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Celebrating Peacemakers!

The 2012 Peacemaker Award was presented to Utsumi Shonin and Denise Anjin-san at a grand celebration in Knoxville on Februyary 25. Erik Johnson’s masterful decorations centered the evening, overflowing tables of food”including Tomato Head pizza and Magpies Cupcakes!”great music by the Emancipators and a marvelous crowd with travelers from Georgia and North Carolina joining us rounded out a marvelous affair. Utsumi and Denise were recognized for their tireless and persistent work for peace and justice”walking, keeping vigil, hosting work camps, and creating the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda”and the contributions of Nipponzan Myhoji to the larger peace and justice community.



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Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

OREPA has held Sunday vigils every week for more than 22 years at the main entrance to the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex (intersection of Scarboro Rd and East Bear Creek Road). We will now be holding the vigil at 4:00PM ET during the winter months so we don’t have to be sitting out in the dark. We are outdoors and space our chairs; when covid numbers are up, we encourage people to wear masks. Bring your own chair, we have some umbrellas for sun shade or rain.

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