JANUARY 15 1991-JANUARY15 2011: 20 YEARS OF U.S. WAR ON IRAQ!

 WASHINGTON, D.C. SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 :COMMEMORATE THE U.S. SLAUGHTER OF IRAQ, AND REDEDICATE OUR LIVES TO LIVING OUT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S DREAM OF ABOLISHING WAR AND INJUSTICE.

See Videos of the March & Teach-in http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=CDB57F10F4E51A98

8:45am Mass at Sacred Heart Church  ‘’Mass of Repentance for War’’ celebrated by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Sponsored by Pax Christi Metro DC

  11 am           “March to Stop the War”- March down 16th street to the White House

12-1 pm        Vigil outside the White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

2-6 pm        Teach-in at Foundry United Methodist 1500 16th St. NW  with live music, films, and guest speakers and actvists including;

 Medea Benjamin – Celeste Zappala  – Joyce and Kevin Lucey – Kathy Kelly- Ann Wright (by video) – Andy Shallal- Camilo Mejia – Brian Becker – David Swanson  – Liz McAlister – Bill Frankel-Streit – Ray McGovern,  Bill Samuel, Fr. Jim Noonan MM, Frida Berrigan, Janice  Sevre-Duszynska, MJ and Jerry Park, Kevin Martin, Judy Coode, Ellen Barfield, Coleen Rowley, Lou Wolf and more!                                         

7 pm          Candlelight Vigil outside the White House marking the time the  Tomahawk Missiles exploded in Baghdad 

 

 

January 15, 2011 marks the 20th year since the United States began to bomb Iraq. Since then millions of Iraqi people have been militarily occupied, injured, starved, killed, tortured, and imprisoned. Millions more have become internally displaced or refugees in other countries. The purpose of this witness in Washington, D.C. on January 15th is to draw attention to the fact that the United States has been using military force for 20 years that has led to the slaughter of Iraqis and the destruction of their country. It is our hope the United States will instead follow the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to abolish war and injustice

Click Here! To Download Event Flyer

Questions: january15peacecommittee@post.com  or Dorothy Day Catholic Worker (202)882-9649

Co-sponsoring Groups: The January 15 Peace Committee, Witness Against Torture, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Gold Star Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against War, Code Pink, United National Assembly Committee, Consistent Life,  WARISACRIME.ORG, Peace-Action, Veterans For Peace, Christian Peace Witness, War Resisters League, Answer Coalition, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, United For Peace and Justice,  Gray Panthers, Washington Peace Center, Pax Christi Metro DC, Little Friends for Peace, Peace With Justice Mission(DC), Dorothy Day CW(DC), Father Charlie Mulholland CW(NC), Northern Virginians for Peace & Justice,  Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Gray Panthers of Metropolitan DC, Peace-Action Montgomery County(MD), Jonah House(MD, Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (DC)

Published in: on December 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Witness Against Torture: A Call to Action

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Administration officials think that they will probably not secure the funding and legal authority from Congress to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and transfer any remaining detainees to the United States…one official said, “Gitmo is going to remain open for…the foreseeable future.”

- Washington Post, November 14th, 2010

CALL TO ACTION – JOIN US ON JANUARY 11th, 2011

This January 11, the prison at Guantanamo will enter its 10th year of operation. The prison is both a site and symbol of a legacy that includes rendition, extralegal detention, and torture. This legacy endures, despite the promise of President Obama to close Guantanamo and break with Bush-era policies. With President Obama’s continued betrayal of his promise and with the Republican gains in Congress, the nightmare draws closer: that the prison at Guantanamo will become permanent. We can’t let this happen! We demand that Guantanamo be closed immediately and that those who designed and carried out torture policies be held to account.

On January 11, 2011 we will gather at the White House for an 11am press conference with a coalition of human rights and grassroots groups and then proceed in a “prisoner procession” to the Department of Justice, where we will engage in nonviolent direct action. There are 174 men still imprisoned at Guantanamo, and we hope to have at least that many people as part of our procession. From January 11-22, we will remain in DC and fast,  holding daily vigils and demonstrations throughout Washington, haunting the sites of power with the specter of Guantanamo and the stories of the men who remain there.

