Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Chalk4Peace

We spent Saturday afternoon participating in a local Chalk4Peace event. Our Roots & Shoots group gathered at the local natural foods store and chalked peaceful drawings all over the natural foods store's sidewalk.



Chalk4Peace is a worldwide effort meant to spread the idea of peace through creative expression in the medium of chalk. The event started in 2003 in Arlington, VA as a weekend sidewalk event and quickly spread; now spanning several continents.

Saturday was a beautiful day for the event. The kids were a bit hot, so the shade from the building came in handy from time to time, giving them a chance to cool down in between their drawings.

The whole family participated, drawing what peace meant to each of us. Justin drew an American flag with a peace symbol; I drew several well-known peace symbols; Jakob wrote down each branch of the US military; Jolie drew some peace signs and hearts; and Jensen wanted Batman drawn in his square.

A local newspaper reporter was also there to document the event. The article was published in yesterday’s paper and can also be found online. I’m not pleased with my “quote,” but I’ll survive(I don’t think I usually talk in run on sentences like that, do I?).


The kids had fun and thought it was neat to have their photo in the newspaper.

It would be great to see more groups participating in events such as Chalk4Peace. I hope that our Roots & Shoots group will continue to be active in similar events.

1 comment:

viziondanz said...

great article, but i would like to correct the record
chalk4peace began here in london in 2002
see:
http://www.infinitepossibility.org/chalk/message/index.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpkndYaCYYM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqJrNt9YVyU

we networked it virally through the internet "open source" -- "for
your local organizer look in the mirror"

this has been picked up by many individuals notably john aron who
did't like the anarchic format that we were networking
and he distilled into the format of chalk4peace.org, which has taken
the concept into new areas - schools and organizations that have a
need for more structure.

in my view this is a positive, but i want the record to be clear where
this project began
:)
brian

after the following links is our release for chalk4peace 2008

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1+1=11
We Are S.Y.N.E.R.G.Y

"There is nothing wrong with our world,
we are just having a weird conversation"
"Reclaim the conversation"
"Our New World Order IS Love
http://www.infinitepossibility.org

Profile @
http://www.infinitepossibility.org/movies
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522206103
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=viziondanz
http://www.myspace.com/viziondanz
http://www.myspace.com/chalk4peace

Social Acupuncture
http://www.infinitepossibility.org/sa


Dedicated to the child inside each one of us,
All the children and
All the children to come

...............................................................................................
In 100's of cities around the world Chalk4Peace 2008 Sept 13-21

Please copy this & forward this to your contacts

This is non political campaign- whether we are left, right or centrist,
PEACE is in all of our interests, especially our children
:)

Its Time To Get Out The Chalk!
Global Chalk4Peace2008 - Sept 13 - 21st
During the week of international peace events
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
United Kingdom...United States...Egypt...Austria...Germany...Canada...
Ecuador...Puerto Rico...France...Chile...Iran...Iraq...Mexico...Spain...
Italy...Cypress...Israel... In hundreds of towns and cities - Everywhere!

"Our Streets Are OUR Media"
WE have TOTAL access -
"We CAN Make the difference"
_______________________________________

http://www.infinitepossibility.org
Changing The World By Changing The Conversation"
Please Support The work of this website

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Mission Possible "Our World Working For ALL of Us"

We CAN Make THE Difference!
THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13th - 21st Chalk4Peace!
On the pavements and sidewalks of our towns and cities

You are invited to Take Action! -
For your local organiser, LOOK IN THE MIRROR

(Scroll down for "WHAT CAN YOU DO?" to Participate in this
GLOBAL outpouring of public art. Where we make
our personal statements for peace on the pavements and sidewalks of
our cities all over our world.")

Chalk4Peace IS HAPPENING!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCjATioFPCI

All around the globe, together we are decorating, dedicating and
declaring, in deep sincerity our collective call for peace.

Chalk4Peace is about our empowerment. We The People, our global
culture, all people everywhere and our common desire to live in peace.

The Chalk4Peace project has already transformed the experience of
thousands of people attending demonstrations for peace and public
gatherings all over the
world during the past 3 years. Chalk4Peace is both a tool and a
conduit for non violent public self expression,
and participation in the growing global movement for peace.

