Peace Briefs

 

No Border Wall: The Coalition of Amigos in Solidarity and Action (CASA), traveled from Brownsville, TX to Washington, DC, March 16-20, to protest the U.S.-Mexico border wall.  "We are here at the midnight hour to halt construction," said organizers, including CPTer Elizabeth García.

 

Award Named for CPTer: Bluffton (OH) University recently announced the Jim Satterwhite Award for Peace Scholarship and Activism for students committed to peacebuilding.  Satterwhite is a long-time CPT Reservist and former Bluffton University professor. 

 

War Tax Resistance: CPT Reservist Dr. Jane Pritchard was the featured speaker at the Conscience Canada Annual General Meeting on 28 February. Conscience Canada is part of an international effort to resist the ‘conscription' of war taxes.  For information and the electronic Peace Tax Return see: http://www.consciencecanada.ca/home/

 

Taking the Stand: Todd Stelmach, who participated in CPT's November 2008 Aboriginal Justice delegation, defended himself in Brockville, ON court on March 5th for refusing to complete the 2006 Canadian census because it was contracted out to weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Judgement was held over until April 6th.  For background on Canada's census contract with Lockheed Martin: http://www.countmeout.ca

 

Read All About It: CPT is featured in a chapter of the new book by Judy Rebick, long-time social justice activist and former head of the Canadian National Action Committee on the Status of Women. Check out "Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political." For preview and order information: www.transformingpower.ca. 

 

Walk for Peace: Peace groups across northern Illinois and Wisconsin are organizing a three-day walk from Camp Williams to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, August 7-9 culminating in nonviolent resistance at the gates of Fort McCoy.  Fort McCoy is a major training ground for National Guard and other troops being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Days of Prayer & Action for Colombia: Religious leaders and communities in Colombia are calling upon churches in the USA to join them for Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia on Sunday, April 19 and Monday, April 20, 2009.  Pray for peace on Sunday, and on Monday, communicate with your members of Congress, requesting that they end military aid, support the displaced, and work toward a negotiated peace for Colombia.