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Peace & Justice Update:

posted by Evan Knappenberger

Important Updates:



 
  • Keep CCPJ Board Member and local activist hero Kirk Bowers in your thoughts as he recovers from a surgery.  Kirk has been an instrumental part of the Peace movement, and recently underwent serious surgery.  We wish him a full and speedy recovery!
 
  • Rally and Town Hall Meeting for Health Care with a coalition of local progressives Monday, April 21st at 6pm.  Local politicians Steve Landes and Rob Bell are holding a town hall meeting at 6:30pm at the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road.  Come and voice your opinions on health coverage.
 
  • Peace Education Program is hosting the last tabling of the school year at Charlottesville High soon.  This exciting program is growing quickly!  If you would like to participate, contact Evan.
 
  • Join Charlottesville's compassionate ECO-VILLAGE for their first ever open house, 7pm, Wednesday, April 23rd!  There will be a presentation and tours, food and drink, and plenty of time to mingle.


   For more events, see our online calendar here!

April Peace & Justice Happenings

posted Apr 3, 2014, 1:05 PM by Evan Knappenberger

April Peace & Justice Happenings:

 
  • Please note the weekly peace vigil times have shifted due to daylight savings' time. The vigil is now from 5pm till 6 every Thursday!  Come show witness for peace and justice.
 
  • CCPJ and Veterans for Peace will be hosting an upcoming tabling with the Peace Education program in Charlottesville High School.  We are always looking for more volunteers to help!  If you would like to participate, contact Evan.
 
  • Help us plan the upcoming International Day of Peace.  Join our committee and help us brainstorm the annual UN celebration.  For more details, respond to this email.
 
  • Join CCPJ for our March monthly meeting Sunday, April 13 , at 4pm at the Charlottesville Friends Meeting House. 
 
  • The Dogwood Parade is coming up!  Participate with CCPJ and other peace groups and show the community your support for peace! Saturday, April 26 around 11am.  More info, contact Virginia.
 
  •  The next Vets for Peace meeting will be Sunday, April 27th, at 4pm, at Cville Coffee.
 
  • The Blue Ridge Chapter of the United Nations Association will feature Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? Lessons for America from Modern Europe by  Professor  Robert Toplin April 27 from 3-5pm,at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 717 Rugby Road.
 
  • Raleigh, NC – World War II Marine combat veteran Samuel Winstead is accepting applications for co-riders to join his Ride for Peace leaving Sunday, April 27th from Raleigh, NC bound for Washington, DC. Riders are invited to join for all, or any part of the ride.
    http://warisacrime.org/content/join-sams-ride-peace
 
  • SARA Hotline Volunteer Training: Are you interested in working with the Sexual Assault Resources Agency community? You can help those in crisis, and provide accurate and helpful information to the oppressed: sign up now for thorough 40-hour training that begins in May 1st and become a volunteer with the SARA 24-hour hotline. Please contact Taylor at 434-295-7273 or csc@saracville.org and fill out an application on the SARA website www.saracville.org.
 
  • Speaking of parades, the annual Batesville parade is coming up.  This is a short and lively parade with a happy festival at the end.  CCPJ has participated several times, and the reception has been good.  Join us and walk for peace, Saturday, May 17th, 11amFor more info, contact Virginia.
 
  • CCPJ is planning an event for Memorial Day with veterans for peace and graduate students Michael McAndrew and Katrina Gehman. We need your help to make this work.  Contact Evan, or come to the next meeting.
 
  • Veterans for Peace will be hosting its national convention in Asheville, NC in August of 2014.  Local Vets for Peace wants to know if anyone is interested in carpooling options.  If you are interested, reply to this email or contact Evan.
  For more events, see our online calendar here!

There Is A Deeper Wave Than This

posted Mar 25, 2014, 11:02 PM by David Swanson

A wave of action is coming on April 4th, the date they killed MLK, the date Cindy Sheehan lost her son, the date cherry blossoms and resisters to fascism begin to show after an endless winter of many, many years.  Take a look at https://waveofaction.org

Electing a different president six years ago was not a partial step, a failed attempt, a warm-up round. It was a halftime show of circus clowns and cheerleaders.  The partial step, the failed attempt, the warm up, the ground work, the base of experience and training and testing was Occupy.

