Dear Friends,

From Holy Thursday afternoon to Good Friday afternoon, about 20 people gathered in D.C. for a Faith and Resistance retreat and public witness that was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and held at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church. Those who participated in the retreat/witness were members of Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Jonah House, the Atlantic Life Community and students from Loras College from Iowa. 

Holy Thursday was a day of bible reflection, action planning and Liturgy. Good Friday was a time of public witness and heartfelt community sharing about how to conduct and communicate the intent of our nonviolent resistance actions.

The retreat began with a very rich communal Gospel sharing about crucifixion narrative from the the Gospel of John and it’s meaning for today. This was followed by a planning session for the Good Friday Pentagon and White House actions.  After dinner, there was a moving Maundy Thursday  Celebration and Prayer Service. Loras Students led a foot-washing ritual followed by Sr. Carol Gilbert  Sr. Ardeth Platte leading the Last Supper Commemoration.

On Good Friday, a nonviolent public witness was held at the Pentagon. At 7:00 a.m. the community processed from S. Fern St. to the police designated protest zone with signs and small crosses with the names of different victims in our society and world written on them. 

Once we arrived at the Pentagon there was a sizable Pentagon police presence waiting for us. Six from our community did a two-part risk arrest action. Carrying a copy of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Sr.’s Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert distributed the Treaty to workers a short distance away. Simultaneously, Steve Baggarly, Kathy Boylan, Joe Byrne and Joan Wages staged a die-in on the sidewalk outside of the fenced off designated protest area. This resulted in the police temporarily closing down the sidewalk. After being given warnings by Pentagon police, they were all arrested. As they were placed in handcuffs we sang the Vine and Fig song. They were taken to the Pentagon Police Center, processed and released within two hours. They were charged with “violation of a lawful order” and given a notice to appear in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA on July 18, 2019.

Simultaneously, as hundreds of Pentagon employees, military and soldiers from different countries streamed into the Pentagon, the rest of the community gathered in the designated protest area. A huge banner that said: “U.S. Empire Crucifies Humanity” was displayed on the grassy slope overlooking the sidewalk going into the Pentagon metro entrance. Our leaflet was read. One retreatant was dressed in a black robe representing victims of U.S.militarism as he stood against a small tree with arms outstretched. A reflection was offered and we sang “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.”  The final reading was a reflection by Leonardo Boff, “Jesus Being Nailed to the Cross Today.”

At noon-time, as hundreds of tourists looked on, we conducted a “contemporary crucifixion” on Pennsylvania Ave., directly in front of the White House. For this witness we were joined by an additional peacemakers from the greater DMV area. We began by reading our leaflet (see below). Then twelve crucified victims, wearing black robes and a sign signifying each victim, took turns for several minutes in silence, standing on a crate, with arms outstretched on a cross (see below the short meditation for each crucified victims). After each victim came off the cross we sang: “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.” A Buddhist bell was used to signal when each person would go onto the cross. After the 12th victim came off the cross, a reading about how Jesus is being crucified today, by Leonardo Boff, was offered. Joe Byrne then lead our concluding song, Stabat Mater. We ended our witness and retreat by singing Sacred the Land and offering a sign of peace to each other.

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

Those Arrested:

Joe Byrne

Kathy Boylan

Sr. Carol Gilbert

Sr. Ardeth Platte

Joan Wages

Steve Baggarly

Script of Crucified Victims and Desecrated Earth–2019

(Prepared by Art Laffin) 

Introduction

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, racism, militarism, economic exploitation and social injustice. In the crucified people of our world we see the crucified face of Jesus. Today, 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.

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. 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. Black lives matter!

Muslims are being demonized and targeted, denied entry to the U.S. and deported. Systemic violence and racism, inherent in oppressive  economic and political structures, crush the poor and people of color, denying so many of their dignity and basic 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 28 years the U.S. has waged war and militarily intervened in Iraq for 28 years. We pray for the over 2 million Iraqis who have died since 1991 as result of U.S.-UN led sanctions, U.S. bombings, invasion and occupation. We pray for the countless millions injured and the over 4 million displaced. We repent for destroying an entire society, 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 to leave Iraq immediately, and that the U.S. beg forgiveness from and make reparations to the Iraqi people. 

Crucified Victim #3–Afghanistan war victim 
Since the U.S. began its criminal military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001, tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed and wounded. died. 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. 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 a halt to Pentagon and White House “kill lists” and that an apology and reparations be made 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 warmaking, especially right now in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and throughout the Middle East. We pray and work 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 forms of militarism and military intervention worldwide, and for the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on meeting human needs and serving the common good.

