Roaring Fork Peace Jam
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
” Margaret Mead
With a little bit of ’60s idealism, compassion, and a whole lot of optimism and understanding, some concerned local citizens hope to change the world ” one person at a time.
The fourth annual Roaring Fork Peace Jam, held at the Buffalo Valley on Friday night, offered five entertainment acts that ranged from rock ‘n’ roll to the sounds of African drums and dance.
The event drew more than 175 people of all ages and was sponsored by the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition, a group formed in 2002 by locals who believe that it is the duty of American citizens to hold the government responsible for its policies and actions.
“Our desire is to work against all odds for peace,” said Sue Gray.
The coalition, which has more than 400 members, hopes its grassroots efforts will expand and create a more peaceful world by bringing attention to government policies that have put the U.S. in danger. “So many people still care about bringing about a just and peaceful world,” said coalition founder Calvin Lee.
In the last two years, the RFPC has held public demonstrations, given video presentations and sponsored national speakers as part of its mission to inform others.
“You cannot have a functioning democracy unless you have an informed public,” said event organizer Jim Chenoweth.
He added that the Peace Jam is an annual fundraiser for the coalition, whose activities throughout the years have included a lecture given by Tibetan Buddhist Gaden Shartse; a talk from Vietnam veteran Claude Anshin Thomas; workshops on nonviolent communication; and screenings of the documentary, “The Cost of War,” featuring a presentation by Iraqi veteran Mark Wilkerson.
On Friday night, Aspen Shortfest Competition winner Terry Glasenapp showed his eight-minute film that he hoped would leave viewers with a higher understanding.
“I think we are here for something greater … greater than what we have now,” he said.
On Sunday, the RFPC held a candlelight peace vigil, which ended with a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” sang by some members of the EarthBeat Choir.
“I think it’s an anthem about the possibility of the resolution of the troubles,” Chenoweth said.
“Imagine if we could live together in harmony and peace.”
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