January 11 – January 22, 2010
Daily Vigil and Fast for Justice

Additional information will be posted in the coming weeks at http://www.witnesstorture.org/. You can also direct questions to fast@witnesstorture.org.

Published in: on December 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

HOLY INNOCENTS FAITH & RESISTANCE RETREAT – DEC 27-30, 2010 St. Stephen And The Incarnation – 16th & Newton St. NW., Washington, D.C.

DURING THE RETREAT WE CONSIDER THE MAJOR THREATS TO CHILDREN
– nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction….
– war (perpetual and unending) driven by an imperial claim to control the earth’s resources…..
– utter, dehumanizing poverty – consequence of a greed-driven global economy that is collapsing and causing untold suffering and death;
– global climate crisis and ecological destruction – consequence of our addiction to consumer life-styles.

Despite the heartbreaking realities of our war-torn world, we walk in hope:
– that God is with (and within) us
– that with God all things are possible,
– that nonviolent resistance to imperial death-dealing can be transformative, and
– that, when serious people come together on behalf of life, good things happen.
Click here for pics and reflections from the retreat!

Liz McAlister opened on Monday evening with a sharing about the history and spirit of the Pentagon, as a way of understanding it better and preparing for our presence there on Tuesday a.m.
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General,  spoke on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm on the 20 years of uninterrupted war our nation has waged against the people of Iraq. Few have walked these years with Iraqi victims as he has, beginning even before George H.W. Bush began his bombing crusade.
For more information, check the Jonah House web site – http://www.jonahhouse.org/-
or call Dorothy Day C.W. 202-882-9649
or Jonah House 410-233-6238.

Published in: on December 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Whose Children Are These? Afghan Youth & U.S. Veterans Share Their Stories During Advent


Hosanna! People’s Seminary | Advent 2010 | Dispersed Communities Uniting (DCU) Summit

Sponsored by Christian Peace Witness and St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

As we await the birth of the Christ child we ask: Whose Children Are These? The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and American Veterans Share Their Stories. Hosanna! People’s Seminary (H!PS) invites you a special DCU Summit with Afghan children and American veterans sharing experiences of war and occupation. Participants will be connected by phone conference from 1-2PM (EST) on November 28th, December 5th, December 12th, and December 19th. Come to listen, pray, and reflect. Voices of Afghan children and veterans will be privileged in these calls, however there will be opportunities for others to ask questions and make comments.

Conference call participants may call into 1-218-936-4141, pin number 4790204#. Those local to the New York Metro Area are invited experience the series at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (131 East 10th Street New York, NY). Those unable to call in may listen to the entire series, which will be recorded and linked towww.hopesem.org. It would be of great help to the organizers if all participants registered at www.hopesem.org.

Event Participant Bios

11/28: Bryan Casler served as a Marine Infantry man from 2002 to 2006 during which he was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007 he co-founded Iraq Veterans Against the War’s 34th Chapter in Rochester, New York.

12/5: Brock McIntosh is a specialist in the Army National Guard and Military Policeman from Bloomington, Illinois. He has just returned from a twelve month tour in Afghanistan ending in August of this year.

12/5: Frances Wiedenhoeft is a member of the Madison chapter of Iraq Vets Against the War, Lt. Col. Frances Wiedenhoeft served with the Army Medical Division’s professional management command during Desert Storm and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

12/12: Jake Diliberto was a Marine Cpl. who served with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and served on security forces for II MEB in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After serving in the Marines Jake has finished his B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University. Jake has served on several political campaigns including President Obama’s democratic primary campaign and currently is continuing his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in ethics and religion. Jake has finished his M.A. in Theology & Ethics as of 2009 and is pursuing law school for 2010.

12/19: Josh Stieber was deployed to Baghdad for fourteen months with Bravo Company 2-16. He later became a conscientious objector, and is now walking across the country speaking out against war and blogging at Contagious Love Experiment.
Afghan Youth PeaceVolunteers was created in 2008 by Afghan college students and youth who felt motivated to begin a peace movement in Afghanistan.

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