On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, these boots and shoes are still empty.
Marking the 10th anniversary of its formation, Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice invites you to its "Eyes Wide Open" exhibit on Saturday, March 16th at King Plaza (Hamilton & Ramona in Palo Alto). Empty boots bearing the names of California military killed in Iraq or Afghanistan are place in rows for silent meditation. Unnamed shoes represent the thousands of civilian casualties, young and old. You are invited to this time of reflection on the true cost of war, the lost opportunities for making peace, the sacrifices of those who fought, the devastation wrought upon the people and land of Iraq and Afghanistan, and our eternal hope for an end to war. We pray that as we honor all the lives lost, we will learn how desparately we must redirect the focus of our nation to the ways of peace.
March 20, 2013 will be the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice (MVPJ) will be highlighting the cost of continued war in our world. MJVP and others sponsored this display in May 2008 and we felt the event was moving and appropriate, even more so now with continued (and expanded) hostilities around the world.
The display will be monitored at all times. The boots will be in place by 10am in the morning on Saturday, March 16, and taken up again at sunset that day (approximately 7:30 p.m.). Short programs will be held throughout the day.
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10am Opening Program - Sounding of the Shofar (Jewish Call to Prayer) followed by featured speakers County Supervisor Dave Cortese, Peninsula Peace & Justice Center director Paul George, and Veteran for Peace Doug Nelson. Jason Materne from American Friends Service Committee will explain the history of the Eyes Wide Open exhibit. Music will be led by Chris Lundin from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and MVPJ Steering Committee.
1:30pm Midday Program will begin with Muslim Prayers. Speakers include Phil Pflager from Veterans for Peace Chapter 101, Samina Sundas, founder and director of American Muslim Voice, and Rev. Geoff Browning from United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford.
3:30pm Reading of Names of the Dead - The names of military casualites from California and of civilians from Iraq and Afghanistan will be read and honored. The sounding of a Buddhist Meditation Bowl will begin the readings, and the Jewish Mourner's Kaddish will conclude the readings. (If you wish to take part by reading aloud some of the names of civilians and/or military, please arrive at 3:20pm and speak to a program coordinator near the sound system. We will give you a list to review in advance, and be happy to have you participate.)
6:30pm Closing Program - Featured speaker: Karen Meredith from Gold Star Families Speak Out, a mother from Mountain View whose son, 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard, was killed while serving in Iraq. Reflections will be offered by Craig Wiesner, U.S. Air Force Veteran and member of MVPJ Steering Committee. Prayer led by Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman of First Congregational Church, Palo Alto. Music led by Chris Lundin. "Taps" will be played at sundown (approximately 7:30pm) by Chris Iyer from First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto.Sign up to volunteer for 1 hour or more on Saturday, March 16 by clicking here. (There will always be MVPJ steering committee members present to orient and support you.)
We come together from more than 36 diverse faith communities and traditions to put our convictions into action by saying NO to war and YES to peace and justice.
...to call upon our government to cease its focus on war and to focus its energy and resources on peaceful and lawful resolution, negotiation, international cooperation, and the well-being of all creation.
...to call upon our government to defend civil liberties at home and strengthen the values that our nation holds: justice, tolerance, diversity, equality, liberty, and human dignity.
...to insist that war is a moral, ethical and religious issue involving matters of life and death for children, youth and adults who all share our common humanity.
As people of faith we are compelled in this critical time to commit our spirits, voices, hearts and actions to the cause of justice and peace on earth.
We base all our thoughts and prayers, words and actions on the conviction that only love will overcome hatred, only justice will lead to peace, and as people of faith we are called to build a just and peaceful world.
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MVPJ and the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center invite you to attend this event on Tuesday April 10th at 7:30pm.
The State of the National Security State 2012
A talk by Ray McGovern
TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 7:30 PM
Ray McGovern came to Washington in the early Sixties as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray's duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President's Daily Brief. In January 2003, Ray helped create Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose the way intelligence was being falsified to "justify" war on Iraq. His continues to be a leading voice to challenge the lies that lead us to war, spying on citizens, torture and indefinite detention.
Sponsored by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice
In 1870 Mother's Day was instituted by Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation. Ward called for
These all occasion cards make great Mother's Day Cards OR
Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice commissioned the cards. They are being sold in many local congregations, or can be ordered online from our website (click "read more" below). Art by Design Action, printed on recycled paper with soy inks by Inkworks Press, a worker-owned cooperative union shop, and distributed by Reach And Teach, a local peace and social justice learning company, the cards can be used to carry their profound message all year long. (To sell them in your own community, email email@example.com.)
Why not buy a few extra and send them as Mother's Day greetings to women such as our First Lady, Secretary of State, Senators, or local Congresswomen?