In Concert– Charlie King at Soteria Community School, March 9, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m

What: Charlie King   (http://www.charlieking.org)

When: Friday, March 9, 2018 
            Doors Open at 7:00 PM — Concert to begin at 7:30 PM 
WhereSoteria Community School, Festival Center1640 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009.
 
Metro: Closest metro is Columbia Heights (green line) For metro info see: https://www.wmata.com.
 
How Much: Free Will Offering – (Suggested Donation – $20) This program is open to the public.
 
Sponsored by: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker — Co-Sponsored by: Soteria Community School

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, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. His political musical influences are the folk music revival of the 1960’s, and the protest songs of the Civil Rights and Vietnam War era. 

“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

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

 

For more info contact: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-360-6416artlaffin@hotmail.com

 

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Report of Ash Wednesday Liturgy of Repentance Outside White House-February 14, 2018

Dear Friends,

Today, Ash Wednesday, from Noon-1:00 PM, over 50 peacemakers from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C.-Baltimore-Virginia area gathered outside the White House for a Liturgy of Repentance that was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker (see attached photo: courtesy of Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker)

 

I am deeply grateful to everyone who attended this Liturgy and for each of the program participants who read, sang and offered such inspiring and moving prayers, reflections and symbols. Below is the program for the Liturgy as well as the Opening Reflection/Litany that was offered. Toward the end of the Liturgy, ashes were blessed and distributed among the participants. 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. 

During this Holy 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 and peace a reality.

 

With great gratitude, Art  

 

PROGRAM FOR ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY OF REPENTANCE 

February 14, 2018— 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 Archbishop Oscar Romero — Kathy Boylan

Reflection/Litany: Art Laffin/Judith Kelly/Sr. Megan Rice/Liz McAlister

Response– Sing: God forgive the wrong we’ve done, God forgive us now (2x’s)

Prayers from Faith-Based Peace and Justice Groups:

Scott Wright: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Marie Dennis: Assisi Community, Pax Christi International

Andrea Barron: TASSC

Sr. Patty Chappell: Pax Christi USA

Patrick Carolan: Franciscan Action Network

Jean Stokan: Sisters of Mercy Justice Team

Gerry Lee: Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Mary Liepold: Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore

Daniel Flynn: Catholic Mobilizing Network

MJ Park: Little Friends for Peace

Prayer for Prisoners: Mike Walli

Song: Ashes (by Tom Conry) — (led by 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 and Distribution of Ashes: Friar Mike Lasky, OFM Conv. 

Ash Ritual—Marking Pennsylvania Ave. with the symbol of Ashes

Closing Prayer: Paul Magno

Closing Song: World Peace Prayer  (led by Joe and Art)

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:

Opening Reflection/Litany

(Prepared by Art Laffin)

Read by Judith Kelly/Art Laffin/Sr. Megan Rice/Liz McAlister

Good Afternoon. We greet everyone here at the White House in a spirit of peace and nonviolence.

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time for personal and societal repentance, radical conversion and transformation. Living under the brutal occupation of the Roman empire, Jesus declared: “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Living in the U.S. empire, we need to heed Jesus’ proclamation now more than ever.

Today is also Valentine’s Day, a day in which the Catholic Church and many other churches commemorate St. Valentine, the 3rd century Roman martyr.

We, people from different faith-based communities committed to nonviolence, social justice and peace,  summon the cloud witnesses as we come to pray and witness outside the White House, calling for repentance and conversion of ourselves, our society and our churches to the Gospel way of love, justice, and a reverence for all life and creation.

We now offer our Ash Wednesday prayer and we beg forgiveness of our own sinfulness and that of our nation, O merciful God.

As we stand outside the White House, and in proximity to other seats of political, economic and military power in this area, we implore You, O God, to banish every diabolic power and every 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.                                                                                                                                           Sung responseGod Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now (2 x’s)

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 church’s complicity in these sins. As the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative declared in its April 2016 Appeal: “Clearly the Word of God, the witness of Jesus, 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 responseGod Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now (2 x’s)

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, and who continue to be oppressed, simply because of their skin color.