And what's happened since?  We've learned more about how close Occupy came to shifting the balance. We've learned more about how scared the bankers and the warmongers and their servants in the unconstitutional police-state acronym crowd were (the FBI-DHS-CIA-NSA-SOBs).  We've learned about the plans in Houston to murder Occupiers.  We've learned about the infiltration, the instigation, the expropriation.  We've looked back at the counterproductive results of tolerating a bit of violence on the side of justice and peace.  We've marveled at the mistake of calling violence inclusiveness and tolerance.  We've wondered at the humor, heroism, and effectiveness of nonviolent creative action.

The movement has grown, indoors, online, and off the radar.  It's developed strategies for taking on debt and homelessness and war.  Awareness has grown, education has spread, and ideas have sunk in. People now know that we can't lift up the poor without pulling down the plutocrats.  It's understood that we can have democracy or billionaires, not both.  The notion of shifting priorities is even making headway; behind the screaming of "no cuts!" and "less spending!" there's a steady, rising voice -- ebbing and flowing like the ocean -- insisting that we can move the money from the military and the oil corporations and the bankers to green energy and schools and trains and parks and actual aid to everyone on earth, with plenty of tax cuts to spare. 

"The country is broke" is understood as a lie on the scale of "the Defense Department makes us safer" or "the marketplace benefits us all" or "this weather is part of normal cycles" or "the corporate media is independent of the government" or "the government is independent of the corporations." 

When public pressure stopped missiles into Syria in September the educational work of years and years was paying off.  When public pressure helped stop new sanctions and war momentum against Iran in February, a new pattern was developing.  When Obama began this week at least pretending to turn against the NSA he'd been defending for months, a crack opened up in a wall of unaccountable abuses.  Opportunities are opening up all around us. Students are taking on Israeli crimes.  Towns are taking on fossil fuel fanaticism.  Parents on taking on corporate-educationism. 

A new Occupy should have crowds of DiFi masks (the one person Senator Dianne Feinstein objects to spying on). A new Occupy should hold joint events in the United States and Russia demanding peace from both governments, nuclear disarmament, and investment of those nuclear dollars in defense against real threats, like climate change, disease, and guns. 

Things are not getting better.  The earth is dying.  Weapons sales are skyrocketing.  Russia and China are being groomed as new enemies.  Real healthcare reform remains almost incomprehensible to millions who need it.  Pay Day loans are growing at the rate that prison terms for profiteers ought to be.  But resistance to the downward slide is growing as well.  Whistleblowers are appearing. Courage is catching and spreading.  States are setting up conversion and transition plans.  Obamahopium is wearing off without Hillareoin taking hold.

If there was ever a moment to put survival and well-being ahead of politeness and obedience, this is that moment.  The weather is right.  The climate is right.  The experience is fresh, but the participants rested.  April 4th is opening day.  Will you throw out the first pitch in your town? Will you do it now? Will you re-occupy everything and never give it back? Find an event, create an event, or enliven an event near you or far from you: https://waveofaction.org

This is not for show this time.  This is not to send a message.  This is not to make a few friends.  This is to make millions of friends.  This is to change the course of our culture.  This is the big leagues.  Rest up.  Get ready.  Know your power.

http://youtu.be/uXZistami3c

JOIN SAM’S RIDE FOR PEACE

posted Mar 10, 2014, 8:53 AM by David Swanson

 APRIL 27, Raleigh, NC – World War II Marine combat veteran Samuel Winstead is accepting applications for co-riders to join his Ride for Peace  leaving Sunday April 27th from Raleigh, NC bound for Washington, DC.  Riders are invited to join for all, or any part of the ride.


