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 Peace. Justice. Beauty.  

One Planet. One People..

'Workers, not 'Stars' (Victor Jara)



Skype Me!  




Echoes of the silences of the disappeared and disregarded, of the great majority whose voices are ignored

Echoes of weeping rain and silent forest, echoes of the Earth itself, crying out mutely in anguish and in hope

Echoes of the creativity within each of us, vital at this critical time: to heal one another 

 - and the very Earth itself


'At the risk of seeming ridiculous' (Che Guevara), we too believe that beauty and love

are the true paths to lasting peace, genuine justice and a healed planet.

We therefore work shoulder-to-shoulder with impoverished people in Nicaragua,

digging ditches and singing songs, building creative alternatives both small and large,

spreading Che's/Gandhi's vision - and filling the night with laughter






Install cheap, efficient drainage to eradicate water-borne illness and contamination



Bring rescued street horses and rescued street children together in mutual therapy



Young women finding self-worth and economic independence through beauty training



Challenge destructive consumerism; reclaim our celebrations



For information about getting involved, physically and/or financially,

please write to Echoes coordinator, Paul Baker Hernandez

at echoespaul@tortillaconsal.com or paulbaker2004@yahoo.com

Or SKYPE here:  Skype Me!

Regular phone: Nicaragua (505) 86153180; UK (01225) 866181 

Thank you.


To donate in UK: cheques: "The Christine King Memorial Trust" to:

C.M. Jennings, 3, Upper Regents Park, Bradford on Avon BA15 1EB England

USA: http://peaceworks.org (see: linkages, Nicapartners)


All donations are tax-deductible thanks to the Trust and PeaceWorks.(Echoes' Fiscal Sponsors)











Looking for adventure while healing children and the planet?

Come join us in Nicaragua





                                              Gigantona - Giant lady                                                             Brigade July 2009: Will, Judy, Paul






                                                     Local grey water 'river' Iona and Paul                     Bugs tanking up







                                                    Sophisticated diagram of soakaway                          Filter barrel with trainer and soakaway pipe






                                                   Will and Paul sweating it out                               Local children slogging away 








   Don Felipe y sus chacorros (his pups)                            Plastic bottle house: Chartres Cathedral, eat your heart out!




DETAILS: Echoes of Silence Brigades and/or: echoespaul@tortillaconsal.com





US Fiscal sponsor: PeaceWorks. Donate tax free online at: http://peaceworks.ning.com/group/echoesofsilence 

or write: jburchell@peaceworks.org

UK: tax-deductible cheques made to 'The Christine King Memorial Trust', send to C.M. Jennings, 3 Upper Regents Park,

Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1EB ENGLAND

Regular Income is Vital: Please consider a monthly donation. Share a Latte with us every other day. that's US$30/£20 per month! It lasts a lifetime,

not just for a temporary high








A simple, beautiful project to bring mistreated children and brutalized ponies together in mutual healing;

please go to this video:




Nags and Nippers.


Horses and humans have a well-documented empathy, ranging from ‘The Horse-Whisperer’  through to equinotherapy as an established form of care for people with many types of difficulties.  Often such therapy tends to be designed, primarily, for benefit of the humans involved. Nags and Nippers on the other hand extends compassion not only to the children, so often abused, but also to the horses themselves, whose experience on the streets is scarcely less brutal.  And because we work to rescue ponies at or near the end of their working lives, with volunteers, and with communities of children already in safe havens, costs can be kept low. Thus Nags and Nippers offers an ‘equinotherapy for the dispossessed’, bringing tenderness and beauty to some of the most impoverished sectors of society, both human and animal.


The way it works is straightforward.  Echoes of Silence has links with children’s communities and care organisations.  The ponies are boarded on several small eco-farms where they are free to roam, graze and recover some strength.  They have a responsible person making sure they are secure, fed and cared for.  Groups of children come visit the ponies at the farms, working and caring for them under adult supervision. In this way, many children experience tenderness possibly for the first time in their lives, and begin to establish relationships based on trust and gentleness. 


As the children become more at home and relaxed, once their relationships are begun and they learn something of the art of animal management, they are also encouraged to engage in some of the other work on the farms with a goal of beginning to learn to produce food, coffee and other crops in a sustainable and just manner.  The eco-farms also let them experience a different kind of infrastructure, e.g: building with ‘eco-bricks’ - recycled plastic bottles; developing soak-away drainage systems to eradicate grey water with its attendant mosquitoes and water-borne diseases; producing cooking and lighting gas from animal waste, lasagna ‘no dig’ gardening; small-scale electric power from renewable sources; and many other wonderful, intelligent, simple yet supremely effective projects and techniques.  In this context too the children are exposed to a practical philosophy of community and sharing that offers a different perspective – and indeed reality – from the rampant consumerist culture which is tragically destroying the very planet on which we all depend, by which they have been discarded.


