November 8. 2019 Charlie King Concert at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

In Concert at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker:

One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” — Pete Seeger

With encouraging regularity, Charlie King emerges from his self-reflection to remind us of the happy resilience of the human spirit. His message songs vary between the funny and the frightening, but he pulls them off with unvarying taste, musical skill, and charm.” — Billboard

What: Charlie King Concert

When: Friday, November 8, 2019 (Dorothy Day’s Birthday!) at 7:30 PM 

Where: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

Metro: Closest metro, Georgia Ave.-Petworth station (Green Line)  For metro info see:  https://www.wmata.com.

How Much: Free Will Offering  

Sponsored by: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker  

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. His songs have been sung by Pete Seeger, Holly Near, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie & Peggy Seeger to name a few.

Past honors include: an “Indie” award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League’s 1998 Peacemaker award given to Charlie and Odetta; and the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award for which he was nominated by Pete Seeger.  In 2014, the Labor Heritage Foundation presented Charlie the Joe Hill Award, a lifetime achievement award for excellence in the field of labor culture. In 2017 he was presented with the annual Phil Ochs award.

Please see: https://charlieking.org/

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist.
He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

Please join us!

For more info contact: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649,  artlaffin@hotmail.comPlease join us!

Published in: on October 28, 2019 at 8:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Respect God’s Creation- The Nonviolent Campaign to Stop the Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline

Speaker: Sr. Sara Dwyer
Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC, 20010

The U.S. region of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an international order of Catholic sisters, have been part of a nonviolent campaign to stop the construction of a natural gas pipeline underneath a strip of land they own in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Despite the Adorers’ refusal to cooperate with this endeavor, the Williams Corporation and Transcontinental Pipe Line Co. (Transco) has gotten approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granting them the right to construct, maintain and operate a pipeline on this land for the Atlantic Sunrise Project.

The Adorers received a request from the grassroots coalition, Lancaster Against Pipelines, to install and use, and to invite other people of faith to use, a portable prayer “chapel” on their land. The purpose of this structure is to draw people to prayer and reflection about just and holy uses of land.

While the Adorers understand that the federal court order of eminent domain, once it goes into effect, can allow Williams/Transco to call for the removal of the “chapel” from the easement, they believe that having this structure on their land, for however long, gives tangible witness to the sacredness of Earth.

In a legal case that attracted national attention, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the fossil fuel industry over the religious freedoms of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ when they upheld the forced seizure of the Sisters’ land for a climate-warming pipeline. This project, and subsequent court ruling, represented a blatant violation of the Adorers’ deeply held religious convictions about the sacredness of the Earth. After a careful consideration of their options, the Adorers filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on September 7, 2018.

Sr. Sara Dwyer, a sister of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, will speak about her order’s commitment to protect and care for God’s creation and share the story of the inspiring faith-based nonviolent witness to stop the pipeline. As October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, she will also speak about the common threads of spirituality and mission of St. Francis, Dorothy Day and Pope Francis and how they invite us to be a Gospel witness today.

For six years, Sr. Sara served on her order’s Leadership Team in the U.S.  She also is the Adorers’ JPIC contact for the U.S. Region. She currently serves as the Director at the Washington Retreat House, in DC.  She has served in adult faith formation for 45 years in parishes, dioceses and retreat ministries as well as in collegiate settings.

For more info about the campaign to stop the pipeline see: https://adorers.org/pipeline/

Judge’s Decision. We are disappointed that the federal judge made the decision to condemn the rights of way and grant immediate possession of our (and others’) property in Lancaster County to the Transcontinental Pipe Line Co. for the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline project.

Please Join Us!

For more info contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649artlaffin@hotmail.com

Published in: on September 27, 2019 at 9:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Report of AFA Arms Bazaar Witness on September 17, 2019

Dear Friends,

On September 17th, from Noon- 1:30 p.m., twelve peacemakers from DMV area held a nonviolent witness to resist, once again, the annual Air Force Association (AFA) “Arms Bazaar” held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Among those who participated in this witness included members and friends of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Pax Christi and CODEPINK. This witness was in solidarity with Campaign Nonviolence who is sponsoring a week-long series of actions nationwide from September 14-22. Nearly 3,000 actions are taking place in the U.S. and abroad as part of this campaign. For more info see: https://paceebene.org/campaign-nonviolence/

 
As we gathered across the street from the Gaylord, we were greeted by a Prince George Co. police officer.  We stated our purpose for being there and invited the officer to get an injunction barring the AFA from holding its criminal weapons exhibition. Carrying banners and signs, ten of us then processed to the main entrance of the Gaylord where the Arms Bazaar was being held. As we made our way to the entrance we were visible to scores of soldiers who were coming out of the Gaylord. Once at the entrance we vigiled for about ten minutes until we were ordered to leave by Gaylord security and PG police. As we left the entrance, in view of many soldiers and arms contractors, we sang “Down By the Riverside.”
 
