News

GUN SENSE:

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Richard Martinez lost his young son, Christopher, in one of the endless mass shootings that have plagued the nation for so long. This one, in May, took place in Santa Barbara, California. Now Martinez is a strong and outspoken advocate for gun sense in America. Recently, he sent out a message from Everytown for Gun Safety, with a questionnaire meant for federal candidates for public office. We recommend that you check out both the Everytown website and the questionnaire. Who knows, maybe you will have a chance to meet with a congressional candidate this year, and you can ask those questions of the candidate, face-to-face. Make sure you get the right answers.

If the candidate hesitates, you might want to remind him or her what Martinez said about members of Congress who had been expressing their condolences to him about the loss of his son. "I don't care about your sympathy. I don't give a s--- that you feel sorry for me," he tearfully told the Washington Post. "Get to work and do something."

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WANTED: PEACEMAKERS.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

All you really need is a strong belief in the peacemaking role that Jesus has assigned all of us. Peacemaking isn't optional, but you do have options in choosing the peace and justice issues that you care about most deeply, and for which your talents suit you best. Nuclear weapons, drones, gun violence, immigration reform, racism, global warming, solitary confinement , excessive military spending. There’s no shortage of important issues that Pax Christi tries to address, but usually each of us has one that grabs 99 percent of our attention, seems the most critical, the most deserving of our support. Is yours listed here? Do you have any ideas or time you could devote to the one issue that means a lot to you? If you want to get connected to Pax Christi Long Island and get started working on that issue, please send an email to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

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MEMORIAL DAY VIGIL,

JONES BEACH

On May 24th, peace activists from Long Island gathered for their Tenth Annual Peace Vigil to remind beach-goers that Memorial Day is a sacred day dedicated by our nation to mourn the loss of American lives killed in war. This event was organized by Pax Christi Long Island in partnership with Code Pink LI, LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, North Country Peace Group, South Country Peace Group, PeaceSmiths, SOAW, Suffolk Peace Network, Veterans for Peace LI and Women in Black. Click on the link below to view a video from this event. Additional photos can be seen under the Gallery tab

Photos and video by Cheryl Nicholson.

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LOOKING BEYOND RHETORIC

THE MADNESS IN IRAQ:

By Tom Hayden

American activist anti-war networks are perfectly right in standing against renewed US intervention in Iraq. So far Obama has been forced by events to send some 275 US troops for embassy protection, while a decision on bombing is being mulled. The confused Congress needs to be called upon to be a counterweight against the hawks who want nothing more than to blame Obama instead of themselves for "losing" Iraq. But there is far more to do. We are deep into the battle over memory. Read more...

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DUMB AND DUMBER:

NONSENSE V. GUNSENSE


The madness of anything-goes-with-guns rolls on, tragically. Take a look, for example, at this local television news report about a six-year-old boy who accidentally killed his own grandfather at a family party, using an AK-47 belonging to his own uncle.

Then there's this TODAY Show report of a new firing range in Oklahoma that will soon have a liquor license. Yes. folks, that will mean booze and guns under the same roof. The owner says there's nothing to worry about: They'll have a system to make sure that people won't be able to drink before or during target practice—only afterward. But this seems like yet another really, really bad idea in our gun-besotted culture.

There's room for reasonable debate on guns, but it any reasonable definition of good gunsense would dictate that an AK-47 does NOT belong at a family party, and alcohol should NOT be served in a venue where people are firing lethal weapons.

If you want to do something about all the madness, we recommend that you visit this site, which will tell you how to send a "Not One More" postcard to your elected officials, in response to the latest shooting rampage, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Watching all this gun violence unfold is endlessly frustrating. But taking even a small action can make a difference.

