P&J Newsletter


Number 336– January 14,2016

JUST! NEWS! is a newsletter devoted to bringing news about justice and peace issues effecting Montgomery County and the greater DC regional area Upcoming events appear before advocacy opportunities at the beginning of this newsletter

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. – 1 Peter 2:15

January 16th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm – CREATE YOUR DREAM – in honor of MLK Day of Service. A day full of fun activities, food, and celebration.  “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at the goal” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Sponsored by Little Friends for Peace and G.W. University. Held at Holy Redeemer Church Hall, 206 New York Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001. Open to all Ages and Families.

Any Questions Contact: MJ Park 240-838-4549.

January 17, 9 to 11 am – DIRECT ACTION at U. S. SUPREME COURT TO STOP EXECUTIONS! Will Trump resume Federal or Military executions as state jurisdictions reduce use? Say NO to Executions.

Every 5 years we risk arrest in nonviolent civil disobedience on the Supreme Court steps in Washington, DC. With the incoming administration, this coming January 17th, 2017 is suddenly a bit more interesting. As planned, we will once again gather at the U.S. Supreme Court to protest for an end to executions, in what is expected to be the largest act of civil disobedience against the death penalty in recent U.S. history. There will also be a legal, family-friendly vigil component, so all people are welcome – even if not willing to risk arrest.

REGISTER NOW and let us know you are coming, and what role you intend to have! You may also email us at aac@abolition.org to get any updates and details.

This action marks the 40th anniversary of the first execution since the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty. On January 17, 1977, Gary Gilmore, a “volunteer” for execution, was killed by a firing squad in Utah, in revenge for his murders of Ben Bushnell and Max Jenson. Forty years later, despite a growing trend away from the death penalty, the U.S. has exterminated over 1,400 more prisoners since Gilmore, and continues to do so, with nearly 3,000 more on death row today.

Additionally, there will be a speaker’s program on the evening of January 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, to hear from the voices of experience – including death row family members, murder victim family members, and death row exonerees. Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE (near the Supreme Court).

Event sponsors include: Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, Convergence, Journey of Hope, Evangelicals for Social Action, We Stand With Love, OPEN, Catholic Mobilizing Network, RAW Tools, Center for Action and Contemplation, and People of Faith Against the Death Penalty. Note: use of the Lutheran Church space does not indicate endorsement by them.

Join us in Washington D.C. this January to say “no more killing in our names!”

Follow the January 17th direct action on Facebook.

Follow the January 16th speaker’s program event on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 to 8 pm – Center for Constitutional Rights invites you to join them at Busboys and Poets (14th and V Sts location) for Path Forward: Challenging Islamophobia in an Age of Trump. We’re excited to co-host this important discussion with the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) and the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition. Please RSVP as space is limited.

Wednesday morning, January 18, Center for Constitutional Rights will be at the Supreme Court for oral argument in Ziglar v. Abbasi! The argument is open to the public, but seating is extremely limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Please visit our event page to find out more. Ziglar v. Abbasi (formerly known as Turkmen v. Ashcroft), is a case that will test whether the Court will fulfill its role as an essential check on discriminatory and illegal executive actions.

January 18, 2017 11:00am – 12:00 pmU.S. Special Envoy Speaks on Sudan & South Sudan
Amb. Donald Booth on the U.S. Role in Seeking an End to Violence.

Despite a national dialogue in Sudan, fighting continues in Darfur and in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Negotiations toward ending hostilities between the government and armed opposition groups are deadlocked.

In South Sudan, the conflict has spread, most recently to the Equatoria region. United Nations agencies have warned that the conflict now poses risks of genocide, of ethnic cleansing and of famine. With the international community divided on how to respond, the United States has an important leadership role to foster lasting peace within and between the two countries.

Join us for a conversation with Ambassador Donald Booth on Wednesday, January 18, from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #SudanSouthSudan. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-special-envoy-speaks-on-sudan-and-south-sudan-tickets-31156627311.

Sponsored and hosted by U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20037 | Directions. Speakers include:


Ambassador William B. Taylor, Opening Remarks
Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Ambassador Donald Booth, Special Remarks
U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Moderator
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace


Wednesday, January 18th, 7:30 PMBeth Riehle, a returned Franciscan lay missioner, who served for three years in El Salvador and is currently working  on the El Paso/Juarez Border, will share some stories of her ministry accompanying refugees and immigrants.  This will be an opportunity for us to be brought up-to-date on the current situation on the US-Mexico border and the many challenges facing this vulnerable population.

