Protest the Air Force Association “Arms Bazaar”


When: Monday, September 15, 2014, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (During AFA $310 per plate banquet)

Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745.
We will meet for the vigil at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd., directly across from the Gaylord National Resort.

Sponsored by: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
 
For more info contact: Art Laffin – 202-360-6416
War should always scandalize the faithfulThink of the children starving in refugee camps, these are the fruits of war. And then think of the great dining rooms, of the parties held by those who control the arms industry, who produce weapons. Compare a sick, starving child in a refugee camp with the big parties, the good life led by the masters of the arms trade.
                                                   –Pope Francis
                                                  February 25, 2014 Mass at the Vatican’s Santa Marta Chapel
                                                        Reported by Vatican Radio
Dear Friends,
This is an invitation to please join with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, with peacemakers from Pax Christi Metro D.C.- Baltimore and other groups to protest the annual Air Force Association(AFA) “Arms Bazaar.” Please come and bring a friend. And please spread the word and post this wherever you can.
The U.S. power structure, backed by weapons contractors participating in the AFA Arms Bazaar, is engaged in direct military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, continues its military support for the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, threatens Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine, proceeds with its military “pivot” in the Asia-Pacific to contain and threaten China, and wages unrelenting  killer drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The Pentagon is also increasingly militarizing its police forces at home. We urgently need, more than ever, to nonviolently resist all war and violence–from Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza to Ferguson, NYC and D.C., and witness for peace and justice. Together, let us continue to do all we can to establish the Beloved Community and create a world free of nuclear and conventional weapons, war, racial hatred and oppression.
Please join this important vigil and say YES to Life and a resounding NO to the war profiteers. We must not let this Arms Bazaar go unaddressed.  
With gratitude, Art
Directions from Downtown D.C. to Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center — Parking and Meeting Place
Take 395 South (off of New York Ave. or Constitution Ave. at 9th St. NW) Merge onto 295 South via exit on left (crossing into Maryland) – 7.4 miles. Take the exit toward National Harbor. Take ramp to National Harbor Blvd. Bear left on National Harbor Blvd. and go two blocks to St. George Blvd. Make a right on St. George Blvd. Go to one block before Waterfront St. and look for street meter parking. Also St. George Parking Garage is on right in case you can’t find street parking (just past the cross street called Mariner Passage). The garage is one block before Waterfront St., where the Gaylord National Resort is located. We will meet for the vigil at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd. on the sidewalk in front of the Gaylord National Resort. If you are coming from Maryland or Virginia use Map Quest for the most precise route to the Gaylord.
Published in: on September 5, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Campaign Nonviolence

Speakers: Bob Cooke and Judith Kelly


Date: Friday, September 5, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010

Campaign Nonviolence (CNV) is a new long term campaign initiated by Pace E Bene to help bring nonviolence to the forefront of our culture and society. Its first year will be marked by well over one hundred actions in every state of the union during the week of Sept. 21-27th with the themes of ending poverty, war and environmental degradation.
Bob Cooke is a CNV volunteer and former regional coordinator for Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore.  Long-time peace activist Judith Kelly served as a Pace e Bene regional associate and is a former SOA Watch prisoner of conscience. They will share Campaign Nonviolence’s long term vision and September 2014 events – both locally and nationally. The CNV web site is:
http://paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/
Please join us!
For more info contact  Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com.
Published in: on August 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Reflection for Aug. 9 White House Peace Witness

(Offered by Art Laffin)
We greet all who have come to the White House in a spirit of peace. We, members of the DDCW, Jonah House Community, Pax Christi, the Columban Fathers Office of Peace and Justice, The Open Door Community and other peace groups, come to the White House today, the 69th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, to remember the past, repent the sin and reclaim the future. As people of faith we believe it’s a sin to build a nuclear weapon. We decry the existence and continued possession and threatened use of these and other idolatrous and murderous weapons.

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Photo by Ted Majdosz Photos shows people doing a symbolic die-in to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

We apologize to the people of Japan for our country’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago, and ask forgiveness for these atrocities and the ongoing suffering of those affected by nuclear radiation. We repent for the continued proliferation of nuclear weapons at the expense of unmet human needs. Further, we repent for the over 50 times the U.S. has threatened to use nuclear weapons since the first atomic bombings.