Sung responseGod Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now (2 x’s)

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 racial profiling and police and vigilante violence against African Americans and other people of color. 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 and the prospect of mass deportation of immigrants as well as any expansion of a Border Wall. We denounce the continuing oppression of native peoples and the desecration of native lands and call for the cancellation of the Dakota Access and Keystone pipeline’s. We call for the immediate release of Leonard Peltier, Native American political prisoner serving a life sentence, who has been imprisoned for 42 years and in declining health. We commit ourselves to ending all forms of racial hatred, sexism and discrimination and to upholding the human rights of all people.

Sung response: God Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now (2 x’s)

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 just received congressional approval for a record $700 billion military budget, 41 million Americans are living below the poverty line, over 7,400 are homeless in D.C. and millions are without adequate health care. We call for an end to a political and economic order that fosters and perpetuates corporate domination, systemic racism and income inequality. We call for economic justice for the poor, homeless and jobless; comprehensive immigration reform, including the passage of a “Clean Dream Act;” and affordable health care and housing for all. We call for an end to torture, indefinite detention, the mass incarceration complex, and the death penalty; debt forgiveness for poor countries; and that all necessary aid be allocated to help rebuild Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sung responseGod Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now (2 x’s)

When will the U.S. government repent for the death, destruction, trauma and destablization it has caused, especially in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central and South America, 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 responseGod Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now (2 x’s)

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, most recently in Iraq (especially Mosul), as well as in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Libya. We demand an end end to U.S. military intervention worldwide, including the U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen. As a result of this deadly war, an estimated 10,000 people have died, 7 million Yemenis face starvation and the number of cholera cases is expected to reach 1 million. We call on the U.S. to reject the way of revenge and retaliation as a response to conflict, to make peace with the Islamic State, Iran and Russia, and to negotiate a peace agreement with Syria and N. Korea. We call, too, on the U.S. to halt all arms sales worldwide and to end its support for the illegitimate government 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 in Guantanamo, S. Korea, Okinawa, Japan and in Africa. 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 responseGod Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now (2 x’s)

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 and provocative actions towards N. Korea by an unpredictable U.S. President. We call on the Trump Administration to rescind its new Nuclear Posture Review and 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 and immediately ratify the historic UN Treaty for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. 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 pursing renewable energy.

 

We also call for an end to the U.S. militarization of space and for the elimination of all weapons–from guns to killer drones to nuclear weapons.

Sung responseGod Forgive the Wrong We’ve Done, God Forgive Us Now (2 x’s)

Dorothy Day declared, “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us.” On this Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day, we commit ourselves to bringing about a revolution of the heart which can lead to a nonviolent revolution and transformation of our society and world. We are inspired by all those who have already undertaken this task, especially so many courageous women worldwide. Let us work in solidarity with sister’s and brother’s everywhere to create the Beloved Community as we seek to redeem the times by making God’s reign of love, justice and peace a reality in our society and world, right here, right now!

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Ash Wednesday Prayer Service of Repentance Outside the White House

When: Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 — from Noon-1:00 p.m. 


Where: White House (north side on Pennsylvania Ave.) 
 
 
“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15)

“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”? – Archbishop Oscar Romero

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time for personal and societal repentance, radical conversion, renewal and transformation. Living under the brutal occupation of the Roman empire, Jesus declared: “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15) Living in the U.S. empire, which is responsible for so much needless death and suffering in our world, we need to heed Jesus’ proclamation now more than ever!

 
On Ash Wednesdaypeople from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C. area will hold a prayer service in front of the White House to call for repentance and conversion of ourselves, our society and our churches to the Gospel way of justice, nonviolence and a reverence for all life and creation. This year, Ash Wednesday also falls on the same day that the Catholic Church and other churches commemorate St. Valentine, the 3rd century Roman martyr.
 
Today, we are especially mindful of our urgent duty 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 Congress. We commit ourselves to ending of all forms of oppression, racial hatred, sexism and violence. We demand an end to racial profiling and police violence against African Americans and other people of color. We denounce the demonizing and targeting of Muslims. We deplore the detention and the prospect of mass deportation of immigrants as well as the proposed expansion of the Border Wall. We decry the continuing repression of native peoples and the desecration of native lands and call for the cancellation of the Dakota Access and Keystone pipeline’s. 
 
 
During this Holy Season, we call upon all people of faith and goodwill to join with us in seeking to eradicate what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism.” While tax cuts are given to the rich, millions of Americans are living in dire poverty and without adequate health care. We call for an end to corporate domination, systemic racism and income inequality; justice for the poor and homeless; and comprehensive immigration reform and affordable health care for all. We call for an end to torture, indefinite detention, the mass incarceration complex and the death penalty; debt forgiveness for poor countries; and for massive aid to help rebuild Puerto Rico. We commit ourselves to upholding the human rights of all people.
 
