Protest the Air Force Association Arms Bazaar

When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.  

What: A Nonviolent Safe Distance Vigil and Prayer Service for Peace and Justice during the annual AFA Air-Space-Cyber Conference and Technology Exposition, what we call an “Arms Bazaar.” This year the Arms Bazaar is being held in person and virtually for those not able to attend. This witness is being held on the International Day of Peace, and in-solidarity with Campaign Nonviolence, who will be sponsoring a week-long series of actions nationwide from September 18-26. Over 4,200 actions are being planned in the U.S. and abroad this year.

For more info see: https://paceebene.org/action-week.

For more info about the AFA Arms Bazaar see: 
https://www.afa.org/events/calendar/2021-09-20/air-space-cyber-conference


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 the Dorothy Day Catholic WorkerFor more info contact: Art Laffin – 202-360-6416,  artlaffin@hotmail.com

Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop thearmstrade.”                                                                                                                                               –Pope Francis, September 24, 2015 Speech to the U.S. Congress

Dear Friends, 

From September 20-22, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is once again playing host to the Air Force Association (AFA) “Air-Space-Cyber Conference and Technology Exposition,” what we call an “Arms Bazaar.” The AFA, according to its web site, is “the voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family.” This year’s theme marking the 75th anniversary of the AFA is: “AIR AND SPACE LEADERSHIP FOR OUR NATION – TODAY AND TOMORROW.” According the AFA web site, “Over 12,000 people registered for the last in-person Air, Space & Cyber Conference and Technology Exposition including top decision-makers from the Air Force. The last in-person conference broke records for attendance and we fully expect another record-breaking crowd this fall.”

More than 140 exhibitors taking part in this year’s Arms Bazaar have played a prominent role in U.S. warmaking. Weapons contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and BAE, are profiting from war and literally are making a killing! See:https://www.afa.org/events/airspacecyber2021/sponsor-listing.

But that’s not all. The Pentagon and numerous arms dealers are committed to U.S. nuclear/military/cyber superiority and militarizing and controlling space.

During its three-day Arms Bazaar, the AFA will hold forums addressing how the U.S. can refine its warmaking apparatus and cyber capability so it can dominate earth and space.
See: https://www.afa.org/events/airspacecyber2021/agenda.Here are titles for three of the forums: “Total Force–Air and Space,” “From Acquistion to Lethality,” “Fighting and Winning in Space.” Additionally, there will be two gala banquets. We decry the AFA   Arms Bazaar for what it is: a scandalous affront to God, a theft from the poor, and a threat to people and the environment worldwide! 

The victims cry out for justice, and the earth, under daily assault, groans in travail! Who will speak for the poor and the victims, as arms dealers reap huge profits from their lethal weapons and death technology? Who will protect our sacred earth and environment? Who will help to convert the U.S. war economy to meet urgent human needs? We need, more than ever, to nonviolently resist all U.S. warmaking, racism and oppression–from Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Gaza and elsewhere, and all systemic violence in every city and town in our country. Together, let us continue to do all we can to establish the Beloved Community, end the climate crisis, eradicate poverty and create a world free of nuclear and conventional weapons, killer drones, war, racial hatred and oppression. In the name of God, who calls us to love and not to hate, demonize and kill, and to beat all the swords of our time into plowshares, it’s time to end this Arms Bazaar!  


Please join with members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Pax Christi and other peacemakers as we seek to say YES to Life and a resounding NO to the merchants of death and war profiteers. 

Please share this with your contacts and network.

With gratitude, 
Art Laffin

Directions to Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

Directions from Downtown D.C., 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. directly across from the Gaylord National Resort. If you are coming from Maryland or Virginia use Map Quest for the most precise route to the Gaylord. 
For public transportation go https://www.wmata.com/ and click on TRIP PLANNER.

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Report of August 9, 2021 76th Anniversary of the US Nuclear Bombing of Nagasaki Commemoration Pentagon Witness


“Humanity and nuclear weapons can’t coexist.”

Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Survivor and member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), 2017 ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech 

Dear Friends, 


Early this morning, from 7-8 AM, 15 peacemakers from the DMV held a prayer service of repentance at the Pentagon, the center of warmaking on the planet, for the sinful and criminal U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During this prayer service of Remembrance, Repentance and Resistance (similar to what was offered for the Aug. 6th White House Witness), we prayed for the victims of these unspeakable nuclear atrocities, and called on the nation to repent for the nuclear sin and bring about total disarmament and nuclear abolition. 
Like for the Aug. 6th White House witness, the theme for this witness was “In the Presence of All Who Perished: Remembrance in the Age of the Ban Treaty.” Our witness was in solidarity with nationwide actions (see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/336042507972854), and worldwide commemorations to abolish nuclear weapons.


As we gathered in the police designated fenced off protest area to begin the witness, we displayed photos of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and banners along the fence near the sidewalk where civilians and soldiers pass by on their way into the building. To open the prayer service Luci Murphy sang “Healing River.” I then offered a statement about the purpose of our witness. Paul Magno read the Apology Petition to the people of Japan. Dan Moriarty read Hiroshima Survivor Setsuko Thurlow’s acceptance speech for the 2017 ICAN Nobel Peace Prize. I offered a song of the A-Bomb survivors. John Kelly, Mike Walli, Kathy Boylan, Sunny Neelam and Alex read a reflection on the decision to use the Bomb, the perils of nuclear weapons and the moral necessity to ban them. Luci Murphy led us in singing the “Little Dead Girl of Hiroshima.” Jack McHale led the Litany of Repentance, and Ken Cooper read Dan Berrigan’s poem “Shadow on the Rock.” 


As today also marks the anniversaries of the martyrdom of St. Edith Stein and Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, we read quotes from both of these martyrs who were killed by the Nazi regime. We also called into our presence the entire cloud of witnesses, including those who have witnessed at the Pentagon during their lifetime. 


I also offered a prayer for Pentagon Police Officer George Gonzalez who was killed by Austin Lanz last Tuesday at the Pentagon. We prayed, too, for Lanz and all who were affected by this tragedy. Also, both Kathy and I conveyed our condolences to Pentagon police officers we encountered at the vigil regarding the death of officer Gonzalez. 

To conclude our witness Luci Murphy lead us in a moving version of the song: “Vine and Fig Tree.”
Please see the photo and story by Ryohei Takagi, Correspondent, Kyodo News Washington Bureau, that was published by Japan’s leading news agency about the August 6 White House commemoration witness. https://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/306807. (Make sure to click on English translation when you access the link.)

Finally, I want to express great gratitude to everyone who attended the August 6-and 9th White House and Pentagon witnesses, as well as for those who could not attend and who expressed their prayerful solidarity.  And special thanks to each of you who receive this, for all you are doing to help create the Beloved Community. 
In hope for a disarmed world,


Art

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Aug. 6, 2021 76th Anniversary of the US Nuclear Bombing of Hiroshima Commemoration Prayer Service of Repentance Across the Street from the White House


Ryohei Takagi, Correspondent, Kyodo News Washington Bureau

“Humanity and nuclear weapons can’t coexist.”

Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Survivor and member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), 2017 ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech 
 

Dear Friends, 
 
On August 6, to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the sinful and criminal U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, over 30 peacemakers held a noontime prayer service in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House (see prayer service below). We were not able to hold our witness on Pennsylvania Ave. as it was just recently closed due to a paving project. The witness was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and co-sponsored by Assisi Community, Jonah House, Anne Montgomery House, Pax Christi Metro DC Baltimore, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas–Justice Team, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Franciscan Action Network, Little Friends for Peace, and Pax Christi USA. 
 