Mr. Winstead blazed this trail over secondary roads in North Carolina and Virginia in the Spring of 2012.  In his inaugural Ride for Peace, Sam pedaled 350 miles in 7 days, from Raleigh to DC.  He repeated this feat in in 2013.


Winstead, who is 88, will lead riders from the NC Capital in Raleigh at 8:00am Sunday, April 27, and make overnight stops in Henderson, NC (April 27), Blackstone, VA (April 28) Gum Spring, VA (April 29), Culpeper, VA (April 30), Middleburg, VA (May 1), Leesburg, VA (May 2) and  will arrive at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC for a Rally for Peace at 2:00pm Saturday, May 3rd.

During the ride, Sam will distribute copies of Charlottesville author David Swanson’s book “War No More: The Case for Abolition.” Swanson’s book has helped launch the worldbeyondwar.org campaign. 


After last year’s Ride for Peace. Sam visited Congressional offices to urge the repeal of the Authorization to Use Military Force.  Congress approved the AUMF in the aftermath of 9/11, which gave the US President a blank check to make war anywhere on earth.

After Sam’s Congressional visits, he traveled to the 2013 Hiroshima Peace Forum, at the invitation of Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka.  Sam has been a member of the Roxboro (NC) Rotary Club for 35 years.  Speaking at the Peace Forum before 2,500 delegates representing 56 nations, he was able to express his concerns about continuous war.  The two U.N. representatives showed great interest in his concerns about America's participation in the wars.

Mr. Winstead, who fought the Japanese in the Pacific in 1944 and 1945, made the pilgrimage for peace and reconciliation to Hiroshima, nearly 70 years after his days of conflict, with the message that we have outgrown warfare.


Interested parties can download Ride for Peace applications on the North Carolina Triangle Veterans for Peace website at www.ncveteransforpeace.org.


The purpose of the ride is “to ask our leaders to stop wars” says Mr. Winstead, whose grandson has relayed his first-hand experiences of a war in Iraq, causing countless lives lost, that put America many trillion dollars in debt while destroying  a beautiful country and priceless artifacts of the World’s oldest civilization.


Interviews with Mr. Winstead can be arranged by contacting John Heuer, 919-444-3823 or email heu93@aol.com


Who: Riders to join for all or part of the 350-mile bicycle Ride for Peace to Washington DC, with 4 generations of the Winstead family.


What: Applications being accepted.


Where: www.ncveteransforpeace.org

 

March Peace News:

posted Mar 3, 2014, 10:58 AM by Evan Knappenberger

 
  • On International Women’s Day, a group of young women are putting on an evening event to stop abuse of women around the world.  Local speakers and student activists will share information about how we can make the abuse stop, and petitions will be available.  There will be a candle light vigil.  All members of the community are invited to join!  March 8th, 6pm! For more info, contact wearethelineofficial@gmail.com .
 
  • CCPJ and Veterans for Peace will be hosting an upcoming tabling with the Peace Education program in Charlottesville High School.  We are always looking for more volunteers to help!  If you would like to participate, contact Evan.
 
  • Join CCPJ for our March monthly meeting Sunday, Mar. 9 , at 4pm at the Charlottesville Friends Meeting House. 
 
  • The next Vets for Peace meeting will be Sunday, Mar. 30, at 4pm, at Cville Coffee.
 
  • The Dogwood Parade is coming up!  March with CCPJ and other peace groups and show the community your support for peace!  Mark your calendars, April 26!  More info, contact Virginia.
 
  • CCPJ is planning an event for Memorial Day with veterans for peace and graduate students Michael McAndrew and Katrina Gehman.  If you would like to be involved in the planning process, please respond to this email.
 
  • Veterans for Peace will be hosting its national convention in Asheville, NC in August of 2014.  Local Vets for Peace wants to know if anyone is interested in carpooling options.  If you are interested, reply to this email or contact Evan.
  For more events, see our online calendar here!