Held at St. Camillus Church’s St. Francis Room,1600 St. Camillus Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903

For more information, please contact Pat Clausen at pwclausen@yahoo.com.
January 18th, 7:00-8:30 PM, The Coalition of Metro Labor Unions will be holding the WMATA Riders Public Town Hall at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville.

The proposals in the FY2018 budget before the WMATA Board include longer wait times for trains, elimination of bus lines, and firing 1,000 workers. These proposals will have real consequences for the people who depend on Metro and the public’s input must be heard. The coalition, which represents more than 13,000 workers at Metro, believes that it is important to listen to our ridership so that we can face these challenges together. With the information gained at these meetings, they will then come to the Metro Board hearing on the budget (tentatively scheduled for the end of January) and bring the “People’s Agenda for Metro.”
Held at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850. 
Friday, January 20th, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm 
– Sojourners and Swamp Revolt Nonviolence and Active Bystander Trainings.  Learn how to de-escalate conflict, use your mobile device to document injustice, offer effective support to keep bad situations from getting worse. We hope you can join us!  Go here to register and find locations.

For questions, please contact Rose Berger (rberger@sojo.net) or Amy Ard (swamprevoltinfo@gmail.com).

Saturday, March 21st, 10 am Women’s March on Washington – join hundreds of thousands of women (and others) for this march at Independence and Third Streets, SW. For more information, go to https://www.womensmarch.com/.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017,1 PM – 2 PM ETHeather White’s WATERtalk, “Queer Activism and the Christian Right: The Surprising Story of Their Shared History.”  WATER (Women + Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual). REGISTER HERE.

Heather White is Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion and Queer studies at the University of Puget Sound. She received her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and PhD from Princeton University. Dr. White is a specialist in American Religions with a research focus on sexuality, gender, and twentieth century social movements.

Her first book, Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights has been featured in Huffington PostReligion and Politics, the L.A. Review of Books, and Religion Dispatches, and it was listed in the top ten “best LGBT nonfiction of 2015” by the Bay Area Reporter. With a focus on Protestants, liberals, and mid-twentieth century gay activism, this book challenges the usual picture of perennial adversaries and presents a new narrative about America’s religious and sexual past.


Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 2:00-5:00 pm at the TASSC Office – You are invited to TASSC’s Annual Open House to celebrate another successful year at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition!

This will be a wonderful time for TASSC survivors, friends and supporters to hear the personal testimonies of survivors, listen to East African-inspired music from members of the Kino Musica band, hear talented survivors sing and play traditional African instruments, and watch African folk dances.  And, of course, we will have delicious snacks and wonderful conversation.

You will hear TASSC’s annual report and future plans from our Director and have a chance to meet TASSC’s dedicated staff, volunteers and interns.

We will also be honoring Members of Congress and their staff for their strong and ongoing support for human rights in Africa. Please RSVP to Kelsey Fisher (Kelsey@tassc.org) by Tuesday, January 24th if you plan on attending. TASSC is located at 4121 Harewood Rd NE, Ste B, Washington, DC 20017.


Monday, February 6, 2017, 7 to 8:30 PM – Dead Man Walking: Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty.

Join Catholic Mobilizing Network, Washington National Cathedral, and Washington National Opera for a powerful evening of music and reflection from prominent faith leaders on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Washington National Cathedral.

Featuring Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, and EJ Dionne Jr., Washington Post Political Columnist, as moderators, this event brings together six national religious leaders to discuss their perspectives on the death penalty in the only western democracy to use it.

The program will include arias from Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s opera Dead Man Walking, which will run at the Kennedy Center Opera House from February 25–March 11. Free and open to the public with a RSVP, this event will include panelist response to audience questions. For more information and to register, please visit: cathedral.org/event/dead-man-walking.

REFLECTION: At some thoughts one stands perplexed, above all at the sight of human sin, and wonders whether to combat it by force or by humble love. Always decide ‘I will combat it by humble love.’  – Fyodor Dostoyevsky



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