Number 347 – September 7, 2018

JUST! NEWS! is a newsletter devoted to bringing news about justice and peace issues effecting Montgomery County and the greater MD

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. – Colossians 3:12

 Friday, September 7th, 7:30 pm – Paul Magno on the Kings Bay Ploughshares at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC, 20010.

 On April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. Jr., seven Catholic peacemakers, seeking to enflesh the biblical prophesy to “beat swords into plowshares,” carried out a plowshares action at the Kings Bay Trident facility in St. Mary’s, Georgia. Kings Bay is home port to six nuclear armed Trident ballistic missile submarines with the combined explosive power of over 9000 Hiroshima bombs.

For their action they were charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor: conspiracy, destruction of property on a naval installation, depredation of government property and trespass. If convicted they face the prospect of long prison terms.

Three of the seven are still being held in pre-trial detention and the four remain under house arrest as they await their trial. No trial date has yet been set.  See: https://www.kingsbayplowshares7.org.

Paul Magno is a longtime peacemaker, plowshares activist and Dorothy Day Catholic Worker alumni who now resides at the Jonah House Community in Baltimore. Since the Kings Bay Plowshares action occurred, Paul has helped coordinate supports efforts on their behalf. He will speak about the purpose of this action, the current status of the Kings Bay Plowshares–those in and out of jail, what they face in their upcoming trial and what people can do to offer solidarity and support.

 Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 to 11:30 am at the White House.  Please join the Consistent Life Neetwork, American Solidarity Party-Maryland, the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore, Rehumanize International.  For more information, contact John Whitehead – jwwhiteh@yahoo.com.

 Saturday, September 8th – People’s Climate Action are holding events around the country with the main one in San Francisco – “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice”.  There are a number of events in the DC area.  https://peoplesclimate.org/actions/sept-8/.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. – “The Kingdom of God Has No Borders”
Featuring Author Melani McAlister. 
Sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.  Held at the Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 3307 M Street, NW. 

More than 40 years ago, conservative Christianity emerged as a major force in American political life. Since then the movement has been frequently analyzed, declared triumphant and, more than once, given up for dead. Traditionally, scholars have focused primarily on domestic politics. In her latest book, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders, Melani McAlister offers a new perspective on conservative Christianity by shifting the lens to focus on the world outside U.S. borders. The book provides a sweeping narrative of the last 50 years of evangelical history, weaving a complicated story that moves from Congo in the 1960s to South Africa in the apartheid era, and from the debates over 9/11 and the Iraq war to anti-homosexuality activity in Uganda. McAlister challenges conventional understandings of American evangelicals as uniformly white, conservative, and inward-looking. She argues that, in order to understand American evangelicalism, we must look beyond our shores. McAlister will discuss her book and these themes in conversation with Berkley Center Director Shaun Casey.

Lunch will be served.  RSVP at https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/the-kingdom-of-god-has-no-borders#rsvp.

Friday, September 14th, 10 to 11 am – monthly NRA vigil in remembrance of Sandy Hook – 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. 

Fridays, Sept. 14th and after – 4 to 6 pm – RALLY TO UNITE FAMILIES – Outside the Department of Homeland Security, 4401 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Join Us Every Friday, 4:00 to 6:00 PM until our government reunites the families it tore apart.

The crisis continues:  Earlier this year, DHS separated more than 2,000 families at the border, with no plan for reuniting them.  Despite a court order, many children remain in detention today – including more than 300 whose parents were deported.  The government has no plan to find these parents.

We are rallying outside DHS every Friday until it is clear that all of these families will be reunited.  Our rally aims to keep this issue in the forefront of people’s minds and to show DHS that we have not forgotten these children.  Every day these children spend in detention centers is another day of unnecessary trauma.

We are local families who refuse to be silent.  We refuse to be complicit. Please join us and let your voice be heard!  Families welcome!  This is a peaceful, permitted demonstration.  Our location is directly served by the N4 and N6 bus lines and a short walk from the Tenleytown metro station and M4 bus line.  There is street parking on the opposite side of Massachusetts Avenue.  Parking at the nearby Katzen Center garage is $2 per hour, and free after 5 PM.

For More Info:  triduncan05 AT gmail.Com.

 September 14, 6 pm – Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR) will hold their next general meeting on at the  Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 600 S Conkling St, Baltimore  Potluck at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.  The purpose is to gather ideas for Maryland state legislation on criminal justice reform to present in the 2019 legislation session.  All are welcome.  For more information, see www.ma4jr.org.  To get on the email list, send your name, email address, and street address (so we can determine your legislative district) to hibdon.gump@gmail.com.

Saturday, September 15th, 6:45 pm – “The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs” will be shown at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, MD 20855.  Light meal will be served prior to the 6:45 pm screening.  Sr. Megan Rice and other Plowshare activists will be at the screening to answer any questions.  ALL ARE WELCOME – FREE.

