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Guadalupe, CA 93434
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Sr. Megan Rice – Rest in Peace

Sr. Megan Rice, anti-war, Plowshares, and social justice activist, joined the Heavenly Cloud of Witnesses on October 10, 2021, at her religious order residence, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ), in Rosemont, PA. She was 91. Her death was caused by congestive heart failure.

Sr. Megan, one of the Transform Now Plowshares activists along with Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed,  who, in the dead of night on July 28, 2012, successfully penetrated The Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (aka the Fort Knox of Uranium), and proceeded to a building that contained nuclear weapons material, and on an exterior wall poured bottles of their own blood, as a symbol of the cost of war, and spray-painted biblical messages like “THE FRUIT OF JUSTICE IS PEACE.”

The symbolic disarmament action prompted a two-week shutdown of the Y-12 facility for security reasons, and the three were charged and convicted of intending to endanger the national defense. They served nearly two years in federal prison but won release and vindication on appeal in 2015.

Transform Now Plowshares action was an effort by people of faith to transform weapons into real, life-giving alternatives, to build true peace. Inspired by the Biblical prophets Micah and Isaiah, Jesus and Gandhi, Transform Now Plowshares began a symbolic conversion of the Y-12 Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility

Sr. Megan was highlighted in the October 2013 issue of the Catholic Agitator

Sr. Megan Rice – ¡PRESENTE!

Keep Space for Peace Week

We will gather for a vigil to acknowledge and support “Keep Space for Peace Week” on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at the main gate of Vandenberg Space Force Base. We will be there from 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Call Dennis for questions (805) 878-2614.

NONVIOLENCE WORKS!

Free Online Peace Conference: October 2, 2021:

Make a difference for peace by learning how powerful nonviolent resistance is as a force for change.

A family of 13 speakers and panelists have been assembled to share in an empowering way their story about peace and nonviolence.

At this year’s online conference, Kathy Kelly will return, after speaking at our conference last year. She is mother of all peace activists, beloved on the streets of Baghdad, NYC, and worldwide. William Pepper will speak to us, having spent a lifetime exposing the government’s role in his friend Martin Luther King’s assassination. We have two activist candidates for City Council, Jonathan Bailey, and Dem. primary winner Alexa Aviles, (both are from DSA, “Democratic Socialists of America.”) We also have two leading Quaker peace activists, Bill Leicht and George Lakey. We will hear from PTSD healer Edward Tick, Theosophist writer Juliana Cesano, Tibetan Buddhist teacher Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Quaker writer Sarah Freeman-Woolpert, and Zen activist Yuki Eric Michaels. Also, wise (guy) comedian and radio host Steve Bhaerman, AKA “Swami Beyondananda,” who will provide some necessary comic relief. Check out Speaker Bios here.

Register HERE.

September 11 Twentieth Anniversary

With the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, along with the highly deceptive 9/11 Commission Report, we believe that as Christians, as Catholic Workers, we have an obligation to do our own investigation into what really transpired on that fateful day that brought U.S. imperialism to unconscionable depths of depravity with two decades of torture, death, and destruction that has only benefited the military-industrial complex and the oligarchs behind them.

Photo by David Marks – Pixabay

We are aware of the challenges associated with so-called “conspiracy theories,” however when legitimate questions go unanswered, and factual inconsistencies with the official report are ignored, the citizenry is obliged to hold their government accountable. We do not have to develop our own theory, but we must discard theories that are clearly flawed.

Therefore, we encourage and challenge you and your communities to obtain and study the documented and indispensable works of David Ray Griffin, who has written extensively on 9/11, and also has videos available on YouTube to examine. We must know the truth before we can expose the imperial lies and speak truth to power.

In peace and solidarity,

Kathy Boylan – DC Catholic Worker

Dennis Apel – Guadalupe (CA) Catholic Worker

Mike Wisniewski – Los Angeles Catholic Worker

U.S. Drone Strikes in Afghanistan Are Morally Unacceptable, And Only Further the Cycle of Violence

Media statement from Pax Christi USA, in response to the U.S. drone strike in Kabul on Sunday, August 29:


“As The Washington Post and other media outlets report on the deaths of at least ten Afghan civilians — including young children — as a result of a second U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Pax Christi USA calls on the Biden Administration to cease the use of lethal drones. The death of civilians is not an unfortunate aberration; it is part and parcel of the normalized use of lethal weapons and morally unacceptable,” stated Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA.


