I went for a walk down Pennsylvania Avenue with our Muslim brothers and sisters about the Muslim registry. It was organized by MoveOn.org and DRUM. We marched from the Justice Deaprtment to the White House. There is an open petition asking President Obama to shut down the NSEERS. 133,000 people have signed. Please give it your consideration.
On the first Monday of each month, a dedicated group of peace seekers gathers at the War Memorial in New Haven, CT to remember and to mourn the dead in the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Each month we add a stone to a growing cairn. One of our members placed a sprig of sage he collected on a recent witness at Standing Rock.
After a seemingly endless and often times sad election, we met as a community, as we always do, on the second Monday of the month for one of our New Sanctuary Open meetings at the Albany Catholic Worker house. We prayed and decided to hold our annual Vigil for Immigrant Rights and calling to Close the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. New Sanctuary holds this annual vigil in remembrance of four Catholic sisters murdered in El Salvador in 1980, by graduates of the School of the Americas.
On May 9th, contract negotiations between Honeywell Aerospace and their workers at plants in Green Island, NY and South Bend, IN broke down, and the workers (members of United Auto Workers) were immediately locked out of work. Replacement workers have been brought in for these past months while the workers remain locked out, seeking to negotiate a fair contract.
I was privileged to spend Thanksgiving week with a delegation from the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. We were there because the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota people are fighting to stop an oil pipeline from going through Reservation land. This is threatening to contaminate their water supply, as well as desecrate ancient sacred sites, including the burial site of Sitting Bull. Over three hundred native nations from all over the world were there to share in this struggle, as well as many non-native allies, such as my delegation.