 
We call for the U.S. to repent and make reparations for the suffering and death it has inflicted on other countries. We further call on the U.S. to pursue the path of nonviolent conflict resolution and to make peace with the Islamic state, N. Korea, Iran and Russia. We call, too, 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. We also call for an end to U.S. military intervention worldwide, including in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We call for an end to the U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen, as well as an end to U.S. military support for the illegitimate government in Honduras and Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. And we call for the closing of the over 800 U.S. military bases across the globe, including in Guantanamo and Okinawa, Japan.
 
As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist has now moved the “doomsday clock” to two minutes to midnight, due to the ever-growing perils nuclear war and climate change pose to civilization, we call on the Trump Administration and Congress to renounce the new Nuclear Posture Review, cancel the $1 trillion nuclear modernization program, ratify the historic UN Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and safeguard the environment. We call, too, for an end to the U.S. militarization of space, and for the elimination of all weapons–from guns to killer drones to nuclear weapons.

Let us begin Lent together by joining in this important Ash Wednesday witness as we strive with sisters and brother worldwide to make God’s reign of love, justice and peace a reality.

         

Ashes will be blessed and distributed. Please join us.

Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

Scott Wright, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
 
Jean Stokan, Sisters of Mercy Justice Team
 
Marie Dennis, Assisi Community
 
Fr. Joe Nangle, OFM, Assisi Community
 
Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore
 
For more info contact Art Laffinartlaffin@hotmail.com202-360-6416.
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D.C. Police Should Not Train With Israeli Occupation Forces

Speaker:  Benjamin Douglas

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

 
Police forces across the United States, including here in D.C., travel to Israel to receive training from Israeli occupying authorities. How do people who believe in freedom and dignity for Palestine and for people of color in the United States respond to this exchange of worst policing practices? What can we do to say occupation is no model for safety in our communities? The campaign against these police trainings is part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement: a 2005 call by Palestinian civil society to people of conscience everywhere to disinvest from the state of Israel until it (1) ends its occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, (2) respects the right of return of Palestinian refugees, and (3) allows equal rights for its Palestinian citizens.
 
Benjamin Douglas is on the steering committee of Jewish Voice for Peace-DC Metro. He became interested in Palestine-Israel from arguing with relatives who claimed that Palestine was uninhabited prior to Zionist settlement in the late nineteenth century. He lives and works in Washington, DC.
Please join us!
For more info contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649

 

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Please Support Witness Against Torture Events–No Clarification of Thought Talk at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in January–Please Post

Dear Friends,

There will not be a Clarification of Thought Talk at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in January.   

We encourage people to support the Witness Against Torture (WAT) “Fast for Justice” from January 7-14. January 11th marks the 16th year that the first detainees were taken to Guantanamo. For 16 years most of the 41 detainees have been held there, experiencing brutal confinement with no resolution of their case in sight. The purpose of the Fast for Justice is to call for the closing of Guantanamo, to end torture and indefinite detention and to hold accountable those responsible for torture. 

On January 10th there will be a special Book event (see below). And on January 11th there will be a public witness outside the White House beginning at 11:30 a.m. See www.WitnessAgainstTorture.com or email witnesstorture@gmail.com for more details.

We wish you every good blessing in this New Year.

In peace and hope,

Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

There is a Man Under that Hood: Closing Guantanamo and Ending Torture in the Age of Trump

January 10, 2018, 6-8 p.m. 

The Impact Hub

419 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 

Please join Witness Against Torture, the Peace Poets and friends for a book launch and performance on the eve of the January 11 demonstrations calling for the immediate closing of Guantanamo. The book — “There is a Man Under that Hood” — sets the words of Luke Nephew’s (Peace Poets) remarkable poem of that title to images of anti-torture demonstrations: photographs taken or curated by Justin Norman (WAT). The afterword is written by Omar Farah, Senior Staff Attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights. The Peace Poets will perform pieces from current human rights struggles. UK author Andy Worthington will address the state of Guantanamo in the era of Trump. And legal advocates will report on the fate of their clients still imprisoned. Together, we will celebrate our resistance to torture and work to close Guantanamo.  

 

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