Faith, Peace & Justice: a Shenandoah Confession

posted Mar 2, 2014, 11:07 AM by Evan Knappenberger

Last month, CCPJ community members traveled to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to take part in the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference at Eastern Mennonite University Seminary.  From that three-day conference comes a new confession of the faith in good, Anabaptist/pacifist tradition.  "The Shenandoah Confession" builds upon five hundred years of peacemaking efforts in a Christian framework.  CCPJ Board member and EMU student Evan Knappenberger helped to draft the statement along with many others.

Read the story here!

See the confession that follows!

The Shenandoah Confession

Presented this 24th day of February, 2014, on behalf of those gathered in Christ at the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship of Anabaptist colleges meeting at Eastern Mennonite University, to our various communities around the world. Written by participants with inspiration from previous Anabaptist confessions of faith.
Preface.
May peace, fellowship, patience and the truth of the love of God be with all who love God.  Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, may the care of the good shepherd and the strength of the lamb who was slain sustain you in your efforts to recognize God’s Kingdom which, according to the most holy teacher and savior, Jesus of Nazareth, exists among and within all creation and is the source of life everywhere.
Dear brothers and sisters, we who have been assembled for the 2014 Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, in the Lord at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, make known to all that we have been united in the spirit of fellowship to the common goal of building the peace of a loving and merciful God.  The articles to which we confess ourselves we announce here in the spirit of those Anabaptist brothers and sisters who before us made confession together at Schleitheim on the 24th day of February in the year 1527, and Dordrecht in 1632, including the various conclusions that have been amended to it by the church since.  As those dear brothers and sisters made formal confession into a foundational action of the Anabaptist church, so let us confess ourselves in the hopes of a new and prophetic life in Immanuel, who is God with us.
The eleven articles of confession.
The articles of our confession are as follows.
1.     Confession of faith in Christ as the foundation of peace.
2.     Love as the root of all things.
3.     The call of the spirit of God to all for radical pacifist action.
4.     Acceptance of the truth of the full humanity of all God’s children.
5.     Inclusion as the guiding principle of action within the spirit.
6.     Accountability of historical wrongs, especially colonialisms.
7.     An abiding desire to participate in resilient and just economies.
8.     The full and unflinching engagement of creative faculties of believers in service of peace.
9.     Embrace of lives of radical simplicity following the truth of God’s peace on Earth.
10.  Commitment to deep listening and dialogue as the prophetic intention of Christian pacifism.
11.  Recognition of failures and continued re-commitment to our principles within community.
Explication of articles.
Confession of faith in Christ as the foundation of peace.  We confess our faith in the peace of Christ that surpasses understanding, and our dedication to the principled peace of the Lord and savior Jesus who taught a bold humility.  We embrace the faith even as we work for the good of all people, including people with whom we disagree, or people of other faiths, and even those who proclaim themselves our enemies and seek to do us harm.  We seek the realization of the one we follow, Jesus, that the good of all is the work of servants; and in the tradition of him who laid down his life for all people, we embrace our identities as his followers knowing well the consequences of the burden of the cross.  We admit that there can be no higher calling than the gospel call to nonviolent action in accordance with the will of the Holy Spirit, and the imminent fullness of the kingdom of the lamb, who does justice with mercy.
Love as the root of all things.  Being created in the spirit of love, and saved by the love of Jesus who is our redeemed example of love, we here confess that love to be at the heart of all things.  We confess to loving ourselves and others without the world’s judgment and vanities; we commit to loving the earth and protecting God’s gift of life, the spirit of God itself, and our enemies and neighbors, in praise and thanksgiving.  We also confess our belief that our love must be one that challenges those around us to become better followers of Jesus.  Love must be mission, holding others accountable and building them up.  True love, we hold, calls people to action in its embodiment and by its very example.
The call of the spirit of God to all for radical pacifist action.   This gospel call to act as servants we confess to be the central tenant of the Christian faith.  Peace is the vocation of all things made by a just and good creator, we believe.  Peace shapes our daily lives and actions whether or not we are aware of it; it is our intention to practice this peace conscientiously around the world and amongst neighbors.  The spirit of God calls all God’s life back to God, clothed in the raiment of nonviolence, worshiping the wonderful counselor who does justice and loves mercy.  We confess that we seek to build institutions upon the shoulders of Christ, the servant who yearns for right relationship among the children of God.
