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Poem: AGAINST MEMORIAL DAY

AGAINST MEMORIAL DAY
by Terry Lodge

I grew up on Memorial Day.
My father made floral arrangements
Which we left at the gravesites of friends and relatives
Who had died in war.
I remember watching the tears form in his eyes
As he recalled what he, himself, saw in the South Pacific
Choking up in mid-sentence.

And there were parades
And that somber poem
‘We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.’
Every Memorial Day.
Every accursed Memorial Day.

Those millions of torched boneboxes
Swept along on the rising tide
Of hundreds of millions of gallons of blood
Spilled for what?
To ‘take up the quarrel with the foe?’

Those torched boneboxes immolated billions of dreams
Millions of hearts swollen with love
And millions of pounds of brains
From which personal inclination
To oppose My Lai
Napalm
Carpet bombing
War profiteers
Drone murders
False patriotism
Torture
The military-industrial-genocide complex
Depleted uranium holocausts
Dead collaterals,
Had to be erased
And replaced with war
As the health of the state.

Tell me when we wage class warfare
To end warfare
At Fallujah
Kandahar
Somalia
Tripoli
Tehran.

I oppose Memorial Day.
‘Short days ago we lived
And now we lie in Flanders fields.’
The Earth should vomit up that shame.

Tell me when we wage class warfare
To end warfare.
There is no dying class –
The lie of Flanders fields.

– Terry Lodge, 5/30/11

Waging Peace in Troubled Times: 2-Day Peace Leadership Workshop by Paul Chappell

josievs:

I’ve heard Paul Chappell speak, and I’m looking forward to attending.

Originally posted on Project Peace:

Mark your calendars for a 2-Day Peace Leadership Workshop by Paul Chappell, author, educator, soldier of peace, graduate of West Point, Captain in Iraq on Nov. 7,8 at St. Francis Spirituality Center in Tiffin, OH.          http://www.wagingpeace.org.      (Paul Chappell’s website)

More information will be coming in June…………

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Letter written to Secretary Carter by members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

Originally posted on Project Peace:

February 25, 2015

Ashton Carter
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Pentagon, 1400 Defense
Arlington, VA 22202

Dear Secretary Carter:

We are writing as representatives of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance. We are a group of citizens dedicated to working for an end to the illegal wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the illegal bombing, since July of 2008, of Pakistan, Syria, and Yemen. It is our opinion that the use of drones is a violation of international law.

The use of drones causes incredible human suffering, growing distrust of the United States around the world, and is diverting our resources which could be better used to ease human suffering. We follow the principles of Gandhi, King, Day and others, working nonviolently for a peaceful world.

As people of conscience, we are very concerned about the devastation that the U.S. military is causing to the environment. According…

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Spring Rising: An Anti-War Intervention in DC

Originally posted on Come Home America:

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a reflection after Washington D.C.

Originally posted on Project Peace:

in front of lady LibertyAfter joining the Witness Against Torture and the Hands Up coalition for 5 full days in Washington D.C. I want to say the following:

I can’t begin to feel the rage, the sorrow, the raw feelings and despair the 127 men in Guantanamo and the  Black people must feel in the face again and again of violations of their rights as human beings and with such ignorance and apathy and disregard of them as persons by the white community.   I am white.  I am way too smug, absorbed in my own ways of living, accustomed to politeness over confrontation, to giving the benefit of the doubt to people and institutions rather than asking hard courageous questions of prejudicial practices pointed out to us by the African American community.  Sinful, shameful practices continue  at the expense of others who often do not hear their voices being received by the white community.

My white sense…

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See the “Berlin Walls” still standing around the world

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Originally posted on Quartz:

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was on Sunday. The partition between West and East Germany lasted from 1961 to 1989. Much has changed since then. But there still quite a few walls that separate people across the world standing. Many of the locals marked the end of the wall that divided Europe by going to the barriers that affect their own lives.

Here are some of the Berlin Walls of today.

Israel’s security barrier

The golden Dome of the Rock (C) in Jerusalem's old city is seen in the distance beyond a section of the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank city of Abu Dis, October 29 , 2014. The Dome of the Rock is situated within the Al-Aqsa compound, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount. On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, there are still barriers separating communities around the world, from the barbed wire fence dividing the two Koreas, the fence around the Spanish enclave of Melilla, to the sectarian Peace Wall in Belfast, the Israel-Gaza barrier and the border separating Mexico from the United States. Picture taken October 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (WEST BANK  - Tags: ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SOCIETY)  ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 15 OF 28 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'THE WALLS THAT DIVIDE' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'WALLS DIVIDE' - RTR4D2VJ

In 2002, Israel started work on a 670-km (420-mile) wall separating itself from the West Bank. It is mostly 5 meters of wire and mesh, but there are sections that are 8 meters tall and made of solid concrete, with watchtowers for snipers. The route of the wall does not follow the 1967 borders; it includes 6% to 8% of occupied Palestinian territory.

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Bacik Lecture: A Church for the Post Modern World

James Bacik | “A Church for the Post Modern World” | October 15, 2013 | Corpus Christi Parish

Run Time: 1:01

Father James Bacik, Ph.D. spoke at Corpus Christi Parish on
“A Church for the Post-Modern World”.

Click here to go to Knowledge Stream to view a video of this lecture.

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