Unity March 4

Urbana Kick Off: Front of the courthouse.

Champaign Kick Off: Westside Park

Meet up at University & Wright St, then marching to Douglass Park.

Appreciation Dinner honoring Catherine Hogue & Robert Wahlfeldt to follow at 3:30pm (until 6)

 

Unity March 4

And more coverage

See pics here:

http://flickr.com/photos/grifray/sets/72157602442589599/

Thanks to Ryan Griffis.

BD

 

More independent media coverage

There is more independent media coverage, including a video of the Unity March rally, at the iresist web page:

http://iresist.org/unity_07.html

Thanks to Joe for the posts.

BD

Jena 6 Investigator Terry Davis to Join in Unity March

C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice is bringing to town Terry Davis who took
the initiative to go to Jena during this intense time, contributed her skills
as an investigator on the Mychal Bell legal team for over three weeks
and was there during the historic protest, September 22.
She expects to be going back in November. Terry is a retired union
organizer who works part-time as an investigator for the Public Defenders'
Office in Chicago.  She is home now and will be visiting us on Oct. 12th and
13th to share her observations and inside info about the events that have us
all in an uproar!  You don't want to miss her!

Terry Davis will be co-sponsored at the URBAN LEAGUE of Champaign
on the corner of Neil and Springfield Friday Oct 12, 2007 at 7p.m. to share info
and answer questions from the community.

She will also be present for the Unity March on Saturday, Oct 13, at noon. 

Why Unity?

Why Unity?

By Aaron Ammons

Note: (I capitalize the word Citizen to emphasize its value)

Definition of Unity-- being one in spirit, sentiment, purpose, harmony, agreement; concord.

Utilize the gifts, skills, talents and virtues you have been endowed with, organize your lives based on your true definition, mobilize your fellow Citizens by letting your light shine and sharing the wisdom you’ve been blessed to receive, and you will realize just how much your “Community Matters”!

BE, peace. In the United States of North America, living under a government of, for and by the people, there comes a time when groups of people must be one in spirit, sentiment and purpose. The way our Republic works is that we, the people, elect other Citizens into offices and rely on them to represent our health, rights, interests and needs, thereby operating in the best interest of the community, city, state, and Nation. Consequently, we must at times unify our votes in order to elect a candidate we agree is best for the post that they seek. There are also times when we, the people, must be one in sentiment and purpose to remove an elected official from office if he/she has abused the power vested in them, by the people. CU Citizens for Peace and Justice has had the pleasure of enacting its Citizenship and participating in the governmental process by using both of the aforementioned options, nationally and in particular, locally. We will continue to do so!

 

This year, CUCPJ is organizing the 4th annual Unity March. Over the past three years we have utilized our gifts, skills, talents and virtues, organized ourselves, mobilized the people and thus realized that “Community Matters,” the theme of this years’ event. We invite unity because without strong, unified communities we have weak governments that pass polices infringing upon the rights of the people instead of protecting them. The Unity March empowers the people who participate, educates them on issues that affect them, and allows them to become more informed voters. CUCPJ must, can, and will register people to vote over the next year. We are targeting Citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 because the data shows that this bracket is the least represented at the polls. When American Citizens do not express themselves in the voting booth, they silently give consent to polices they may not agree with. We want to work with our brothers and sisters to change this reality.

Another reason we work so hard at CUCPJ is because we know that if our children are not educated about who they are, where they live and how to navigate the systems that govern them, then they will be as herded sheep being led blindly into a vicious cycle of poverty, the penitentiary, or the cemetery. A democracy must have educated Citizens, or it will soon turn into a dictatorship.

The Unity March transcends labels of race, class and sex. These are man made constructs that divide us, the people. Therefore, we do not allow arrogance and ignorance to hinder us from working harmoniously on issues that plague our community. In fact, our agreement to work lovingly and truthfully to educate ourselves and our fellow Citizens is the glue that holds us together and is the spirit of the Unity March.

See you all October 13, 2007 at noon at one of two starting points: West Side Park in Champaign, and at the Courthouse in downtown Urbana for your 4th annual Unity March. We will march down University, up John Lee Johnson Way, and rally at Douglass Park. Don’t forget to join us at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club on 2nd and Park for the appreciation dinner honoring Catherine Hogue and Bob “Grandpa” Wahlfeldt. The dinner is free but we are accepting donations at P.O Box 1 Urbana, IL 61801. Please make checks payable to CU Citizens for Peace and Justice. BE, just.

 

 

 

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