Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PROTESTER Q&A; Walker Taking Passion for World Peace, Justice to International Stage

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PROTESTER Q&A; Walker Taking Passion for World Peace, Justice to International Stage

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Name: Margaret Day Julian

Age: 55

Home: Riverside, Jacksonville

Family: One grown son and many extended family members in Jacksonville.

Work: Speech pathologist for Duval County Schools for 28 years. She works at Ramona Boulevard Elementary and West Jacksonville Elementary.

Q: Why are you walking to the G-8 Summit to demonstrate?

It is a very strong passion for me, global peace and justice. I've been a member of the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice for, I guess, eight years. This is the second peace walk that I've done with them. I did an environment peace walk in 1996. That was from the Everglades to Tallahassee. I just feel strongly for global peace. I have been a peace activist since the '60s. I've been a member of my church's peacemaking committee, Riverside Presbyterian Church. I am pro-many things, like respect for human rights and sustainability and a strong earth ethic. And of course I've spent all my life working with children and had real concerns for the quality of life for children. Clean water for everyone. I'm an idealist. I am passionate about it all. And I think this G-8 Summit, we're fortunate to have it so close by. That's why I had to take part in this because we don't often get an opportunity to do something so international right here in this community.

Q: What do you hope to get accomplished while there?

I think just to let people know; I mean as we've walked we've encountered people who have never heard of the G-8 Summit. It's educational, not only for us as walkers, I think we're also educating people about globalization and the fact that our nations are working towards something, but we don't want corporate greed, we want justice for all.

Q: So education really is the key for you guys?

Yeah, for me. I have only walked for four days with this group. They've been on the walk for seven days. I'm a long-distance walker, so this combines a lot of things I like to do.

Q: Why is this important to you?

I think peaceful coexistence is very important on a healthy Earth. I think it's something to work towards. …

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