“In the Presence of All Who Perished: Remembrance in the Age of the Ban Treaty” is the theme for actions that are being held across the U.S on Aug. 6-9 and organized the U.S. Days of Action Working Group. see:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/336042507972854
Our witness was in solidarity with these nationwide actions and worldwide commemorations to abolish nuclear weapons. 
 
This witness of remembrance, repentance, resistance and nuclear abolition will continue on Aug. 9th at the Pentagon, as we commemorate the US nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. For those in the DMV area please join us. If you haven’t already received this info, please contact me.
 
In hope for a disarmed world,
 
Art


I. Prayer Service of Repentance for Aug. 6, 2021- White House Witness

Opening

APOLOGY PETITION (Led by Scott Wright and Jean Stokan)

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Aug. 6-9 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Vigils at White House and Pentagon

 
“Humanity and nuclear weapons can’t coexist.”
Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Survivor and member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), 2017 ICAN Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech 
 
 
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“Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil”.

(Epitah at bottom of the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial Cenotaph and Peace Flame to remember all the victims of the atomic bombings)


 
Dear Friends, 
 
To commemorate the 76th anniversary of the sinful and criminal U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will hold vigils to which you are invited: 
  • Friday, Aug. 6: Noon-1 PM @ White House on Pennsylvania Ave. 
  • Monday, Aug. 9: 7-8 AM @ Pentagon in the designated protest area
As we remember and pray for the victims of these unspeakable nuclear atrocities, and call on the nation to repent for the nuclear sin and bring about total disarmament and nuclear abolition, we do so in solidarity with imprisoned and other members of the KBP7 (https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/) and actions taking place around the U.S. and worldwide. “In the Presence of All Who Perished: Remembrance in the Age of the Ban Treaty” is the theme for actions that will be held across the U.S. According to the U.S. Days of Action Working Group, the purpose for these actions is two-fold: to note that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) has shifted the conversation about nuclear weapons from military and policy considerations to the humanitarian and environmental impacts of nuclear weapons; and to elevate the voices of those who have witnessed the destructive power of nuclear weapons—hibakusha, pacific islanders, downwinders. For more info see:  
Please join us and share with friends. Please let me know if you can attend. 
 
In hope for a disarmed world,
 
Art

Co-Sponsored by:
 
Assisi Community
Jonah House 
Anne Montgomery House
Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore
 

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Justice Team

Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach 
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Franciscan Action Network
Little Friends for Peace
 
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Good Friday Pentagon Witness

Dear Friends,

Early on Good Friday morning, from 7-8 AM, ten peacemakers held a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus and to call for an end to the crucifixion of people today. On this unseasonably very cold and windy morning, as a beautiful half moon was setting and a spectacular sunrise was unfolding, we offered yet another prayer of intercession at this center of war making on our planet. We carried in our hearts many from our extended communities who could not be with us physically but joined us in spirit for this witness.

    
As Pentagon police kept a watchful eye on us, a steady stream of Pentagon workers and soldiers walked by us in the designated protest area, located behind bicycle fences on the southeast side of the building. We hung on the fence a banner with a quote from the late renowned peacemaker, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen: “Nuclear Arms are the Global Crucifixion of Jesus.” (see attached photo with Pentagon in background.) Other banners were hung on the fence, including several with quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. and another banner that read: “Nuclear Weapons are Illegal–The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.” We wore small signs and held crosses with the names of the different victims that we were remembering in our prayer service. Also displayed was a life size cardboard cutout of Daniel Berrigan, along with signs: “Let us Follow the Unarmed Jesus” and “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” 


At the beginning of the witness, Kathy Boylan left the designated protest area carrying a sign “Refuse to Kill” and walked down the sidewalk toward a main security checkpoint for workers and new Visitor’s entrance. She stopped a good distance away from the checkpoint and stood with her sign in the middle of the sidewalk. She was repeatedly ordered by Pentagon police to leave this area but refused to do so. She remained there for the entire time of the witness and engaged in dialogue with police. Surprisingly, she was not arrested. Going outside the designated protest area to hold a sign, leaflet or engage in any other form of public witness almost always results in an arrest.  In the designated protest area, the prayer service commenced with an opening statement (see below) and we proceeded to read the accounts/prayers of crucified victims. (see below the Script of Crucified Victims and Desecrated Earth). The readers were Kirstin and Merwyn DeMello, Mike Walli, Paul Magno, Jack McHale, Jean Johnson, Ken Cooper, John Kelly and myself. After each account/prayer, we sang “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.”

