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Peace Pole

posted May 3, 2018, 10:59 AM by Kristin Snell   [ updated May 3, 2018, 11:21 AM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

One activity that made 2018’s EARTH DAY so special was the creation of a Peace Pole for the Oak Tree Campus. A cedar log, hewn, skinned, and donated by Sean Ryan was transformed into a colorful testament to Peace with the help of the Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County. PJCNC members Janie Kesselman and sisters, Shirley and Pamela Osgood provided an opportunity for artists of all ages to colorfully decorate the pole. Once varnished, the Peace Pole will be planted in Oak Tree’s Friendship Garden. It is our hope that it will welcome and inspire visitors to the campus for generations to come.
Founded in 2002 by Utah Phillips, Janie Kesselman and a score of like-minded individuals, “the Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County envisions a world of justice, peace, equality and freedom. This vision includes community where differences are respected, conflicts are addressed peacefully, supportive structures are developed. Where people are empowered and live in harmony with the earth, nurtured by diverse traditions that foster compassion and reconciliation.”

When asked to explain why encouraging peace is an appropriate EARTH DAY activity, Kesselman responded, “Peace and environmental health are integrally connected. Think of all the horrific environmental, as well as human, consequences of war. There’s definitely a connection there. The Peace Center thanks everyone who participated and is honored to have a community-created Peace Pole planted on the beautiful Oak Tree Campus.”