“Such indiscriminate killing just furthers the cycle of violence, undermines real human security, and traumatizes survivors. What we are seeing now after twenty years of military occupation in Afghanistan should, at the very least, cause our leaders to pause and question to what end more arms, more bombs, and more death will lead.”


> Click here to read the media statement on our website.


> Click here to read more about the situation in Afghanistan and resources for prayer, study, and action.


For interviews or more information, contact Johnny Zokovitch at 352-219-8419 or [email protected].

Photo from Pax Christi USA website that accompanied the statement.

Commemorating the 76th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

On Friday, August 6, 20 people gathered at the front gate of the newly-named Vandenberg Space Force Base (formerly Vandenberg Air Force Base) to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the criminal and immoral U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We vigiled for nearly two hours, then closed with a prayer service led by Dennis Apel from our sister house in Guadalupe, CA. There were no arrests. Below are photos of the event.

Update for January 22, 2021

Update for January 22nd…Vigil at the Main Gate to Vandenberg Air Force Base begins at 2:00pm and goes until 3:30pm. Park at the Vandenberg Middle School across the street. Please wear a mask and socially distance throughout the vigil. I expect a small turnout, but if you are coming and know of others who are coming it would be helpful if you email me and let me know so I know what to expect.

As of now, there are 5 brave souls who will be walking to the Main Gate from Vandenberg Village. This is a 5-mile walk but very hilly so somewhat strenuous. We will gather in the parking lot at Vandenberg Village at 11:00 am. My preference would be for anyone who wants to join us contact me ahead of time so I know who to expect. Call Dennis at (805) 878-2614.

DETAILS FOR EVENT ON JANUARY 22, 2021

There will be a vigil at the Main Gate to Vandenberg Air Force Base from 2:00pm until 3:30pm on Friday, January 22, 2021.  Park at Vandenberg Middle School across the street from the Main Gate.  The purpose of the vigil is to bring awareness to the entry into force (EIF) of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations making it illegal under International Law for any nation to possess nuclear weapons.  The treaty was signed by 84 nations and, to date, ratified by 51 nations.

In addition to the vigil, there will be a few of us brave souls who will be walking from Santa Maria to Vandenberg that morning to join the vigil.  We will be gathering at the Pak-N-Ride on Clark Ave near Highway 135 at 8:00 am and walking the 12 miles to the Main Gate.  If you would like to join us, call Dennis at (805) 878-2614 for more details.

If you would like to order a T-shirt below, know that the cutoff for orders being delivered before January 22nd is Sunday January 3rd at midnight.  You can still order a T-shirt after that, but it is not guaranteed to arrive before the event.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE ILLEGAL

Dear friends,

As you may know, Nuclear Weapons officially become illegal under International Law on January 22, 2021.  We are planning a vigil at Vandenberg AFB at 2:00 pm on that date to bring awareness.  Details of the event will be coming shortly including a march to the Base for anyone interested.  This is an initial notice, so you can save the date and order a T-shirt at the link below if you would like to…

https://www.bonfire.com/nuclear-ban-eif/

Shirts would be sent directly to your home but must be ordered by January 3 to arrive by the 22nd. Please forward this to folks you think might be interested and e-mail me ([email protected]) with any questions.

Blessings,

Dennis

KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 SENTENCING UPDATE

Carmen Trotta (far right), of the New York City Catholic Worker, was sentenced on November 12, to 14 months in prison, with credit for time served (approximately 40 days) in two Georgia county jails following the action in April 2018, plus three years supervised probation, and $33,503 restitution. He will self-surrender at a yet to be determined federal prison on December 12.

Clare Grady (third from left), from the Ithaca, NY Catholic Worker, was sentenced on November 12, to 12 months and one day in prison, with credit for three months time served in two Georgia county jails following the action in April 2018, plus three years supervised probation, and $33,503 restitution. She will self-surrender in 30 days.

Martha Hennessy (second from left), from the New York City Catholic Worker, was sentenced on November 13, to 10 months in prison, with credit for time served in two Georgia county jails following the action in April 2018, 3 years supervised probation, and $33,503 restitution. She will self-surrender in 30 days.

Mark Colville (far laft), of the Amistad Catholic Worker, in New Haven Connecticut, will be sentenced on December 18, 2020.