Let this Tragedy Energize Conscious Steps Forward in Ashland

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.

Preamble to the Constitution of UNESCO

(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

Murder from a hate crime broke the heart of many people in the Ashland community as the news of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche’s death rapidly spread by major news outlets, social media, email, and word of mouth.  During the spontaneous vigil held on Saturday evening with several hundred people gathering in Lithia Park, the community came together in grief and loss, resilience and strength. The community embodied both a tragedy of our times, and a path for our future.  The Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC) extends our condolences to Asha Deliverance and her family, and all others affected by this horrible outburst of hate.

Taliesin is a son of Ashland and his hate crime murder hits at the heart of the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission. This abhorrent violence was initiated by an individual, and it is fueled by other voices of bigotry, hatred, and exclusion. One thing we do know is we cannot stop hate with hate and blood does not wash away blood.

Our individual daily and community lives are a matter of choice. ACPC takes a stand with inclusivity, accountability, compassion, and respect and asks us all to practice this daily. Co-creating a Culture of Peace takes all of us and is all about evolving our mindsets and behaviors. We want it, we can do it, and it will be achieved by taking conscious steps forward in Ashland, Oregon, the US, and around the world.


David Wick
Executive Director
Ashland Culture of Peace Commission