Support your friends in Court on Friday, May 18th

Eleven activists arrested for the Good Friday Witness at the Pentagon during the Holy Week Faith & Resistance Retreat will appear in court at the District Court House in Alexandria, VA on Friday, May 18th at 9:00am. Come and show your support!

*Those arrested at the Pentagon were:
Bill Frankel-Streit, Little Flower Catholic Worker in Virginia
Amber Mason, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, DC
Kevin Mason, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, DC
Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, DC
Chris Spicer, White Rose Catholic Worker in Chicago
Sr. Margaret McKenna, New Jerusalem Community in Philadelphia
Rosemary Thompson, Peace Activist from Baltimore, MD
Nancy Gowen, Peace Activist from Richmond, VA
Taylor Reese, Intern with Pax Christi USA
Helen Schietinger, Peace Activist from Washington, DC
Brian Hynes, Peace Activist from New York City
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A Day in the Strife: Thursday, May 10th

A Day in the Strife: A Tour of Life on the Poverty Line

Thursday, May 10th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Over the last few years the Mayor and DC Council have cut funding to safety net programs like affordable housing, homeless serivces, TANF, Child Care and more. This year millions more in cuts to these programs are on the chopping block. Meanwhile, DC residents are forced to make impossible choices to make ends meet. Join the Fair Budget Coalition as they fight CUTS to the safety net and show the Councilmembers what it’s really like to live in poverty!

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Published in: on May 10, 2012 at 2:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Protecting the Sacred

"Clarification of Thought" with Rose Berger at Dorothy Day CW, May 4, 2012Sacred the land, Sacred the water, Sacred the sky, Holy and true, Sacred all life, Sacred each other, All reflect God who is good.

Franciscan Brother Rufino Zaragoza, OFM

Last Friday night was the first time I uttered this refrain. As I sang, I felt a sense of gratitude to know the significance of these words and to feel the conviction of knowing that I have a responsibility in protecting that which is sacred.

My gratitude expanded when to my left and to my right were like-minded people. I was in the company of new and familiar faces, young and old, all gathered at the Dorothy Day Catholic worker house here in Washington, D.C., for a talk on climate change and the seven principles of Catholic Social teaching led by Sojourners’ own Rose Berger. More than 50 people were present; among them were 25 extremely bright and articulate students from Bishop McNamara High School.

My feelings surprised me. I knew this wasn’t going to be a high-profile event, but I didn’t know I’d witness such a rare intergenerational discussion about a complex problem. To the students, climate change is not an elusive issue that is invisible. For them, it’s personal: more severe allergies, asthma complications, unusual weather, and the disappearance of entire seasons. They know that something is not right with our planet.

We didn’t come up with any remarkable solutions that night, but it was refreshing to know that climate change is relevant to this smart group of kids.

At the end of the discussion all who were gathered organized for a picture. We held dots that would be submitted to Climate Impacts Day, a global effort by where citizens around the world hold up “dots” for things like “no snow” and “drought” to help people connect the dots about climate change. Without hesitation they stood and grabbed their dots, and it’s with that same eagerness that I was moved by their engagement. We may still have a long way to go stop global warming, but after Friday night I have hope.

Karla T. Vasquez is the mobilizing assistant at Sojourners.

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