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Pose for peace next week

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the organizers of next Saturday’s planned portrait in Bremerton’s Evergreen Park are really only hoping to express one: Peace.

Everyone in Kitsap County is invited to attend the “Photo for Peace” at noon on March 1. It will be reproduced on postcards and used to send a message of peace to as many officials as possible, from local representatives to world leaders.

The event has been organized by a local group of citizens committed to peace. They’ve been called Sound People for Peace, but spokesperson Hap Bockelie says that name is a little premature.

“We’re basically just a band of gypsies at this point,” Bockelie said.

Bockelie, like many members of his group, participates in several of the ongoing peace vigils in Kitsap County, including those in Bremerton, Silverdale and Port Orchard.

“We’ve been met with just overwhelmingly positive response,” Bockelie, a Bremerton poet and carpenter, said. “We know there’s a lot of people in the county that support us.”

It was Bockelie’s idea to attempt a countywide peace photo, similar to those taken in Kingston and on Bainbridge Island recently.

The flyers for next Saturday’s event show a group of people who have actually arranged their bodies into a three-pronged peace symbol, an idea Bockelie described as “cool.”

“We’re going to see what we can do,” Bockelie said.

Bockelie’s group hopes to send out 10,000 of the postcards.

“This is a local manifestation of a global peace and justice movement,” Bockelie said. “It’s a healing kind of event.”

Suquamish spiritual leader Steve Old Coyote start things off with an invocation and singer/songwriter Jim Page will perform, along with several other special guests.

All are invited to bring a lunch for a picnic in the park after the photo is snapped by David Conklin. Participants may also place orders for their own postcards that day.

The event is scheduled to proceed rain or shine. Signs, pets and kids are all welcome.

Parking is available at Evergreen Park and at the Wheaton Way end of the Olympic Community College parking lot.

For more information, call 479-8899.

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