Beyond this, Echoes of Silence is constantly seeking to link into the wider community, both within Nicaragua and abroad, with the goal of providing free clinics for the horses even during their working lives, for obtaining more dedicated land for fodder, for shelter and for recreation – for both horses and children, and for providing stipends for workers.  Our goal – grandiose but essential for a truly human world – is to work in broad coalition to help eradicate animal and child cruelty in Nicaragua and wherever it occurs, and, through that process, and at the same time, develop a society and societies that are intelligent, sustainable and beautiful, founded on cooperation, trust and solidarity. 


We welcome questions, suggestions and contacts of every sort.  In particular we want to form sister-relationships with pony clubs and other horse-related organisations.  Fund-raising would of course be an important component of such relationships – for example, through sponsored horse rides or similarly-supported bringing ponies into children’s hospitals or to disadvantaged children in northern society, but we also seek to encourage people to come to Nicaragua to see for themselves that we are indeed all part of the one world - exquisite, exquisitely fragile and wonderful beyond belief; that our children, so often disadvantaged, are full of spirit and laughter; and that together we can work to heal that shared world and with it all those - animal and human - who suffer so terribly under the current world order.


Contact: Echoespaul@tortillaconsal.com or SKYPE as at top of page


Donate and/or become a member of Nags and Nippers; give membership to loved ones for Christmas to offer them something truly life-enhancing instead of plastic-wrapped, ‘stuff’ designed to become obsolescent’in a week, leaving them empty. Donors and members receive regular updates, make direct links with rescued ponies and children, participate in special accompaniment brigades to Nicaragua, and have a real say in the project. 


Donations are limitless(!). Membership is US$50/UK£35 per year; just write to Echoes of Silence at echoespaul@tortillaconsal.com requesting membership. All monies are tax-deductible thanks to PeaceWorks USA and the Christine King Memorial Trust UK which are Echoes' fiscal sponsors. Their generosity frees Echoes from lengthy, expensive incorporation processes and allows us to develop organically as new situations arise.  


USA:  Online: http://PeaceWorks.org (linkages, nicapartners), or Cheques, etc. 'PeaceWorks/Echoes' to 6 Dumont Pl # 2  Morristown, NJ 07960-4179, USA. Phone: (973) 765-9102


UK: Cheques, etc. 'The Christine King Memorial Trust' to C.M. Jennings, 3 Upper Regents Park, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1EB, England.

Phone: 01225) 866181


Thank you.




Despite determined attempts to bring more women into public life and many government programs focused particularly on women - Zero Hunger, Zero Usury, amplified health and child care, etc., still too many young women find themselves tied to the house and/or subjected to minimal conditions and wages in the sweatshop sector, making pricey jeans for the ever-voracious Northern market.  In this context, !Adelante! Muchachas has two clear objectives. First, to improve the women's self-esteem and confidence through teaching them the basics of beauty care; and second, to help them use those learned skills to develop their own small businesses, offering that care to the wider public and so finding the beginnings of true independence.


Olga, Mariela, Ana Maritza (instructor), Diana , Hayda on the day of the students' completion of studies/reception of diplomas


Project coordinator/Echoes of Silence co-coordinator, Ana Maritza Castro Morales, who herself ekes out survival for her family of three boys working the line in a jeans factory, says of her students (she gives up her weekend to train them): "They are simply so inspiring; coming from the most marginalized homes they still have a great determination to make something better for themselves and for their families. Their courage gives me such hope. Just look at them!"


USA:  Online: http://PeaceWorks.org (linkages, nicapartners), or Cheques, etc. 'PeaceWorks/Echoes' to 6 Dumont Pl # 2  Morristown, NJ 07960-4179, USA. Phone: (973) 765-9102


UK: Cheques, etc. 'The Christine King Memorial Trust' to C.M. Jennings, 3 Upper Regents Park, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1EB, England.

Phone: 01225) 866181


Thank you.








(NB. Water not War campaign subsumed here)



Lasting peace is the dream of all who fall in wars believing their particular conflict will be – finally – 'the war to end war';while Mother's Day was originally established as Mother's Day for peace. Julia Ward Howe, a vigorous anti-slavery and women's rights campaigner, created the special day in 1870 to call on women from both sides of the recent US Civil War to join together to declare and make peace: Arise, then, women of this day! Say firmly: ‘We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.'”


