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Peace Walk 9/13-15, heading for rally 9/17

By Jane Stoever

What did Charles Carney learn on his Wichita-to-KC Bob Lavelle Memorial Peace Walk? “I feel more interconnected to people, animals, bugs, plants,” he said late Sept. 15. “That mystic connection is crucial to nonviolence.” In there somewhere is a link between saving Earth and making peace (including abolishing nukes).

Worn on the Peace Walk: “Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. We did not weave the web of life—we are merely strands in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”—Photo by Jane Stoever

In this last week of the 253-mile Peace Walk, various supporters joined Charles in his journey. He chalked up 13.5 miles Monday, Sept. 13; 10.5 miles Tuesday; 17 miles Wednesday—41 miles in 3 days. He needed help!

Jessie and Jordan Schiele walk near Eudora, KS, Sept. 13 as they split 12 miles into four parts, taking breaks.–Photo by Charles Carney

On Sept. 13, Jordan and Jessie Schiele joined Charles. “We were talking, we were walking, and all of a sudden, we’d walked 12 miles!” said Charles. What stories passed the time? “We talked about how they met, and later how they started Jerusalem Farm,” he noted, accenting their home rehab work to help neighbors keep their aging homes. Charles talked about doing a year’s service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps from August 1984 to August 1985 in northeast KC MO, within a few miles of where the Schieles later established the still-growing Jerusalem Farm community. The three have lots in common.

From left, Jane Stoever, Charles Carney, Barbara Martin, and Henry Stoever take a timed selfie on Evening Star Road under KS Highway 10 Sept. 14, midway between Lawrence and Olathe.—Photo courtesy of PeaceWorks-KC

On Sept. 14, Barbara Petersen and myself and my husband, Henry, did support driving and walked with Charles. After about 2 hours on Hwy. 10, some uphill, I told Charles to take the lead—I was on the slow side. “I didn’t do this walk to hurry,” said Charles. “The cars zooming by make you think you should hurry, but you shouldn’t.” From Wichita on, he had shared his half-page flier on preserving Earth and freeing the world from nuclear weapons, his duo focus. When a driver turned in a call to a sheriff’s office, worried about people on the highway shoulder, the sheriff and a deputy paid us walkers a visit. Henry, a retired lawyer, cited Kansas law allowing pedestrians on the shoulder. After that, no problem. Charles chatted with the deputy a bit about nuclear weapons, and the officers soon left.

At the Olathe, KS, office of US Senator Jerry Moran, from left, Tom Scott, Ron Faust, Moran aide Jason Osterhaus, and Jonne Long pause for a picture. Later Charles Carney (Peace Walker/photographer) said, “We expressed our urgent concerns about nuclear catastrophe, especially in light of the revelations from Bob Woodward’s book Peril, documenting that President Trump was seriously considering starting a nuclear war after he lost the election.”

On Sept. 15, by 8:45 am, Patty Wernel drove Tom Scott to Charles’s starting point for the day to walk a good stretch; the other companion walkers/drivers were Ron Faust and Jonne Long. They wanted that day to reach State Line from the juncture of Highways 10 and 7—namely, 17 miles. State Line was the starting point selected for the walkers on Friday, Sept. 17, to begin the last 4.4 miles. And the plan was for Charles to have Thursday free from walking. But by 3:30 pm Wednesday, the walkers were still 8 miles from State Line. Sweaty. Tired. Ron suggested, “Break the 8 miles into separate parts. Spread them out over the next few days.” Charles replied, “No. I want to finish at State Line today.” Ron insisted, “Then go home and take a nap and come back tonight.” Charles had a comeback: “It’s already night!”

Near downtown Olathe, KS, Ron Faust, left, Jonne Long, and Tom Scott show off Peace Walk signs Sept. 15.—Photo by Charles Carney

So Charles thanked the support crew, continued on his way, and a new support driver arrived. Charles explained, “I could smell the finish.” And then added reasons came out: “I’m going to help a client tomorrow.” Walking almost 250 miles doesn’t hold social worker Charles from promising to assist someone on a day off. Whew! In addition, on his free day, Charles will be asking persons to share during the “finale rally” their experiences helping with the walk. The rally will be 4 pm Friday, at 14510 Botts Road, KC MO, the entry to the nuke-parts plant, the KC National Security Campus. Y’all come! Here is the Facebook page on the rally:


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Charles Carney’s companions helped bring him closer to KC territory. One asked what he’d learned on his trip. He pondered, then said, “I feel more interconnected to people, animals, bugs, plants. That mystic connection is crucial to nonviolence.”
Man hanging origame peace cranes.