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Walk Update - 11/19/2003
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Time for an update before we break camp this Thursday morning and head out on our 10 day road trip up to Roxby Downs. Most of us will be riding in Ben the peace bus (look in the photo section), plus we will have 2 or 3 other vehicles along. By the time the walk begins in Roxby Downs we should number somewhere around 30 walkers. It is hard to get a firm count, several people are making last minute decisions/ arrangements and others are still working on visas. We have several international walkers still coming to join us, at present: Gerti (my partner) from Austria, one person from each of the following: Nigeria, Pakistan, Ireland and 1 Buddhist nun arriving from the U.S. (along with 3 other people). Many people will be joining us along the way, for a day, a week, a month or the rest of the journey.

I think some people are waiting until this first leg of the walk is over. Roxby Downs and the first month of walking in the desert will be under tough conditions. The sun will be harsh, there will be little or no shade and the temperature in the shade, is already up to 40 C or 110 F. There will be other dangers like snakes and other other things that will be explained to us on the road trip and once we arrive, just so we take necessary precautions, better safe than sorry.

This morning we had a circle meeting to talk over issues and what needs to be done. To close the circle we all gave each other a hug (one person starts the process by going to the next person in the circle then all the way around, the 2nd person then the 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc repeat the process until we have all greeted each other with a warm hug), a wonderful way to connect with each other and to become a family, many of us will be together for the entire 8 months of the walk. Today we have all been pitching in to sort out out stuff at camp, clean kitchen equipment and just get ready to move out in the morning by 10am after having been set-up for over a week. We are also doing our last emails and phone calls for awhile, most likely.

The schedule for last weekend's conference appears below. The conference was a great success, only Anthony Hannigan (Tpott) European anti-nuclear activist involved with Ploughshares movement was unable to make it (although he is at camp now). I would love to tell you all about it but trying to give you a summary of 10 hours of conference is impossible in a short update. I will say, it was at times: emotional, informative and entertaining. If you are interested in learning more check out: Gensuikin-Japan Congress Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Maralinga test, Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta, Ainu Cultural Heritage Association, etc. As the walk gets underway we will be meeting with many of these people and groups along the way.

I will update you when I get the opportunity, in the meantime take care.

One bit of fanastic news from back home, the doctor has told my sister her cancer is in remission, so we are all very happy.

Love and peace, Jeff
International Peace Pilgrimage Toward A Nuclear Free Future.

15th November 03
16th November 03
Indigenous welcome
10: 20
International Peace Pilgrimage overview - Marcus Atkinson, Australian coordinator

Kevin Buzzacott - Arabunna Elder, recipient of Nuclear Free Future award 2001 (video message)


Indigenous Australian Elders:
- Wadjularbinna - Gungalidda elder and Aboriginal Tent Embassy Spokesperson
- Speedy McGinness - Elder from
Rum Jungle area
- Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta - senior Aboriginal culture women from Coober Pedy (video message)

12:00 Kathy Malera-Bundjalung - Timbarra gold mine activist and traditional custodian
12:15 Question Time
12:30 LUNCH
1:20 Hougyou Satou - Hibakusha (Hiroshima Survivor)
2:00 Speedy McGinness - message from Yami Lester , Maralinga test survivor
2:20 Ponpei Ishii- Ainu Cultural
Heritage Association
(Indigenous Japanese)
2:50 Aurellio DeNasha- Native
American Activist
3:10 BREAK
3:30 - Damien Eade - Aboriginal Tent Embassy Representative
- Robbie Thorpe - Aboriginal Sovereignty Activist
-Dennis Walker-Treaty campaigner
-Beryl Booth-Treaty Campaigner
4:10 Toshihiro Inoue - Gensuikin - Japan Congress Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs
4:30 Atsuko Nogawa - Sadako’s
4:50 Closing
10am Indigenous Welcome
10:20 International Peace Pilgrimage overview
10:35 Toshihiro Inoue- Gensuikin-Japan Congress Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs
11:05 Lynn Allison - Deputy Parliamentary Leader, Democrats - Senator for Victoria
11:25 Speedy McGinness- Elder from Rum Jungle area
11:40 Video “We of Little Voice” - Check it Out here!!
12:10 Atomic Oz Panel
- Dave Sweeney ( ACF)
- Dr Jim Green FoE
- Loretta O’Brien (FoE)
1:00 LUNCH
1:50 Jacob Grech - OzPeace
+ Star Wars multimedia
2:15 Dr Pilman Ruff – MAPW
2:35 Jeffrey McKenzie - Military Families Speak Out
3:00 Anthony Hannigan (Tpott) European anti-nuclear activist involved with Ploughshares movement
3:20 BREAK
3:40 Atsuko Nogawa and Michizo
Matsuzaki –Japanese anti-nuclear activists
4:10 Hougyou Satou- Hibakusha
(Hiroshima Survivor)
4:50 Closing