Posted by Victoria Quinton (18.104.22.168) on October 20, 2002 at 18:58:44:
A CALL FOR PEACE TRAINS
Children's Peace Trains
WHEREAS our planet is in jeopardy -- children live in poverty, violence is everywhere, the air is filthy, and ice caps are melting -- we call upon ordinary people of the world to join us in our cry for peace by lifting your hands and build Peace Trains for our children and for ourselves.
A Peace Train is an art-form -- with an engine, carriages and caboose. Through pictures drawn, painted, collaged, quilted or otherwise crafted -- one makes a statement of and for peace, drawn from the maker’s own experiences and wishes. It can be of any size, form or color, and of any medium, to include words of peace, poems, narratives, and dreams of peace. It may be made by one individual or a group, a class, children and adults, anyone. Our goal is to raise consciousness for peace from the grass roots.
If response is good, we hope to move the Peace Trains in the mail and on the internet; they will move in books, documentaries, on real, bonafide trains around many countries, stopping for people to get on and view them. Everyone will know the desire for peace and friendship is common worldwide. We also hope to work toward having regional and national Peace Train fairs be held across the globe, possibly an International Peace Train Fair be held at a location where PEACE is urgently needed. These tasks take time and persistence. We pledge our utmost to realize these goals.
As our staff is small and all volunteers, we will not be able to return your submissions. However, please include your name, age, and nationality somewhere on the train in case yours is chosen for exhibition and/or publication. All submissions will, without exception, become the property of the Peace Train organization to use in any form it deems appropriate. This is not a profit-making project. In case of unlikely financial income, it will be fully reverted to the Peace Train work or be donated to relevant children’s welfare organizations.
We want to stress this is not a contest. Everyone who participates will receive a certificate signed by one or more of the Original Peace Train Dreamers, declaring the Peace Train maker(s) a "Conductor of the Peace Train."
Please help spread the word, collect, and donate Peace Trains. Let the people know their voices will be heard around the world and also comes to them from around the world. May the Peace Trains roll over the hills like wild flowers!
When you send us your Peace Train(s) we ask you to sign the following Release Form for adults (over 18 years of age) and the Consent Form by parents for their children. This maybe an unpleasant step but is necessary.
PLEASE SEND YOUR CREATIONS OF PEACE TRAINS TO ANY OF THE REGIONAL TERMINALS OF THE PEACE TRAIN MOVEMENT LISTED BELOW. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS.
Lacking staff, we can not answer everyone's questions or remarks individually. We will try to answer what we can as general statements on the web.
With our deepest appreciation,
WORLD DREAMS PEACE BRIDGE for
Peace Trains and Children's Peace Trains
REGIONAL TERMINALS RECEIVING PEACE TRAINS:
408 Elmhurst Lane, Portsmouth, Virginia, 23701 U.S.A.
P. O. Box 3009, Frankston East, 3199 Vic. AUSTRALIA
F. Jeremy Seligson
Department of Foreign Studies, Hankuk University, Seoul, KOREA
3410 Geary Blvd. #232, San Francisco, California, 94118 U.S.A.
Please spread the word to your friends, by word of mouth, by phone, mail, or e-mail. Let the people know they do have a voice that can be heard around the world and which also comes from around the world. Let the news spread and Peace Trains rolling over the hills like wildflowers.
Any groups which wish to cosponsor (to conduct, advise and support) our Peace Trains, and any volunteers are welcome
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