The Fellowship of Reconciliation will honor peace activists Marie and John Braun with its Peacemakers of the Year award this coming Sunday, November 11, 2012. Jack Nelson Pallmeyer will be the featured speaker. Marie Braun says, “We believe one of the reasons we have been chosen to receive the award is because of our dedication to continuing the vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge (in Minneapolis) over the past thirteen years, so we feel this award also belongs to all of the Lake Street protesters.”
FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE
What: Peacemakers of the Year – Marie and John Braun
Date: Sunday, November 11, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Featured Speaker: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
Topic: Imperial Habits and Authentic Hope: Where Great Challenges and Great Opportunities Meet
Location: Anderson Center, Rm. 304-305, Hamline University
(NE corner of Snelling & Englewood Avenues, St. Paul)
Message from Marie and John Braun:
“It was in the spring of 1999, in response to the U.S. bombing of Yugoslavia, that a group of peace activists, including members of a number of local faith communities, started a weekly vigil on the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge over the Mississippi River that continues to this day… and has been an inspiration to many others who started vigils in their own communities across the state of Minnesota and as far away as Sacramento, California.
Over the years, the vigil has focused primarily on opposing U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, but vigilers have frequently raised their voice relative to other issues: threats of war against Iran, North Korea, and Syria; torture; attacks on civil liberties; and U.S. support for the occupation of Palestine, calling on our government to fund human needs… not war.
We feel particularly honored to be receiving this award on November ll, Armistice Day, the day the world agreed to end all wars. Fighting ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Thirty million soldiers had been killed or wounded and another seven million had been taken captive during World War I. People across the U.S. were horrified by the numbers of people killed and wounded in that war. Congress responded to the wish of people to put an end to war by passing a resolution calling for “exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding … inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.” In 1938, Congress added that November 11th was to be “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.” However Armistice Day was changed by Congress to Veterans Day in 1954 and has since lost much of its original purpose.
As you probably know, for years Veterans for Peace chapters across the nation celebrate the original Armistice Day as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together to put an end to war.Every year the local Veterans for Peace Chapter 127 holds a special event on November 11; we encourage you to also join them at the First Shot Memorial at the State Capital that morning. The Armistice ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m., with the ringing of 11 bells at the 11th hour.”