The rest is, tragically, history: the whole sorry ragbag procession of 'Special Days' whose primary purpose is to sell us incarnated built-in obsolescence: “Mother's Day: Go shop! Memorial Day: Shop! President's Day: Shop! Dead Turkey Day/Secretary's Day/Christmas/New Year's, etc. ... Shop! Shoppp!! Shopppppp!!!”. Before her death commercial interests had already overwhelmed Ward Howe's Day with maudlin sentimentalism, and currently mothers enjoy only one day out of the 365, before the hypocrisy is replaced with the profoundly anti-woman world order that normally holds sway.


So, along with the Fair Trade chocolates and roses**, let's turn savage capitalism's St. Vitus dance of 'Special Days' against itself by putting peace right back into Christmas/Mother's/Armistice/Memorial Day, July 4 and all the rest brainwashing us throughout the year. Using these imposed 'celebrations' as rallying points, let's establish a constant drumbeat of people all over the world refusing to be distracted by the Day of the Month and sticking firmly to a few basic requisites for any lasting peace and true celebration by:-


     a) requiring all governments, NGOs, companies, schools, etc., to implement truly proportional female/male/race representation and participation at every level, and to promote Global Inter-Dependence;


     b) redressing the environmental catastrophe caused by the economic and political system inflicted on the Earth (by the world's ultimate minority: us white men) by insisting that 1% of all monies, materials, and especially personnel, now dedicated to weapons and war be diverted to provide everyone with fresh water.


     c) So establishing - in a balanced, healed, Earth, with its peoples committed to genuine inter-dependence - the only truly fitting and commensurate memorial to all who gave their lives for peace, believing that their particular war was - at last - the 'war to end all wars'.


(**  Fair Trade truly honors mothers by helping them free themselves and their families from economic slavery.)




(draft petition letter to appropriate bodies)




In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, anguished by the US Civil War and the Franco-Prussian conflict, wrote her famous Peace Proclamation calling on women from all sides to come together for peace. It reads in part:


“Arise, then, women of this day! …

Say firmly: ‘We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.

Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We, the women of one country,

will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says:

‘Disarm! Disarm!

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.

Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate



Please do not be an 'irrelevant agency'. We believe the time has come to honor Ms Howe, all women and the whole earth through the promotion of an international DECLARATION OF INTER-DEPENDENCE along these lines:


We, the Peoples and People of this one exquisite - and exquisitely fragile planet - hold these truths to be self-evident:


    That all persons - children, women and men - of every race, calling, creed, color, condition and age are created equal. There are no exceptions.

    That they, collectively and individually, are endowed with certain inalienable rights. Among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    That the fundamental sources and resources to achieve these rights: Peace without threat, fear, force or weapons, pure air, fresh water, an uncontaminated

earth, nourishing food, good health, creative education, a secure home, equitable justice, local and global responsibility, authentic, proportionate, participative representation and worthwhile work - also belong inalienably to them all, for ever.

    That this inheritance - these resources truly without price - can never be taken over or away by individuals, classes, corporations and/or states for their own exclusive or majority use, exploitation, profit or control.

    Rather, that it is the marvelous gift and responsibility of every human generation to enjoy and utilize these resources with respect and delight, in interdependence with all peoples and with the whole multitude of species, both animal and plant, with which we co-inhabit this tiny, fragile, and exquisitely wonderful planet.

    And, within that gift, to hand them on, enhanced, to the children of our children's children.'


To make this Declaration reality we therefore call on you to re-allocate at least 1% of all budgets, public and private, currently dedicated to the military, war, and the arms trade - money, materials and, especially, the creative lives and expertise of their members - to bring fresh water to everyone on Earth. And to redress the female/male/racial imbalance at every level. Not only will these measures help re-green the planet and avert looming wars over water (so much more precious than oil), but also, by beginning the build-down of weapons, they will mark a vital psychological turning point for humanity, especially in the true honoring of women, so-called 'minorities', children, and all who have given their lives for peace. Further, it will improve global health dramatically, saving additional vast quantities of resources and freeing up armies of skilled personnel for urgent medical and other tasks. And, finally, it will at last provide, in the wonder of a healed planet, way beyond the weary flatulence of politicians and priests, blessing weapons and sending yet more to suffering, death and maiming, a truly fitting memorial to all those who gave their lives believing their sacrifice would ‘end all wars’.


