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UNITED ANTIWAR MOVEMENT TELLS OBAMA: NO ESCALATION!

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Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice is proud to be among representatives of 34 antiwar groups who delivered an open letter to President Obama strongly opposing his anticipated decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan with the commitment of tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops.  

The document calls increased war spending, in light of the ongoing U.S. economic crisis, an “utter folly” and names the war “a war against ordinary people, both here in the United States and in Afghanistan,” which “if continued, will result in the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of U.S. troops and untold thousands of Afghans” and “cause other people in other lands to despise the U.S.” as “the world’s richest nation making war on one of the world’s very poorest.”

The signatories pledge “to keep opposing this war in every nonviolent way possible.  We will urge elected representatives to cut all funding for war. Some of us will be led to withhold our taxes, practice civil resistance, and promote slowdowns and strikes at schools and workplaces.” Signed by veterans and peace activists, religious leaders and labor organizers, the document represents one of the most widespread antiwar coalitions in decades, including many of the organizations which, in 2003, brought millions onto the streets to oppose the U.S.-Iraq war.

Signers to the letter are urging their colleagues to participate in local demonstrations the day after an announcement of troop escalations is made.

The letter ends by warning President Obama, “we will do everything in our power, as nonviolent peace activists, to build the kind of massive movement -- which today represents the sentiments of a majority of the American people – that will play a key role in ending U.S. war in Afghanistan.  Such is the folly of your decision and such is the depth of our opposition to the death and suffering it will cause.”

 
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It is time to end the trail of resentment and hatred

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This statemen by Pax Christi USA from Spring 2009 is still quite relevant.  Please read and distribute widely:

As our country teeters on the brink of a deepening military quagmire in Afghanistan, Pax Christi USA lifts up the impassioned cry of Pope John Paul II:

“No, never again war, which destroys the lives of innocent people, teaches how to kill, throws into upheaval even the lives of those who do the killing and leaves behind a trail of resentment and hatred, thus making it all the more difficult to find a solution to the very problems which provoked the war.”

The “trail of resentment and hatred” in Afghanistan has deep roots—a tragic history of foreign occupation, proxy wars and the support of extremist elements—the consequences of which contributed to the rise of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The U.S. “war on terror” has not proven to be an effective framework for ensuring security nor reducing terrorism. Instead, this reliance on military strategies has fueled the spiral of violence and further destabilized the region.

Now, our nation’s leaders are preparing to increase U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. We fear that such a “surge” will only inflame violence in the region, putting at greater risk U.S. and Afghan lives – without building the deeper foundations for a long-term peace.
 

 
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MVPJ Statement on Fort Hood Tragedy

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We are horrified by the mass shooting at Fort Hood and lift up our prayers of comfort for the grieving and healing for the wounded. As the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in response to the shootings, "No political or religious ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence." At this moment we once again affirm our unity across faiths. No one should have to walk in fear because someone who shares their religion, ethnicity, or appearance has committed a crime. Just as we mourn together the tragic loss of life at Fort Hood, we will stand together to keep every member of our community safe.

We continue to work and pray for an end to war so that everyone at Fort Hood and every military base can live out their full lives in peace.

The Steering Committee Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice.

 

Inside the Minds of Nuclear Warriors

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<a href="http://www.multifaithpeace.org/images/articles/war...; title="View unscaled image"></a>Attend this presentation on November 10th at the Los Altos Public Library
 
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Attend Free the Children Event on November 6th in Palo Alto

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<a href="http://www.multifaithpeace.org/images/articles/200...; title="View unscaled image"></a>Bring the whole family to an evening of entertainment, inspiration, and social change on November 6th, 2009 in Palo Alto!
 
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Supporting Our Teens: A Multifaith Community Response

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<a href="http://www.multifaithpeace.org/images/articles/tee...; title="View unscaled image"></a> Faith communities from diverse traditions present:

Supporting Our Teens: A Multifaith Community Response
Monday, August 31, 7:00-9:00 PM
Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

A six member panel will be moderated by Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier, and include representatives from Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Christian Science traditions. The discussion will focus on what various faith teachings and practices can offer adults in the community (parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbors, friends -- anyone who cares about youth) as together we strive to better support our youth's spiritual, mental, social and physical well-being as they begin the school year. The purpose of the forum is to add the unique gifts of spiritual traditions and communities as sources of strength and guidance in service to the whole community. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information [http://www.councilofchurches-scc.org/article.php?s...; click here].
 
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Fair Elections Passion-Raising Event!

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Support FAIR ELECTIONS...that money CAN'T buy!
Sunday, August 30, 4-6 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, Fireside Room
505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
Hear Ira Ruskin (State Assembly Member), Trent Lange (California Clean Money Campaign) and Peter Drekmeier (Mayor of Palo Alto). Get informed and get passionate about publicly funded FAIR ELECTIONS. Enjoy wine, cheese, and fair-trade chocolate. Build a coalition to campaign for the California Fair Elections Act on the June 2010 ballot.
 

Full Accountability for Torture Prosecution!

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<a href="http://www.multifaithpeace.org/images/articles/200...; title="View unscaled image"></a> Join [http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy...; Amnesty International's campaign for FULL ACCOUNTABILITY of U.S. Sponsored Torture].

According to recent news reports, Attorney General Eric Holder is close to appointing a Special Prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture and abuse. This would be a welcome and crucial step towards demonstrating a commitment to human rights and the rule of law. However, it is possible that the investigation will be limited in scope. After years of evidence that torture and human rights violations were ordered and authorized from above, only lower level personnel have been held to account. We canít let impunity for torture continue. Urge President Obama to ensure full accountability for torture and other human rights violations, as required by U.S. and international law: with a full investigation, prosecutions where warranted and remedy for victims.
 
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Give to Sam Provance Accompaniment Fund

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Sam Provance, one of the whistle blowers of the Abu Ghraib scandal who was featured in the film "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" is currently living in South Carolina and facing what many whistle-blowers experience - a lot of prejudice against him, making it very difficult to get a good job as well as create community. The Project on Ethics and Art in Testimony (PEAT) which was founded by Jean Maria Arrigo (who spoke at the Torture is a Moral Issue Conference in Palo Alto in June), has set up a fund for people to "accompany" Provance with financial support.
 
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William Perry on Reducing the Danger of Nuclear Weapons

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Dr. William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, will speak on Thursday, July 16, 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road (near Middlefield). The title of his presentation is "Reducing the Threat of Nuclear Weapons". Admission is free. The event is co-sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice.
 
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