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The Nurturing Network [Oct. 30th, 2008|09:30 am]
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Story time...

Once upon a time, I was a pregnant 17 year old. I had always been pro-life, but I was absolutely petrified and had no clue how on earth I would be able to finish college with a baby or even how I'd START college. Then I found an organization called The Nurturing Network and they gave me the message that I needed to hear: "do not be afraid." They told me that yes, things might be hard, but if I wanted to choose birth and parenting they'd be with me every step of the way. 6 1/2 years down the line, they have been with me every step of the way and where I am is a tribute to the love that they offered me. Today I am the mother to my 6 year old son (as well as his 3 year old, 1 1/2 year old, and 2 month old brothers and sister!) I graduated college on time, as did my husband and both of us are now working in jobs that we love. Who we are is a direct result of the love and compassion that we received, thanks to a woman named Mary Cunningham Agee.

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If you've recieved this more than once you've got an awsome social concience [Feb. 10th, 2006|02:10 pm]
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Please forward widely


The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is calling on all its members and supporters to join a rally against hate and Islamophobia this weekend to protest the publication and distribution of deliberately racist and Islamophobic images in Denmark and around the world. Far from upholding the principle of freedom of speech, these images have targeted a community already experiencing increased racism, discrimination, harassment and, in some cases, violence since the tragic events of 9/11. In addition, these images have only helped to bolster a generalised Islamophobic sentiment that has been cultivated to justify the so-called 'war on terror.'

We make a special appeal to all our non-Muslim members and supporters to demonstrate to our friends in the Muslim community that they are not alone in their opposition to the distribution of such offensive and insensitive images. An attack on one community is an attack on all of us.

The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War is opposed to all forms of racism and has consistently mobilised against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and racism since we came together as a coalition. Join us on Saturday to show your support and solidarity.

Saturday, February 11
Danish Consulate
151 Bloor Street West
(east of Avenue Road)

Please note: the rally will take place on the NORTH side of the street, opposite the Danish Consulate.

Endorsed by
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War

TCSW is Toronto's city-wide anti-war coalition,
comprised of more than fifty labour, faith and community organisations,
and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance.
www.nowar.ca stopthewar@sympatico.ca
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Martin Luther King, Jr Day [Jan. 16th, 2006|12:29 pm]
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From Loving Your Enemies:
History unfortunately leaves some people oppressed and some people oppressors. And there are three ways that individuals who are oppressed can deal with their oppression. One of them is to rise up against their oppressors with physical violence and corroding hatred. But oh this isn’t the way. For the danger and the weakness of this method is its futility. Violence creates many more social problems than it solves. And I’ve said, in so many instances, that as the Negro, in particular, and colored peoples all over the world struggle for freedom, if they succumb to the temptation of using violence in their struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and our chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos. Violence isn’t the way.

Another way is to acquiesce and to give in, to resign yourself to the oppression. Some people do that. They discover the difficulties of the wilderness moving into the promised land, and they would rather go back to the despots of Egypt because it’s difficult to get in the promised land. And so they resign themselves to the fate of oppression; they somehow acquiesce to this thing. But that too isn’t the way because non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.

But there is another way. And that is to organize mass non-violent resistance based on the principle of love. It seems to me that this is the only way as our eyes look to the future. As we look out across the years and across the generations, let us develop and move right here. We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way. Jesus discovered that.
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2006|02:50 pm]
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It's the midle of the month again and after a long break it's time for me to solicit for zine content. I'm looking for written pieces of 500-650 words each so I can make the first issue of the Christian Radical in 2006!

I'll accept anything that is of a religious/political nature dealing with topics ranging from Labour, Anarchism, Tactics and resistance movements, to book, zine or music reviews, to theology, ecclesial or scriptural comentary, exegesus, and edtorials. I am also looking for artwork in the form of pictures, drawings, and photo collage.

If you have anything to say about Liberation Theology, the Emerging Church movement, Christianity and Anarchy, Non-Violent Direct Action, Nuclear Abolition, Homosexuality and the Church, the works of mercy, the Catholic Worker movement, ploughshares activism, War, Peace, movement organizing, current events, eschatology, ANYTHING please write it down and send it to

the.christian.radical.zine at gmail dot com

You can also subscribe to the radical in PDF format by writing to

the.christian.radical at gmail.com

Please send all submissions as attachments written in microsoft word and include a short bio and any pertinent links/email adress that will be printed at the back of the zine.

