Peace and dignity runners stop in Santa Paula

July 16, 2004
Santa Paula News
Participants in the Peace and Dignity Journeys stopped to rest in Santa Paula Monday afternoon. About two dozen runners were joined by several area residents at Las Piedras Park, where they formed a prayer circle. Elders of native nations from South, Central and North America met in 1990 and the Peace and Dignity Journeys grew out of that meeting, held in Quito, Ecuador. This year’s journey began in Alaska and Argentina and will end in Panama City, Panama in October. In their brochure the organizers list among their aims: “To organize spiritual runs to heal our nations through prayer from the effects of colonization, honor our elders and traditional people, honor indigenous children, women and future generations and to remember all of our ancestors.” The runners left Santa Paula for a stop in Fillmore and Piru before heading on to Los Angeles.

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