pentagonhw09Alexandria, VA — June 16, 2009

Five participants of the Holy Week Faith and Resistance Retreat held in Washington, D.C., were tried, convicted, and sentenced to fines and probation today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA for their Good Friday Pentagon witness. They were arrested as they prayed in silence around a cross near the Pentagon Metro entrance, while about 40 other
retreatants, dressed in black robes and white masks to mourn the dead, vigiled in silence to the beat of a drum in the designated protest zone. (more…)

Grim Milestone: 5,000 GIs Dead in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

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Grim Milestone: 5,000 GIs Dead in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

June 2, 2009 in News by Margaret Griffis

Among the six U.S. servicemember deaths so far reported in June, one soldier has become the 5,000th casualty of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the wars have cost at least 4,308 lives in Iraq and 695 in Afghanistan. The official count from the Department of Defense, however, has the total number of deaths at 4,996 in both military campaigns. The D.O.D. figures often lag slightly behind those reported in the mass media.

These figures include both combat and non-combat deaths, as well as those servicemembers killed outside the main theaters of action. In some cases, however, a servicemember who may have died months or years later of wounds received during service might not be included in official figures.

Military Families Speak Out noted the milestone in a press release published today. The antiwar group, which was formed by military families in 2002, asked President Obama to swiftly end the wars, as promised during last year’s presidential campaign. However, as the U.S. Congress returned from a weeklong Memorial Day break yesterday, the lawmakers’ main war concern was not ending either campaign, but in finalizing a new war funding bill for the president to sign.

President Obama originally asked for $84.3-billion to continue the wars. Both chambers then added their own items, bringing the final tally for the House to $96.7-billion and the Senate’s to $91.3-billion in additional funding.

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Kathy Kelly at Christian Peace Witness | April 29, 2009

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Christian Peace Witness Update – All Events @ National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW

Worship and Witness in Washington, DC

April 29-30, 2009



Wednesday, April 29

National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW (all events)

Opening Convocation

12:30-1:30 p.m

Noah Baker Merrill — Quaker, Cofounder of Direct Aid Iraq, a humanitarian and peacebuilding effort working with Iraqi refugees

Kathy Kelly – Catholic, traveled to Iraq 24 times and lived in Baghdad throughout the “shock and awe” bombardment of March 2003


2:00 p.m Nonviolence training

2:00 p.m Advocacy training

4:30 Legal Briefing for Nonviolent Direct Action


7:00 p.m. National City Christian Church (more…)

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…)