I quickly want to share a blog posted to the Messy Jesus Business blog.
Sister Julia invited Luke Hansen, SJ, to guest blog this week and he wrote an excellent piece about the “issue” of Guantánamo. Specifically how “it may have lost popularity and fallen off the narrow radar of the American people, but the continued suffering of its detainees remains very real.”
I recommend the read. Visit http://messyjesusbusiness.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/faith-based-community-begins-12-day-fast-for-justice/
“I believe in the creative energy that weaves the fabric of relations…” Graciela Pujol
Dear All – I am struck today as we near the six year anniversary of the war in Iraq as well as more than seven years in Afghanistan what a different place we are in from this time last year.
We sadly greet yet another year of war and occupation but yet greet this anniversary with the knowledge that Guantanamo may be closed, troop withdrawals are being discussed, and dialog is returning to our presence at the United Nations.
It is not a complete solution, but a beginning and such a beginning has not been seen since September 11, 2001. It matches well the small buds, burgeoning shoots, and unfurling leaves that are starting to mark our entry into spring.
Simple, small and yet deeply nourishing these little flags of hope raise our eyes to the horizon as winter buttons her coat and whispers a gracious goodbye. This delicate opening for change can help us as we continue to raise our voice for peace in the world. To speak for the rights of the Iraqis and Afghanis who have born the burden of our limited vision in the past and still bear that burden today.
We have left Egypt and yet are still in the desert, still crafting the way forward to a land that does not require military might to control resources, settle differences, or ensure domination.
Here is to all the little green leaves, plants, blooms that will help guide us all forward to a peace that brings full justice….Blessings on this Almost Spring…Liz
Dear All – We have heard much public debate since September 11th of what constitutes an act of torture and if the need for national security justifies the use of torture. We have come to learn of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and extraordinary rendition to countries where the most severe methods could be used. We watched while Attorney General Mukasey in his confirmation hearing hesitated and then refused to answer whether or not water boarding, which is simulated drowning, qualifies as torture. And we have seen Congress time and time again grant permission to the White House to leave behind all forms of international law that denounce the use of torture.
The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NCRAT) is saying enough is enough! Torture is not flexible moral ground, it is reprehensible and as so wisely stated in the U.N. convention no circumstances can justify torture. In light of the urgency around the issue of torture and related pieces like Guantanamo, extraordinary rendition, etc. NCRAT is launching a campaign to call on President Obama to use his power, especially the power of executive order, to bring the United States back into compliance with international law and to end all practices that are not transparent, rely on extreme methods, and block access to due process.
Click on the link below and join with NCRAT in making 2009 the year we begin to manifest peace not through force and coercion but through dialog, mutual respect, and love….Much Peace Liz
FSPA JPICC Coordinator
8th Day Center of Justice
205 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60606
“Did you too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and a party name?” Walt Whitman
Whitman wrote these words in the aftermath of the Civil War in an essay entitled “Democratic Vistas.” Whitman was hoping that from the promise held in becoming a country without the institution of slavery a broader and deeper democracy would emerge in the United States. Whitman knew this would take great commitment from everyone – politicians and citizens alike – to become a reality.
History shows us that Reconstruction led to the Jim Crow and a new form exclusion and discrimination took hold and the hopes of many waned. Democracy again became a “ballot initiative” every four years with a stark silence in between. It would take a great, grassroots movement to overturn Jim Crow and open the door once again for that broader and deeper democracy to emerge.
We are at a similar crossroads again today. Last week we saw the historic election of the first African American President. A president elect who is promising to be the “change we need” and calling on us as a nation to help him “re-build America.” We have an opening yet again to deepen and broaden our own democratic republic.
Let us answer President Elect Obama and continue the ongoing work of democracy. Let us remind him of his campaign promises to the end of the war, provide affordable health care, give aid to homeowners, close Guantanamo, pass effective immigration legislation, create green jobs and the list goes on.
to sign a letter to President Elect Obama encouraging him to bring the troops home and work with the Iraqi people to provide reparations and safe transition. An action to begin the important process of not only recovering what we have lost in the last eight years but also deepening the democracy we will hand on to the next generation. Thanks and Peace Liz