There are critical moments in every life. We believe this is one such in the life of humanity and of the entire planet. We know that you too hold the good of the Earth and humanity dear. Now is the time to act, and to act boldly.  We therefore urge you - as truly a matter of life and death - to take action, to offer this Declaration of Inter-Dependence and its related actions to our own nation and to the entire international community.


Thank you.

Echoes of Silence

One Planet. One People. Peace. Justice. Beauty.


[Your name]





Suggested Press Release for free adaptation and use


Echoes of Silence: Peace. Justice. Beauty.


Local Contact:


International coordinator: Paul Baker Hernandez, Nicaragua (505) 86153180


Mother's, Father's, Memorial, Day ... s – Day of the Hypocrite!


Echoes of Silence is inviting people all over the world to celebrate all the special Days of the year in accordance with the intentions of Mother's Day founder, Julia Ward Howe of the USA, in honor of women everywhere, to build a peace-filled Earth and to establish a fitting memorial to all who gave their lives believing their sacrifice would end war forever:-


“In 1870 Ms. Ward Howe made an impassioned plea to the mothers of both sides of the US Civil War to work together to make a lasting, authentic peace based on the full implementation of women's rights and a healed Earth,” says Paul Baker Hernandez, EoS coordinator. “This is the true spirit of Mother's Day – a far cry from commercialized sentimentality, much more like the Nicaraguan celebration of the Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs. Obviously it's good to honor your mother, but, in the first place, why only one day out of 365? That's not even 1% of the year! Our mothers deserve much, much more. And, secondly, if we really want to offer mother our genuine love and gratitude, the only truly meaningful gift today is a radical commitment to work for a true and lasting peace in a healed planet, where women actually enjoy the same rights as men; only thus will no more of their children be consigned to death, by hunger, family and gender violence, planetary collapse, and/or by war.


Clearly, we don't want a posse of mothers gunning for Echoes of Silence!” continued the singer, originally a Trappist monk from Scotland, a specialist in the music of the great Chilean songwriter, singer and martyr, Víctor Jara, now married to a Nicaraguan revolutionary, working together in ecological and health projects in Barrio La Primavera, Managua. “Of course, get mother presents – but get them from Fair Trade sources. Or make them yourself at home. Many of the presents people usually buy are made by little kids and/or abandoned women effectively working as slaves. Just imagine - products of children's slavery: what a great present for mom! By contrast, Fair Trade – paying producers just prices – frees millions of mothers and their children from economic slavery and intra-family violence all over the world!”


Paul points out that in 2011 Nicaragua's Mother's Day coincides with US Memorial Day. “Forget the 'heartfelt' vacuities of pastor and politician as they continue to bless weapons and send yet more sons and daughters to war,” he says. “How many of these countless millions died believing the lie that their particular war would finally 'end war' - only for it to happen 'again, and again, and again, and again' , as the Eric Bogle song says? Here again, the only truly fitting memorial to their sacrifice and to that of all their mothers is the Earth itself, healed, balanced, and at peace.”


The Echoes of Silence 'Put Peace Back into Mother's (and Memorial) Day' campaign** emphasizes a fun and creative way to observe Memorial and Mother's Day for Peace: upload a video to a special Facebook page, from wherever you are in the world: of yourself, your friends, families, workmates, flash mobs, singing John Lennon's peace anthem,“Imagine”. “We call it 'Sing-along-a-John,” says Paul. “Just imagine the whole world singing peace in honour of mothers and of all their fallen children! Don't worry about the quality – karaoke-style singing along with Lennon is fine; and so we can all let our imginations rip, no? The whole bus singing, you and your partner singing in the shower, the football team celebrating a goal, the whole convent or monastery dancing, the team of some radio station, TV channel or newspaper humming along on a naked bike ride(!). Thousands of possibilities. Let's celebrate these Days for PEACE! FaceBook is a wonderful tool – let's make it work for peace: Take back the Day, today and every day!


Upload your video here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Take-Back-the-Day-Put-Peace-Back-into-Mother's-and-Memorial-Day/170595642999040


Sign 'Put Peace Back into Mother's (and Memorial) Day' Petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/put-peace-back-into-mother's-day and/or http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Put-PEACE-Back-into-Mother's-Day 


Paul Baker Hernandez is available for interview and will be on US tour in Septemebr 2011, UK tour in Ocotober 2011: contact him on (505) 86153180


** Don't worry about timelines: practically every day is Mother's Day somewhere in the world, and the 'glorious dead' are tragically always with us. Julia Ward Howe sought to unite women from the US civil war in making peace; today we have to work on a global scale, supporting mothers for peace wherever they - and we - are.



