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Vigil promoting peace

The Union file photoLorraine Gervais, above, and Craig Palmer will be among the performers at the 12-hour peace vigil.
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Mikail Graham, one of 60-plus performers at a peace vigil Wednesday in Nevada City, will use his guitar and voice to express his personal views on the need for peace.

Graham is one of three Nevada County organizers of the 12-hour “AWAKENING: A Sunset to Sunrise” Peace Vigil beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The other organizers are composer-performer Terry Riley and folk singer and troubadour Utah Phillips.

While Graham will draw from what’s in his heart on Wednesday, he for now uses the quotes of several famous personalities to express his feelings.

“Perhaps a few of those who I’ve learned from can say it better,” Graham said, “such as Mohandas K. Gandhi’s ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’ Mother Teresa’s ‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.’

Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.’ Abraham Lincoln’s ‘The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.'”

Lorraine Gervais, who will both perform and has designed the event’s poster, often donates her time for community events.

Accompanied by pianist Craig Palmer at the vigil, she will sing a song about reflections of life.

“As an artist and a human being, it’s really important to me to contribute whatever I’m able to do to in life-affirming ways,” Gervais said. “Helps to answer the ‘What am I here for?’ question that we all have in common.”

Graham stressed that each performer at the vigil has their own views on what peace encompasses.

“We can and will have peace in our time by learning to accept and celebrate each other’s differences rather than by creating more and more enemies because of them,” Graham said. “A goal that our world is coming closer to achieving every day – believe it or not.”

The 12-hour vigil is free, but donations will be accepted to go toward covering costs of the event and to the Peace Center of Nevada County.

All of the vigil will be broadcast over KVMR 89.5 FM and on the Internet at


WHAT: “AWAKENING: A Sunset to Sunrise” Peace Vigil

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: Free. Donations accepted


TO VOLUNTEER: 470-9797

Among the more than 60 performers at the peace vigil will be some of the area’s finest musicians, poets and storytellers. For a complete list, see the Sept. 24 story at

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