“On The Line” features news items and announcements from around the nation featuring Pax Christi members, local groups, regions and partners. During the summer months, “On The Line” will appear on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. 

FROM THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, by William Slavick of Pax Christi Maine: “The uproar about President Obama’s call for Middle East negotiations based on the 1967 border, with points given to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for lecturing Obama in the Oval Office (“Netanyahu defines the real Mideast conflict,” Our Views, May 29) primarily serves to indicate how uninformed Congress and U.S. mass media are regarding Palestine.

“Every peace negotiation for 20 years has begun and ended with the 1967 line with mutually agreed land swaps.

“It was Netanyahu who was off the reservation in arguing not from “facts on the ground,” as usual (if we can take it, we’re going to keep it), but reverting to the day when Israel, without the fourth most powerful military and sufficient nuclear bombs to destroy most of the Arab world, feared an Arab attack…” To read the entire article, click here.

FROM THE WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, by Trudi Jenny of Pax Christi Madison (WI): “At a recent Capitol Square Farmers Market, Pax Christi-Madison conducted an informal survey on the proposed concealed weapons bill by asking passers-by to vote on whether concealed weapons should be allowed at the market. The results were 36 in favor (of which four would amend to require permits), and 318 opposed.

“This supports the findings of a statewide survey done by Third Eye Strategies of Springfield, Va., on the issue of guns in public in Wisconsin. Their report, done for Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, found most voters in opposition to concealed carry (see www.waveedfund.org).” To read the entire article, click here.

Pax Christi Minnesota members at a demonstration on May 1st.

FROM THE STATEN ISLAND (NY) ADVANCE: Pax Christi Staten Island will holds its annual Dorothy Day Pilgrimage honoring the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement on June 11.

Participants will meet at 10:30 a.m. at her gravesite in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains. After a brief prayer service, the group will proceed to the former Spanish Camp where Dorothy Day’s cottage once stood and walk along the beach as Ms. Day did.

Memories and thoughts concerning Ms. Day’s life will be discussed. For information, call Charles Kitts at 718-447-3464 or e-mail him at charleskitts@aol.com.

FROM THE ST. CLOUD (MN) TIMES: “Pax Christi-St. Cloud and the Alternatives to War Committee have announced a ‘peace-messaging’ contest for youths in area schools and faith communities.

“The contest, which goes through Memorial Day, is open to children and youths through age 18. Entries will be evaluated by members of the two organizations based on how clearly and effectively they express a positive vision of authentic peace.

“Up to 50 entries will be selected as winners. Those whose entries are selected will have their design printed on a repurposed T-shirt that they will receive, and their design will be displayed at events sponsored by both organizations as well as posted on the Alternatives to War Committee’s website.”

PEACEMAKERS ANNOUNCED: Pax Christi Metro New York (PCMNY) held their 2011 Peacemaker Awards Reception on Sunday, May 22 at the Academy of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village.  PCMNY honored Marie Dennis, Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and Co-president of Pax Christi International; Fr. Michael Perry, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge, Brooklyn; and Renata Mulder, PCMNY Board and Development Committee Member.

IN BRIEF: Click here to see photos from Pax Christi Long Island’s Memorial Day Peace Procession at Jones Beach … Pax Christi Central Seattle will be holding an evening conversation on June 9 at the Maryknoll Mission House with Eleanor Gilmore and Sheila Lemieux, sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, as they share their account of nonviolent civil resistance and active peacemaking … Pax Christi Duluth (MN) hosted a Dorothy Day series that culminated with a presentation by Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, D.C.  The group has also been engaged in letter-writing campaigns to their legislators through Bread for the World and calling legislators about demilitarization … Pax Christi Phoenix organized a vigil against the death penalty on May 25 when the state of Arizona executed Don Beatty … Joan Tirak, coordinator of Pax Christi Michigan gave presentations to the JustFaith groups at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing (MI) and at St. Girard Church in Lansing.

  • Send your news items, announcements, photos and links to stories about Pax Christi groups or members to johnnypcusa@yahoo.com.

One thought on “ON THE LINE: Pax Christi groups, members featured in articles on Israel-Palestine, concealed gun law, and more

  1. All people of the world are brothers and sisters and need the help and encouragement of one another. We cannot discard some people. WeCAN and MUST care for all!

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