On Tuesday morning, nine protesters were arrested again at Beale, this time while dancing at the main gate and demonstrating peace through the Dances of Universal Peace. They were cited and released.
These actions were coordinated with Campaign Nonviolence, through which over 230 nonviolent actions took place around the country at the end of September. The focus of the Campaign Nonviolence actions was to call for an end to war, poverty, and climate change.
Rev. Sharon Delgado: “Why did I risk being arrested again at Beale? I answered that question in Why I Crossed the Line at Beale, when I crossed the line at Beale the first time, almost two years ago.
This time, however, we have just begun another war, this time against ISIS, as if bombing and killing people could somehow lead us to security and peace. We are told that we are targeting terrorists, but we are also killing innocent civilians, including children, in Iraq and Syria. Have we learned nothing from our endless pursuit of endless war? Have we forgotten the roots of the current crisis, and the U.S. role in it? We are sowing ill will and creating future terrorists by terrorizing people through war. Meanwhile we are spending billions on weapons of destruction, billions that could be used to meet human need and to heal the natural systems of the earth.
Insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. As a nation and as a culture, our priorities are wrong. It is time to repent, to change direction, to turn around. It is time to focus on peacemaking, on feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger, on healing the earth. This will take a major shift in values, in investments, and in systems of power. It will take a great awakening of the earth’s people, sustained resistance, and ongoing demonstrations of peace.
This transformation is already taking place, and I am certain that God is with us in this struggle. This is a struggle worth living and dying for. We need you. Wherever you are, there are kindred spirits nearby. I invite you to join us.”
Sharon wrote more about the Monday (September 29) action with Rev. John Auer and Guari in her previous post, Campaign Nonviolence Arrests at Beale.
Three interrelated evils of war, poverty, and climate change in Campaign Nonviolence: A Call to Transformation.
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