As we launch this project on the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy's inaugural address, many of us who are 50ish and are working on the Healing Trees project remember JFK's call to action to “Ask what you can do for your country.” Many of us were inspired by the Kennedys to participate in government. When Congresswoman "Gabby" Giffords was shot and six people died and 12 others were injured, we knew we had to stand up for something.
We want to honor those who lost their lives, those who were injured and their loved ones by planting trees as living memorials throughout Arizona and beyond. Let us all take a stand to honor those who gathered for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s "Congress on Your Corner" on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Let us provide living trees that will stand tall and proud in Arizona for many, many years to come.
The FUSION Foundation and the Arizona Community Tree Council (ACTC) have joined resources to plant trees throughout our communities beginning on February 14th, which is Arizona's 99th birthday, as an ongoing act of love and support to work together as instruments of peace, compassion and healing in our communities.
Healing Trees will be ongoing throughout the year and will function as the ACTC commemorative tree planting program
The FUSION Foundation brings together individuals and organizations to make positive community change with local action with a global vision. We strive to educate and empower organizations, individuals and communities about one another. We provide programs that awaken new perspectives and experiences that promote true community involvement through the development, application and principles of synergistic transformation and the basic framework of the 12-around-1 operating system.
The Arizona Community Tree Council, Inc. (ACTC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and planting of trees, and promotes the education and exchange of information about trees and the essential role they play in the well being of all Arizona communities. The Council is composed of representatives from individual Arizona counties, tribal communities, government agencies, professional organizations and other individuals who have a statewide interest in the Council’s mission.
Healing Trees: We are coordinating a collective tree planting to create tangible, visible acts of support that offer a generational, transformative healing process.