In Loving Memory | William Thomas | 1947-2009

william_thomas_hollenbeck_white_house_peace_park_04-20-2007William (“Doubting”) Thomas, born March 20, 1947, who has been vigiling outside the White House since June 3, 1981 for Wisdom, Honesty, Truth, Justice, and Global Nuclear Disarmament, died this morning after a long illness and a year-long government stay-away order from Lafayette Park.

Concepcion Picciotto, his 27-year vigiling partner, needs friendship and help.

There will be a special memorial for Thomas in Lafayette Park at noon on March 20th, Thomas’s 62nd birthday.  We hope you can come.

I need your help in spreading the word.  Please send me emails with your favorite anecdotes about Thomas.

Thomas was very ill for the past two years, and I believe he is glad to be at peace now.

See http://prop1. org/thomas. htm

Ellen Thomas
Peace House
1233 12th Street NW,
Washington DC 20005


Tunnel Vision | News from the Gaza-Egypt Border | Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence

January 10, 2009

Tunnel Vision

By Kathy Kelly

kathy_kelly-printKathy Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, is writing from Arish, a town near the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza. Bill Quigley, a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola New Orleans and Audrey Stewart are also in Egypt and contributed to this article.

Arish, Egypt–As I write, we can hear the dull thud of explosions in
the distance. Israeli air strikes continue to blast targets in southern Gaza. Merciless bombing of the small Gaza Strip continues into a third week. I heard some people here in Egypt wonder if the Israeli Air Force must be running out of places and people to target.  But perhaps the surveillance drones we heard and saw flying over the Rafah border crossing today hunted down more spots on which bombers could fix their cross-hairs. Perhaps they spotted underground tunnels.  The Israeli government has, reportedly, already destroyed 80% of the tunnels that connect Gaza with the outside world. (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.