Stop The Bombs International Peace Walk
Day 11 - Tuesday March 22th, 2005
Kingsport TN to Bristol VA


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     We spent our rest day evening in Gray with the Unitarian Universalist church community, sharing our concerns about the non-proliferation treaty, weapons refurbishment, disarmament and other nuclear issues . There is very diverse knowledge amongst the group about the history of and current activities of the nuclear industry worldwide and it is always interesting to hear other walkers articulate their reasons for joining the journey.

   As a beautiful sunrise broke over the distant mountains, we donned our freshly washed socks and headed back out to highway 11W for the 18 mile stretch to Bristol.

   The weather held out just long enough for us to finish the walk leg and talk to local newspaper reporters. We traveled to an old stone church on the Virginia side of town for our 1st official meeting of the walk, with representatives of the Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia Mayors . This town straddles 2 states, divided by the main street, and is characterised by friendly rivalry between the 2 sides, and also many joint development initiatives. We presented both parties with information on and registration forms for the Mayors for Peace "Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons", initiated by the Mayor of Hiroshima.

   There was much support from the Mayoral reps, and from the community members present, to encourage the Bristol Mayors to sign on to the project. We are intending to visit as many Mayors and city offices as possible en route, carrying the message for disarmamaent and peace from the Hiroshima Mayor to the communities we pass through....

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