Archive for September, 2017

Campaign Non-violence Week

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Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term grassroots movement for a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and the epidemic of violence.

Students in D.C. celebrating CNV Week

Students in D.C. celebrating CNV Week

Each year since 2014 we have invited people and organizations in the U.S. and worldwide to take action during CNV Action Week around the International Day of Peace, September 21. Together we join our voices from around the planet to support a global nonviolent shift!

During this year’s Campaign Nonviolence Week, September 16-24, 2017 our goal was 1000+ marches, vigils, rallies and more for a culture of peace and nonviolence in cities and towns in all 50 states and in nations around the world.  We reached over 1600 in 2017, thank you!  Together we marched against violence and for a world of peace, justice and sustainability. We connected the dots between war, poverty, racism, climate change, and the epidemic of violence — and joined forces for a culture of peace.

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People in Cameroon joining the celebration

Did you plan a march and other nonviolent action such as vigils, rallies and more! Let us know how it went by filling out the post event form here and well add a blog to our site highlighting your work.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NEXT YEAR’S WEEK OF ACTIONS SEPTEMBER 15-23, 2018!

To support these powerful forms of actions, Campaign Nonviolence invited people everywhere to:

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DACA and the Ethics of DREAMERS

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From Franciscan Action Network:

David Couturier, OFM Cap. is the Dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University. He gave a presentation recently entitled, “DACA and the Deportation of DREAMers: A Franciscan Ethical Perspective” which we offer for download it its entirety, here.

The presentation starts off with the fundamentals of DACA, offers a moral analysis of the Catholic Bishops’ responses and even goes in to a biblical dimension before digging in to St. Francis and the values of inclusion in this moment.

We encourage you to take some time to read and reflect on this astute analysis.

 

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Protect the DREAM Act!

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President Trump has left 800,000 lives in limbo by rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Many Dreamers are sons and daughters of farm workers. They are also doctors, lawyers, researchers, students—all of them supporting America. This is the only home most of them have known.

President Trump said Congress should pass a law to address this issue. The law they proposed is called the DREAM Act. We need your immediate help or the DREAM Act could die in committee.To get the bill out of committee for a vote, we need to collect 218 signatures from Members of Congress. Many Members are saying they want a vote. If they sign the discharge petition, there can and will be a vote.

Take action today by writing your Congressmember and telling him or her to sign the discharge petition to bring the DREAM Act to a vote. Tell your Congressmember that saying you support Dreamers without doing everything you can to pass this legislation is the same as doing nothing at all. Words don’t matter; action does.

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California needs to ban this brain-harming pesticide

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A shopper grabs a basket of berries from a market in California. (Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)

In March, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt refused to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used on staple foods like corn, wheat, apples and citrus. This decision neglects the agency’s own science and puts millions at risk. Now California has a real opportunity to step up and be a national leader on this issue.

This toxic pesticide that has been linked to reduced IQ and attention deficit disorder in children is still widely used.

It’s time for California to lead the way and ban the pesticide that Trump’s EPA chief won’t.
TAKE ACTION

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DEAR MRS. KAEPERNICK: Every son should have a mother like you

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Usually I don’t post editorials. This is a “must read”….Bro. Mark

“Dear Mrs. Kaepernick,

We can’t imagine what it felt like to hear President Donald Trump call you a “bitch,” just to get some cheap laughs and cheers at a campaign rally. No woman deserves to be called that. But to those of us in the Central Valley, those of us who know your story, there’s something particularly egregious about insulting you, the proud Modesto mother of a proud Turlock son.

Thirty years ago, you and your husband, Rick, adopted Colin from a teenager who wasn’t ready to be a mother. He was 5 weeks old and you called him “our little Colin.” It didn’t matter that you were white, and he was biracial and would someday grow an Afro that would both inspire and enrage millions.

When Colin was still young, you moved from Wisconsin to California for a better life. You got him involved in sports and supported him as became one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

You cheered as he dazzled fans at the University of Nevada, Reno. You selflessly shared him with the ever-present eyes of the public and the press as he joined the NFL, leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. And then, perhaps at the height of his popularity, you stood by Colin’s side as he chose to wade into the tumultuous national debate over police brutality.

By kneeling on the sidelines during the national anthem at each 49ers game, he challenged a cross-section of Americans to confront racism. Not surprisingly, many Americans didn’t like that. Colin made himself a target – both for the racist yahoos who are among Trump’s core supporters,and for the football fans who think kneeling is an insult to the American flag and the military. The NFL, meanwhile, has blackballed Colin, cutting short what had been a promising career.

Through all of this, the booing, the name-calling, you haven’t shied away. And what did you get for your sacrifice? The president went off-script on Friday and called your son a “son of a bitch.”

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.’” he said. “‘Out! He’s fired!’”

This is the “son of a bitch” who is just shy of a pledge to donate $1 million to various charities. For that, the National Football League Players Association gave him an award. And this is Colin, who is helping fight famine in Somalia.

This is also the “son of a bitch,” who went around the country putting on “Know Your Rights” camps to teach kids about how to interact with police. And Colin, who spends time with kids at Camp Taylor, a Salida charity that helps kids with heart disease. He has a soft spot for the organization because you lost two kids to heart disease before adopting him.

So what did you do as Trump repeated his comments on Sunday? Being the fierce mother that you are, you gamely tweeted: “Guess that makes me a proud bitch!”

We know what the president thinks about women. But you, Mrs. Kaepernick, are a great mother. You don’t deserve to be called anything less. Nor do the sons of other moms deserve to subjected to brain-damage. Trump thinks preventing CTE is “ruining” the NFL. You know, because he’s tougher than they are.

We know the NFL is popular, but moral courage isn’t found as much on the gridiron as it is in communities that have moms like you. So here’s to you Mrs. Kaepernick.”

[Sacramento Bee, Sept. 26, 2017]

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