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Events

HIROSHIMA DAY

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6

To commemorate the 69th anniversary of the American military's use of an atomic bomb to destroy the city of Hiroshima, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset will host a call to conscience, to proclaim: “It is Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change and War.”
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The evening is sponsored by Great Neck SANE/Peace Action, the Social Justice Committee of UUCSR, and The Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives. The program is dedicated to the memory of the late Jonathan Schell: writer, teacher, antinuclear activist and author of Fate of the EarthThe event will include Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel; Michael D'Innocenzo, Harry Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor of Nonviolent Social Change at Hofstra University; Rev. Mark Lukens, pastor of Bethany Congregational Church and chairman of the Interfaith Alliance; Margaret Melkonian, executive director of the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, and Shirley Romaine, actress and co-chair of Great Neck SANE/Peace Action. The choral group Willow will provide the music.
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Please join in this commemoration on Wednesday, August 6, at 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset.
 
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ANNUAL 40-DAY FAST

FOR NONVIOLENCE

This year, the annual Pax Christi Metro New York 40-Day Fast for Nonviolenced will take place from July 1 to August 9.

Jesus and the early church stated clearly that violence is not the Christian way, that violence is not the Apostolic way, that violence is not the way of God. Yet, since the Third Century, most Christians have not proclaimed this message. Today we have the remnants and repercussions of wars not truly over in Iraq and Afghanistan, drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, mass killings in Syria, inhumane repression in Palestine and fear of annihilation in Israel, conflict in Ukraine, abject poverty in Haiti, drug violence crossing borders from Latin America to the U.S., a nation divided between concerns for individual prosperity and the common good, stresses and strains of economic strife pulling families apart….  The list could go on and on. In addition, our media, entertainment, and language are filled with violence; and our country is ready to annihilate millions of years of evolution and thousands of years of history with nuclear weapons.

It is because of this tragic and shameful reality that this 40-Day Fast is being undertaken. It is a call to the individual Christian--and nonChristians in solidarity with us--to repent and return to the truth that violence is not the way to resolve our conflicts.

BACKGROUND ON THE FAST:

The annual 40-Day Fast was begun by the Agape Community in Massachusetts several years ago. Individuals and communities from all over the country now participate in it.

The Fast begins on July 1st and ends on August 9th. On August 9th, 1942, Edith Stein was killed at Auschwitz; on August 9th, 1943, Franz Jaegerstatter was beheaded for refusing to serve in Hitler’s army (the army of a “Christian” nation); and on August 9th, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, destroying the largest and oldest Christian community in that country, and killing 140,000 people.

TWO WAYS TO APPROACH THE FAST:

Individuals are invited to fast in whatever way they choose. Some possibilities are choosing one day a week for the 40-Day period, choosing one single day, or choosing a block of days.

Groups are invited to take one day of the week, e.g. Mondays. One member of the group will then fast on each of the Mondays (or whichever other day of the week your group chooses) during the 40-day period. Others can also fast, of course, but this insures that at least one member will be fasting each day.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR FAST DAY:

  • This fast is, traditionally, a fast from all solid foods from the time you get up until the time you retire in the evening. It is recommended that you drink fruit or vegetable juices.  Drinking caffeinated beverages is not recommended.

If the traditional fast is not feasible for you, you can replace one, two, or all three meals with bread and water.

If you are unable to fast from food for health reasons, consider fasting from social media, texting, e-mail, television, or some other “addiction” that will be a sacrifice for you.

  • Try to attend Mass, a religious service of your faith if not Catholic, or some other communal gathering at which you can share your hopes and prayers for and commitment to a more nonviolent world, especially a world free of nuclear weapons.
  • A common bond in all faiths is belief in the power of nonviolent love. If you are a person of faith, pray that people of faith might re-commit themselves to the lesson of love taught in their faith.
  • Seek forgiveness for your own violent tendencies.
  • As much as possible, occupy yourself with works of mercy.

An excellent book on fasting is Fasting Rediscovered by Thomas Ryan, published by Paulist Press. 

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KUDOS FOR SISTER ROSALIE

Sister Rosalie Carven, CSJ, a soft-spoken, gentle, but relentless force for peace and justice, will be among the honorees at the annual reception and awards dinner of Long Island Jobs with Justice on Tuesday, August 19, at 6 PM, at View Restaurant in Oakdale. To RSVP, email the JwJ executive director, Anita Halasz, at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , or call 631-348-1170, Extension 304.

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