Dear <<First Name>>,
July's fast for peace is coming up on Friday. You're invited to join in by drinking only water and abstaining from food for any 24 hours that work for you, with most of them on the 15th. It's good for our mental and physical health, and you'll be joining with men and women around the US and the world in showing your commitment to nonviolent social change. You can add your pledge at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6CXZDFH
Next month is the annual 72-hour fast for nuclear disarmament, from Hiroshima Day to Nagasaki Day. (August 6-9) Will you join this fast with others around the world? Ihor Kryvyi from Ukraine described his motivation this way: “Many people in my country turn away from pacifism seeing that it doesn't work in keeping their families safe.... I am hoping that by giving up eating for just three days this message may be heard by those who live in a free and democratic world, a part of which Ukrainians have always dreamt to be.” Add your pledge at this link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/72-hour-fast-for-nuclear-disarmament/
Each month, participants are invited to donate the food money they've saved to help others. This month's #fastforpeace charity is the International Rescue Committee. This nonprofit organization provides relief services to those around the world, including more than 30 million people in 40 countries in 2021. You can learn more, and make a donation on their website, https://rescue.org.
Today is also day Gandhi began his very first extended fast in 1913 – a full week without food as penance for “the moral fall of two of the inmates of the [Phoenix] Ashram.” When he wrote about it years later in his Autobiography, Gandhi observed that his “anger against the guilty parties subsided and gave place to the purest pity for them.”
It's easy to be angry or upset by injustice going on in our communities, our countries, and our world. A 24-hour fast is a peaceful way to demonstrate your willingness to take action with others and generate the moral force to implement solutions. If you've done this in previous months, invite someone else to join in with you, and to match your donation to the IRC.
Years later, Gandhi described his first public fast in a letter to his youngest son, “I look upon that fast as the best thing I have done so far. The peace which I knew at the time of that fast was no mere human experience.” I hope you'll join us on Friday.
Yours in peace,