Women in Black hold Father's Day vigil in the Village of Warwick

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:14

    WARWICK-The Warwick Women in Black held a special vigil for Father's Day in which they remembered and mourned lives lost to war and violence. Lisa Brown, one of the women of the group, said, "It's a terrible thing that more than 825 Americans have been killed in Iraq, but that's not the only place in the world that people are being killed. In Afghanistan, the Sudan and many other parts of the world, lives are being lost needlessly." Another member, Alice McMechen added, "Even though it is known that non-violent techniques for resolving disputes can be effective, for instance in Kosovo and Colombia, such non-violent methods are little known in this country." "Human beings need to learn alternative and less destructive ways to resolve human conflicts," she added. Women in Black is a non-political, international peace network, which Was begun in 1988 by groups of Israeli women standing in silent solidarity with grieving Palestinian women and in opposition to the violence on both sides of the conflict. Subsequently, the movement has spread to countries around the world including Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Azerbaijan, Colombia, and the former Yugoslavia, where weekly vigils have taken place since 1991 in protest against war. Since September 11th, Women in Black groups have formed in many cities in the United States. The Warwick Women in Black meet each Sunday at 1 p.m. in the parking lot opposite the South Street Farmers Market. For information on vigils call Patricia DeBruhl: 258-4645