We then set up our vigil and continued our witness on the sidewalk in front of the Gaylord next to the driveway entrance where people attending the Arms Bazaar enter and exit. Last year we vigiled in the same space for the first time. However in the six previous years of our witness we were prohibited from vigiling on the Gaylord sidewalk because it is “private property.”
During this time Paki Wieland and I read our leaflet (see below) and after each paragraph we chanted “STOP THE AFA ARMS BAZAAR — DISARM NOW!” This was followed by a reading of the Beatitudes from Luke’s Gospel. Rev. Chuck Booker then offered a prayer of Exorcism and Conversion. Pat Elder,  Kathy Boylan, Bob Cooke and Jack McHale read selections from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech from 1967.  Mary Neznek led a Litany of Repentance and Conversion which was followed by a song. We then heard from Medea Benjamin who had gone inside the Gaylord. She shared how saddening it was to witness up close this scandalous “Arms Bazaar.” She said she tried to interview a Lockheed Martin representative about the selling of weapons to Saudi Arabia who have used such weapons to bomb school buses and hospitals in Yemen, but the representative would not speak about this subject.
 
In our closing circle, we remembered the continuing struggle by the people in Vieques, Puerto Rico who are endangered by the deadly waste left behind from decades of U.S. naval bomb testing. We remembered, too, the whistle-blowers and truth-tellers, including Katharine Gun, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and Mordechai Vanunu who have endured great suffering as a result of their courageous actions.  And finally, we remembered the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 who will be tried in Federal Court in Brunswick, Georgia on October 21 for their prophetic action at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. They face a maximum 25 year prison sentence.  We concluded our vigil by singing the Vine and Fig Tree song.
In hope for a disarmed world,
Art Laffin
Leaflet for The AFA “Arms Bazaar ” Protest 
 
STOP THE AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION “ARMS BAZAAR!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
“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 the arms trade.”                                                                                                                             —Pope Francis, September 24, 2015 Speech to the U.S. Congress

 

From September 16-18, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is once again playing host to the Air Force Association (AFA) “Air, Space and Cyber Conference” what we call an “Arms Bazaar.” The AFA, according to its web site, is “the voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family.” Last year’s theme for the AFA Arms Bazaar was: “Multi-Domain Operations: Leveraging the Full Spectrum.” This year’s theme is “Expanding the Competitive Edge.” (see below more info) Over 130 exhibitors taking part in this years Arms Bazaar have played a prominent role in U.S. warmaking. Arms contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and BAE, are profiting from war and literally are making a killing! 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.

 As the source of approximately 36 percent of the world’s military exports, the U.S. is the worlds largest arms supplier, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute see: https://www.sipri.org/media/press-release/2019/global-arms-trade-usa-increases-dominance-arms-flows-middle-east-surge-says-sipri

The U.S. exported arms to at least 98 countries in the past five years; these deliveries often included advanced weapons such as combat aircraft, short-range cruise and ballistic missiles, and large numbers of guided bombs. Of the 25 countries buying the most weapons from the U.S., 10 are either NATO member nations or part of other alliances formed with the U.S. since the Cold War. In 2017 the U.S. set a one year record for clearing weapons sales of $75.9 billion.

The biggest recipient of U.S. arms sales is Saudi Arabia. The Saudi’s have been using weapons from arms contractors like Lockheed Martin to kill innocent Yemenis, including scores of children. On August 9, 2018 the Saudi military used a 500 pound Lockheed Martin made MK 82 laser guided bomb in an attack on a school-bus in the market of Dahyan in Saada province of Yemen, which killed over 50 people, including 40 children. Ali Mohammed Hasssan Da’i–10 years old; Ali Zaid Hussein Tayeb–9 years old, were among those killed. And on September 15, 2018, Aljazeera reported that two more Yemeni children were killed in yet another bombing by the U.S.-backed Saudi-UAE Military Alliance. Three year old Nabil and new-born baby girl Sumood were killed when a bomb struck their home in the Saada Province’s Marran district. Imagine if these children were members of our own families or friends of ours–how would we feel? It is a grave miscarriage of justice that those responsible for this criminal act will never be held to account.

