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.
P.S. Registration is now live! Please sign up to trot at www.peterdemottpeacetrot.org. And please join us for practice runs at the Plantations on Mondays at 5pm. More information on the website.