“Peace on earth and to everyone,” said 10-year-old Melody Desuah.
Desuah was one of the many people who walked for peace Thursday night. “Sometimes there’s things going on in the neighborhood, there’s fights on buses and we’re trying to have a protest against that,” said Desuah. Kids and adults walked along Buffalo road for a “Silent Peace Walk” that started at the JFK Center Kids’ Cafe. The Benedictine Sisters for Peace and the Eastside Grassroot Coalition put on the silent walk that lasted for 20 minutes.
“I was happy to be joined by a number of students from our leadership development program who believe in peace,” said Gary Horton. Horton is a co-coordinator with the Eastside Grassroot Coalition. He brought kids from all over Erie to the walk. “For them to be able to see people who care, people who don’t live in our neighborhood who care and to even see among their fellow friends people who care, it means a lot,” said Horton. The Benedictine Sisters for Peace have a “Silent Peace Walk” every month in different locations around the city. “It’s amazing to me that kids… really participate and are able to seem to like to be in silence, walking for 20 minutes, it’s been really interesting,” said Sister Anne McCarthy. The peace walks begin and end with a prayer led by one of the sisters. The next “Silent Peace Walk” will be held on June 20th alongside the Bayfront Promenade.