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12th Annual Peace Pilgrimage to Close the SOA and A Walk for Immigrant Justice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nico Udu-gama   
Thursday, 20 October 2011 16:26

12th Annual Peace Pilgrimage to Close the SOA and A Walk for Immigrant Justice


November 11 - 20, 2011

Atlanta - Lumpkin - Fort Benning

Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo

Dear Friends:

We hope you can join for a day or more on the Peace Pilgrimage to Close the School of the Americas, a US military facility with a documented history of training torturers. In recent years, we have also used this Pilgrimage to reflect and Walk in Solidarity with Immigrants who now deal daily with racist attacks, detention and deportation as a result of the Arizona-style, anti-immigrant laws, including Georgia's HB87.

Friday, Nov. 11:
Please note that we have extended this annual Pilgrimage by one day and will begin Friday, Nov. 11.
-Leave Nipponzan Myohoji-Atlanta Dojo [1127 Glenwood Ave.] at 8:45 a.m., to walk to the tomb of Dr. & Mrs. King.
-Visit Troy Davis Park in the center of Atlanta to honor the resistance of Occupy Atlanta and all the nonviolent occupiers who have taken to the streets in recent months.
-Prayer and vigil at the State Capitol and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office, calling for an end to the racist policies targeting immigrants.
-Conclude day at the Atlanta Dojo with a 6:30 p.m. supper and a presentation on the current situation facing immigrants. Please join us then, even if you cannot walk during the day.

Saturday, Nov. 12: Jonesboro to Peachtree City
Sunday, Nov. 13: Peachtree City to Newnan
Monday, Nov. 14: Newnan to Hogansville
Tuesday, Nov. 15: Hogansville to LaGrange
Wednesday, Nov. 16: LaGrange to Pine Mountain
Thursday, Nov. 17: Cataula to Columbus

Friday, Nov. 18: For the third year, we will join Georgia Detention Watch on Friday for a Rally & March at the Stewart Detention Center, a private prison which houses the largest number of immigrants in the country facing deportation. Event in Lumpkin, GA goes from 10 a.m to Noon. Contact Anton Flores-Maisonet at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Saturday, Nov. 19
: Join us for the last 4.5 miles of the Pilgrimage, as we walk from the Columbus Civic Center at the intersection of Veteran's Parkway and 4th St./Victory Drive to the main gate at Fort Benning, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20: Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by the funeral procession, Puppetistas, music, speakers and more. See http://soaw.org for more information.

Finally, we apologize for sending this notice so late, but the demands of the construction work at the Great Smoky Mountain Peace Pagoda have increased as the Pagoda building gets underway. We may need to take a one or two year hiatus from walking this Pilgrimage to focus on the Peace Pagoda, but are committed to staying on track for this year.

To contact us, please call 404-627-8948 (cell) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Gassho san pai (Palms together, bowing thrice)
Brother Utsumi
Sister Denise
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