I am always accepting submissions but especially at this time of the month. Your submissions keep this zine in print so please don't be shy about sending things in.

Submit now, submit often.

Many thanks,
Chris Rooney, Editor.
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(no subject) [Dec. 13th, 2005|01:44 am]
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schillin' for the Radical and xposting all over LJ
this isn't exactly life issue related though it is about radical christianity so it sort of fits... kind of (you can deleete this if it's too much like spam and not enough like topical content)

It's that time of the month again, time for posting all over the place about the Radical's new and finished PDF issue 3!

I ought to start a list of folks who have expressed interest in subscribing to the PDF so that each month when this happens I can just do one big honkin mail out and get it out of the way instead of just sitting around wondering who wants what and when and what their e-mail adresses are. so if you are one of these folks who wants to or has wanted to subscribe please write to me at (the.christian.readical.zine at gmail dot com) and let me know if you want the two back issues in PDF as well. I'm not going to be doing any snail mailing with this zine because PDF and e-mail are both totally free and totally the easiest thing to do. And when you are doing a free monthly publication out of your own pocket you want to cut expenses as much as you can (besides the pdf version is always the better of the two versions anyway, it's got colour pictures, fewer mistakes and typos, and all the links and e-mails are hypertext!)

so yah write me an e-mail and I'll send you a medium sized file over this here information super highway... Straight to your house!

Also this will be the last Christian Radical until February of 2006 because I'm going on holiday however I'll still be accepting submissions for the February issue, I accept submissions until the last week of the month, in this case the last week of feb, so if you've got something to say or you've got art please don't feel shy about sending it in, because it's submissions like yours that keep this zine in print.
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17 Arrested for Attempting to Stop 1000th U.S. Execution [Dec. 3rd, 2005|08:27 am]
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x-posted sonria, catholicworker, seamlessgarment, christianleft, antisepticnoise. Sorry for those who get it multiple times.

RALEIGH -- On December 1, 2005, the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks's act of civil disobedience on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, 17 people were arrested in Raleigh, North Carolina in an attempt to enter Central Prison where Kenneth Boyd was to be executed for the crime of killing members of his family.

At 11:30 p.m., less than three hours before the scheduled 1000th execution in the United States since 1977, a group, loosely calling themselves the Rosa Parks Affinity Group, made their way down the prison driveway towards the front doors of the death house in an attempt to disrupt the flow of deadly chemicals into Kenneth Boyd's veins.

When approached by Capitol Police, the group explained their intentions and attempted to continue on, inviting the police to join them. When further progress towards the prison was inhibited, all 17 people sat down in the driveway. Some read lamentations from the Bible while wearing sackcloth and pouring ashes (Christian signs of mourning and repentance). Others pleaded with the police to stop the execution.

After refusing to leave the area, police arrested all 17, including one juvenile, while the eyes of the world and the media were watching.

Represented in the affinity group were a former death row inmate, murder victim family members, a former state legislator, human rights activists, Christian peacemakers, students, and directors of several national and state death penalty abolition organizations.

Of those arrested, Renny Cushing carried a statement in his pocket which read, "Tonight, with the 1000th execution imminent, remembering the principled act of Rosa Parks, reminds us of the moral challenges that confront us at this point in history."

Cushing's statement went on to read, "Human Rights involve responsibilities. A fundamental responsibility of us all is to be vigilant in protecting the human rights of others. Tonight, my personal conscience accepts the human responsibility to oppose the violation of human rights that is the death penalty. Acting with the power of nonviolence in the face of violence, I enter the grounds of the Central Prison to defend human rights, bear witness against killing in my name, killing in the name of victims, killing in the name of society. I seek to occupy the death house to halt the 1000th execution, and with my body prevent the flow of poison to the prisoner's veins. My intention is not to commit a crime, but to prevent one."

In an act of mourning, members of local North Carolina Christian communities read from the Book of Lamentations while being arrested. "When all the prisoners of the land are crushed under foot, when human rights are perverted in the presence of the Most High, when one's case is subverted -- does the Lord not see it? Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands, to God in Heaven. We have transgressed and rebelled, and your have not forgotten. My eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of my people. My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite, until the Lord from heaven looks down, and sees."

The arrestees all were cited on two violations, and those from out of state were each required to post a $1000 bond. The defendants were charged with second degree trespass and "resisting, obstructing, and delaying a public officer." The group will return to Raleigh on January 24, 2006 for an arraignment hearing.

