Occupy Reflections by Rev. Russell Daye

Note:  In the last few weeks we’ve seen several prominent cases (e.g.

When the White House Calls to Say 'Okay, You Win' by Rose Marie Berger

This is what "good news" sounds like! It didn’t take long – after news broke this afternoon that President Obama had indefinitely kiboshed the climate-killer Keystone XL pipeline – for my phone to ring.

"Hi Rose, I’m calling from White House on behalf of President Obama.

New Publications

 

· Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian

More the Enough: A sermon by Russ Powell

   “More than Enough”

A Sermon Preached by Russell Powell (BCM Summer 2011 Intern)

"Troy Davis and the Arms Bazaar: A Witness," by Art Laffin

Last night, September 21st, the final night of the Air Force Association "Arms Bazaar", a group of 13 of us from Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Pax Christi and other peace groups held a nonviolent witness across the street from the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center during the AFA/Lockheed Martin-sponsored $330 per plate banquet that was attended by some 150 weapons contractors.  We were closely observed by at least six Prince George County police and several Gaylord security personnel.   At 7 p.m. we paused to pray for a miracle that Troy Davis would not be executed in Georgia.  

ADC Statement on Palestinian statehood

BCM Note:  We are reproducing this press release  from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in anticipation of the U.N. debate on 9/20/11 concerning Palestinian statehood; we endorse the views of this release.  

 Washington, DC | www.adc.org | September 19, 2011 -  Events at the United Nations this week involving Palestine’s bid for statehood will not by themselves mean a just peace and realization of Palestinian rights so long denied. But these events may lead to new and important possibilities, and ADC remains engaged in these developments. While this appeal is being intensely debated between intellectuals and politicians invoking either the positive or negative consequences of such action, there are some facts which remain indisputable. The Palestinian people are ready for statehood and the opportunity to express their self-sufficiency. The path to statehood must be walked upon starting this moment, yet we remain cautious about the dangers we continue to face. The Palestinian people deserve the same human rights and opportunities as any other population- their suffering – our suffering – has endured for too long.


August 2011 News


 

I was at the annual gathering sponsored by www.Jesus Radicals.org, the “flagship” of young Christian anarchists in the U.S.  Thanks to Christine and Steve Clemens for their hospitality in Minneapolis.  Speaking of younger activists, we worked this summer with student environmental filmmakers at UC Santa Barbara on their documentary on the Ventura watershed.

We also continue to collaborate with the nearby Abundant Table Farm Project, with whom we are currently studying Ellen Davis’ Scripture, Culture and Agriculture.  The Word & World Mentoring Program goes well; we’ll next meet at Stony Point, NY in October as part of events around the opening of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice.  And we’re pleased that Elaine is increasing her hours at the Pasadena Peace and Justice Academy this coming school year.

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August 2011 News from the Circle

Climate Change Arrest at the White House by Steve Clemens

 

When I first signed up to come to Washington and return to the White House, I thought to myself: wasn’t it just a year and a half ago that I told Christine that I’m getting too old to spend another night in jail? My experience protesting President Obama’s continuation of the Afghan and Iraq Wars had left me physically very sore (but spiritually content) after 28 hours in the four different DC jails we occupied after our “die in” at the White House the day before the 2010 State of the Union address. 

Rose at White HouseThis time it was an email from my friend, Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia that got the juices flowing again. He sent me a letter signed by Bill McKibben, Jim Hansen, Naomi Klein, and Wendell Berry (among others) asking us to come to DC at the end of August to nonviolently pressure President Obama to declare that allowing the Trans-Canada project to build the Keystone XL pipeline linking the Alberta Tar Sands oil fields to Houston, TX refineries and Gulf Coast shipping would not be in “the national interest”. Since the proposed 1,700 mile pipeline would cross the international border, Obama can unilaterally declare it is or isn’t in our national interest without Congressional interference. Come to Washington, the letter said, and risk arrest in a two-week civil disobedience campaign. The letter especially encouraged we older folk who have made a very large carbon footprint over our lives to share some of the burden of risking arrest to change our policies. 

Finding Freedom in Prison: My Action Against the Tar Sands

Kristy Powell

by Kristy Powell

Last Saturday Aug 21, 2011, I got arrested (right, photo by Milan Ilnyckyj).  Having never been arrested before, it feels strange to write that. Like most Americans I associate getting arrested with committing egregiously unlawful acts that require punishment … or, you know, getting drunk in public and being picked up by the cops.

In my case, though, I was arrested for willfully breaking the law for something I believe in. Together with 60-some others, last Saturday I plopped down in front of President Obama’s front lawn in Washington D.C. Normally you’re allowed to sit down on a sidewalk on a summer morning. However, due to security laws, you can’t do it in front of the White House. Yet, when the D.C. Park Police told our group to go, we all stayed put. We were there to commit non-violent civil disobedience.

July 2011 News

The summer garden is coming in strong, especially with fruit.  Yes, those are our oranges, peaches, grapes and raspberries pictured above (thanks to Ted Lyddon Hatten for the photos).  On top of that there are apples, strawberries, plums and apricots (and melons to come).  It’s been an incredible bounty—and a little overwhelming to keep up with; the processing (freezing, drying, canning) will stretch on for months.  Sadly, we had to take down our apricot tree after harvest this year, as it was terminally infected with brown rot.  So our intensive gardening learning curve continues, and we’re grateful we were at home all month to tend to it all.  A highlight too was attending the July 22nd open house at the new Ventura River Steelhead Preserve just a few miles from our house, a major new project of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.  On a hike there we were thrilled to observe several young and adult steelhead in one of the Preserve’s shaded perennial pools!

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