“There is so much divisiveness in our world and community today,” explains Tim Keenan, President of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 50. “One fact the vast majority of us can agree on is that the use of nuclear weapons would be catastrophic for humankind and our planet. The Golden Rule aims to bring awareness of the importance of supporting the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons, and the visit gives the people of our region a chance to make their voices heard.”
In the evening on Tuesday, August 22 the State Theatre will host a free showing of two 25-minute documentaries: Making Waves: The Rebirth of the Golden Rule followed by Phoenix of Hiroshima: An Odyssey Interrupted and a Q&A with the crew of the Golden Rule. Movies begin at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm.
On Wednesday, August 23, the public is invited to the Open Space at Clinch Park Marina to learn about nuclear issues today and how we can stop the possibility of nuclear war.
From 11am – 3pm, the crew and captain of the Golden Rule will host educational boat tours that bring to life the history and mission of the Golden Rule Project and provide an intimate look at how just a few people can make a difference.
That calm fortitude continues as Veterans for Peace of Northern Michigan hosts a Peace Rally at 4:30pm. The rally will be opened by tribal drummers and singers, followed by speakers and musicians including:
- Helen Jaccard, Golden Rule Project Director
- Gerry Condon, Golden Rule crew member
- Alfred Meyer, Physicians for Social Responsibility lobbyist, writer on nuclear issues, Part-time crew member
- John Zachman, NMC professor
- Holly Bird, Water Protector and co-executive director of Title Track
- Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear watchdog and nuclear waste specialist
- Grand Traverse Band Community Drum
- Mindimooyenh Healing Circle, Indigenous women honoring the water with song
- Victor McManemy, musician and activist
- Robin Lee Berry, musician and curator of peaceful vibes
To view a complete schedule of events, information about speakers, presentation, and the Golden Rule including live updates on the current location of the vessel and organization of the Flotilla for Peace, please visit https://leelanau.com/goldenrule.