Nonviolent Resistance Acts
By Alice E. Gerard
The rain came sideways and water pooled on the Glacial Drumlin bike path somewhere between Cottage Grove and Lake Mills, Wisconsin. As I walked on the gravely surface, hail as large as peas suddenly pelted me from all sides. Despite wearing good quality rain gear, I was soon drenched. It was the second day of the walk titled “At a Global Crossroads: Turn against War” that I had joined at its start in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 2nd. The goal was to arrive in Chicago, the end point of the walk, on May 18th, two days before the beginning of the NATO summit.
“I would have been lenient, but there’s a real long line pattern of this behavior,” said Whitworth. Referring to Kenney’s background in the Navy, where he was trained in nuclear propulsion in the submarine engine room, Whitworth said, “You ought to understand how important it is to have high security at a military base. I cannot permit the security of the base to be compromised.”
“I’m following the law of a higher power,” said Kenney.
“I don’t think the Lord would mind if you stayed across the street” with a sign, said Whitworth.
“The Good Lord requires me to do what I do,” Kenney replied, fingering his rosary beads.
I went to Bahrain’s Pearl roundabout out of curiosity – then my nightmare began. For so many others, the nightmare continues…
by Nada Dhaif
Published on Thursday, June 14, 2012 by The Guardian/UK
The global system of concentrated wealth and power has successfully made us strangers to one another while it steals from all of us and kills some of us without notice…
…Since no power ever dismantles itself, especially when it is us who consent to their power, we require worldwide dissent. In this age of dying hearts and minds, dissent is love. It is in such dissent that we’ll find our way.
Quite a day. I awoke to a clock radio announcing that deadly tornadoes had again ravaged the plains of the Midwest. Before I could think of the people I knew in their path, the next news item announced Taliban attacks in several locations of Kabul. It was a relief, a few minutes after logging in to my account, to receive a reassuring message from the Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose apartment in Kabul I’ve several times had the privilege to stay. There were 12 of them together in the house in Kabul, and they were all okay. When I phoned them, my young friend Abdulai answered and told me, in English, “Kathy, there is war in Kabul today. Many bombs!”
by Jane Stoever
Many of us followed the three across the line of demarcation for the base, walking maybe 40 yards before officers approached us. Brian held up our indictment (attached) of President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Whiteman AFB’s Brigadier General Scott Vander Hamm, and every drone crew for “extrajudicial targeted killings” by reaper drones. Brian told the officers, “We want to go to the commander” to present the indictment. An officer answered, “We can’t allow you to do that.” Brian replied, “Our consciences won’t allow us not to.”
If it was true in 1967, as Dr. King noted then, that “America can
never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of (people)
the world over,” is it possible that 45 bloody years later, America
can destroy the deepest hopes of the people of Afghanistan and yet be
saved? Has something fundamental changed, so that unlike in Dr. King’s
time, a movement can now be concerned for the integrity and life of
America and yet ignore the present war?
…Instead of pursuing a partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which would authorize the war up until the year 2024 or beyond, the powerful nations of the world should be meeting to discuss ending drone strikes immediately, pulling combat forces out Afghanistan, and ending their manipulation of Afghan democracy, which they do, in part, by propping up Hamid Karzai and the warlords in the National Assembly. Second, they must take responsibility for their past criminality by providing reparations…
March 5, 2012
by Bradford Lyttle
Dear President Obama
I am glad that you recognize the importance of America’s “great reformers,” including Dorothy Day, to our culture. Also, I am glad that you recognize the need for “zero nuclear weapons.” Are you aware that several members of Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement are now in Federal prisons, or on house arrest, and other forms of probation, for protesting nuclear weapons? Fr. Steve Kelly, a Jesuit priest, probably is suffering the most. He is in solitary confinement, on a 15 month sentence, at Seatac Penitentiary in Seattle. Fr. William Bischel is on home confinement, wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. He is more than 80 years old. Sr. Anne Montgomery, who is suffering from terminal cancer, and also is more than 80, is on probation. Please pardon these people. They are just trying to express the values and carry out the policies that you recommend.
Ali is repeating the feeling of or asking for the feeling of empathy from the judge. What would the judge feel and do if a drone was hovering over his house at night? What would he feel, think and do?