The arrestees:
  • David Arthur - member of Isaiah House in Durham, NC
  • Ethan Bodnaruk - graduate student in Raleigh, NC
  • Abe Bonowitz - director of a national death penalty abolition organization, based in FL
  • SueZann Bosler - murder victim family member from Miami, FL
  • Beth Brockman - community organizer and mother of two in Durham, NC
  • Renny Cushing - murder victim family member and former state legislator from NH
  • Shujaa Graham - former Californian death row prisoner, lives in MD
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove - graduate student and member of Rutba House in Durham, NC
  • Leah Wilson-Hartgrove - member of Rutba House in Durham, NC
  • Sarah Jobe - graduate student and member of Rutba House in Durham, NC
  • Scott Langley - member of the Raleigh Catholic Worker in Raleigh, NC
  • Sheila McCarthy - graduate student in Durham, NC
  • Jack Payden-Travers - director of a state death penalty abolition organization in VA
  • Kate Ranganath - death penalty abolition organizer and graduate student in Charlottesville, VA
  • Dan Schwankl - member of the Silk Hope Catholic Worker in Silk Hope, NC
  • Sheila Stumph - member of the Raleigh Catholic Worker in Raleigh, NC
  • David Zoppo - high school student in Wake Forest, NC
For information on how to support the defendants at trial and in the time leading up to trial, please contact Scott Langley at (919) 833-4129 or scott@langleycreations.com
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I've x posted this, please help get this around [Dec. 2nd, 2005|07:06 pm]
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The Fellowship of Reconciliation

End the Death Penalty: 1,000 Executions Is Enough

2 a.m. today, December 1, 2005, the state of North Carolina carried out the 1,000th execution since capital punishment was re-instated in the United States in 1976.

The death of Kenneth Boyd is a tragic landmark that will likely be followed tonight by the execution of Shawn Humphries in South Carolina. And there are four more executions scheduled through December 14, making it a very busy season for the legalized killing business. (For upcoming executions, see the Web site of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation joins people of all faiths in declaring the death penalty to be immoral, arbitrary, ineffective, and deeply flawed. The death penalty makes fatal mistakes: 122 people have been freed from death row due to evidence of wrongful conviction. The death penalty makes it possible for human error or prejudice to send innocent persons to their deaths and the likelihood of an innocent person being executed is almost a certainty.

The death penalty is expensive when compared to its alternative - life without parole. And it clearly doesn't deter crime. More importantly, it discriminates against poor people and people of color, who comprise the overwhelming majority of death row inmates.

But the most compelling arguments against the death penalty are moral, ethical, and religious. The death penalty requires humans to assume a power that belongs only to the divine being. The death penalty eliminates forever the possibility of redemption, rehabilitation, or hope.

"It dismisses forever the healing possibility of love and respect," said Pat Clark, executive director of FOR. "As people of religious and ethical conscience, we seek the restoration and renewal of wrongdoers, not their deaths."

One of the people scheduled to die in the next ten days is Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the former Crips gang leader who transformed his life while in prison and dedicated himself to ending gang violence and steering young people away from criminal activity. Williams has written nine children's books, been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, and received an award for his volunteer work from President Bush.

Only California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger can save Tookie Williams. The governor has agreed to a clemency hearing on Dec. 8 - five days before the execution. Time is therefore of the utmost importance. Please go to www.savetookie.org for information on how to reach Gov. Schwarzenegger and to sign the online clemency petition. Help end the death penalty nationwide by working in your community. See www.ncadp.org.
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xposted everywhere I thought was relevant [Nov. 29th, 2005|01:48 am]
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Urgent Action Alert: November 28, 2005

New Attacks on Cite Soleil Residents by UN Troops

The Haiti Action Committee (San Francisco)has received eyewitness
reports over the past four days from Cite Soleil that UN troops have
launched a new round of attacks on the residents there, killing at
least three civilians and gravely wounding others. According to the
preliminary reports:

On Wednesday, November 23rd, UN troops killed one man who was
a maker of kitchen utensils when they fired into his shop near his
home; 5 reported wounded.

Last weekend, UN troops led by Jordanian soldiers killed two
more Cite Soleil residents, husband and wife, and wounded 8
people. More people could have been killed and wounded. Further
investigation is required.

