…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…
Nonviolent Resistance Acts
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?
We are human beings who are tired of the past and present situations in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has suffered from over thirty years of continuous war and foreign intervention. We organized ourselves as the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in order to share the suffering of fellow human beings in our land and to express our longing for friendship, peace and non-violence to the world.
The political and war powers, both Afghan and foreign, have killed countless, nameless Afghans, Afghans who are human beings, all 2 million of them.
Lighting 2 million candles for the victims of war is a way of getting the people of Afghanistan and the world to pay attention to the catastrophic events in Afghanistan, which are largely ignored and forgotten. We wish to share the pain of the victims of war and their survivors and by doing so to develop a loathing for war and violence. Through peaceful living, we wish to nurture a culture of non-violence.
Several brave families returned to Lis Lis to pick up the pieces of their lives in order to rebuild. When I arrived there, I saw that the bulldozer did not leave them with very much. Implosions of sticks, twine, and tin panels sat baking in twisted piles. “We also lost many animals,” said Luisa, who stood with her 4-year-old daughter in front of the littered patch of ground that used to be their home. “Chickens, dogs, cats, pigs—most of them were killed.”
July 8, 2011
It looked like a scene from an opera. Massed in the doorway and second floor balconies of a quaint building in Athens, facing a magnificent view of the Parthenon, Spanish activists hung banners and flashed peace signs and proclaimed that they wouldn’t leave the building, the Embassy of Spain, until their government assured them that their boat, “The Guernica,” could at last leave for the suffering and besieged territory of Gaza.
July 6, 2011
The presence of the U.S. Boat to Gaza in Athens is winding down. For more than 2 weeks the 37 passengers (someone was added at the last moment), 4 crew members and about 12 people in the support team there worked hard to make sure our boat – The Audacity of Hope – could sail as part of the international Freedom Flotilla 2 to Gaza. The Greek government’s willingness to serve as the enforcer of Israeli’s naval blockade of Gaza made it impossible for this journey to happen.
But the creative and determined spirit of this team of committed activists could not be stopped or silenced. They worked tirelessly to make the point in countless ways: they attempted to set sail knowing it might lead to a confrontation with the Greek authorities, they stood by the boat’s captain when he was arrested and jailed for several days, several people held a hunger strike for a few days, everyone marched and rallied with other flotilla activists and with the people of Athens in their own struggle for economic justice, and incredible energy went into getting the word out to people throughout this country and around the world as the work with the media continued through it all.
For July 4, Passengers on U.S. Boat to Gaza Call for New U.S. Declaration of Independence - from Israel
By Henry Norr
July 2, 2011
235 years after the American colonies declared independence from Britain, the passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza call for a new American Declaration of Independence, this time from Israel.
The passengers issued their call from the decks of the U.S.-flagged boat, The Audacity of Hope, which is currently confined to a Greek military pier near Athens, while its captain sits in jail.
July 2, 2011
In Athens – 30-694-266-3852
In New York – Leslie Cagan, 347-581-1782
After a two hour stand off at sea, the U.S. Boat to Gaza – The Audacity of Hope – was seized by the Greek Coast Guard and forced to return to the port of Piraeus under military escort. The boat’s captain has been put in jail, charged with disturbing sea traffic–which includes endangering the lives of those on the ships– and disobeying a police order to remain at dock. The crew is being detained on the boat, which is being held at a military dock just outside Athens. Most of the 36 passengers remain on the ship in solidarity with the captain and crew.
Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel, responded strongly to the arrest of the American captain of the U.S. Boat to Gaza. “I think it’s outrageous what the Greek government is doing to our captain who was taking a group of Americans to challenge the illegal Israeli blockade. We call on the Greek government to release our Captain and dismiss all charges.”
by Mark Weisbrot
July 1, 2011
One of the most important foreign policy statements of the year came from Ehud Barak, Israel’s Defense Minister, on May 16. Responding to non-violent protests at Israeli borders and military posts, he said, “The Palestinians’ transition from terrorism and suicide bombings to deliberately unarmed mass demonstrations is a transition that will present us with difficult challenges.”