Protest the Air force Association “Arms Bazaar”

Dear Friends,

This is an invitation to please join with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and other peacemakers in a nonviolent witness to protest the AFA Arms Bazaar (see below). Please come and bring a friend. And please spread the word and post this wherever you can. Together, let us continue to do all we can to create Beloved Community and establish God’s reign of justice, peace and nonviolence.
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (During AFA $330 per plate banquet)
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: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Community
For more info contact: Art Laffin – 202-360-6416
“The Air & Space  Conference and Technology Exposition is truly a one-of-a-kind event where AFA  brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and current  aerospace specialists from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today. Invited speakers for 2012 include the Secretary of the Air Force, the USAF Chief of Staff, the Chief  Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and other top Air Force, government, and  aerospace industry leaders. Our national conference attracts the top echelon of  USAF senior leadership, including the commanders of every USAF command. Also  invited are military dignitaries from air forces worldwide.” (From AFA web site)          
The Air Force and some 150 arms contractors taking part in the AFA Air & Space Conference and Technology Expo, what we call an “Arms Bazaar,” have played a prominent role in U.S. warmaking. These arms contractors are profiting from war and literally are making a killing! But that’s not all. The Air Force and numerous arms dealers are committed to U.S. nuclear/military superiority and militarizing and controlling space.
The U.S. continues to be the #1 arms dealer in the world. Worldwide weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service. U.S. arms sales to both developed and developing nations reached $66.3 billion last year, up from $21.4 billion in 2010. Russia, which had the second highest weapon sales, sold $4.8 billion worth of arms. Total worldwide weapon sales nearly doubled to $85.3 billion, making the U.S. responsible for more than three-quarters (77.7%) of all global sales. Some of the biggest purchasers of U.S. weapons were Middle Eastern nations, including Saudi Arabia, whose purchase of 84 advanced F-15 fighters in part accounted for a $30 billion bill. The U.S. also sold around $2 billion worth of antimissile batteries to Taiwan, a deal that caused tension during a diplomatic Chinese military visit last July.
From September 17-19, the AFA will host speakers and seminars that will address how the U.S. can refine its warmaking and remain the preeminent military  superpower on earth and in space. And on September 19, the AFA will hold a $330 per plate banquet sponsored by Lockheed Martin. On September 19, as the AFA holds its opulent banquet, The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will sponsor a nonviolent vigil to decry this sinful Arms Bazaar. 
Who will give voice to the victims who have suffered and died in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere as a direct result of U.S. warmaking, and weapons, like the Drone ”Predator” and “Reaper” war planes, produced by the arms contractors participating in the “Arms Bazaar?  In the name of God who calls us to love and not to kill, it’s time to end this scandalous Arms Bazaar!  It’s time to repent of U.S. war crimes and make reparations to all victims of U.S. warmaking. It’s time to bring all the war money home, alleviate poverty, meet urgent human needs, and save our environment. It’s time to eliminate all weapons, end all U.S. military intervention, abolish war and practice nonviolence. Please consider coming (and bring a friend) to this important vigil, and say Yes to Life and a resounding No to the war profiteers. We must not let this Arms Bazaar go unaddressed! 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. on the sidewalk in front of 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 6, 2012 at 1:53 am  Leave a Comment  


Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Mike Walli among 3 Plowshare Activists

July 28 ,2012 Oak Ridge, TN—Early this morning three plowshares activists Performed a disarmament action in response to Government plans to invest $80 billion to sustain and modernize the nuclear weapons complex.
Calling themselves Transform Now Plowshares, Michael R. Walli (63), Megan Rice (82), and Greg Boertje-Obed (57) entered the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility before dawn.
They released a faith-based statement saying, “A loving and compassionate Creator invites us to take the urgent and decisive steps to transform the U.S. empire, and this facility, into life-giving alternatives which resolve real problems of poverty and environmental degradation for all.”
The actors also delivered an indictment citing U.S. Constitutional and Treaty Law as well as the Nuremberg Principles: “The ongoing building and maintenance of Oak Ridge Y-12
constitute war crimes that can and should be investigated and prosecuted by judicial
authorities at all levels. We are required by International Law to denounce and resist known crimes.”
This action is one of a long tradition of Plowshares disarmament actions in the US and around the world which challenge war-making and weapons of mass destruction.
At Y-12 NNSA plans to replace facilities for production and dismantlement of enriched uranium components with a new consolidated Uranium Processing Facility (UPF). It is budgeted to cost  more than $6.5 billion.

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Published in: on July 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

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  

Ground the Drones White House Vigil

Dear Friends, In light of the Drone Summit taking place this weekend in DC, the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker will focus on the urgent need to resist and end the use of Drones during its weekly White House vigil.
Please come to this vigil on Friday, April 27 from Noon -1:00 pm and spread the word.
Published in: on April 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

April Days of Action to Close the SOA and End Militarization!

Come to DC from April 14-17 for four days of lobbying, conferences, strategy sessions, concerts and street theater, as we continue to make our demands heard for a just world! Prior to the Days of Action, we will hold a Direct Action Training camp from April 11-13 to train movement activists in the skills needed to carry out effective actions to put the SOA and militarization on the national agenda.  

Schedule for the April Days of Action

Wednesday, April 11 – Friday, April 13: Direct Action Training Camp
Saturday, April 14: Conference – “International (In)Security”. 9:00am – 5:00pm Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge St., NW, Washington, DC. AFSC 2nd Annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” Youth Film Festival. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Busboys and Poets, 2012 14th Street, NW. (See AFSC for more info)
Sunday, April 15: Strategy Sessions. Georgetown University Law School, McDonough Building, 101 F St., NW, Washington, DC. Contact to confirm attendance and receive materials.   Concert! 7:00pm – 10:30pm  Live music & plenty of dance space! Haydee’s Restaurant, 3102 Mount Pleasant St, NW.
Monday, April 16: Lobby training, visits & call-in, Rally, March, Direct Action. Lobby training 9:15am – 10:15 am. Stewart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave., NE. Rally, March, Direct Action:  12:00 – 2:00. Upper Senate Park.
Tuesday, April 17: Lobby training & visits. Lobby training 9:15am – 10:15 am, Stewart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave., NE. Lobby visits 10:30am – 5:00pm.

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Days of Action Outreach Material

Download and Distribute the 8.5″ x 11″ Flyer (two-sided) for the April Days of Action in English and Spanish:
Flood Capitol Hill with Justice Exigimos El Cierre

Published in: on April 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm  Leave a Comment