to an estimated 40,000.

   Beyond the walkers themselves, hundreds of people along the route provided us with delicious food and places to sleep (including home stays). Tens of thousands, if not more, were touched by our presence, as we walked along the roadways and through communities. The overwhelming response we received was positive in nature. We will never really know the outcome of the seeds we planted along the path but we can be sure we touched the hearts and minds of many.

   As the walkers themselves scatter around the globe, we depart knowing we have built connections to each other that will last a lifetime. Our own view of the world around us has been enlarged and enhanced as we shared our experiences and stories with each other. We represented a diverse group -representing several countries, languages, cultures, occupations, spiritual practices and a wide age group (children to 88). Down the road many of us will cross paths again and again.

  I suggest you take a look at the walk's website, and check back a few times as the website stewards will be adding and updating it with all the walk info, for at least the next month: http://stopthebombswalk.peacehq.com

   I support and thank all of you that walk or demonstrate for worldpeace and justice. I also support and thank everyone that has made it possible for us to walk by supplying food and shelter, the use of the internet and phone or gave us money along the way, without your support the walk would not happen. Also thanks to everyone that writes their lawmakers, the Whitehouse or in some other way promotes peace and justice. Either you are part of the solution or part of the problem.

   I believe we need to walk in peace, live in peace and teach peace. No nukes, no war. The U.S. government and military policy of Mutual Assured Destruction, a.k.a. MAD; has caused instability, rather than stability, as other countries aquire or seek to acquire nuclear weapons. War and occupation will never create peace. Only by pursuing peaceful means to solve conflicts and justice for all, can we create world peace.

Love and peace, Jeff


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