Chalk4Peace is an opportunity for all of us of all ages to make our
feelings known, especially the young, whose future is in dire jeopardy
as our global village falls faster and faster into the fear breeding
fear breeding fear spiral.

Our global culture is teetering on the edge of extinction.

No one person alone can turn this around, but together WE CAN!

"The Structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, one
party,or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative
effort of the whole world"
... Eleanor Roosevelt

Our basic human instincts drive us to seek safety. This is what this
chaos is all about.Our essential human survival instincts are acting
out of context with the wider global cultural need resulting in
mistrust, fear and conflict.

Everywhere the media is bombarding us with WAR TALK, distractions and
negative belief patterns that encourage us to believe that the future
of our world is out of our hands entirely.

One place we still have communal access to, is OUR STREETS.

We can balance our GLOBAL CONVERSATION with collective self-expression
using OUR STREETS AS OUR MEDIA!

Chalk4Peace is one step, a catalyst that can transform our global
conversation as we the people, en masse make our statement that is our common
aspiration for peace.

START NOW! Just DO IT!

Carry some chalk with you, invite a friend with you, to chalk
inspirations on the pavement whenever and wherever you fancy.

Chalk is harmless, cheap and washes away within a few days.

Especially PARTICIPATE in the Sept 13th - 21st
GLOBAL Chalk4Peace ACTION!

Make it happen in your Community!

(Scroll down further for "WHAT CAN YOU DO?")

Lets us turn our grey streets into a living river of colour and
possibility - With poetry, hearts, peace symbols, empowering statements, also
expressions of our frustrations and despair.

All will be seen for several days by thousands of people, then as they
are washed away by the elements WE CAN CONTINUE to find fresh places
to Chalk4Peace.

We don't need to be an artist to Chalk4Peace. Every statement, however
small or large becomes part of the amazing tapestry that is our
global future.

This unique event conceivably, could be the largest of its kind in
modern history.

It is a global effort that is happening.

We The People are spreading the word and making the effort to be a
part of this huge creative endeavor to bring Peace back into the equation.

It is our goal for at least one million or more of us to participate
with this sidewalk/pavement chalk extravaganza, at thousands of locations, in as
many countries, cities and towns around the world as is possible.

So WHAT CAN YOU DO to help make this happen?

1. NETWORK this email to your friends, contacts and where ever else
seems appropriate

2. JOIN the Yahoo group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chalk4Peace

or send a blank email to:
Chalk4Peace-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

also facebook group


To network with others around the world who will be Chalking4Peace.

3. EMAIL:
viziondanz@infinitepossibility.org
to let us know what you are doing in your community, and please send
us pictures. Or to find out how you can participate in the project.

4. ARRANGE with you local businesses, libraries, churches, mosques,
synagogues, restaurants, supermarkets etc to chalk on the pavement
outside their premises during the 13th to 21sr of September and whenever
else.

IDENTIFY public squares such and invite
all your friends and your friends' friends to show up with a few
boxes of chalk, or even get some from your local quarry.

TAKE extra chalk with you to hand out to passers-by.

5. USE this Email as a press release for you local TV, Radio and
Newspapers.
Let them know that Chalk4Peace is happening ASAP to get the
momentum going.

6. DOCUMENT YOUR Chalk4peace actions with photos and video.
Send them to your local media - copies for our website will be greatly
appreciated - send to:
viziondanz@infinitepossibility.org

7. ENGAGE co-creatively in local communal efforts, strengthen
working relationships and find what it takes
to stand for peace and freedom.

8. Have lots of FUN and keep on
Chalking4Peace after the September event.

"FUN The Final Frontier"

How did Chalk4Peace begin?
"Message in a bottle"
http://www.infinitepossibility.org/chalk/message/
http://www.infinitepossibility.org/chalk
http://www.myspace.com/chalk4peace

for Chalk4Peace locations in America
http://www.chalk4peace.org

Its time for us to move beyond the "No to War" position and come
together
"Saying Yes2Peace"

"If we don't create our future, our past will create it for us"

http://www.infinitepossibility.org/yes1
Lets skip the war bit and just get to the peace

Greet someone new today,
look into their eyes, smile, say hello,
shake their hand ...
LET THE PEACE BEGIN!