More than half (52 percent) of U.S. arms exports went to the Middle East in 2014–18. U.S. arms sales in the Middle East are fueling widespread wars in the region, as the U.S. continues its quest to destroy ISIS.

In concert with weapons contractors participating in the AFA Arms Bazaar, the U.S. is engaged in direct military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, continues its military support for the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, proceeds with its military “pivot” in the Asia-Pacific to threaten and contain China, and wages its killer drone attacks. During this past year there have been U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.

In its pursuit to dominate space, the Trump Administration is creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the U.S. military. In an August 29th ceremony formally establishing the Space Force, Mr. Trump called the command’s creation a “landmark moment” in protecting America’s assets in space and said it would help “defend America’s vital interest in space, the next warfighting domain, and I think that’s pretty obvious to everybody. It’s all about space.”

The U.S. government also continues with its “Missile Defense” deployments encircling China and Russia, constituting a flagrant violation of its Anti-Ballistic missile treaty with Russia.

Today the U.S. possess over 6,000 nuclear weapons, many of which are on hair-trigger alert, and proposes to spend an estimated $1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize its existing nuclear arsenal. The Pentagon also announced in June a new nuclear war doctrine: “Nuclear Operations.” This doctrine is designed to fulfill the Trump Administration’s quest for nuclear-war-fighting “flexibility.”

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has turned its “Doomsday Clock” to 2 minutes before midnight to signify the perilous situation facing the world due to the dangers of nuclear war and the climate crisis. This peril has been exacerbated by contradictory and belligerent comments by a U.S. president who has threatened to attack Iran, as well as by the U.S. conducting a sub-critical nuclear test in February, and withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal and the INF Treaty with Russia. As a leading nuclear superpower, the U.S. practices a double standard by calling on other nations to disarm while, at the same time, it refuses to disarm and instead is rapidly expanding its own arsenal. The U.S. military is also the world’s single biggest consumer of fossil fuels which is directly responsible for destabilizing the earth’s climate.

On July 7, 2017, at the conclusion of a special “UN Conference To Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons,” 122 countries voted in favor of historic treaty to legally prohibit nuclear weapons. To date 26 countries have ratified it. We call on the U.S., the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons, to endorse this treaty and to lead the way to total worldwide nuclear disarmament.
During its three day Arms Bazaar, the AFA is sponsoring over 30 forums addressing how the U.S. can refine its warmaking apparatus and cyber capability so it can dominate earth and space. On September 16, the AFA will hold a $300+ per plate banquet honoring outstanding airmen, and on September 18, it will have another similar banquet celebrating the birthday of the AFA. 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? We urgently need, more than ever, to nonviolently resist all war, racism, oppression and violence–from Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza, to Ferguson, Charlottesville, D.C. and elsewhere. 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, it’s time to end this Arms Bazaar!

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

For more info contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649

Published in: on September 18, 2019 at 11:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Protest the Air Force Association (AFA) “Arms Bazaar”–September 17, 2019: Noon–1:30 PM

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, from 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. 

What: A Nonviolent Vigil and Prayer Service for Peace and Justice during the AFA “Arms Bazaar.” As we undertake this vigil, we do so in solidarity with Campaign Nonviolence, who will be sponsoring a week-long series of actions nationwide from September 14-22. Nearly 3,000 actions are taking place in the U.S. and abroad as part of this campaign. For more info see: https://paceebene.org/campaign-nonviolence/

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 (See Directions Below)

Sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

For 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 the arms trade.”                                                                                                                                    –Pope Francis, September 24, 2015 Speech to the U.S. Congress

Dear Friends, 

From September 16-18, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is once again playing host to the Air Force Association (AFA) “Air, Space and Cyber Conference” what we call an “Arms Bazaar.” The AFA, according to its web site, is “the voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family.” Last year’s theme for the AFA Arms Bazaar was: “Multi-Domain Operations: Leveraging the Full Spectrum.” This year’s theme is “Expanding the Competitive Edge.” (see below more info) Over 130 exhibitors taking part in this years Arms Bazaar have played a prominent role in U.S. warmaking. Arms contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and BAE, are profiting from war and literally are making a killing! 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.

As the source of approximately 36 percent of the world’s military exports, the U.S. is the worlds largest arms supplier, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute see: https://www.sipri.org/media/press-release/2019/global-arms-trade-usa-increases-dominance-arms-flows-middle-east-surge-says-sipri

The U.S. exported arms to at least 98 countries in the past five years; these deliveries often included advanced weapons such as combat aircraft, short-range cruise and ballistic missiles, and large numbers of guided bombs. Of the 25 countries buying the most weapons from the U.S., 10 are either NATO member nations or part of other alliances formed with the U.S. since the Cold War. In 2017 the U.S. set a one year record for clearing weapons sales of $75.9 billion. 

