PBI-Canada to participate in online Kamloops Walk for Peace, the Environment & Social Justice
The 2020 Peace Walk Webinar takes place Saturday, May 9, 2020, starting at 10am PDT. Peace Brigades International-Canada is delighted to be joining this webinar and making a short presentation at 10:50 am PDT.
Kamloops This Week reports, “The 45th annual event — officially known as the Kamloops Walk for Peace, Social Justice and Environment — will be held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“In past years, hundreds of people would meet at the downtown Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market on a Saturday in May and march through the streets before returning to the marker and takin part in a festival in the schoolyard of the former Stuart Wood elementary.”
Now, given the pandemic, “Kamloops Peace Walk organizer Anita Strong plans to make the most of an unfortunate scenario.”
Strong says, “We’ll raise the issues like we do every year, of peace and the environment and social justice and all the issues people have in those regards. There are lots of groups in town that have the same sorts of ideas. We like to give them the opportunity to all come together and get as many people on there as we can.”
Instead of a walk this year, there will be speakers, poetry readings and musical performances via the Zoom platform.
The organizers have further explained on Facebook, “We have been planning the annual walk for months and don’t want to abandon the event entirely.”
“We are committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 through physical distancing so we had to come up with another way to hold the event. This Zoom Webinar is, we believe, a novel way of continuing our tradition and keeping this Walk as the longest running uninterrupted Peace Walk in Canada.”
“We will have speakers and music as usual and there will be an opportunity for attendees to interact.”
They add, “You can register online to virtually attend the Walk” by clicking here.