Whose Children Are These? Afghan Youth & U.S. Veterans Share Their Stories During Advent

Hosanna! People’s Seminary | Advent 2010 | Dispersed Communities Uniting (DCU) Summit

Sponsored by Christian Peace Witness and St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

As we await the birth of the Christ child we ask: Whose Children Are These? The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and American Veterans Share Their Stories. Hosanna! People’s Seminary (H!PS) invites you a special DCU Summit with Afghan children and American veterans sharing experiences of war and occupation. Participants will be connected by phone conference from 1-2PM (EST) on November 28th, December 5th, December 12th, and December 19th. Come to listen, pray, and reflect. Voices of Afghan children and veterans will be privileged in these calls, however there will be opportunities for others to ask questions and make comments.

Conference call participants may call into 1-218-936-4141, pin number 4790204#. Those local to the New York Metro Area are invited experience the series at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (131 East 10th Street New York, NY). Those unable to call in may listen to the entire series, which will be recorded and linked towww.hopesem.org. It would be of great help to the organizers if all participants registered at www.hopesem.org.

Event Participant Bios

11/28: Bryan Casler served as a Marine Infantry man from 2002 to 2006 during which he was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007 he co-founded Iraq Veterans Against the War’s 34th Chapter in Rochester, New York.

12/5: Brock McIntosh is a specialist in the Army National Guard and Military Policeman from Bloomington, Illinois. He has just returned from a twelve month tour in Afghanistan ending in August of this year.

12/5: Frances Wiedenhoeft is a member of the Madison chapter of Iraq Vets Against the War, Lt. Col. Frances Wiedenhoeft served with the Army Medical Division’s professional management command during Desert Storm and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

12/12: Jake Diliberto was a Marine Cpl. who served with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and served on security forces for II MEB in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After serving in the Marines Jake has finished his B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University. Jake has served on several political campaigns including President Obama’s democratic primary campaign and currently is continuing his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in ethics and religion. Jake has finished his M.A. in Theology & Ethics as of 2009 and is pursuing law school for 2010.

12/19: Josh Stieber was deployed to Baghdad for fourteen months with Bravo Company 2-16. He later became a conscientious objector, and is now walking across the country speaking out against war and blogging at Contagious Love Experiment.
Afghan Youth PeaceVolunteers was created in 2008 by Afghan college students and youth who felt motivated to begin a peace movement in Afghanistan.

End the Wars Lest You Reap the Whirwind- The Imperative of Nonviolent Peacemaking, Speaker: Kathy Kelly


A Clarification of Thought Event

Kathy Kelly, long-time peacemaker and co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will describe her recent experiences in Gaza during the final days of the Operation Cast Lead assault, and also discuss ways to nonviolently resist the UASs- Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones), used to attack people in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. She and 14 companions were recently arrested at the gates of Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, headquarters for U.S. usage of the drones.

Please join us on Friday, May 1, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m.

Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd., NW.

For more info call 202.882.9649 or 202.360.6416

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

January 10, 2009

Tunnel Vision

By Kathy Kelly  kathy@vcnv.org

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…)


WHEN: Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Vigil during $200+ per plate banquet. Speakers and Music. Bring a candle for candle-light vigil.

WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW
(Off of Connecticut Ave., Take Woodley Park Metro Stop-Red Line)

From September 15-17, the Air Force Association (AFA) is holding its annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Expo–“Arms Bazaar”– at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. There will be speeches by military officials, lavish meals, parties, and a $200+ per plate banquet. Over 130 military contractors will peddle their newest weaponry and technology to Pentagon officials and agents from other nations. These weapons are used to terrorize and kill people in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Palestine, and throughout Africa. These weapons fuel the over thirty wars raging around the world today. Top military officials and arms makers, who reap huge profits from weapons contracts, will discuss how the U.S. can maintain global military dominance and control space.

To ensure control of nearly half of the earth’s resources, the U.S. practices terrorism by acts of military intervention, supplying weapons, military training and aid to corrupt regimes. We call for an end to the “long-war” policy of terror. We call for and end to preemptive/ preventive war. We call for an end to all war, especially right now in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is time for the U.S., the world’s leading nuclear superpower and arms dealer, to stop dominating other nations, disarm and develop a foreign policy based on nonviolence and the universal declaration of human rights. It is time for the rich and powerful to stop misusing the earth’s resources for weapons, war and killing. It is time to denounce all racism and scapegoating, alleviate poverty and meet urgent human needs. It is time to declare peace based on justice!

Please join us as we decry this scandal and memorialize the victims of poverty and war. In the name of God who calls us not to kill and to beat all weapons into plowshares, in the name of the victims killed by weapons displayed at the Marriott, and in the name of the poor and the children, we demand an end to the AFA Arms Bazaar!
Sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.
For more info call: 202-882-9649, 202-870-0607 or email DCcatholicworker@gmail.com

Click Here for the link to the official AFA Arms Bazaar site.

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