Speaker: Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
Where: White House (north side on Pennsylvania Ave.)
“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15)
Maria Santelli has been director of the Center on Conscience & War (CCW) since 2011. Before coming to DC, Maria lived and worked at Trinity House Catholic Worker in Albuquerque, New Mexico and founded the New Mexico branch of the GI Rights Hotline. For 73 years, CCW has worked to extend and defend the rights of conscientious objectors to war and violence. In draft time, CCW supported those who resisted conscription to war. Today, CCW’s work is with active duty members of a voluntary military who seek discharge as objectors to war. This work puts CCW in the unique and privileged position of sharing rare and valuable insights and information with members of our communities working to build a more just and peaceful world. In the course of CCW’s work, staff are often asked, “Why have empathy for an individual who joined the armed forces voluntarily and now decides he or she cannot fight, cannot kill? Didn’t they know what they were signing up for? Didn’t they know that the purpose of the US military is to fight wars? The answers are complex and vary for each individual. What they share in common, though, is a personal transformation, brought about by a crisis of conscience. And contained within each military conscientious objector’s personal journey are powerful guideposts that can help steer our collective passage from militarism to nonviolence.
Date: Friday, February 7, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010
For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, 202-360-6416
In Place of DDCW Monthly Clarification of Thought–Please consider participating in the Witness Against Torture Events
Happy New Year!
Instead of the regular Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Clarification of Thought talk that is usually held on the first Friday of the month, we are inviting people to participate in the Witness Against Torture (WAT) events that are being held in Washington, D.C. January 6-13 as part of the “Fast for Justice.” On Day 1 of the Fast WAT sent out the following message:
January 11, 2014 marks the twelfth anniversary of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the eighth anniversary of Witness Against Torture’s January 11 presence in D.C., and our sixth liquids fast.
For the next 8 days, we are fasting in Washington, DC for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. We wish to frame this act thusly:
This is not about us. This is NOT about the United States cutting itself out of the patchwork of the family quilt of humanity. This is about 155 men who have been stuck in prison cells in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for up to 12 years, who continue to count the days, weeks, months and years they must wait to go home.
Who are these men? Where did they come from? How and why were they captured so many years ago to be held prisoners in Cuba by the U.S. military? And when will they regain their freedom?
Through our actions this week– fasting and vigiling– we reach out to them to connect. We will connect you too through a daily update, which will include a report of what we did here in DC, reflections from fasters, and links to news articles. (Let us know if you would like to receive daily updates from the fast by sending an e-mail with “fast updates” in the subject to email@example.com)
Finally, each day we will share a profile of one GTMO detainee and one WAT member. We invite you to discover your connections to the prisoners as we explore our own by introducing ourselves beside them.
In Peace, Witness Against Torture
*let us know if you will join us for a day, or days of fasting
We especially encourage people to attend the January 11 march and rally (see below) to mark the 12th anniversary of the first detainees going to Guantanamo (see below info). For more info see the Witness Against Torture web site: www.witnesstorture.org.
JANUARY 11 DAY OF ACTION AGAINST GUANTANAMO
JOIN THE MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC
Rally and procession to mark the 12th anniversary of Guantánamo, and to demand its closure.
• Noon – Gather for rally and witness at the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)
• 1 p.m. – Procession leaves from White House, ends at 2:30 p.m.
• Speakers: TBA
Sponsoring Organizations: Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture, Amnesty International, CODEPINK: Women For Peace, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the World Can’t Wait. Blue Lantern Project, & CloseGitmo.net .
This January 11, 2014 marks the unacceptable 12th anniversary of indefinite detention without charge or trial at Guantánamo. Join us in Washington, D.C. to witness this anniversary together, and to call on President Obama to finally fulfill his broken promise to shut it down. Obama has the power to close Guantánamo, and the new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA 2014) just approved by Congress makes it even easier for him to do so. 155 men remain detained at Guantánamo; most should never have been detained in the first place and are entering their 13th year of being deprived of their liberty without any charge or trial. They must be tried in a fair court or released; Guantánamo must be shut down.
The Massacre of the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat
Dates: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 – 3:30pm – Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church,
1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
We invite you to participate in all or part of the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance retreat
Retreat Theme: THE MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS IS MAGNIFIED
Every hour of every day, the United States Military magnifies destruction across the globe. From overt wars to covert “dirty wars,” lives are destroyed, families torn apart, people disappeared. Every second of every minute, the world’s addiction to oil, natural gas and nuclear power is the cause of environmental contamination that is threatening global devastation. And always, the existence of nuclear weapons puts all life in utter peril. On this Feast of the Holy Innocents we respond to all this with a resounding “No!” This is the time to hold a magnifying glass to these horrors for all to see. This is a time when we call for transformation and resolve to magnify God’s creation with joy.
Details: Please join members of Jonah House, the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and members of the Atlantic and Southern Life communities in a time of prayer, reflection and nonviolent witness to commemorate the Massacre of the Holy Innocents – past and present – and to proclaim hope for a world of nonviolence, peace and justice.
The retreat will begin on Friday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. with a candlelit demonstration outside the Pentagon and end on Saturday, Dec. 28 with a noon-time nonviolent witness at the White House.
Contact: Jonah House: 410-233-6238, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, http://dccatholicworker.wordpress.com