  
The prayer service ended with a reading from Leonardo Boff’s book “The Way of the Cross, Way of Justice,” singing a revised version of the “Stabat Mater” (At the Cross Her Station Keeping), which includes six new verses composed by Joe Byrne from Jonah House, and singing “Vine and Fig Tree.”

Let us pray for each other during this Holy Season, and for all those in our world who are experiencing at this very moment the passion and death of Jesus. And let us be transformed by the cross and resurrection of Jesus as we seek to practice resurrection and be living signs of hope for our world.

In Resurrection Hope, 

Art Laffin

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(Opening Statement of Pentagon Prayer Witness)

A Good Friday Plea: Stop Crucifixion Today!
 
Good Morning to All Who Work at the Pentagon.

“We adore you o Christ and we bless you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!”

Today is Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate the Crucifixion and death of Jesus. Today, vast numbers of God’s global family experience a modern form of crucifixion as they are crucified to a cross of war, militarism, racial hatred, discrimination and economic exploitation. In the crucified people of our world, we see the crucified face of Jesus.

We, members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Pax Christi and other faith communities, witness at the Pentagon today to follow Jesus in nonviolent revolution as he made his way to Jerusalem. We remember the victims who have been and continue to be crucified and deemed expendable, and call for an immediate end to their crucifixion. We also pray for an end to the desecration of our sacred earth.

We say loudly and clearly with Jesus: Jesus’ last instruction to his disciples at the time of his arrest were “Put away the sword,” (Mt. 26:52).  We say loudly and clearly with Jesus, “Love one another,” “Love your enemies,” “Be merciful as God is merciful,” “Proclaim liberty to captives,” and “Put away the sword.”  “Thou shalt not kill!”

We call out to the consciences of people everywhere, especially those who lead the nations, including our own, to eradicate what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism.” (This Easter Sunday marks the 53rd anniversary of Dr. King’s martyrdom)  End all racial violence and injustice! Welcome the immigrant! Stop all violence, torture and killing! Abolish war! Abolish all weapons–from guns and assault weapons to killer drones, nuclear weapons and all weapons of war. As our banner on display here says: “Nuclear Arms are the global crucifixion of Jesus.” Endorse the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which has been ratified by 54 countries and has now entered legal force, thereby making nuclear weapons illegal. Create a political and economic order that rejects empire, upholds the dignity and human rights of every person, protects the earth and meets the human needs of all, especially in this pandemic time. Work for nonviolent social transformation! Practice Resurrection!

Please join us as we strive to create the Beloved Community!

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Script of Crucified Victims and Desecrated Earth– Good Friday, April 2, 2021

(Prepared by Art Laffin)

Crucified Victim #1–Victim of Racial Violence                                                                                                              

We pray for all those–past and present–who have been and continue to be crucified to a cross of racial hatred, rooted in the sin of white supremacy. We remember and pray for all those American Indians and African Americans who were slaughtered, enslaved, lynched and murdered simply because of their skin color. Today racial hatred and violence is pervasive throughout the land. A disproportionate number of African Americans are imprisoned and executed. African Americans are constantly profiled and are being killed in record numbers by white police officers. During this time, as the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin is now underway in Minneapolis, we recall with shock and horror George Floyd crying out multiple times: “I Can’t Breathe,” as Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee was on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds before he died. Too many have suffered and died because of White Supremacy and State violence! The knee of White Supremacy has been on the necks of Blacks for far too long! Black Lives Matter!  