The biggest recipient of U.S. arms sales is Saudi Arabia. The Saudi’s have been using weapons from arms contractors like Lockheed Martin to kill innocent Yemenis, including scores of children. 

More than half (52 percent) of U.S. arms exports went to the Middle East in 2014–18. U.S. arms sales in the Middle East are fueling widespread wars in the region, as the U.S. continues its quest to destroy ISIS. 

In concert with weapons contractors participating in the AFA Arms Bazaar, the U.S. is engaged in direct military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, continues its military support for the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, proceeds with its military “pivot” in the Asia-Pacific to threaten and contain China, and wages its killer drone attacks. During this past year there have been U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.

In its pursuit to dominate space, the Trump Administration is creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the U.S. military. In an August 29th ceremony formally establishing the Space Force, Mr. Trump called the command’s creation a “landmark moment” in protecting America’s assets in space and said it would help “defend America’s vital interest in space, the next warfighting domain, and I think that’s pretty obvious to everybody. It’s all about space.” 

The U.S. government also continues with its “Missile Defense” deployments encircling China and Russia, constituting a flagrant violation of its Anti-Ballistic missile treaty with Russia. 

Today the U.S. possess over 6,000 nuclear weapons, many of which are on hair-trigger alert, and proposes to spend an estimated $1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize its existing nuclear arsenal. The Pentagon also announced in June a new nuclear war doctrine: “Nuclear Operations.” This doctrine is designed to fulfill the Trump Administration’s quest for nuclear-war-fighting “flexibility.”

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has turned its “Doomsday Clock” to 2 minutes before midnight to signify the perilous situation facing the world due to the dangers of nuclear war and the climate crisis. This peril has been exacerbated by contradictory and belligerent comments by a U.S. president who has threatened to attack Iran, as well as by the U.S. conducting a sub-critical nuclear test in February, and withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal and the INF Treaty with Russia. As a leading nuclear superpower, the U.S. practices a double standard by calling on other nations to disarm while, at the same time, it refuses to disarm and instead is rapidly expanding its own arsenal. The U.S. military is also the world’s single biggest consumer of fossil fuels which is directly responsible for destabilizing the earth’s climate. 

On July 7, 2017, at the conclusion of a special “UN Conference To Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons,” 122 countries voted in favor of historic treaty to legally prohibit nuclear weapons. To date 26 countries have ratified it. We call on the U.S., the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons, to endorse this treaty and to lead the way to total worldwide nuclear disarmament. 

During its three day Arms Bazaar, the AFA is sponsoring over 30 forums addressing how the U.S. can refine its warmaking apparatus and cyber capability so it can dominate earth and space. On September 16, the AFA will hold a $300+ per plate banquet honoring outstanding airmen, and on September 18, it will have another similar banquet celebrating the birthday of the AFA. 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? We urgently need, more than ever, to nonviolently resist all war, racism, oppression and violence– from Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza, to Ferguson, Charlottesville, D.C. and elsewhere. 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, 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.

With gratitude, 

Art Laffin

https://www.afa.org/events/calendar/2019-09-16/air-space-cyber-conference


Directions and Public Transport Info 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.

Public Transportation
If you would like to use public transportation, take the Green Line to Branch Ave. Get off at Branch Ave. and take the NH1 National Harbor bus line. This bus takes you to the corner of St. George Blvd. and Waterfront St. across from the Gaylord National Resort. Call 202-637-7000 and select “ride guide” for best directions. Or go WMATA web site.

Published in: on September 7, 2019 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

September 6, 2019 Clarification of Thought Program at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker with Anas Jnena

A Gaza Testimony

Speaker: Anas Jnena

Date: Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC, 20010

Anas Jnena was born in Gaza and last year came to the United States on a United Nations internship. Anas was an English literature major and is a writer and poet. He is currently residing as a guest in Washington as he seeks asylum.
Anas will present two short films, “6 Miles” which depicts the way in which the Israeli blockade of Gaza is limiting and ruining the fishing economy of Gazans. Anas participated in the filming and production of this short documentary.

“I Want You To Know” is a short film about Anas which he produced with a film maker about his daily life in Gaza. The film shows in lst person narrative, Anas telling his story, sharing his joys, his challenges and pain in a walk around Gaza and sharing his daily life with the audience.
Please join us!

For more info contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649, artlaffin@hotmail.com

Published in: on August 30, 2019 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment