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ON THE LINE: September 2014 edition includes members’ action for immigrants, veterans, more

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. 

BLUE WATER (MI) PAX CHRISTI WORKS FOR CHILD REFUGEE RESOLUTION: (from the Port Huron Times Herald) While the issue of housing Central American children in Michigan has sparked protests in some areas, a group in Port Huron is asking for compassion for their plight. “If there are children standing on our border who have been abused and trafficked, and that won’t move you to compassion, I don’t know what will,” David Frank said. A lawyer working for Blue Water Safe Horizons, Frank is a member of Blue Water Pax Christi. “It is the official international peace movement of the Catholic church,” he said. “The group locally, nationally and internationally supports peace and social justice.” Frank composed a resolution concerning the children from Central America to be presented to the Port Huron City Council at its Sept. 8 meeting.… Read more coverage of this effort at http://archive.thetimesherald.com/article/20140822/NEWS01/308220014/Pax-Christi-seeks-compassion-refugee-children

PC METRO DC-BALTIMORE MEMBER COMMITS CD AT RALLY FOR IMMIGRANTS: More than 140 protesters, including Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore’s Bob Cooke, were arrested on August 28th outside the White House while staging a sit-down rally to demand protection from deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. The demonstrators, representing more than 20 organizations, said the arrests were part of a civil disobedience campaign aimed at putting pressure on President Barack Obama to enact broad leniency for illegal immigrant families and workers as part of his announced review of U.S. immigration policies… Read more at http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/09/04/immigration-pax-christi-member-bob-cooke-does-cd-at-white-house/

Bob Cooke (R) of Pax Christi Metro DC committing CD at the White House

Bob Cooke (R) of Pax Christi Metro DC committing CD at the White House

Ed Wallin, 86, and Janice Vanderhaar, 77,  are behind the growing support for the creation of a veterans home in Shelby County, TN.

Ed Wallin and Janice Vanderhaar are behind the growing support for the creation of a veterans home in Shelby County, TN.

PC MEMPHIS MEMBERS FEATURED IN ARTICLE ABOUT VETERANS: PC-Memphis members Ed Wallin and Janice Vanderhaar (PCUSA Ambassador of Peace) were featured in a recent article in The Commercial Appeal on veterans. The article includes the following: “Many of our sick and elderly veterans are being transferred from the VA to local nursing homes, which I believe are incapable of giving the best care and treatment for war-related illnesses and old wounds, including traumatized brain injuries,” said Ed Wallin, a retired Air Force chaplain. Wallin, 86, a former priest who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, is vice president of West Tennessee Veterans Home Inc., a nonprofit formed in 2010 to bring a veterans nursing home to Shelby County. Wallin and his wife, Janice Vanderhaar, a former nun and one of the community’s better-known pacifists and peace activists, are among those leading the effort. “This is a justice issue for me,” said Vanderhaar, a co-founder of the local branch of Pax Christi, a Catholic peace organization. “I’m opposed to war but not to veterans. We have a responsibility to take care of the veterans we send to war. They and their families carry a heavy burden.”… To read more, visit http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/columnists/david-waters/david-waters-wounded-aging-veterans-need-more-than-applause_41032681 (subscription required)

PAX CHRISTI METRO DC-BALTIMORE TO PUBLISH AD IN NCR REJECTING JUST WAR THEORY: We’re excited that Pax Christi regions from around the country are uniting to launch a campaign to move the Catholic Church away from 1600 years of just war teaching, and to embrace Gospel nonviolence and the growing just peace tradition. As a first step in this campaign, we are sponsoring an ad to run in the National Catholic Reporter this October (prior to the annual U.S. bishops’ meeting in November), saying that it’s time for the Church to reject “just war” as inconsistent with the teaching and example of Jesus. We are trying to get at least 300 signatories and are reaching out to Pax Christi members and groups and others around the country.  Will you please help us by signing on to the ad and helping defray the cost of publication? … To read the ad and offer your support, go to http://www.paxchristimetrodc.org/2014/08/please-sign-on-to-pax-christis-ncr-ad-rejecting-just-war/

PCUSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WRITES ON CIVIL RIGHTS ANNIVERSARY FOR USSCB BLOG: (from the USCCB blog, written by Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN) As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the modern Civil Rights era, Pax Christi USA, (PCUSA), the national Catholic peace and justice movement, continues its commitment to confront the evil of racism and all forms of oppression, as we witness to the Gospel call of nonviolence and peace with justice. Traditionally, Pax Christi USA didn’t reach out to communities of color. It was not until people of color joined the national council that an intentional anti-racism initiative began to take shape. This ongoing commitment began in a process in 1999 when Pax Christi USA, with its majority membership of white Catholics, embarked on a 20-year initiative by: 1) creating a document “Brothers and Sisters All” and 2) creating the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team, PCART, as an integral section of PCUSA… To read the entire reflection, go to http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/08/27/civil-rights-pax-christi-usa-continues-the-vision-of-the-civil-rights-era/

Katy Donchik with Abalee, one of her students in Pommern, Tanzania, in August 2013. (NCR photo)

Katy Donchik with Abalee, one of her students in Pommern, Tanzania, in August 2013. (NCR photo)

INTERVIEW WITH PC METRO NEW YORK’S YOUNG PEACEBUILDER AWARD RECIPIENT: (from “Conversations with Sr. Camille” in NCR) Sr. Camille: Katy, the head of Pax Christi Metro New York, Rosemarie Pace, presented you with its first Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder Award for the good work you do to make your world — be it at home, at school, in your neighborhood, throughout the city, our country, or overseas — a better place. That’s a lot of territory for someone so young to have traveled. Would you please tell us what you’ve done in these far-flung places? Let’s start with the overseas experience. Did you really go to Tanzania? Katy Donchik: Tanzania was amazing. There’s no other word to describe this experience. My family and I decided to travel there through an organization called Global Volunteers. We wanted to have a charitable vacation. We wanted to be able to experience the country of Tanzania for what it really is and not simply look at the tourist areas… To read the entire interview, go to http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/07/04/interview-student-brings-peace-building-skills-to-her-many-talents/

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Sept. 17-Oct. 20 – Nuns on the Bus Tour, http://www.networklobby.org/bus2014/events

Sept. 20 – South Dakota Pax Christi Peace Conference, “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery,” with Sr. Ruthmary Powers, HM and Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM in Watertown, SD; http://www.presentationsisters.org/events/event/south-dakota-pax-christi-peace-conference/

Sept. 21 – International Day of Peace, http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

Sept. 21 – People’s Climate March, http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/09/05/climate-change-pax-christi-usa-endorses-the-peoples-climate-march-september-21/ (Pax Christi USA is a partner)

Sept. 21-27 – Campaign Nonviolence week of actions, http://paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/ (Pax Christi USA is a partner)

Sept. 23 – Pax Christi International leaders speak in MD, http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/09/03/special-event-leaders-from-pax-christi-international-to-speak-in-md-on-september-23/ 

Sept. 26 – UN Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, http://www.unfoldzero.org/index.php?p=action_sep26

Oct. 4 – Global Day of Action Against the Use of Drones for Killing and Surveillance, http://globaldayofaction.nationbuilder.com/

Oct. 4-11 – Keep Space for Peace week, http://www.space4peace.org/

Oct. 17-19 – Pax Christi Michigan’s State Retreat, “Conversations with Peter Dougherty,” in Roscommon, MI; http://www.paxchristimi.org/#!retreat-2014-registration/c1q8q

Oct. 25-26 – Pax Christi Florida’s State Assembly calling for an end to the death penalty, Tallahassee; http://paxchristiflorida.org/

Nov. 1 – Pax Christi Massachusetts state assembly with Rev. Sam Smith at Holy Cross College on “The Militarization of Our Youth and the ‘I Will Not Kill’ Campaign”; http://paxchristima.org/

Nov. 7-9 – Call To Action in Memphis, TN, http://cta-usa.org/

Quicklinks:

Ruth Zemek of Pax Christi Phoenix (AZ) will be awarded the 2014 Casa Peace Prize along with Father Eddie Fronske, OFM, on Sept. 21 … PC El Paso hosts an excellent monthly film series focusing on peace and justice … PC St. Cloud (MN) member and director of Pax Christi’s Peace Studies e-list Ron Pagnucco has just published an excellent new book aimed at college students … PC New Jersey hosted PCUSA Teacher of Peace Colleen Kelly for an event during the anniversary week of 9/11 … Read a report from the PC delegation at the UN on a recent conference … Deacon James Rauner of Pax Christi Michigan wrote the following reflection on “When the Catholic Church becomes a peace church”PC Metro New York will be gathering with the peace contingent at 10:30am on Sept. 21 for a Peace, Justice, and Climate Rally as part of the People’s Climate March. The location is Central Park West north of Columbus Circle … PC Metro DC-Baltimore member Mary Liepold is in the trailer for the new movie Disruption. Look for her at the 1:28 mark … PC Michigan members joined the Lansing community in attending a Prayer for Peace on September 3 in response to the Michael Brown murder … David Frank of Blue Water (MI) Pax Christi was quoted in this article asking the Port Huron city commission to approve a resolution welcoming refugee children … Pax Christi International’s September 2014 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Summer 2014 edition of The Peace Current

REGIONAL EVENT: PC New Jersey co-sponsors Teacher of Peace for 9/11 commemoration

from Pax Christi New Jersey

In anticipation of the September 11th Anniversary, the Shrine of St. Joseph Peace Center will offer three consecutive evenings on the theme, “How can we be agents of reconciliation and peace?”

  • Shrine of St. Joseph Residence Retreat Room
  • 1050 Long Hill Road, Stirling, NJ 

On Monday Sept. 8th, Colleen Kelly, a founding member of “9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows” and Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace will speak about surviving personal tragedy. Joining Ms. Kelly will be Georgette Delinois, President of Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast who will present her story of work with victims of trauma.

Colleen Kelly,  2011 Teacher of Peace

Colleen Kelly, 2011 Teacher of Peace

About Colleen Kelly: 
Kelly’s brother Bill was at a breakfast conference at Windows on the World and was killed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Inspired by decades of non-violent response to deadly conflict, Kelly met several other like-minded family members in December 2001. This group of people who experienced first-hand the tragedy and loss of 9-11 eventually formedSeptember 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, which took its name from the Martin Luther King quote, “Wars make poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” The group has over 200 family members and has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.

About Georgette Dellinois:
Georgette is the President of the Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast and an associate of Fr. Michael Lapsley the founder of the Institute of the Healing of Memories. The Institute was established as an extension of the work of the Fr. Lapsley and Bishop Desmpnd Tutu’s Healing and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. The process has been used in areas throughout the world suffering from violence and trauma including in Haiti thanks to the work of Ms. Delinois. Delinois is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who as director of Barrier Free Living’s Secret Garden program works with people with disabilities who have been vicitms of domestic violence.

Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/277443509116331/

You are also invited to attend:

On Tuesday, Sept. 9th the documentary film, “Beyond Right and Wrong” will be presented to illustrate “How can we reach Reconciliation, Healing and Forgiveness?” This moving film is based on the Rwandan Genocide, Israeli/Palestinian and Northern Ireland conflicts. Don Kuhn, local author and retired HR executive will facilitate the follow-up discussion.  Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/832462410137335/

On Wednesday, Sept 10th an Inter-faith Panel will present thoughts on “How different faiths and cultures process reconciliation, healing and forgiveness.”  The Panel of various religious and cultural leaders will be facilitate by Fr. Eugene Squeo, Roman Catholic Priest, Lawyer and Board Member of the Haiti Solidarity Network of the Northeast. All are welcome to come and enjoy the discussion, refreshments and ask questions.

On Thursday Sept 11th – A Candelight Vigil

In culmination of these evenings of exploring reconciliation, forgiveness and healing, the Ecumenical Candlelight Vigil will occur at The Tower of Remembrance at 7:30 pm.  All are invited to gather in the Shrine Auditorium and process to the Tower of Remembrance.

TAKE ACTION: On September 21, Peace Day, make plans to pray for peace

Peace Day - Business Card layoutSeptember 21, 2014, is Peace Day, also known as the International Day of Prayer for Peace, when thousands of people around the world pray and work for peace. The 2014 theme for the ecumenical Peace Day prayer campaign is “Visions and Dreams of Building Peace.” Plan an event on or near September 21 to seek a vision of how violence can be confronted in your community or our world.

Pax Christi USA invites our members, groups, regions and parishes to include special prayers for peace in the prayers of the faithful on the weekend of September 20-21, and to consider sponsoring community events with a theme of peacebuilding and challenging violence. Events can include street corner prayers about gun violence, peace pole installations, prayer services focused on peacemaking themes, creating children’s peace murals, and more. (You can also incorporate these events and actions into the Campaign Nonviolence week of action taking place between September 21-27.)

Resources for prayer services, other activity ideas, event descriptions from 2013 and 2014 participating groups, and online registration, can be found at www.PeaceDayPray.org.

ON THE LINE: August 2014 edition includes Ambassadors in action, new organizer in MI, and more!

Compiled by Johnny Zokovitch

Each month, “On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. 

PAX CHRISTI USA AMBASSADOR OF PEACE JOSEPH FAHEY HELPS LEAD CD ACTION ON JOBS: On July 29th hundreds of low-wage federal contract workers from landmark federal buildings in our nation’s capital walked off their jobs saying the President’s recent $10.10 Executive Order is not enough to afford the American Dream. This is the 9th strike in the past year by low-wage federal contract workers at federal buildings like Union Station, the Pentagon, Smithsonian Museums, The National Zoo and the Ronald Reagan Building. In a dramatic escalation, the workers and national faith leaders, including Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace Joseph Fahey, engaged in civil disobedience in the street in front of Union Station by holding an “Interfaith Breaking of the Bread” ceremony… Read more coverage of the action at http://goodjobsnation.org/when-workers-fight/

PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Joseph Fahey (far left) participates in a "breaking bread" civil disobedience action in support of striking workers in D.C. (photo by Jean Stokan)

PCUSA Ambassador of Peace Joseph Fahey (far left)  co-leads a “breaking bread” civil disobedience action in support of striking workers in D.C. (photo by Jean Stokan)

PAX CHRISTI LOCAL GROUPS PARTICIPATING IN CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE: Pax Christi USA is an endorser of Campaign Nonviolence, and many of our local groups are planning to take part in the campaign’s week of actions between September 21-27. For example, Pax Christi Memphis members have been involved in planning for the week of actions in their area, including a retreat with Rev. Charles McCarthy, a Community Forum on Gun Violence, and a children’s poster contest. To get involved in your area, go to http://paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/ for more information.

WELCOME ALISON ZACHARIAS, NEW STATE ORGANIZER FOR PC MICHIGAN: Alison Zacharias is the new State Organizer for Pax Christi Michigan. She is very committed to the spirituality of nonviolence and passionate about Pax Christi’s Prayer/Study/Action model. She is from Canton, Michigan, and graduated in 2013 from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, with a degree in English. While at Michigan State, Alison completed an internship with Meta Peace Team, an international nonprofit peace and justice organization that seeks to pursue peace through active nonviolence and create an alternative to militarism through empowered peacemaking, where one of her primary efforts was partaking in the campaign for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay prison. Alison loves to read and write, draw and paint, travel, spend time with her cat and dogs, and is working on expanding her vegetarian cooking skills. Welcome Alison!

PCUSA AMBASSADORS OF PEACE HOSTING FUNDRAISER FOR FILM ABOUT BISHOP GUMBLETON: Bill and Mary Carry, Pax Christi USA Ambassadors of Peace from Michigan, will be hosting a fundraising party on Sunday, September 14th in support of the film “American Prophet,” which depicts the life and ministry of PCUSA Teacher of Peace Bishop Tom Gumbleton. The fundraiser includes meeting Jasmine Rivera, an award-winning director, producer and screen writer from the Detroit area. For more detailed information about the film and its production, you can visit www.americanprophetfilm.com.  Donations from those who cannot attend the event can be made out to Fractured Atlas, and sent to the Carry’s at 2375 Avondale W, Sylvan Lake, MI 48320.

PC FARGO/MOORHEAD (ND) MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN INTERFAITH PEACE GATHERING: Ellen Mahli and Cathy Schwinden of Pax Christi Fargo/Moorhead were featured in a newspaper article covering an interfaith prayer vigil for peace in the Middle East. They read excerpts from the Pax Christi statement on violence in the Middle East and used former National Council member Fr. Jim Hug’s prayer (featured on the PCUSA website), as well as a quote from Pope Francis. You can read more at http://www.inforum.com/content/muslims-jews-other-faiths-gather-pray-peace.

Interfaith Vigil for Peace in the Middle East held in Fargo, ND. (photo courtesy of Cathy Schwinden)

Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East held in July in Fargo, ND. (photo courtesy of Cathy Schwinden, PC-Fargo/Moorhead)

PC INDIANAPOLIS MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN DELEGATION ON IMMIGRATION TO GERMANY: Last month, a delegation of 14 Americans, including Pax Christi Indianapolis member Terri Morris Downs, traveled to Germany to participate in the American Council on Germany’s 2014 Study Tour on Immigration Policy. The purpose of the Study Tour is for participants to better understand the European perspective and to acquire an understanding of the ways in which German society is adapting to the inevitable changes brought about by immigration. Participants had an opportunity to engage with Germans from the public and private sectors and to share ideas about best practices. They met with government officials, political leaders, business people, academics, journalists, and non-governmental organizations. Here are the Study Tour participants at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Pax Christi Indianapolis member Terri Morris Downs in Berlin (photo courtesy of Val Fillenwarth)

PC Indianapolis member Terri Morris Downs in Berlin (w/ group). Terri is the Director of the Indianapolis Immigrant Welcome Center. (photo courtesy of Val Fillenwarth)

PCUSA REGIONAL LEADERS GATHER IN WASHINGTON, D.C.: Pax Christi USA hosted a leadership summit during the weekend of June 27-29 to coincide with its annual Momentum event. It is the first time in several years that Pax Christi USA has gathered together its regional coordinators, the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team, the National Council and the National Staff. Nearly 50 leaders attended. The summit began with sessions specially designed for various groups present at the summit. Friday afternoon included a large group gathering for reflection, discussion and small group work. The evening event was Momentum 2014, featuring presentations by the 2013 Teacher of Peace Mary Meg McCarthy, Sr. Simone Campbell of NETWORK, and Ivone Guillen of Sojourners on immigration reform… To read more, go to: http://paxchristiusa.org/2014/06/28/news-pax-christi-usa-hosts-leadership-summit-in-washington-d-c/

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders

PC SPRINGFIELD (IL) MEMBER WRITES EDITORIAL ON CHILDREN AT THE BORDER: Former National Council member and PC Springfield (IL) member, Diane Lopez Hughes, published the following column on the children at the border in the Springfield newspaper. “In light of the current humanitarian crisis at our borders, each of us would do well to think like a parent. Fleeing from hunger and violence in their home countries, we can only imagine how frightened the children must be, leaving behind everything they know to make the harsh and dangerous journey across Mexico to the U.S. border. Imagine the terrifying conditions that must necessitate parents sending their children into life-threatening circumstances for the possibility of safety, security and a better future. How demoralizing it must be for some of the parents not to have the resources to feed their children or insure their safety…” Read the entire column at http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140725/OPINION/140729670?sect=Columns&map=2012

Upcoming or Ongoing Events:

Sept. 20 – South Dakota Pax Christi Peace Conference, “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery,” with Sr. Ruthmary Powers, HM and Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM in Watertown, SD; http://www.presentationsisters.org/events/event/south-dakota-pax-christi-peace-conference/

