- Click here to see the program and prayer service from Friday’s gathering.
- Click here for a fact sheet on gun violence.
- Click here to see photos from throughout the weekend.
- Click here to see SOA Watch’s coverage of the weekend.
- Click here for a short report from the SOA weekend.
Each year, Pax Christi USA members and friends gather on Friday night prior to the annual School of the Americas Vigil and Action in Columbus, GA. Our program this year will include prayer, music, inspiring speakers and more. The program is open to the general public and all are invited to attend. Information on this year’s gathering is below. Pax Christi USA at the SOA Gun Violence Has No Room in the Spirituality of Peacemaking WHEN: Friday evening, November 22, 2013, from 5:30-7:30pm WHERE: The Columbus Convention Center, Ballroom A, 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, Georgia WHAT: Prayer, panel discussion, reflection and song will focus on the out-of-control gun violence in our nation as well as examine the complicity of the U.S. in supplying arms and training in the on-going violence of war-making in the southern hemisphere.
Addressing domestic gun violence in our homes and neighborhoods will be Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA located in Washington, D,C. Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence will address how the U.S. manufacturing, selling and training in weapons usage puts the U.S. in complicity with terrorism and torture particularly in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Gun violence has claimed the lives of far too many people and, if we are to stand for justice and lay claim to being peace-makers, we must act to limit the indiscriminate use of guns at all levels of society. Also… Join us for the Pax Christi USA members meeting on Saturday morning! We’ll be gathering in Room 208 in the Columbus Convention Center on Saturday morning between 7:30 am and 9:00 am. Regional leaders, local group leaders, members and partners are all welcome to attend. Represent Pax Christi at the SOA! Remember to wear your Pax Christi t-shirts and buttons and to bring your Pax Christi banners. Pax Christi members are encouraged to meet together and to march together in the procession on Sunday morning. Click here to see highlights from last year’s event.