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August, 2017

Dear Friend of CCPM,

 

We are seeking your help to keep CCPM financially sustainable. CCPM was formed in 2002 in response to the threat of war against Iraq. For over 15 years, we’ve maintained a steadfast presence on the corners of High and Market Streets in downtown West Chester every Saturday morning holding weekly peace vigils, seeking justice, and to end war.

 

With the possibility of new wars looming and the escalation of violence at home and abroad, with rampant intolerance and bullying, CCPM’s presence is even more crucial.  Peace and conflict resolution must always be the answer – not war – not hatred. Won’t you please consider a monetary donation to CCPM?

 

In addition to standing for peace and justice, CCPM has given back to our community by canning for local organizations such as the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, West Chester Food Cupboard, Doctors Without Borders, and the Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children. CCPM supports and honors our military veterans and participates in the West Chester Veterans Day parade. We’ve hosted Buddhist monks of the New England Peace Pagoda supporting “Walk for a New Spring,” and celebrate International Day of Peace every September 21st at the historic court house steps.

 

More recently CCPM hosted its first “Theft of War” protest connecting the dots between military spending and federal budget cuts to much needed social programs. Our next “Theft of War” protest will occur on Saturday, August 19 and emphasize education cuts vs. $54 billion increase in military spending. CCPM will collect donated school supplies to be distributed to families in the West Chester community. Won’t you please consider a monetary donation to CCPM?

 

CCPM’s financial existence has mostly been supported through its five key members. With a mailing list that reaches nearly 1,000 participants, CCPM charges no membership fee. However, to remain sustainable we are seeking help to offset our expenses, some of which include:

 

  • CCPM’s post office box
  • Truck rental to hang International Day of Peace banners
  • Cost of website
  • “Peace pretzels” / distributed to WCU to publicize International Day of Peace
  • Host overnight peace walkers

 

If you can, please donate. No amount is too small.  Checks can be made payable to “Chester County Peace Movement” and sent to the address noted below. While your donation is not tax deductible, it is every bit as valued and needed!

 

Please join us on Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon for our weekly peace vigils. We miss your presence, and thank you for your support!

 

Chris Barr, president

Cathy Lakhoff, vice president

John Hellman, vice president

Andi Hubbard, treasurer

Annette Bauerlein, secretary

 

Chester County Peace Movement

PO Box 803

West Chester, PA  19381

ccpeace.com