Acceptance of the truth of the full humanity of all God’s children.  We affirm all brothers and sisters to be equal in Christ.  We call for the full privileges and rights of Christ to be granted them without delay.  We honor the power and beauty of all life, and seek to enter relationship with it, not avoiding but rather walking toward conflict in the spirit of peace and fellowship.  Along with this, we confess that our communities must become places of deep healing, sustainable praxis, nonviolent education and radical acceptance, where brothers and sisters can seek their identities in Christ freely, without fear of prejudice or categorical pre-judgement.
Inclusion as the guiding principle of action within the spirit.  We confess that the guiding principle of prophetic action within the will of the spirit is one of active inclusion.  In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, nor male and female.  All people, created in the image of God, are unconditionally welcomed to God’s table and to God’s salvation.
Accountability of historical wrong, especially colonialisms.  We hereby pledge solidarity and yield up positions of leadership to those communities who have been historically marginalized.  We seek to affirm their leadership and support peace and nonviolence education by upholding the principles of peacebuilding in our own local and historical contexts.  As North American Anabaptists, we confess our need to challenge and reform our own government and lay out peacebuilding alternatives to violence and war.
An abiding desire to participate in resilient and just economies.  We see that our world suffers from a lack of care for God’s living environment, and we grieve the lack of our participation in an economy that is environmentally sustainable and socially just.  We confess our desire to support local enterprise, invest prudently in clean energy, and remain mindful of our impact on and our role within God’s loving creation.  We seek to embrace trickle-up change, and we commit to imagining innovative communities along these principles near to our homes, even as we seek God’s peace farther from our immediate spheres of influence.
The full and unflinching engagement of creative faculties of believers in service of peace.  We confess that we look for creative engagement within our hearts and communities in order to nonviolently pursue restorative justice in the name of a righteous God of wholeness. Violence stifles creative impulses and inhibits our ability to seek the peace of God.  We believe in appealing for peace to the creativity of the Spirit, which is that of Jesus, and of the one who sent him.
Embrace of lives of radical simplicity following the truth of God’s peace on Earth.  In order to focus our lives to the call of God’s peace on Earth, we hereby uphold the life of the servant Christ in its simplicity and mission-orientation as the model for all conscientious human activity.  We seek to affirm the intentional community of believers without excluding other brothers and sisters, and we disavow egotistical ambition as a basis for peace and faith work.  We recognize the impossibility of following two masters, and chose to follow the way of peace despite the possibilities of worldly poverty which can sometimes overshadow it.
Commitment to deep listening and dialogue as the prophetic intention of Christian pacifism.  We assert principles of right relationship to neighbor, enemy and self to be the following: deep listening as a means of connection and dialogue; openness to change of identity and opinion; mutual transformation in partnership and in the spirit of the creator; deep reflection before action; and nonviolence.
Recognition of failures and continued re-commitment to our principles within community.  We confess that we have at times failed to embody the principles of community.  With contrition we earnestly implore God’s forgiveness.  We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves, we have not honored God’s creation, and we have often left the work of peace undone.  Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us recognize our many vanities, our mindless consumerisms. Let us hereby recommit ourselves to the principles of Christian pacifism, the articles of confession above, and the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth in the way of nonviolence.
 Postlude.
Brothers and sisters in God, we most earnestly confess these points to you in hope that they move in your hearts, and excite within you a desire to confess them also.  May your roots – watered in the innocence and strength of the lamb of God – nourish your spirits and give you rest and joy.  Also may your wings – lifted by the breath of the Holy Spirit – shield you in the protection of the most high and allow you to walk and not grow faint, to run and not become weary, to soar as eagles.  May the peace of God be with you now and always, and may the teachings of the Prince of Peace guide you to the realization of God’s presence among us.  Amen.

World Beyond War

posted Feb 3, 2014, 10:00 AM by David Swanson

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