Crucified Victim #6— Yemen War Victim
For the tens of thousands of Yemenis who have died as a result of the US-backed Saudi War in Yemen, and for the millions now experiencing famine and facing cholera;

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. 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 (dressed as a GITMO prisoner)
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 the over 100 prisoners who, since 2001, 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 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, Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. We remember all of the people of these nations and repent for U.S. funding of any weapons used to prop up their abusive dictators. May all that has been stolen from these sisters and brothers be restored.

Crucified Victim #10– Imprisoned Victim
We remember and pray for:

  • 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;
  • Leonard Peltier, Native American political prisoner serving a life sentence
  • Rafil Dhafir, who is serving a 22 year sentence resulting from providing humanitarian and financial aid to Iraqis in violation of U.S. sanctions
  • Imprisoned peacemakers Liz McAlister, Fr. Steve Kelly, Mark Colville and the other four Kings Bay Plowshares who are out on bond
  • Martha Hennessy, Clare Grady, Patrick O’Neill and Carmen Trotta
  • The over 2.2 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 North 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 continues 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 nearly 1,000 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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HOLY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY FAITH AND RESISTANCE RETREAT & NONVIOLENT WITNESS

WHEN: Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 1:00 PM through Good Friday, April 19 @1:00 PM.

We will gather at 1:00 PM on Holy Thursday, and conclude on Good Friday, following a Noon-time nonviolent witness at the White House.

WHAT: Please join in a time of prayer, reflection, community building and acts of nonviolent resistance to commemorate the Last Supper, arrest, torture, trial and crucifixion of Jesus, and what it means for us today. There will be two nonviolent actions on Good Friday–at the Pentagon and the White House.

WHERE: St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, DC 20010 (corner of 16th St. and Newton).

WHAT TO BRING: There will be overnight hospitality at St. Stephen’s. Please bring bedding. Also please bring food for a pot-luck breakfast.

PARKING: There is no parking in the St. Stephen Parking lot. There is some unrestricted parking on side streets north of the church. Please make sure to check street signs.

CLOSEST METRO: Columbia Heights-Green Line. For more info please see: www.wmata.com

This retreat/public witness is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. As in year’s past, students from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa will join with us.

Please join us for all or part of the retreat/witness. Also, please let Art know if you are planning to attend and if you will be sleeping overnight at the church.

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

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April 5, 2019 COT Program at DDCW

 

As NATO Foreign Ministers will have just gathered for a Summit in Washington, DC to Commemorate NATO’s 70th Anniversary on April 3-4, you are invited to a special program to hear about an inspiring European/U.S. nonviolent disarmament campaign!

Ousting U.S. H-Bombs from Europe 

Speakers: John LaForge and Marion Kuepker

Date: Friday,  April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC, 20010.

Marion Kuepker, coordinator of the German Nonviolent Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and John LaForge, co-director of Nukewatch, will report on the U.S. nuclear weapons deployed in Europe under a NATO agreement and the international campaign to get rid of them. They will also speak about the Peace Camp being organized by Nonviolent Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons next to the Buchel Air Force Base in Germany, host of the U.S. nuclear weapons, and the U.S. solidarity delegation planned by Nukewatch.  Please see this link for Nukewatch:http://nukewatchinfo.org/

Please join us! 

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

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White Supremacy and Sacred Disobedience in Charlottesville

Speaker: Eric Martin

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC, 20010

In response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, the local clergy worked with Anarchist People of Color, Black Lives Matter, and other local groups to witness against white supremacist ideology and block the event from occurring. This talk will be one angle of the ongoing story of people of faith leading and following the leadership of others as the town confronts racist individuals and systems, from the lead-up to the rally through the present.

When the University of Virginia’s library gave a private study space to Jason Kessler, who organized the violent rally and led a mob onto campus that beat students and faculty with flaming torches, Eric occupied his space and read a book. He was arrested, banned from campus, ordered to deliver all his library books to the police department, and received a thirty-day suspended sentence with two years of probation. He is currently appealing and a jury trial is set for April 29.

Eric is a graduate student at Fordham University and co-editor of The Berrigan Letters, Orbis Books, 2016. He is an aspiring Catholic Worker and lives with the Charis community in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Please join us!

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

Links to Articles about Eric Martin’s arrest at UVA:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/catholic-activist-who-resisted-white-supremacist-charlottesville-faces-jail-time

https://www.c-ville.com/found-guilty/

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Report of Ash Wednesday Liturgy of Repentance Outside the White House–March 6, 2019

“A Church that doesn’t provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, a word of God that doesn’t touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed – what Gospel is that”?