Muslims in the U.S. are demonized and targeted. Hate crimes against Asians are increasing. Systemic violence and racism, inherent in oppressive economic and political structures and policies, crush the poor and people of color, denying so many of their dignity and human rights.  

Loving God, you have instructed us that every person is created in your image and that all life is sacred. We repent for the sin of racism. Deepen our commitment to work for justice and equality for all people of color as we strive to make the Beloved Community a reality here and now.   

Crucified Victim #2–Iraq War Victim 

For 30 years the U.S. has waged war and militarily intervened in Iraq. We pray for the estimated 2 million Iraqis who have died since 1991 as a result of the U.S.-UN led sanctions, U.S. bombings, invasion and occupation. We pray for the countless millions who have been injured and displaced. We repent for the massive destruction the U.S. has caused in Iraq, for traumatizing a generation of Iraqis and setting into motion a spiral of violence and political upheaval which, in part, created the conditions for the rise of the Islamic State. We call for all CIA and U.S. military personnel and security contractors currently in Iraq to leave immediately, and that the U.S. beg forgiveness from and make reparations to the Iraqi people.

Crucified Victim #3–Afghanistan War Victim (Part of this was written by Merwyn DeMello)

Since the U.S. began its criminal military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001, tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed and wounded. Like Iraq, an entire population has been traumatized by U.S. warmaking. We pray for all those Afghans who have been, and continue to be, crucified to a cross of ruthless U.S. military occupation.

Let us pray for the people of Afghanistan, particularly the peacemakers, the Afghan Peace Volunteers, the Helmand Peace marchers, who dedicate their lives to peacemaking in the face of violence caused by the presence and actions of US forces on their soil. Let us pray that their great sacrifices made in blood and tears are met with success.  Many of the youth of Afghanistan have grown up in war – let us pray that on this Good Friday, the hearts of those walking past us are touched by our vigil and our prayers, that they be moved to oppose the violence that war and violence brings, so that the people of Afghanistan can enjoy the fruits of true peace.

We pray and work for an immediate end to the immoral and illegal U.S. war in Afghanistan, for the withdrawal of all military and CIA personnel, and that the U.S. beg forgiveness from and make reparations to the people of Afghanistan

Crucified Victim #4–Drone Bombing Victim                                                  

We pray in repentance for all victims of U.S. drone strikes and call for an immediate end to the use of these immoral and illegal killer-drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere. We call for the U.S. to apologize and make reparations to all victims’ families of drone strikes. We pray in gratitude for all who have resisted and who have been imprisoned for decrying this diabolical robotic warfare. We commit ourselves to abolishing these murderous drones, our American death squads of the skies.

Crucified Victim #5–Victim of Militarism and Nuclearism                                                                                         

We pray for all people–past and present–who have been, and continue to be, crucified to the cross of militarism, nuclearism and warmaking. We remember and pray for all victims of U.S. warmaking. We appeal for an end to U.S. sanctions and threats against Iran; for an end to all U.S. military aid/arms sales to Israel which are used to support the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine; and for an end to U.S. arms sales to African countries, including Morocco, which are used to support the occupation of Western Sahara. We call for the closing of the estimated 800 U.S. military bases worldwide, including in S. Korea, and for an end to U.S. provocative military threats against N. Korea.    

We pray and are committed to working for the abolition of war; for the elimination of nuclear weapons, nuclear technology and all weapons; for an end to the militarization of space and all U.S. arms sales and military intervention worldwide; for the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on serving the common good. This includes redirecting the $740 billion 2021 U.S. military budget to meet urgent human needs in this perilous pandemic time. We call, too, for the termination of the current 30-year nuclear modernization program now underway at an estimated cost of $1.7 trillion. And we call for the Pentagon to be converted and transformed from a center of warmaking to a center that serves life!   