Sept. 21 – International Day of Peace, http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

Sept. 21-27 – Campaign Nonviolence week of actions, http://paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence/

Oct. 4 – Global Day of Action Against the Use of Drones for Killing and Surveillance, http://globaldayofaction.nationbuilder.com/

Oct. 4-11 – Keep Space for Peace week, http://www.space4peace.org/

Oct. 25-26 – Pax Christi Florida’s State Assembly calling for an end to the death penalty, Tallahassee; http://paxchristiflorida.org/

Nov. 1 – Pax Christi Massachusetts’ state assembly with Rev. Sam Smith at Holy Cross College on “The Militarization of Our Youth and the ‘I Will Not Kill’ Campaign”; http://paxchristima.org/

Quicklinks:

Blue Water (MI) Pax Christi hosted an August 6th prayer vigil in commemoration of all those who have died in war on the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki … PC New Mexico member Bud Ryan and PCUSA Ambassador of Peace John Dear were on Santa Fe radio discussing nuclear disarmament and their annual vigil at Los Alamos … Pax Christi Michigan co-sponsored and participated in “On the Road to Ground the Drones,” an anti-drone demonstration and walk that took place from June 3-14, starting in Chicago and ending in Battle Creek, Michigan. You can see pictures from the event here … Check out Pax Christi El Paso’s websitePax Christi Fargo/Moorhead is hosting this exhibit on “Boycott and Economic Activism” this fall and think that other groups might be interested too … Read this column on women religious from Pax Christi USA Teachers of Peace Joan Chittiser, osb and Mary Lou Kownacki, osbPax Christi Southwest Florida coordinator Dave Montrose had a piece published in the local paper on the situation in Gaza … Pax Christi Long Island (NY) member Jacqueline Jill Rito wrote a moving open letter related to mothers and the violence in Gaza … Pax Christi International’s August 2014 newsletter is online … See more local and regional updates in the Summer 2014 edition of The Peace Current

CHILDREN AT OUR BORDER: National Humanitarian Vigil on August 9th

from Humanity is Borderless

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Join Humanity is Borderless Campaign, an initiative by the Human Rights Coalition of South Texas, for the National Humanitarian Vigil: In solidarity with refugees and immigrants on August 9th for the immigrant communities in our nation and for refugees fleeing violence from their home countries and let President Obama and his administration know that they have an obligation to this country.

We demand humane immigration policies where Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforcement Status (DED) will be granted for persons fleeing from violence from Central America and regions of Mexico and extend Deferred Action to longtime, hardworking settled families who are under fear of deportation. This is a human rights issue, and it is our human and moral responsibility to stand with our brothers and sisters.

Description:

For decades immigrant rights groups have mobilized, protested and written numerous letters to our president and Congress to fix our broken immigration system; yet, our voices have faded away in the ears of our political leaders. Now, with the influx of Central American children in our southern borders, it has become a “crisis,” a crisis that has long existed due to the unequal economic relationships created by U.S. foreign policies.

Thousands of children and families from Central America and regions of Mexico cross the southern U.S. border every year to escape violence or economic plight in their home countries. They are forced to migrate in order to survive.

Those who reach the United Stated come in deplorable conditions, starving, with torn shoes and scarred skin. At our local shelters, we hear the stories and see the real images of the young mothers, children and adolescents who are detained under miserable conditions with no knowledge of their destiny. Many have witnessed family members killed, raped or tortured by gang members fearing their own lives. Fearing for their safety, they journeyed to the U.S. Many have endured extreme injuries; others have been exploited, abused, and endangered by “coyotes.” These refugees are then placed in shelters or detention facilities with little or no medical care.

They are clearly refugees fleeing violence from their homelands. Yet, even with the crisis, the response from the U.S. has been neglectful, mistakenly making an argument to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and invest two billion dollars to continue to militarize our borders and expedite the deportation process for those escaping violence, who should be protected as refugees. These proposals are not the answer to this humanitarian crisis.

