How do we act in solidarity with forcibly displaced people while still supporting the needs of hurting citizens? Read David Hollenbach’s essay in America Magazine.
“Nonviolence is not a political weapon or a technique for social change so much as it is an essential art—perhaps the essential art—of civilization. Nonviolence is a way of thinking, a way of life, not a tactic, but a way of putting love to work in resolving problems, healing relationships, and generally raising the quality of our lives. Nonviolence is a skill. Love is a skill. The transformation of anger is a skill. All these can be learned. We cannot say we aren’t capable of nonviolence; all we can say is we are not willing to do what is necessary to learn.” Eknath Easwaran
Thanks to all who attended Blessed Are the Peacemakers webinar either at the Martin de Porres Center or remotely in Great Bend, Akron, New Orleans, Kentucky, New York, Colorado, Columbus, and other locations. For those who were not able to attend, the webinar was recorded and will be posted next week. Here are the materials used or recommended. Martin Luther King Six Principles of Nonviolence, CLARA, Walter Wink’s Facing the Myth of Redemptive Violence, Walter Wink’s Jesus and Alinsky, and Nancy Shreck OSF’s The Faithful Nonviolence of Jesus. All are recommended for your reading and reflection.
In spite of pain and sorrow, children will always have fun. Take a look at this see saw connecting children on both sides of the border in El Paso.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Call your Senator and demand that the Violence Against Women Act be reauthorized. Six months ago, the House passed H.R. 1585 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). H.R. 1585 is a step towards ending domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. It will increase protections for more victims of domestic violence, especially Native American victims, who are victims of domestic violence at three times the national rate. It would also close the ‘boyfriend loophole,’ which currently allows physically abusive dating partners, convicted stalkers, and former partners access to guns. Call your senators and tell them to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. You can call 1-888-885-1748 to be connected or use their direct line.
Environment activists working to protect the Guapinol River in Honduras from mining interests who pollute the drinking water have been killed, beaten and criminalized by the government. Email the US Embassy in Honduras and them to speak out to ensure justice in the case of the Guapinol water defenders. Here is their email address. Tell them that you support the release of the 7 Guapinol River Defenders from maximum security prisons in Honduras and an end to illegal mining threatening their water supply.
On November 12th the Supreme Court will hear arguments about the legality of DACA. Please keep the DACA recipients in your prayers during this time. Here is a special prayer you can use. Here are petitions that you can use at Mass.
Prayer of Hope in defense of DACA
We pray for DACA recipients, for their protection, their dignity, their hope. And for ourselves, as allies, that we may boldly lift our voices again and again as advocates. That we may remember our own times of uncertainty and fear, and authentically stand in solidarity with those for whom DACA has brought light and hope. And, as those directly affected by migration and inhumane policies, we pray for our community— people of undocumented, DACA, migrant, refugee, mixed-status; for our families, our homes, and our dreams. Sustain our vision, strength, and ongoing action for justice, oh God, that we may maintain hope and find light, as we live our days with the constant backdrop of uncertainty. And we pray for the policy makers— all those in positions of power in our government and courts. May the United States Supreme Court, the President of the United States, and all elected and appointed officials have the wisdom to see and uphold the dignity of all people, regardless of immigration status. Amen.
Communities continue to prosecute victims of trafficking saying its consensual sex. They fail to see the power imbalance between the person purchased in sex and the purchaser. The person with the money, the buyer, is the one with power. Paid sex is coerced sex. The District of Columbia is about to open the floodgate of sexual exploitation and trafficking with new laws.
A common argument for capital punishment is that families of the slain victim will get closure. Some people don’t believe that’s true. NPR talked to some of the survivors of the Tree of Life Shooting about punishment for the killer.
The Amazon Synod has ended. It proposed a definition of “ecological sin,” as “an action or omission against God, against others, the community and the environment” saying “it is a sin against future generations and manifests itself in acts and habits of pollution and destruction of the environmental harmony, transgressions against the principles of interdependence and the breaking of solidarity networks among creatures and against the virtue of justice.” “The human being is created in the image and likeness of God the Creator, and its dignity is inviolable,” say the bishops. “Therefore the defense and promotion of human rights is not merely a political duty or a social task, but also and above all a requirement of faith.” For more on the synod, click here.