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PAX CHRISTI USA

REMEMBERS OUR JOAN

Last year, Pax Christi Long Island devoted an entire issue of our newsletter, Peaceworks, to the memory of Joan Wittreich, one of the founders and iconic leaders of PCLI. Since then, her husband, Chuck, has also died. May both of those valiant peacemakers rest in peace. Now, Pax Christi USA has posted that issue of Peaceworks on its website here. We are immensely grateful to Johnny Zokovitch of PCUSA for that.

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iAN ARMS RACE 

WON'T HELP UKRAINE

By Katrina vanden Heuvel (in the Washington Post)

Nearly 70 years ago, a group of Manhattan Project scientists, having seen the power of nuclear destruction, created what they called the “Doomsday Clock.” It was a mechanism designed to warn the world of how imminent the threat of global catastrophe was becoming — the closer the clock moved to midnight, the closer we were to doomsday. Last month, the group of Nobel laureates charged with maintaining the clock changed its time to 11:57 p.m., denoting the closest we’ve been to doomsday in more than 30 years. Their reasoning is based not just on the world’s inaction on issues like climate change, but its provocative march toward a new Cold War. Read more here.

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PAX CHRISTI USA's

NEW MISSION STATEMENT

Grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) is a membership organization that rejects war, preparation for war, every form of violence and domination, and personal and systemic racism. As PCUSA, a section of Pax Christi International, we are a Catholic peace and justice movement that seeks to model the Peace of Christ in our witness to the mandate of the nonviolence of the Cross. Read more...

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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...

 

Events

MEMORIAL DAY

PEACE VIGIL

On May 23 of Memorial Day weekend, thousands of Long Islanders will flock to Jones Beach for the Bethpage Air Show, which demonstrates military airpower and weapons.

On that same day, peace activists from Long Island will gather for their Eleventh Annual Peace Vigil, to remind beach-goers that Memorial Day is a sacred day dedicated by our nation to mourn the loss of Americans killed in war.

  • Come to distribute flyers explaining the true meaning of Memorial Day.
  • Come to reflect upon the living victims of wars, still suffering in mind and spirit.
  • Come to honor the fallen.
  • Come to call for an end to all wars.

Park at Field 4. Come early for best parking spaces!!!  Fee: $10

Assemble by the plaza near the “needle” tower.

Weather alert May 23, 7 AM:  www.paxchristilongisland.org

Further details: Email JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

To help distribute flyers, please arrive by 9 AM.

PLEASE WEAR A BLACK T SHIRT OR TOP

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, Women in Black.

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TELL CONGRESS: ENACT

A MORAL BUDGET

Budgets at all levels of government are moral documents. They allocate the funds made possible by all taxpayers, and those decisions have a clear moral dimension. In the federal budget, for example, far too much funding goes to military spending and far too little to health and education. That's a moral decision—but not a good one. To avoid making poor moral choices in their budget-making, members of Congress must keep these principles in mind:

(1) Protect low-income and vulnerable people.

(2) Invest in broadly shared prosperity that raises incomes across the economic spectrum.

(3) Increase revenues from fair sources.

(4) Seek responsible savings by targeting wasteful spending in the Pentagon and elsewhere.

If those principles seem sensible to you, please sign this letter to Congress, created by the Coalition on Human Needs as part of its Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All campaign. The deadline for signing is March 12, 2015.

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COMMUNITY ECONOMICS:

WORTH A LOOK

Every Sunday morning, an entity called the Community Economics Group meets to discuss empowering themselves economically in a way that helps all people, families, communities— and nature. If you're interested, read the group's evolving document here. That may motivate you to attend one of the Sunday meetings, at 9 AM in the Panera's on Route 110 in Farmingdale, near Republic Airport.

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