Saturday, September 15th, 7 pm – the Pax Christi International 2018 Peace Award ceremony and reception will be presented to the No Boundaries Coalition. 

The No Boundaries Coalition is an organization in the neighborhood Freddie Gray grew up in in Baltimore. It is dedicated to building a safe community for families and children and was the group Pax Christi USA worked with during our 2016 National Gathering in Baltimore. We are excited for them to be recognized for their great work.

Please RSVP to the Pax Christi International peace award ceremony and reception.

Award ceremony, 7-8 pm – The Baltimore Basilica, 409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201.

Reception, 8:30-10 pm – St. Peter Claver Church,
1546 N Fremont Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217.

Sunday, September 16th, 5 to 7 pm – Pax Christi International Fund Raiser – Flying with the Pope: A Conversation with Josh McElwee, NCR Vatican Correspondent at Marymount College, Arlington, VA.

As Vatican correspondent and a peace advocate, McElwee has exceptional experience covering Pope Francis. He has traveled often on the papal plane and has followed closely Francis’ remarkable efforts on behalf of migrants and marginalized people everywhere, the earth and a more just and peaceful world.

McElwee will share his deep insights into the Holy See’s and Pope Francis’s direct involvement in articulating a shift in Catholic theology toward active nonviolence and just peace following a landmark conference on nonviolence and just peace cosponsored by the Vatican and Pax Christi International in 2016.

 Tickets start at $100. To rsvp, sponsor, donate, or for more info: go to https://www.paxchristifund.org/flying-with-the-pope.

 Monday, Sept. 17th, 11 am to 12:30 pm – China’s Role in Myanmar’s Internal Conflicts.  Held at U.S. Institute of Peace,  2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.

As China becomes more assertive internationally, it has begun to encounter conflict and instability in fragile states worldwide. Nowhere is this truer than in Myanmar, where China is a key actor in the peace process and has come to the defense of the government over the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State. Assessing China’s role in and perspectives toward Myanmar’s internal conflicts can offer important insights into conflict dynamics inside the country and help inform potential U.S. peace support policies.

For six months this year, USIP convened a group of 13 senior experts to examine China’s involvement in Myanmar’s internal conflicts—particularly those in Rakhine, Kachin, and Shan states—and peace process. Join USIP on September 17 for a discussion with the group’s co-chairs on the main findings of their report, which is the first in USIP’s China Senior Study Group series examining China’s influence on conflict dynamics around the world.  Speakers include:

Nancy Lindborgopening remarks – President, U.S. Institute of Peace.

Ambassador Derek Mitchell, President, National Democratic Institute, Co-chair, USIP China-Myanmar Senior Study Group.

Daniel Twining, President, International Republican Institute.  Co-chair, USIP China-Myanmar Senior Study Group

David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus, Georgetown University.  Member, USIP China-Myanmar Senior Study Group

Jennifer Staatsmoderator – Director, East and Southeast Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace Executive Director, USIP China Senior Study Groups Series.

Register Now.

Monday, Sept. 17th, 6 to 7:30 pm – A Nonviolent Vigil and Prayer Service for Peace during the Air Force Assiciation’s Annual Arms Bazaar. (please bring a candle). As we undertake this vigil at the same time as the $300+ per plate banquet inside the Gaylord Hotel, we do so in solidarity with Campaign Nonviolence, who will be sponsoring a week-long series of actions nationwide during this time, including a special action in WDC on September 22nd.  See: http://www.paceebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence

Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745. We will meet for the vigil at the corner of Waterfront St. and St. George Blvd., directly across from the Gaylord National Resort.

Sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  For more info contact: Art Laffin – 202-360-6416, artlaffin@hotmail.com.

Thursday, Sept. 20th, 9:00 AM: The Arab World Beyond Conflict: Arab Center Washington DC’s Third Annual Conference.  Held at the JW Marriott Washington DC, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Featuring: H.E. Amatalalim Alsoswa, The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering, Noha Aboueldahab, Sultan Barakat, Linda Bishai, Daniel Brumberg, Noura Erakat,Shadi Hamid, Marwan Kabalan, Mehran Kamrava, Rami Khouri, Robert Malley, Bessma Momani, Vivian Salama, Sherine Tadro

For more info: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efhejoqm3680b456&oseq=&c=&ch=

 Friday, Sept. 21, 4 pm: Campaign Nonviolence – Prepare, Celebrate, Reflect 4 pm – Nonviolent action training. 7 pm – Gathering with speakers. Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd NW, WDC.

Now is the moment of truth for taking action for peace, economic equality, racial justice and environmental healing – and for recommitting to the power of truth itself. Many false or misleading statements have been made by the administration since its inauguration. On September 22, we will take action for a culture of nonviolence — and for a new spirit of truth. To register, go to: themomentoftruth.us. The convergence is part of Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence Action Week, September 15-23, with more than 2,000 public actions in all 50 U.S. states and beyond for a culture of nonviolence.