Some Fair Trade gifts in Nicaragua can be found here:


CIPRES, Managua, Rotonda Rubén Darío 150 varas abajo. 2270 4726. Río San Juan: 22830355; Somotillo: 23462306; Pueblo Nuevo: 27192445 - http://www.cipres.org


Esperanza en Acción, Managua, Batahola N. porton de ENACAL 1 c. al lago 1/2 c. arr. mano izq. casa rosa. http://www.esperanzaenaccion.org : emily@esperanzaenaccion.org2266-7961


UCA Soppexcca, Jinotega, La Estrella, 2782 2617, soppexcca@tmx.com.ni


In the US, please check out: www.organic-market.info/.../Fair_Trade/Fair_Trade_USA/.../10114.html for Fair Trade outlets near you.


1) Sign our'Put Peace Back into Mother's (and Memorial) Day Petition' http://www.change.org/petitions/put-peace-back-into-mother's-day

and/or http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Put-PEACE-Back-into-Mother's-Day


2) Go get the (Fair Trade) chocolates and flowers.  Fair Trade frees countless mothers and children from economic slavery. Make some special cards//presents.  (Most communities have a Fair Trade store. Even some supermarkets sell some goods. Online Fair Trade: http://www.globalexchangestore.org-http://www.equalexchange.co.uk/buyfairtrade/index.asp - http://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk


3) 'SingalongaJohn': upload your video of you/your friends/the whole bus/carload, singing 'Imagine' along with John Lennon's to our special FaceBook page. Make it as imaginative as you like - here in Managua we're experimenting with massed naked kazoos. Http://www.facebook.com/pages/Take-Back-the-Day-Put-Peace-Back-into-Mother's-and-Memorial-Day/170595642999040


4) Sign on to Echoes of Silence's 'Declaration of Inter-Dependence': 'We the Peoples and People of this One Earth …. ((http.www.echoesofsilence-ecosdelsilencio.pbworks.com)


5) Join us digging eco-drains in Nicaragua. Banish grey water puddles from impoverished homes with no waste disposal system; so improving family and especially children's health immeasurably and cutting the inflated profits of transnational drug companies. (a lot more fun than it sounds! Http://www.echoesofsilence-ecosdelsilencio.pbworks.com)


6) Support the Put Peace Back movement by sending a donation (USA: via Echoes Fiscal Sponsor, PeaceWorks – www.PeaceWorks.org; UK: cheques to 'Christine Jennings' (memo 'Echoes'), Echoes of Silence, 3. Upper Regents Park, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 6EB) and choose from a selection of musical delights: Echoes' coordinator, Paul Baker Hernandez, singing his Starbucks hit: “Frappuccino, Crappuccino!” or his ditto “Expletives-deleted Cellphone Song.” Also a unique recording of Victor Jara songs in original Spanish and beautiful English translations(MP3 download or mailed CD copy)


7) Send us your suggestions for developing the Take Back the Day! Movement. Write us at echoespaul@tortillaconsal.com .


8) Book a presentation for your local community, union, group, church or college during Paul's coming tours (UK October 2011; US March/April 2012. Write us at echoespaul@tortillaconsal.com. More information re content and availability, please see www.echoesofsilence-ecosdelsilencio.pbworks.com


 9) Promote Put Peace back into Mother's (and Memorial) Day as widely as you can. Get it adopted by your faith community, general assembly, school, college, union, peace group, perform street theatre, engage local press, radio, TV. etc. For assistance, write us at: echoespaul@tortillaconsal.pbworks.com


Make 2012 a true year of celebration, building a peace-filled Earth - Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and every day.  Thank you.




**We are convinced that the rush to war, the repression of women and the destruction of the planet all stem from the same root: the imbalance between female and male energies. (No, women are not intrinsically better than men; but, yes, it is a scandal - a disaster - that our self-styled 'Mother of Parliaments' has just 1/5th women members. To take but one frightful example.)  Unless and until we restore that balance, any dreams of a lasting peace and a healed planet remain just that.



Please go to:  "Thanks for the Chocolates, Guys; how about a Planet for the Kids?" in the Articles page


“Arise, then, women of this day! …  Say firmly:  

‘We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.

Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience." 

We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country

To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says:

"Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family

can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women

without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient,
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace. 


Julia Ward Howe. Proclamation for first Mother's Day, 1870.


Please go to:  "Thanks for the Chocolates, Guys; how about a Planet for the Kids?" in the Articles page




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