The Fifth Annual Peter De Mott Peace Trot is coming up in less than a week! If you are planning to trot, now is the time to register (the online form closes at midnight on Thursday): http://www.peterdemottpeacetrot.org/register.html. Registering online helps us organizers a lot with planning and preparation-- and, for you, insures both a quick race check-in on the day of the trot, and that you'll get a t-shirt).
This event is volunteer driven -- and we could still use help. We have jobs for trotters and non-trotters alike! Please sign up here: http://www.peterdemottpeacetrot.org/volunteer.html
New: if you or someone you know cannot trot, but would still like a t-shirt, we have an order form: http://www.peterdemottpeacetrot.org/order-t-shirts.html
Join us as we practice running the course: Mondays @ 5pm and Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Meet at the Sculpture Garden across from the ponds in the F.R. Newman Arboretum, Cornell Plantations. Call Tom Joyce with practice run questions: (607) 277-7426.
Please help out with this fundraiser by getting sponsors-- they can support you by donating online, writing a check, or giving cash. Read more: http://www.peterdemottpeacetrot.org/fundraise.html. For some ideas on how to do this, read Connie Thomas's piece: http://www.peterdemottpeacetrot.org/blog/connie-thomas-talks-fundraising. Read the letter below to learn more about why we run this event as a fund raiser.
And finally a huge THANK YOU to everyone for ALL the support over the years!! We are grateful!!!
We are gearing up for the 5th annual Peter De Mott Peace Trot. As I write this letter I can hardly believe that we have been doing this now for five years! There are so many emotions that come up as I say that number. Working on this event has been great way for us to honor Peter’s life and work. For me it weaves together many of the strands of who he was: running, supporting the work of the Catholic Worker and bringing together the community of family, friends and activists. I am so grateful for all the incredible energy of the many people who have helped to make the Peace Trot happen.
Since Peter’s death, the Ithaca Catholic Worker Community has been meeting weekly at the house that now carries his name. The house has been such a gift to us as we try, in our clumsy ways, to live the works of mercy and the call to be peacemakers.
Over the past five years the Peace Trot has also become our community’s biggest fundraiser. What, you ask, do we need these funds for? So far we have used the funds for:
Paying down the mortgage of the house
Buying and installing a new wood stove
Buying new gutters
General house repairs
During this past year our community has been able to offer hospitality to numerous people seeking a place to stay. We have a supper every first Sunday of the month and a weeklyTuesday night supper and meeting. We invite you all. (See www.peterdemottpeacetrot.org for more information.)
In the great Catholic Worker tradition, going back to the 1930’s we oppose the “Works of War”. Our focus has been bomb laden drones deployed from Hancock Airfield, near Syracuse, NY. Many innocent people are killed in drone attacks in countries around the world. We call attention to these illegal (under international law) activities by the military command, including the President. As a result of this work, many from our community have been to court, and some to jail. Needless to say there have been expenses incurred.
This year our goal is to raise ten thousand dollars from this fundraiser. The money will help pay down the mortgage, pay house repairs (i.e. work on the foundation), supplies, travel, printing, and legal expenses.
We invite you to join us in this fundraiser. If you are able, send us a check or donate online. Ask your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to sponsor your participation in the Peter De Mott Peace Trot. Volunteer to help either on the day of the race, or during this time of preparation.
Ellen Grady, for the Peace Trot organizing committee, who are Tom Joyce, Oona GradyDeFlaun, Heather Scott, and Robert Sparks.