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Peaceful thoughts in 2003

Kristofer B. WakefieldThe statement, "Peace on Earth," inspired Marie Johnson in visualizing her display for Foothill Flowers in Grass Valley. Johnson made many of the ornaments, and Howard Reed and Cecelia Shotwell fabricated the church.
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There are some determined people in Nevada County who want to give peace a chance.

Started by local artists and activists such as Utah Phillips and Loraine Webb, the Nevada County Peace Center opened its doors on April 21, 2002. Since then, the Center has only seen its attendees and recognition expand throughout the county.

“The Center is really growing exponentially. Our database has grown from about 300 people to 1,000. We’ve had to move our meetings to a larger hall to accommodate all of us,” said Webb.



And with the New Year, the center has its own set of goals, the first of which kicks off on Jan. 18 when the center is planning one of its popular bus rides to San Francisco to voice their concerns and opinions regarding peace in the world.

“The Peace Center is gearing up with a number of activities, which include the San Francisco trip, which is to let the Bush administration know that an enormous number of people feel that their policies and attitudes are set up to bring tremendous grief and tragedy on our beloved country. We’re going to San Francisco to voice our objections to these unmandated intentions to destroy innocent people and innocent cultures,” explained Webb.




The Jan. 18 trip is prepared to deliver1,000 people to the Bay Area peace rally — a sharp increase from the Center’s last trip on Oct. 26, which drew 500 local activists.

The center is not the only Nevada County force concerned with world peace. The general public is getting in on the act, too. A drive down Main Street in Grass Valley reveals a peace-centered window display at Foothill Flowers, by owner Marie Johnson. Johnson is voicing her hopes for peace in the New Year by means of her store’s front window.

“I think all of us are hoping and praying for peace in the world. I thought of the display months before the holiday, and I think this is a thought we all need to think about during the New Year,” said Johnson.

According to Johnson, there is growing support in Nevada County for peace on earth.

“…We can’t help but think what’s going on in the world… but Nevada County has always been compassionate,” Johnson said.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: The Nevada County Peace Center1s trip to San Francisco

WHEN: Jan. 18

INFORMATION: Contact the Nevada County Peace Center at 470-9747 for information on upcoming meetings and the San Francisco rally.

Garrett Fevinger


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