DRONE OPERATORS:

REFUSE ORDERS!

Dozens of U.S. military veterans released an open letter this week urging drone operators to "refuse to fly missions" or support them in any way—and letting them know that if they say "no" to surveillance and assassination orders, there is a whole community rooting for them. Read more here.

 

**********************************************************

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM:

AN EXCEPTIONALLY BAD IDEA

By Jeffrey Vogel, Tikkun Daily Blog

Exceptionalism is a neutral word, as it can reference something exceptionally good or exceptionally bad — human beings, and their respective nations, have clearly shown themselves to be capable of both.

The notion of American Exceptionalism has been regularly referenced by President Obama — most significantly in his West Point commencement address last year where he said that “I believe in American Exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.” He also said that “The United States is the one indispensable nation.” This blind and exclusive nationalism is the rationale that all imperial powers use to justify their military adventures and is especially dangerous when employed by our nation, the only military superpower on the planet. Read more here.

**************************************

NEBRASKA DECIDES:

NO MORE DEATH PENALTY

By Joe Duggan, Paul Hammel, and Martha Stoddard, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — Cheers erupted and tears fell Wednesday as the Nebraska Legislature took the historic step of repealing the death penalty with a politically high-stakes override of the governor’s veto.

Read more here.

*******************************************

IDOLATRY AND THE MILITARY

By David Masciotra, Salon

Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as “heroes.” The rhetorical sloppiness and intellectual shallowness of affixing such a reverent label to everyone in the military or law enforcement betrays a frightening cultural streak of nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, but it also makes honest and serious conversations necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of a fragile democracy nearly impossible. Read more...

 

 

 

 
 
SISTER SIMONE ON

LAUDATO SI'

Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of Network, the peace and justice lobby, and organizer of multiple "Nuns on the Bus" tours, will be leading a call to action in Manhattan this week, in support of Laudato Si', the environmental encyclical from Pope Francis.

Sister Simone is a powerful, prophetic figure in our church today. Like Pope Francis, she is not afraid. So please try to get to Manhattan to hear her speak on Friday, November 6, starting at 6:45. The venue is Blessed Sacrament Church, 152 West 71st Street.

 

*******************************************************

VIGIL IN MEMORY

OF MARCELO LUCERO

The Culture of Hope and Peace vigil, on Sunday, November 8, will remember Marcelo Lucero, as well as all other victims of hate crimes. It will serve further to lay the foundation for continuing efforts to establish respect and understanding among the diverse groups of people who reside in Suffolk County, including immigrants.
 
This year’s vigil will offer a platform for music and short films created by young people, including selections from local students and the UN Plural+ 2015 Video Youth Festival, highlighted by the film chosen for the 2015 Marcelo Lucero Award. The vigil will be followed by a candlelight procession to the place where Marcelo died on November 8, 2008, a victim of racial hate.
 
The vigil will last from noon to 1 PM, at the Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center (MAC), 20 Terry Street, one block south of Main Street in Patchogue. Come and join us in remembering Marcelo and fighting hatred.
 
 
*******************************************************

KIRKRIDGE RETREAT

WITH FATHER JOHN DEAR

Join Father John Dear for a weekend retreat, "Living the Nonviolence of Jesus, Gandhi & King: The Peacemaking Life Today," from November 13-15, at the Kirkridge Retreat Center, in Pennsylvania.

During this weekend retreat, John will reflect with us on the call to be peacemakers, on how we can practice nonviolence like Jesus, Gandhi, and Dr. King, and on how we can spend the rest of our lives fulfilling our vocation to be peacemakers. There will be presentations, quiet time, small group and large group discussion, a social on Saturday night and a closing worship service. Reflections will be based on his recent books The Nonviolent Life and Walking the Way: Following Jesus on the Path of Nonviolence.

The Kirkridge Retreat Center is located at 2495 Fox Gap Road, in Bangor, near East Stroudsburg, PA. To register, visit www.kirkridge.org or call 610-588-1793.

*******************************************************

THE VISION OF POPE FRANCIS:

MERCY FOR EVERYONE

Come for an afternoon of prayer, renewal, and celebration, with two great preachers: Father Francis Pizzarelli, SMM, DCSW, and Sister Pat Duffy, OP, PhD. The venue is St. Louis de Montfort Church, 75 New York Avenue, Sound Beach. The date is Saturday, December 5, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be served. There's no set fee, but you can make a free-will offering. Please register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by contacting Hope House, 1 High Street, Port Jefferson. 

*******************************************************

PCLI ANNUAL RETREAT

Mark your calendars: The annual Pax Christi Long Island retreat day has been scheduled for Saturday, January 9. Keep your eye on this website for further details, as they become available. 

*******************************************************

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Joomla! Debug Console

Session

Profile Information

Memory Usage

Database Queries