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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.
Follow Sharon’s blog by “liking” the Shaking the Gates of Hell FaceBook page. Go to the Occupy Beale Air Force Base Facebook page or Occupy Beale website for updates on this court case, background information, and announcements about upcoming Beale demonstrations and direct actions.
The Peace & Justice Center, Nevada County Climate Change Coalition and concerned members from the Community joined the call to action from CampaignNonviolence.org to help build a culture of Peace on September 21st, the International Day of Peace. We had a heartfelt event with speakers, music, and a sing-a-long.
After our event, we marched in solidarity with the historic People’s Climate March in NYC and worldwide!
Visit the Peace and Justice Center Facebook GROUP PAGE and find out more about Affiliate Group events and to see photos.
An emergency meeting of the Steering Committee for the Friends of Wadi Foquin was held Tuesday, Sept. 2 in response to the land confiscation orders issued on Sunday, August 31st.
Below are links to news stories from Maan, Haaretz, and the New York Times:
The purpose of our meeting was to develop a strategy for addressing the land confiscation orders for Wadi Foquin and other villages.
Pastor Michael received an update from the village council indicating that they are filing court papers in objection to the confiscation orders. They are also consulting an attorney to work through the legal process. The village council would like to proceed with a speaking tour to raise funds for the community development projects and are also willing to participate in a briefing in Washington DC. The speaking tour would serve as a vehicle for both “consciousness raising” and “fund raising.” Their resolve to continue work on community projects is a sign of their resistance to the takeover of their land.
The FOWF Steering Committee will advocate for a briefing to be held in November after the elections. We plan to send letters to our representatives requesting two actions:
1) sponsorship and/or support for a briefing; and
2) developing a collective voice to oppose the expansion of settlements and to rescind the confiscation orders.
We ask your help in contacting congressional offices for this request.
Please email: email@example.com for an email TEMPLATE to forward to your representatives. Thank you for your help!
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