Residents in Cite Soleil are once again trapped and under siege.
This could be a massacre that is in the making as we send out this
alert. Unfortunately, the UN troops have already demonstrated on
July 6th, 2005, and again on other occasions that they will shoot
and kill men, women and children in their homes, in their beds,
and as they go about their daily chores. Now is the time to act --
to let them know the world is watching and demands an end to the

Contact the following officials and demand that they intervene to
stop the siege on the residents of Cite Soleil:

* Craig G. Mokhiber
Deputy Director, NY Office of the UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights
Ph: 917-367-5208 mokhiber@un.org

* Juan Gabriel Valdes
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Haiti
Phone: 011-509-244-9650 or 9660 Fax 011-509 244 3512

* Thierry Fagart
Human Rights Chief, UN Mission in Haiti
Ph: 011-509-510-3183 or 3185 - ext. 6360 fagart@un.org

* US Embassy in Haiti
Telephones: 011-509-223-4711?222-0200 or 0354?Fax: 011
-509-223-1641 or 9038
Email to Dana Banks, Human Rights Officer: BanksD@state.gov

OVER THE WEEKEND OR AT NIGHT -- Call 011-509-222-0200 and
press "0" for emergency.

***Be sure to contact your local media, and ask that they cover
these atrocities.

Please check www.haitiaction.net for updates on what is
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Sanctity of life becoming outmoded [Nov. 28th, 2005|10:24 am]
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Link via chrissie:

The Sanctity of Life: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
by Peter Singer

text for those too lazy for BugMeNotCollapse )

I've read enough of Singer to know that he's not the Prince of Darkness, as some Catholic journalists want to say, but I think he definitely has his finger on the pulse of the culture of death. His idea of what constitutes personhood is the most popular one right now, and perhaps the most intuitive for people in 21st century North America. This brand of personhood is based not on relationship (N is still my father or my brother even if he can't move or speak) but on action -- what can the person do, or say or think?

As much as I dislike speculative hyperventilating, I think Singer's exactly right: pro-life attitudes (and, by extension, Catholic personalism) are on their way out of the mainstream, if they were ever in.
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Gary Gilmore's Eyes [Nov. 25th, 2005|09:39 pm]
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Sometime next week, the United States will pass a milestone: it will have executed 1,000 human beings since 1977. Most likely, Robin Lovitt, 41, who murdered a man with a pair of scissors during a robbery in 1998, will earn the distinction next Wednesday.

In 1977, after a 10-year moratorium, Gary Gilmore was the first person executed under the new era of the death penalty. In the 28 years since he uttered his last words ("Let's do it"), the U.S. has executed an average of one person every 10 days; currently, there are more than 3,400 men and women on death row.

A key element in the argument for the death penalty has been that it reduces crime; advocates will point out that the murder rate in the United States is lower now than it was in 1977.

Yet, the murder rate increased every year between 1977 and 1995, when it began to decrease. That decrease has coinicided with a drop in executions; there were 40 percent fewer executions between 1994 and 2004 than there were between 1984 and 1994, when the violent crime rate - including murders, rapes, and assaults - increased every year.

Furthermore, the number of murders in states that execute the most criminals is higher than in states that execute the least. The murder rate in the South, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics for 2004 (published in October 2005), was 6.6 murders per 100,000 people. Since 1977, there have been 806 executions in the southern states. In the Northeast, by contrast, the 2004 murder rate was 4.2 per 100,000. There have been 4 executions in the northeastern states since 1977.

While the deterrence question will likely never be resolved, a key issue has arisen in capital punishment cases: the idea that innocent people may be executed.

Since 1973, 122 death row convicts in 23 states have been released from prison after evidence of their innocence came to light. The most recent exoneree was Harold Wilson of Pennsylvania, who was released from prison on Nov. 15, 2005, who was freed after DNA evidence was included at a retrial.

With 21 of those 122 coming from Florida, one of the states with the highest rate of executions, the conclusion is inescapable that innocent people have likely been put to death for crimes they did not commit.

It is, of course, possible to make arguments in favor of the death penalty. But with the 1,000th execution looming in less than a week, with more convicts than ever being freed from prison thanks to DNA evidence, and with fewer Americans arguing that they are safer now than they were in 1976, it's worth calling to mind what the Church says regarding capital punishment:

Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity with the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm—without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself—the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically non-existent." (Catechism, 2267)

Is one execution every 10 days a demonstration of cases that are "very rare, if not practically non-existent"?
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