Saturday, September 22, 9 am to noon – Campaign Nonviolence Rally, Silent March from King Memorial to White House Vigil & Nonviolent Direct Action Speakers: Lisa Sharon Harper, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr Kit Evans-Ford, Rev. Ray East, George Martin, Shane Claiborne, Rev. John Dear.

Now is the moment of truth for taking action for peace, economic equality, racial justice and environmental healing – and for recommitting to the power of truth itself. Many false or misleading statements have been made by the administration since its inauguration. On September 22, we will take action for a culture of nonviolence — and for a new spirit of truth. To register, go to: themomentoftruth.us. The convergence is part of Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence Action Week, September 15-23, with more than 2,000 public actions in all 50 U.S. states and beyond for a culture of nonviolence.

Sept. 22, 2018, 8:00 AMGaza 5K + Dabke Party.  Held at the Anacostia River Walk Trail, Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020.

Featuring: A fundraising walk to support UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme.

For more infohttps://getinvolved.unrwausa.org/event/dc-gaza-5k/e189658?utm_source=UNRWA%20USA%20Email%20List&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fdcc83c293-79973347ea-298723853&utm_campaign=79973347ea-2018%20DC%20Gaza%205K%20Launch

 Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 2018, 2:30 PM: Film: Thank God It’s Friday.  Held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 11701 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.  Part of the Montgomery County Voices from the Holy Land Film Series.

 A documentary: every Friday, residents of the Israeli settlement of Halamish prepare for Shabbat, as their security forces prepare for violence.  Discussion to follow screening.  For more info: https://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org/.

Monday, September 24th, 6:30 TO 9:30 PM- The Museum of the Palestinian People will be hosting our inaugural fundraising dinner on at the historic Tabard Inn in Washington, D.C, and you’re invited! We hope you will be able to join us to support the opening of the Museum of the Palestinian People, the first and only museum in the nation’s capital that will be dedicated to celebrating Palestinian culture, history and resilience.

At this dinner we will celebrate the beauty of Palestinian culture with a menu featuring Palestinian cuisine crafted by renowned Palestinian Chef Joud Achkar, the Executive Chef at Tabard Inn. The evening will also feature a silent auction with items from Palestine some of which is rare and discontinued items from Jerusalem. There will also be art donated by local D.C. artists and much more!

To purchase tickets, go to /www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-palestinian-hospitality-fundraising-reception-at-the-tabard-inn-tickets-48927475396? aff=odeimcmailchimp&utm_campaign=0f1eca5a40-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_02_05_45_COPY_01&utm_term=0_879380e7dc-0f1eca5a40-92249077&utm_source=Nakba+Museum+Project+of+Memory+and+Hope+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&mc_eid=bd29a9a1b7&mc_cid=0f1eca5a40.

September 28, 2018 6:30 PM: Film: Disturbing the Peace.  Shown at William Penn House, 515 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Featuring: Israeli soldiers from the most elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison, coming together to challenge the status quo and say “enough”.

For more info: https://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org/events/fri-09282018-1200/disturbing-peace-william-penn-house.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 7 pm – “The Campaign to Restore Child Health” – a presentation by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at Holy Redeemer parish, 206 New York Ave., NE, Washington, DC.  Free – all welcome (note:  by hosting this presentation, Holy Redeemer does not indicate agreement with all views of the speaker).

For more information, go to worldmercuryproject.org.


DMV Sanctuary Movement says STOP Funding Increases for Immigrant Detention.  Call Congress TODAY and Sign the Petition.

LA RED is part of the #DefundHate coalition made up of organizations that are committed to fighting mass detention and deportation by working to stop the flow of money to ICE & CBP.

Take action and urge your Members of Congress to #DefundHate:

  1. Sign the #DefundHate coalition petition today telling Congress that they should be cutting funding for ICE, not expanding it.
  2. Participate in a nationwide call-in day on Tuesday, Sep. 11. Call your Members of Congress at 1-844-332-6361 and organize your community to participate in the call-in day. Find script and social media materials here.

Families Belong Together provides three ways you can step up to say #FamiliesBelongTogether:

  • Make a plan to join Define America, Families Belong Together, and other organizations for the Week of Witness Sept. 7 – 16
  • Sign up for Lunchtime for Change, 5 actions you can take to stand up for immigrants updated every Wednesday
  • Cosecha has been taking action against cities, schools, and corporations that do business with and support ICE. Now they are taking their #NoBusinessWithICE campaign national and they need your help. Join them here.

REFLECTION:  “Let us work to be peacemakers, those given a wonderful share in Our Lord’s ministry of reconciliation. If we want peace, so we have been told, let us work for justice. Let us beat our swords into ploughshares.” – Desmond Tutu

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