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April 25, 2011: Easter Arrests in D.C. and Captive in Palestine
April 25, 2011: Easter Arrests in D.C. and Captive in Palestine



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Summary of Holy Week Faith and Resistance Retreat


Over 40 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to participate in the
annual Holy Week Faith and Resistance retreat sponsored by Jonah House and the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Those attending the retreat included members from the New Jerusalem Community in Philadelphia, students from Loras College in Iowa, and peacemakers from around the northeast. The retreat also included a Tenebrae service, a talk by Sr. Margaret McKenna about what it means to put away the sword and follow Jesus' way of nonviolence, and a Holy Thursday liturgy. There were also acts of nonviolent witness at the White House and Pentagon. At each site eight contemporary crucifixions were enacted with people literally hanging from a cross. (Below is the script for each crucifixion).


On Good Friday morning, Bill Frankel-Streit - Little Flower CW, Sr. Margaret McKenna, Brian Hynes and Rosemary Thompson were arrested at the Pentagon as they held a banner and read a leaflet
outside the designated "protest zone." 


They were charged with "failure to obey a lawful order" and given a July 22 trial date.

Script Read for Eight Crucified Victims at White House and
Pentagon on Holy Thursday and Good Friday

Introduction
 


Today is Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate the Crucifixion and death of Jesus. Today, vast numbers of God's global family experience a modern form of crucifixion as they are crucified to a
cross of war, militarism, and economic exploitation. In the crucified people of our world we see the crucified face of Jesus. Today, we remember the victims who have been and continue to be crucified and deemed expendable, and call for an immediate end to their crucifixion.


Crucified person #1--Iraq war victim
 


The US has been at war with Iraq since 1991. We pray for the over 2 millions Iraqis who have died during these last 20 years--crucified to a cross of bombings, sanctions, invasion and occupation. We repent for destroying an entire society and traumatizing a generation of Iraqis. We pray for the countless millions injured and the over 4 million displaced.  We pray and work for an immediate end to the immoral and illegal US occupation of Iraq and that the US make reparations to the Iraqi people.


Crucified person #2--Afghanistan war victim
 


Since the US began its criminal military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001, thousands of Afghan civilians have suffered and died. We pray for all those Afghan who have been, and continue to be, crucified to a cross of ruthless US military occupation. This occupation has included the use of secret US military "kill teams." Former Afghan Parliamentarian, Milalai Joya, writes: "The "kill team" images will come as a shock to many outside Afghanistan but not to us. We have seen countless incidents of American and Nato forces killing innocent people like birds. For instance, they recently killed nine children on March 1 in Kunar Province who were collecting firewood. In February this year they killed 65 innocent villagers, most of them women and children." We repent for the sin of US war making. We pray and work for an immediate end to the immoral and illegal US war in Afghanistan and that reparations be made to the people of Afghanistan.


Crucified person #3--Pakistan Drone bombing victim
 


The newest warplane of choice being used by the US military in its wars against Al-Qeada and the Taliban are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly known as Drones. These pointless warplanes, which are controlled from thousands of miles away, are now being used extensively in Pakistan. We pray for all the innocents who have been, and continue to be, killed by this murderous weapon. A new study estimates U.S. drone strikes killed 957 people in Pakistan last year. We pray and work for the abolition of Drones and all weapons of death.


Crucified person #4--Victim of Militarism and Nuclearism


We remember all victims who have died and continue to suffer from the US use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We remember all victims of nuclear testing who have suffered and died due to the radiation fallout from these tests, including in the South Pacific, US soldiers who were exposed to nuclear tests, and people living downwind from nuclear weapons facilities and the Nevada test site. We remember all victims who have suffered and died from exposure to highly radioactive depleted uranium weapons from Iraq to Libya. We remember all victims of US military intervention--from Vietnam to Central America, Vieques, former Yugoslavia, Columbia, Haiti and elsewhere. We pray for the people of Japan and everyone and everything that will be affected due to radiation exposures from damaged nuclear reactors.


As the FY 2012 military budget and related national security, intelligence and space militarization appropriations approach $1trillion, we remember all peoples who are deprived the basic necessities of life due to exorbitant military expenditures. We pray for all people--past and present--who have been, and continue to be, crucified to the cross of militarism and nuclearism. We pray and work
for the abolition of nuclear weapons and all weapons, and for an end to all forms of militarism worldwide.


Crucified person #5--Victim of economic exploitation starving to death
 


The US is only about 5 percent of the world's population and yet it consumes over 25 percent of the world's energy and 30 percent of the world's material resources. We remember all people who have been, and continue to be, sacrificed at the altar of greed, oppression and economic exploitation. We remember all people who have died early deaths from malnutrition and dire poverty. We pray and work for an end to structures and policies which dominate, exploit and crucify people to a cross of dehumanizing poverty and neglect.


Crucified person #6--Torture victim (dressed as GITMO prisoner)
 


Jesus was a torture victim who was condemned by religious authorities and executed by the Roman empire. We remember all torture victims, past and present, who have suffered and died from the effects of torture. We remember the over 100 prisoners who, since 2001, died at secret US military black sites, as well as the seven prisoners who died at the US military prison in Guantanamo. We pray and work for the abolition of torture worldwide, and for the immediate closing of Guantanamo, Bagram, the SOA/WHINSEC and all military torture and training centers.


Crucified person #7--Nonviolent revolutionary victim
 


We turn our sights this Holy Week to the Middle East. In Tunisia young Mohamed Bouazzi set himself on fire, unable to face the rejection of his license for his vending employment. This death sparked a domino effect of revolutions in surrounding countries to break their shackles of oppression. We hold the dead and wounded people of Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, etc.  These nonviolent resisters marched, demonstrated, occupied the streets and squares in order to free themselves from police repression, censorship, unemployment, and violence and were met with violent attacks. We remember all of the people of these nations and repent for U.S. funding of any of the guns, bombs, and materials used to prop up their abusive dictators.  May all that has been stolen from these sisters and brothers be restored.  May the crucified be witnesses of peace.


Crucified person #8--Imprisoned victim
 


We picture before us the imprisoned Jesus – arrested, tortured, stripped, crowned with thorns, mocked and crucified. We remember today all imprisoned political prisoners, all who are held in gulags throughout the world.  We name the following victims:


Bradley Manning – whistleblower and truth revealer of U.S. war crimes,
held and injured in solitary confinement.  He faces 22 counts and a life sentence. We remember The Disarm Now Plowshares, sentenced on March 28th for their “swords into plowshares” action at Bangor Base for disarmament of the Trident submarines and given prison sentences ranging from 2-15 months.


Before Manning and Assange: 




We lift up Fr. Steve Kelly, Susan Crane, Fr. Bill Bichsel, Sr. Anne Montgomeryand Lynne Greenwald. We give gratitude to Helen Woodson who is spending her 27th year in prisons for her convictions of the immorality and illegality of nuclear weapons and wars.


We lift up Fr. Louie Vitale, Michael David Ormondi, Chris Spicer and
Nancy Smith incarcerated for nonviolent civil resistance at the School of Assassins/Whinsec in Georgia.  We remember Frank Donnelly and Carl Steward for their war tax resistance, along with Leonard Peltier, Mumia Jamal, Rafil Dhafir and Norman Edgar Lawry, Jr. and many other innocent victims in prisons. May their release from captivity come!

 

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