 
We call for the closing of all U.S. nuclear weapons facilities and for the disarmament and abolition of all nuclear weapons and all weapons of terror, including killer drones. As we call on the U.S. to abolish its nuclear weapons program, we call, too, on all nuclear powers to do the same. And as a first step towards bringing about a Nuclear-Free Middle East, we call on Israel to abolish its nuclear weapons program.
 
The colossal violence unleashed by the U.S. in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is mirrored today in the wars the U.S. has waged since 1945, including the U.S. slaughter of Vietnam, of Iraq and Afghanistan, in the use of killer drones and most recently, and in the U.S. supported Israeli slaughter of Gaza. We call for an end to all U.S. military intervention worldwide. We call, too, for an end to all U.S. military support and aid for Israel. We call, too, for an end to U.S. militarization of Africa and the Asian Pacific. With respect to the U.S. military pivot to Asia, we call for an end to the construction of a new U.S.-backed naval base on Jeju Island in S. Korea that will serve as a U.S. military outpost to threaten and contain China.  
 
We join with the imprisoned Transform Now Plowshares serving 3-5 year prison sentences, the jailed Jeju Island resisters, the Guantanamo hunger strikers, and all peace and justice makers everywhere in calling for a world without weapons, oppression, torture and war, where all the swords of our time are transformed into plowshares. We make this plea in the name of all victims of our warmaking empire, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Palestine, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. No More Hiroshima’s! No More Nagasaki’s! Disarm all weapons of mass murder! Abolish War!
Published in: on August 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Report of August 6 Hiroshima Peace Witness at the Pentagon–3 Arrested

Dear Friends,
To commemorate the 69th year since the U.S. began the Nuclear Age by dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, seventeen friends (including a 6 month old baby Eli and 2 1/2 yr. old Stephanie) from the Atlantic Life Community and other peace groups participated today in a noon-time silent peace witness at the Pentagon that was organized by the Jonah House Community and  the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Carrying signs, photos of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing and banners, two of which read: “Remember the Past, Repent the Sin, Reclaim the Future–Hiroshima and Nagasaki” and “Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” the group processed from Army-Navy Drive to the regular protest area near the Pentagon metro station. Instead of going into the police designated protest zone which is situated behind a fence, the group initially remained on the sidewalk. However after a police warning that everyone move into the designated area or face arrest, most complied. However Liz McAlister, Kathy Boylan and Eric Martin continued to remain on the sidewalk for about fifteen minutes. After giving three warnings to comply with the order or face arrest, Pentagon police placed the three under arrest and they were taken to the Pentagon police processing center. They were charged with “disobeying a lawful order” and after  being  processed were released. They will be tried on October 17 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA.   

One thing of note during our witness was that numerous soldiers from different countries were either going into or leaving the Pentagon during the hour we were there. This is yet another reminder  that the Pentagon is the center of warmaking on our planet! We concluded our witness with a closing circle and read  Dan Berrigan’s poem, “Shadow on the Rock” (see below), offered prayers of intercession and sang “Vine and Fig Tree.”

To mark the 69th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, the group will hold a noon-time nonviolent witness this Saturday, August 9, at the White House.

With gratitude,
Art

Shadow on the Rock

by Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

At Hiroshima there’s a museum

and outside that museum there’s a rock,
and on that rock there’s a shadow.
That shadow is all that remains
of the human being who stood there on August 6, 1945
when the nuclear age began.
In the most real sense of the word,
that is the choice before us.
We shall either end war and the nuclear arms race now in this generation,
or we will become Shadows On the rock. 

Published in: on August 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ending the Crime of Torture

 Speaker: Beza

 
Beza is a professional physicist who was tortured in Ethiopia. He is a member of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) and will speak for the first time about his experience as a torture survivor. The mission of TASSC, the only organization founded by and for torture survivors, is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are.
 
Please join TASSC in celebrating its 17th Annual June Survivors’ Week from June 25th to June 29th in D.C. focusing on the theme “Building Bridges Together”.  During the week TASSC will have different workshops, a human rights training, a Congressional visit, and a 12 hour vigil on June 28 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Lafayette Park across from the White House. There will also be a hearing at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Survivors and prominent human rights experts will speak at the workshops and at the Tom Lantos Commission.
For more info please see: www.tassc.org
Please join us!
 
Date: Friday, June 6, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010 For more info contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649

 

Published in: on May 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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