Vancouver’s Walk for Peace: the next generation
30th Anniversary 1982 – 2012
Vancouver’s Walk for Peace then and now
The year was 1982. Against the backdrop of the escalating nuclear arms race, 168 different groups cooperated to create Vancouver’s first Walk for Peace; 35,000 people gathered that first year, followed by 65,000 in 1983 and by 1984 we were 100,000 strong. We gathered at Kitsilano Beach forming a river of people that poured over Burrard Bridge to a concert stage at Sunset Beach. It was magnificent. A proud history for Vancouver and Canada. See our YouTube video with footage and photos from the 80’s.
The Walk for Peace was exciting and inclusive. Children and teenagers walked with parents and grandparents, students walked with teachers, unionists walked with environmentalists and people of all faiths and all political parties walked together for peace. Our organizing principle was “There is no way to peace, peace is the way.”
This is 2012. Thirty years later, we now stand at the birth of a new peace movement that we can create and grow. Come join us for the 30th Anniversary of Vancouver’s Walk for Peace, Saturday, June 30th, 2012. We are starting out at 12 Noon at Kits Beach, the same location as our first walk, then walking over Burrard Street Bridge to the entertainment stage at Sunset Beach 2:00 PM in the West End, as we did in 1982.
Get involved, volunteer, endorse or become a sponsor of the Walk for Peaceand let’s make this celebration as joyful as the first. You will discover you are not the only ones desiring peace; there are many more among us.
“Imagine all the people living life in peace, and the world will be as one.” – John Lennon
Photographs available for use:
All photographs taken at the 1982 Walk for Peace in Vancouver by Myriam Dinim.
Permission is granted for their use, please credit photos by Myriam Dinim.
Interviews by original organizer and photographers available in French and English.
Some Walk for Peace archival video is available on DVD from 3/4″ U-matic tape cassettes.
DOWNLOADABLE PROMO MATERIALS
Suitable for printing
Download Media Release
Download colour ‘cityscape’ poster for the Vancouver Walk for Peace
Download black and white ‘running shoe’ poster for the Vancouver Walk for Peace
Download flyers for the Walk for Peace 2012: fronts – 4 up
Download flyers for the Walk for Peace 2012: backs – 4 up
Download small handbills for the Walk for Peace 2012: 24 to a page
Download route map