Wednesday, February 24, 2010

At 83, This Catholic Nun Activist Continues Her Unwavering Campaign For Peace

As the nuclear arms race exploded in the 1980s, a group of U.S. religious pacifists used radical nonviolence to intervene. Armed with hammers, they broke into military facilities to pound on missiles and pour blood on bombers. Calling themselves the Plowshares movement, these controversial activists received long prison sentences; nonetheless, their movement grew and expanded to Europe and Australia.

There have been about 100 Plowshares Nuclear Resistance Actions worldwide since 1980. Plowshares actions are taken from Isaiah 2:4 in Old Testament (Hebrew) scripture of the Christian Bible, “God will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many people. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. And nations will not take up swords against nations, nor will they train for war anymore."

Sr. Anne Montgomery, perhaps the most famous member of Plowshares, joined the movement at its inception and has been very active in the Nuclear Resistance Campaign from then on.  As a veteran peace activist, Sr. Anne is no stranger to the experience of being arrested as a result of her actvism. Only in November of last year,  Sr Anne, now 83, together with Fr Bill Bischel, SJ, 81, from Tacoma, Washington; Sr Susan Crane, 65, of Baltimore, Maryland; Sr Lynne Greenwald, 60, of Bremerton Washington, and Fr Steve Kelly, SJ, 60, of Oakland, California were arrested at Kitsap- Bangor Naval Base near Seattle.

They entered the Base in the early hours of All Souls Day, with the intention of calling attention to the illegality and immorality of the existence of the Trident weapons system.

Sr. Anne is also actively involved with the Christian Peacemaker Teams. CPT, is an ecumenical organization which was organized in response to  a call in 1984 for Christians to devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war. CPT places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers. Sr. Anne worked for years in Palestine and in Iraq as part of CPT.

Sr. Anne would not see the end of the nuclear arms race in her lifetime that is for sure. We can only hope that there would be more "Sr. Annes" who would come along and carry on with the struggle for peace, not anymore for our sake but for the sake of our children.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Still Talking The Talk And Walking The Walk

Photo Courtesy of Times Online

Many of us get into a cause, pay it a lip service and then forget about it. Not Brian Haw, London's well known Iraq War  protester who made Parliament Square the permanent venue of his campaign. He continues to talk the  talk and walks the walk after more than eight years. I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Brian while working with an international campaign organization in London some five years ago. He is very much principled and really dedicated in fighting for what he believes.

War is a big business. The greed of those in power and who profit out of it would  make sure it is sustained. They do not really have to do much. They only have to invoke the mantra of  peace and democracy  and  they have it made. Forget about the innocent lives that would continue to be lost in the process. They are simply collateral damage says the warlords and we agree. Why else is the war machinery so well  intact if we don't?  

Well, knowing Brian, he would continue making Parliament Square his home if it takes forever.

Brian's display  of some hundreds of  signs, banners, toys and photographs of horrifically maimed kids – was removed in 2006 by police. The above photo is a recreation of  of the protest display by Mark Wallinger which was displayed in Tate Britain in January 2007. The recreation artwork known as State Britain won for Wallinger  the Turner Prize in 2007. Below is the picture of the original display.

Photo Courtesy  Wikimedia Commons

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Raging Grannies

The Raging Grannies light up the age with rage. Promoting peace, justice, and social and economic equality, these women have a lot to teach the World about older people (The Guardian)

 A Raging Granny takes to the streets

Photos by the Raging Grannies

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Need We Say More

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Friday, January 15, 2010

F**K The Riot Squad


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Younggg Peeeople


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tax Levy For Seniors (US)