Eight Arrested at Pentagon and One at White House in Good Friday Actions – Catholic Workers among them…

Dear Friends,

Fifty people involved with the Holy Week Faith and Resistance retreat in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Jonah House and the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, held a nonviolent witness at the Pentagon early this Good Friday morning. Dressed in black robes and white masks to symbolize the war dead, retreatants silently processed to a solemn drumbeat around the south side of the Pentagon carrying signs reading: Put Away the Sword, Remember the Victims of War, Abolish All Nuclear Weapons, War Never Again. Other signs contained facts about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.  As the main procession entered the designated fenced off “protest zone” outside the Pentagon Metro Entrance, Pentagon Police arrested eight people as they prayed around a cross on the sidewalk near the “protest zone.” They were taken to the nearby Navy Annex for processing, charged with “Disobeying a Lawful Order of a Government Agent” and were given a June 19 court date. Those arrested were: Susan Crane, David Ryle, Sr. Margaret McKenna, Molly Brechtel, Brian Hynes, Nancy Gowen, Bill Frankel-Streit and Art Laffin. (more…)

Clarification of Thought | 100 Days Campaign to Close Guantánamo | Friday, January 9th, 2009 – 7:30pm

100daysSpeakers:  Matt and Amanda Daloisio and other Members of Witness Against Torture

As we approach the 7th anniversary of the first prisoners taken to the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba on January 11, members of Witness Against Torture will discuss a new campaign to close U.S. detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay and end torture by the U.S. within the first 100 days of the new Obama Administration.  The 100 Days Campaign to Close Guantánamo will be held in Washington, D.C. from January 20 – April 30, 2009.  They will also speak about a Fast for Justice that will be held in Washington on January 11.  For more info see www.100DAYSCAMPAIGN.ORG

WHEN:  Please join us on Friday, January 9, 2009 @ 7:30pm

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

For more information call (202)882-9649 or (202) 870-0607.