Ash Wednesday Witness of Repentance at the White Hous

Dear Friends,

The beginning of Lent is not far away. On Ash Wednesday a prayer service will be held in front of the White House to call for personal and societal repentance and conversion to the Gospel call of justice, nonviolence and peacemaking. Please come, bring a friend, and share the below info with your network. 
With gratitude,
Art

When: Ash Wednesday, March 5 from Noon-1:00 p.m.

Where: White House (north side on Pennsylvania Ave.)

“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15)

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time for personal and societal repentance, a time for radical conversion, renewal and transformation. Living under the brutal occupation of the Roman empire, Jesus declared: “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15) Living in the U.S. empire, which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” we need to heed Jesus’ proclamation now more than ever.
On Ash Wednesday people from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C. area will hold a prayer service in front of the White House to call for repentance and conversion of ourselves, our society and our churches to the Gospel way of justice, nonviolence and a reverence for all life and creation. We call for an end to all war and the elimination of all weapons–from guns, to killer drones, to nuclear weapons. We call, too, for an end to corporate domination, justice for the poor and all immigrants, and for the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on serving the common good, alleviating poverty and protecting the environment.
Ashes will be blessed and distributed. Please Join us.
For more info contact Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-360-6416 or artlaffin@hotmail.com.
Published in: on February 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Conscience and War: What We Learn from Soldiers Who Seek To Leave the Military

Speaker: Maria Santelli 

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

Published in: on January 25, 2014 at 2:59 am  Leave a Comment  

In Place of DDCW Monthly Clarification of Thought–Please consider participating in the Witness Against Torture Events

Dear Friends,

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 witnesstorture@gmail.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.

With gratitude,
Art Laffin


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.

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WHERE: White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, D.C.)

• 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.

Published in: on January 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Massacre of the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat

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, disarmnow2@verizon.net; Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, http://dccatholicworker.wordpress.com

Published in: on December 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm  Comments (1)  

Clarification of Thought Friday, December 6th @ 7:30pm

Join us for our next Clarification of Thought
The Ghosts of Jeju
Speaker: Regis Tremblay
 
Join us for our Clarification of Thought program and see an important new film, The Ghosts of Jeju. This film is about a new U.S.-backed naval base on Jeju Island off the coast of S. Korea that is under construction and which is being resisted by the local islanders along with many Catholic religious, many of whom have been arrested and jailed. The base, which is part of the U.S. military “pivot” to Asia, will serve as a strategic outpost to contain China.
The producer of the film, Regis Tremblay, will be present to discuss the film.

 

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A shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, S. Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea.

Using previously secret and classified photos, film and documents, this will be the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the brave people of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the military advance of the United States, just as their parents and relatives did in 1947. As then, they are being arrested, jailed, fined, and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America’s “pivot to Asia,” and will destroy their 400 year old village and their UNESCO protected environment.

And yet, the indomitable spirit of the villagers and their supporters, who have not lost hope in spite of overwhelming odds, will inspire and motivate everyone who believes there is a better way to live together on this planet.

Date: Friday, December 6th, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.

Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010
Free and Open to the public. For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649

Published in: on November 21, 2013 at 2:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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