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Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • American Muslim Voice
  • Beyt Tikkun Synagogue
  • First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) Palo Alto
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church Palo Alto
  • First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto
  • First United Methodist Church Palo Alto
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives
  • Palo Alto Friends Meeting
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto (Catholic)
  • Trinity Church in Menlo Park (Episcopal)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • West Bay Chapter, Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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Afghan Call to Listen

The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers recently wrote:

In this noise of militarized mania,
to listen is to unclench history's grip on the poor and powerless,
to listen is to shoulder the inconveniences of love,
it would be an act of non-violent resistance.


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MVPJ Steering Committee Member Featured Online for Peace Work

InMenlo, a Menlo Park blog site, recently featured MVPJ's own Dick Duda, talking about his passion for eliminating nuclear weapons from the planet. Dick is one of the people who stepped up to the plate around a year ago when the MVPJ team was wondering if there were new people who would be willing to help MVPJ continue the work we've been doing since 2001. He's a joy to work with and we're pleased that he is being featured on InMenlo.com  Click here to check out the article.



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Nichola Torbett of NSP speaks at Interfaith Fast for Peace

In response to a national call for a day of Interfaith Fasting for Peace, MVPJ gathered on Sunday, October 7, 2007, in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church to begin our fast and hear words from Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders. We were gifted with wonderful music from a ensemble of violin, cello and oboe, and thoughtful and inspirational reflections from Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, Honorably Retired; Tasneem Fatima, Muslim Community Association; and Nichola Torbett, Network for Spiritual Progressives. Click below for the text of the words from Ms. Torbett's reflection. See the following story for Rabbi Lewis' words, and the text from Ms. Fatima's talk will be added soon.
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Interfaith Call for Peace, Fasting & Prayer - Rabbi Sheldon Lewis' Reflection

On Sunday, October 7, 2007, a small group gathered in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church for an interfaith call to peace, prayer and fasting. We were gifted with wonderful music from a ensemble of violin, cello and oboe, and thoughtful and inspirational reflections from Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, Honorably Retired; Tasneem Fatima, Muslim Community Association; and Nichola Torbett, Network for Spiritual Progressives. Click below for the text of the words from Rabbi Lewis. Ms. Torbett's reflection can be found in the following story, and the words from Ms. Fatima's talk will be added soon.
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In War, There Are Innocents

MVPJ Steering Committee member Craig Wiesner responds to 2006 news stories quoting a group claiming that in war, there are no innocents. While the specific event happened several years ago, the insights of Wiesner's article are still relevant today.
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Resources for Torture Awareness

These films are available for your use through Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice:

  • Primetime Torture (includes Tony Lagouranis, former U.S. Army Interrogator; Howard Gordan, Executive Director of "24" & Ken Robinson, Special Forces (ret.), 14 min., produced by Human Rights First; free)
  • Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever (study for people of faith produced by National Religious Campaign Against Torture; $10 to purchase)
  • Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature investigating the torture and killing of an innocent Afghani taxi driver; 106 min.; $15 to purchase)
  • Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (HBO documentary by Rory Kennedy with interviews of perpetrators, witnesses and victims examining and contextualizing the abuses; 78 min.; $15 to purchase)
  • Sr. Dianna Ortiz, an Ursuline nun, human rights advocate and torture survivor, reads from her book, The Blindfold's Eye: My Journey from Torture to Truth, at the Christian Peace Witness worship in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2009.  Click here to watch on youtube.

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ICE Detention Facility San Francisco

The Office of Detention and Removal would like to invite you to meet with us on July 12, 2007, at 9:00am. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO). DRO is responsible for promoting public safety and national security by making certain through the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws that all removable aliens depart the United States.
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Deportation Nightmare for Palo Alto Family

A story from our work in 2007, a story that is repeated even today across our nation:

Isabel Aguirre trembled as we stood outside 630 Sansome Street. It wasn't just because it was cold. Her husband had already been deported to Mexico with nothing but the clothes on his back and she was facing the choice of leaving her children in foster care or taking them with her to be deported to Mexico.


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Yuba County Jail

The old saying "When one door closes, another opens" ran through my mind as we were escorted into the Yuba County Jail. The protocol is simple, one giant iron door slides open, you step through, and then it closes. Then, the next iron door slides open, allowing you to step into another area of the jail. Every door is controlled by a sheriff's deputy in a control room, watching every inch of the jail through ever-present cameras. We're here today because we'd heard horror stories about immigration detainees who had lived through time in this jail. Stories from different people, who had never met each other, who had been to the jail at different times, seemed to match. The latest, the story of a young woman from our own community, prompted us to ask for an opportunity to see things for ourselves. What we saw, was, and was not what we expected.

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