In addition, HRCSTX demands that Deferred Action be extended to hardworking settled families who live in fear of deportation. The HRCSTX joins other sectors of the immigrant rights movement in calling for full administrative relief from President Obama towards immigrant communities to ensure families are no longer terrorized with the constant fear of deportation and separation. We uphold family unity and safety as essential human rights, values that undoubtedly intersect with the cases of refugees and immigrants in our nation.

The United States needs to respond humanely and allow our communities to live a peaceful and just life, not deport them to the economic plight or physical violence that forced them to flee to our country.

It is time to stand in solidarity and unify as one nation, as one community and let our government know that enough is enough. We are a land of immigrants. Humanity is borderless.

Click here for more information.

HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI DAY: Pax Christi New Mexico’s annual action at Los Alamos

Bud Ryanby Bud Ryan
Pax Christi New Mexico

Please join Pax Christi New Mexico for our annual Hiroshima Day event & our Sack Cloth & Ashes Demonstration on Saturday, August 2nd at 2pm at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.

If you can’t join us this year because you’re to far away, we hope you will plan to join us in 2015 for the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. And if you can’t join us this year, please read below & write to your elected officials in your home state.

PC New Mexico's Hiroshima Day Action

John Dear leads members of PC New Mexico at their annual Sackcloth and Ashes Vigil outside Los Alamos National Laboratories.

Also please contact your Member of Congress  and 2 Senators and tell them that you want to see Los Alamos cleaned up from all the nuclear work that has taken place since 1943 and has devastated the area. This project would create plenty of jobs (which politicians love to hear) for at least 20 years. Handwritten notes are the most effective but you also should think about calling their offices as well – its better to write to the local offices rather than D.C. because of the delay of mail to Congress, but I’ve listed the D.C. phone numbers because that’s the best place to call.

You might also ask them for the U.S. to live up to our obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) which was entered into force on March 5, 1970 & requires us to get rid of ALL of our nuclear weapons, so you might want to ask them what’s the hold up after 44 years! And for those of you in other states who may have Republican Senators and/or Congress members, you can tell them that Richard Nixon was President when the NPT went into effect, so if it was good enough for Nixon, it should be good enough for them.

Article VI of the NPT:

Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.

http://www.un.org/en/conf/npt/2005/npttreaty.html

New Mexico Congressional Reps:

*Senator Tom Udall   202-224-6621
120 South Federal Place
Suite 302
Santa Fe, NM 87501

110 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

*Senator Martin Heinrich   202-224-5521
123 East Marcy St.
Suite 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501

702 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

*Congressman Ben Ray Lujan   202-225-6190
1611 Calle Lorca, Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87505

2446 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

*Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham   202-225-6316
505 Marquette Ave NW
Suite 1605
Albuquerque, NM 87102

214 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

*Congressman Steve Pearce   202-225-2365
570 N. Telshor Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011

2432 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Click here to see the flyer for the August 2nd event at Los Alamos.

Bud Ryan is a filmmaker. His film, “The Forgotten Bomb,” is an excellent resource to mark this anniversary.

NEWS: Pax Christi USA hosts leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

by Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders, the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Team, National Council and National Staff kick off the PCUSA Leadership Summit on June 27.

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders, the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Team, National Council and National Staff kick off the PCUSA Leadership Summit on June 27.

Pax Christi USA hosted a leadership summit during the weekend of June 27-29 to coincide with its annual Momentum event. It is the first time in several years that Pax Christi USA has gathered together its regional coordinators, the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team, the National Council and the National Staff. Nearly 50 leaders attended.

The summit began with sessions specially designed for various groups present at the summit. Friday afternoon included a large group gathering for reflection, discussion and small group work. The evening event was Momentum 2014, featuring presentations by the 2013 Teacher of Peace Mary Meg McCarthy, Sr. Simone Campbell of NETWORK, and Ivone Guillen of Sojourners on immigration reform.

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders

Pax Christi USA Regional Leaders

The weekend’s communal events will end on Saturday evening with a liturgy celebrated by Fr. John Rausch, glmy, Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace and National Council member.