Crucified Victim #6— Yemen War Victim

                                                                                                                          We call on the U.S. to end its involvement in the criminal Saudi war against Yemen which has claimed thousands of live and has caused mass starvation, including the deaths of an estimated 85,000 children, and a cholera epidemic. We call for an end to all U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in its war against Yemen. 

Crucified Victim #7–Victim of Poverty and Economic Exploitation                                                                            

We remember all people who have been, and continue to be, sacrificed at the altar of greed, oppression and economic exploitation, especially now in this pandemic. Never before have so few rich people been allowed to hoard so much. Income inequality is a grave injustice. We remember all people who have died early deaths in the U.S. and worldwide from dire poverty, malnutrition, homelessness and inadequate health care. We pray and work for an end to structures and policies that dominate, exploit and crucify people to a cross of dehumanizing poverty, debt and neglect. 

Crucified Victim #8–Torture Victim

Jesus was a torture victim who was condemned by religious authorities and executed by the Roman empire. We remember all torture victims, past and present, who have suffered and died from the effects of torture. We remember those prisoners who died at secret U.S. military black sites, as well as the nine men who died at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo. Let us continue to pray and work for the abolition of torture worldwide, and for the immediate closing of Guantanamo and all torture centers.

Crucified Victim #9–Nonviolent Revolutionary Victim

We remember all those who have given their lives and who have sacrificed their freedom as they have struggled, without using violence, for justice in their countries, including Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Honduras and Myanmar, to name but a few. We call on the U.S. to repent for its role in helping to aid abusive regimes that repress internal dissent. May all that has been stolen from these sisters and brothers be restored.

Crucified Victim #10– Imprisoned Victim

We remember and pray for:                                                                                                                                               

  1. All whistle-blowers, truth-tellers and political prisoners who have been, and continue to be, persecuted, including Mordechai Vanunu, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden
  2. Leonard Peltier, Native American political prisoner serving a life sentence
  3. Imprisoned peacemakers Fr. Steve Kelly, Martha Hennessy, Clare Grady, Patrick O’Neill and Carmen Trotta of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7
  4. The estimated 1.8 million prisoners in the U.S., for all who are condemned and awaiting execution, and for all prisoners worldwide…

We pray and work for a dismantling of the mass incarceration complex. In the words of Jesus, let us “proclaim liberty to all captives.”   

Crucified Victim #11–Immigration Victim

Mindful that Jesus was born as a migrant and exiled as a refugee, we remember today those immigrants who have been crucified to a cross of exploitation, racism, oppression and war. We remember all those who have fled their homelands in Syria, Iraq and throughout the Middle East and in Africa due to war. We remember, too, those who have been driven from their homes and the hundreds who have died in the Mediterranean Sea and crossing the Mexico-U.S. border. Loving God, help us to learn to love and welcome the immigrants in this land. Give us the courage to stand for justice for all immigrants instead of imprisoning them in dehumanizing detention facilities. Give us the courage to speak out and expose how our country’s policies of globalization and free trade are driving people to leave their countries and tearing families apart. Help us to take down the walls of division and fear that create physical walls of separation on our border. Teach us the words of love you would have us speak as we call for comprehensive immigration reform in this land.


Crucified Victim #12–Our Desecrated Earth

Creator God, we confess that the way we live today is desecrating the earth, changing the climate, the seas and the balance of life, and dispossessing the poor and future generations. We repent for the way our environment and earth continue to be endangered by industrial pollution, toxic deadly chemicals, wasteful oil consumption, pipelines, nuclear radiation and the effects of preparing for and waging war. With some 800 military bases worldwide and a vast global war machine, the U.S. military is the world’s single biggest consumer of fossil fuels and has greatly contributed to destabilizing the earth’s climate. Creator God, help us to stop destroying your creation. Empower and sustain all those who are nonviolently resisting threats to land, water, air and sky throughout our world. Empower us to safeguard the earth, our common home, and all of creation and choose life for all that is at risk.

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