Call the witnesses

We gathered under the USS Maine Monument at the Merchants’ Gate entrance to Central Park on Columbus Circle.

We gathered to witness for peace and to say no to war with Iran and no to war everywhere. We gathered as did people on Foley Square in New York and in places around the country.

We chanted as we gathered. For a short time, the chant rang out “Call the witnesses.” The reference was to an impending trial in the Senate.

But consider calling …

… young people living in poverty who see no other option than military service …

… children who wonder when, and if, a parent will return …

… parents who grieve for a child killed in action …

… creation exploited and abused by preparation and perpetration of war …

… soldiers maimed in body, spirit, soul, and mind …

… noncombatants wounded and killed and dismissed as collateral damage …

… women harassed and violated …

… communities uprooted and driven from their homes …

… those denied educational opportunities and health care and food and water and housing and infrastructure because needed resources have been directed to preparing for and waging war …

… yes, there are witnesses.

Witnesses to the obscenity and futility of war.

Call them.

Hear them.

Heed them.

 

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Faith statement on escalating violence with Iran

A statement released and updated by a number of faith-based groups.

January 3, 2020

As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.

Our faith communities see the futility of war, and its power to dehumanize. We know that human flourishing entails breaking cycles of violence, being courageous peacemakers, and focusing on the root causes of conflict. Violent conflict is a path of mutual destruction.

  • Instead, all actors must move forward in a way that upholds our shared, sacred human dignity:
  • All parties must begin by re-humanizing each other without excusing unjust and violent actions.
  • The U.S. Administration must halt violent attacks and military escalations. It must return to a diplomatic process, recognizing that lasting peace requires a commitment to the shared well-being of every human, from Iran to the United States and everywhere in between.
  • The U.S. Congress must act to reassert its war powers by refusing authorization for war with Iran and related attacks, and to block funding for war with Iran.
  • U.S. actions and strategy in the region must address the root causes of the conflict, such as distrust, trauma, economic resources, and political influence.
  • All of us must support nonviolent creative actions of resistance to any unjust and violent actions.

As communities of faith, we renounce the escalation of violence, and call on the United States to work towards lasting peace with Iran.

Signed,
American Friends Service Committee
Center on Conscience and War
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy
Churches for Middle East Peace
Coalition for Peace Action
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic)
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Faith in Public Life
Franciscan Action Network
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas- Institute Leadership Team
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society

Updated January 6th, 2020 with the following signers:

Choose Life Abort War Podcast for Peace
Church of the Brethren
Disciples Justice Action Network
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Glenmary Home Missioners
Mennonite Church USA
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Pax Christi Metro New York
Pax Christi USA
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice

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No War with Iran

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Here is where I am going to be Thursday night.

January 09, 2020 at 5pm – 6pm
Times Square
42nd St and Broadway Ave
New York, NY 10007
United States

On Thursday, January 9, CODEPINK is joining the call to stand together and say NO to war with Iran. The Trump administration is dragging the United States into a war with Iran that could engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and the gravest consequences. The people of the world need to rise up and stop it. For all who believe in peace, for all who are opposed to yet another catastrophic war, now is the time to take action. On Thursday, January 9 in cities across the country, there will be protests against a new war in the Middle East. Please join us. Don’t forget to contact Congress and tell them to prevent Trump from being able to carry out his war!

Print and bring this sign up form with you so we can sign up anyone who is interested in joining us at our January 25 international day of action. Then, send photos of the sign up for to iran@codepink.org 

Use our activist toolkit to print posters and access more resources!

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Mankato 1862

Trapdoor opens.
Short fall.
Eternity embraces.

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Driven

Driven by hunger,
driven to violence,
driven in battle,
driven from home.

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4 January 2019

Treadmill. Stretching. Blink.
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice – Folks Like Us
O Come, All Ye Faithful – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
The Bushes of Jerusalem  – Tommy Sands
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains & Jackson Browne
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
Little Drummer Boy – The Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Michael Franti
Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes – Bruce Cockburn
Silent Night – Pentatonix
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Choir of St. George’s Chapel Windsor
Go Tell It on the Mountain – Darlene Silversmith
Happy Christmas – John Lennon
O Holy Night – Nat King Cole
The Gifts They Gave – Johnny Cash
Good King Wenceslas – Philadelphia Orchestra
The Holly and the Ivy – The Roches
Here the Little Jesus Sleeps – Harry Belafonte
What Child Is This? – Oscar Peterson

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3 January 2019

Treadmill. Walking. Slow jogging. Stretching. Blink.
Joy to the World – The Roches
Up! Good Christian Folk, & Listen – Clare College Singers & Orchestra
The Holly and the Ivy – Celtic Woman
Good King Wenceslas – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Noel Nouvelet – The Buskaid Soweto String Project
The Bushes of Jerusalem – Tommy Sands
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus- The Chieftains
O Holy Night – Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
O Little Town of Bethlehem – Bruce Cockburn
Silent Night – The Blind Boys of Alabama
I Saw Three Ships – North Coast Men’s Chorus
Go Tell It on the Mountain – Pentatonix
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – Choir of St. George’s Chapel Windsor
We Three Kings – Cumberland Gap Reunion
In the Bleak Midwinter – david m. bailey
Creator’s Prayer

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