“This Lent, which we observe amid blood and sorrow, ought to presage a transfiguration of our people, a resurrection of our nation. The church invites us to a modern form of penance, of fasting and prayer – perennial Christian practices, but adapted to the circumstances of each people…

Lenten fasting is not the same thing in those lands where people eat well as is a Lent among our third-world peoples, undernourished as they are, living in a perpetual Lent, always fasting. For those who eat well, Lent is a call to austerity, a call to give away in order to share with those in need. But in poor lands, in homes where there is hunger, Lent should be observed in order to give to the sacrifice that is everyday life the meaning of the cross…

But it should not be out of a mistaken sense of resignation. God does not want that. Rather, feeling in one’s flesh the consequences of sin and injustice, one is stimulated to work for social justice and a genuine love for the poor. Our Lent should awaken a sense of social justice… “

— From the writings of St. Oscar Romero

 

Dear Friends,

Today, Ash Wednesday, from Noon-1:00 PM, over 40 peacemakers from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C.-Baltimore-Virginia area, and six friends from Loyola University of Chicago, gathered outside the White House for a Liturgy of Repentance. This Liturgy was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. 

Despite chilling below freezing temperatures and Pennsylvania Ave. being closed off before we began our witness, I am very thankful to everyone for their amazing resilience. We initially assembled farther down Pennsylvania Ave. on the other side of the cordoned-off area, but as grace would have it, the Secret Service re-opened the street as we began our witness. So we processed singing to our witness site in front of the White House. 

I am deeply grateful to everyone who attended this prayer service and for each of the program participants who read, sang and offered such inspiring and moving prayers/reflections. Below is the program for the Liturgy as well as the Litany that was offered. Toward the end of the Liturgy, ashes were blessed and distributed among the participants and a special blessing was offered over three peacemakers soon traveling to Honduras. After people received blessed ashes, peacemakers used a different batch of wood stove ashes to mark Pennsylvania Ave., directly in front of the White House, as a sign of repentance for the sins of the nation as well as our commitment to follow the Gospel.  

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(photo courtesy of Franz Kuo)

During this Holy Lenten Season, let us pray with and for each other, and for our church and world, that we can truly repent and convert our lives to making God’s reign of love, justice, mercy and peace a reality.

 

With great gratitude, 

Art  

 

PROGRAM FOR ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY OF REPENTANCE

March 6, 2019 Noon-1:00 PM — Outside White House

Opening Song: Prayer of Peace — Joe Byrne

Peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet

Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace

Love before us…

Welcome: Art Laffin

Reading: Joel: 2, 12-18 — Colleen McCarthy

Reading: From the writings of St. Oscar Romero— Mike Walli

Litany: Art Laffin/Loyola Univ. Chicago Students/Nick Mele/Sr.’s Ardeth Platte & Carol Gilbert

Response– Sing: God forgive the wrong we’ve done, God forgive us now

Prayers from Faith-Based Peace and Justice Groups:

  • Marie Dennis: Assisi Community, Pax Christi International
  • Scott Wright: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
  • Kevin Carroll: Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  • Rachel Schmidt: Pax Christi USA
  • Maria Orlandini : Franciscan Action Network
  • MJ Park: Little Friends for Peace

Prayer for Truth-Tellers, Whistleblowers and Prisoners: Kathy Boylan and Judith Kelly

Song: Ashes (by Tom Conry) –Laura and Joe

We rise again from ashes from the good we’ve failed to do. We rise again from ashes to create ourselves anew. If all our world is ashes, then must our lives be true, an offering of ashes, an offering to You. We offer You our failures, we offer You attempts; the gifts not fully given, the dreams not fully dreamt. Give our stumblings direction, give our visions wider view, an offering of ashes, an offering to You.

Then rise again from ashes, let healing come to pain, though spring has turned to winter, and sunshine turned to rain. The rain we’ll use for growing, and create the world anew, from an offering of ashes, an offering to you.

Blessing of Three Peacemakers Traveling to Honduras

Blessing and Distribution of Ashes — Friar Mike Lasky, OFM Conv.

Ash Ritual on Pennsylvania Ave.

Closing Prayer: Paul Magno

Closing Song: World Peace Prayer — Joe, Art and Laura

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth, From despair to hope, from fear to trust;

Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace; Let peace fill our hearts, let peace fill our world, Let peace fill our universe.

Let justice ever roll, let mercy fill the earth. Let us begin to grow into your people. We can be love, we can bring peace, We can still be your way of compassion. Refrain:

Still all the angry cries, still all the angry guns, Still now your people die, earth’s sons and daughters. Let Justice roll, let mercy pour down, come and teach us Your way of compassion. Refrain:

Litany 

(Prepared by Art Laffin)

Introduction:

As we stand outside the White House, and in proximity to other seats of political, corporate, military and judicial power in this area, we implore You, O God, to banish every diabolic power and evil influence from these places. Help all Your people, who are made in Your very image, to respect the sacredness of all life and reject the idols of death. It is in this spirit of repentance and conversion, believing that all things are possible if we place our trust in You, O God, that we offer the following litany.

Sung response–God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now

1. Living in a nation whose origin is rooted in white supremacy, racism, sexism and mistreatment of women, slavery and genocide, we pray in repentance for those sins that has caused so much needless death and suffering in our society and world—past and present. We acknowledge the churches complicity in these sins. As the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative declared in its April 2016 Appeal: “Clearly the Word of God should never be used to justify violence, injustice and war. We confess that the people of God have betrayed the Gospel of Nonviolence many times, participating in wars, persecutions, oppression, exploitation and discrimination.”                                           

Sung response–God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now  

2. We pray for all those–past and present–who have been and continue to be crucified to a cross of racial violence. We remember and pray for all those American Indians and African Americans who were slaughtered, enslaved, lynched and murdered, and who continue to be oppressed, simply because of their skin color.

Sung response–God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now

3. Today, we are especially mindful of our duty as Christians to proclaim the Gospel mandates of love, mercy and justice and to nonviolently resist the hate-filled, fear-driven and destructive policies of the Trump administration and its congressional and corporate allies. We denounce all racial profiling. We decry the fact that a disproportionate number of African Americans are imprisoned, executed and victims of police violence. We denounce the demonizing and targeting of Muslims. We denounce the ICE raids, detention, tear gassing and deportation of immigrants and a new Border Wall. We denounce the continuing desecration of native lands. We commit ourselves to ending all forms of racial hatred, sexism and discrimination.

Sung response: God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now

4. During this Holy Season, we call upon the nation and churches to join with us, and countless others, including the new Poor People’s Campaign, in seeking to eradicate what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism.” While the Trump Administration awards tax cuts to the rich and the military budget now exceeds $700 billion, an estimated 140 million Americans are poor and low income, 328,000 of whom live in WDC. Over 7,400 are homeless in W.D.C. Millions are without adequate health care nationwide. We call for an end to a political and economic order that fosters corporate domination, systemic racism and income inequality. We call for economic justice for the poor, homeless and jobless; comprehensive immigration reform, and affordable health care and housing for all. We call for an end to torture, indefinite detention and the death penalty; debt cancellation for poor countries; and that all necessary aid be allocated to continue to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

Sung response–God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now

5. When will the U.S. government repent for the death, destruction, trauma and destabilization it has caused, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, Central and South America, and the Asia-Pacific region through its years of military intervention, warmaking, arms sales and oppressive trade agreements, which has helped create the conditions for the rise of the Islamic State and a massive refugee and immigration crisis?

Sung response–God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now 

6. Now is the time for the U.S. to repent and make reparations for the violence, death and suffering that it has inflicted on other countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. We demand an end to U.S. intervention worldwide, especially right now in Venezuela and Yemen. As a result of the U.S. backed Saudi war in Yemen, an estimated 85,000 children have already died during the last three years, millions of Yemenis experience starvation and at least one million face a cholera epidemic. We call on the U.S. to reject the way of revenge and retaliation as a response to conflict and to make peace with its adversaries. We call, too, on the U.S. to halt all arms sales worldwide and to end its support for the illegitimate regime in Honduras and Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. We call for the closure of the over 800 U.S. military bases worldwide, including Guantanamo. And we call for the abolition of war and the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on serving the common good and protecting the earth, our common home.

Sung response–God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now 

7. We call on our nation to repent for the nuclear sin—for building, testing, using and continuing to build and threaten to use nuclear weapons. We remember and pray for all the victims of the nuclear age. 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. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist has moved the “doomsday clock” to two minutes to midnight, because of the twin dangers nuclear weapons and climate change pose for civilization. The nuclear threat is further exacerbated today by the risk of accidental use of nuclear weapons and provocative actions by an unpredictable U.S. President, which include most recently the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia. We call on the Trump Administration and Congress to heed the admonition of Pope Francis who has condemned the possession of nuclear weapons and called for their total elimination. We call, too, on the U.S. government to abandon its $1 trillion nuclear modernization program, which includes the deployment of the W76-2 low yield Trident nuclear warhead in September,  and the B61-12’s in Europe, and to immediately ratify the historic UN Treaty for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Until the U.S. takes the initiative to dismantle its own nuclear arsenal, it cannot ask any other nuclear nation to disarm. We also demand that urgent action be taken to end the climate crisis by becoming responsible stewards of the earth’s resources, ending our dependency on fossil fuels and pursuing renewable energy.

And we call for an end to the U.S. militarization of space, the termination of the U.S. Space Force, and that all the weapons of our time be beaten into plowshares–from guns to killer drones to nuclear weapons.

Sung response–God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now

 

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