Below is a press release written and endorsed by the Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group. It calls for consideration of a 'third way' in ending the dispute between the city and Occupy Philadelphia about whether to move the encampment. In Peace, Lucy
Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group Calls for Creative, Non-Violent Response
When politics and the economy hand out lemons, what do you do? You gather friends, sing together, eat good food, share words to inspire continued action for social justice, and make lemonade! That's what AFSC supporters did Nov. 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord.
Bank of America is taking people’s homes through illegal and fraudulent foreclosure proceedings. At its core, the mortgage crisis was created by big banks playing fast and loose with our housing- we’re here to take it back and foreclose on the very institutions that would put us out of our homes! Rally for a moratorium to end all foreclosures. Bank of America on Green Valley Road.
Sherrod Britton, 29, was initiated into the Bloods when he was 18 years old. He joined because he felt lost and wanted to be a part of something.
Sherrod was walking down Peachtree Street past Troy Davis three weeks ago and saw all the tents. "I wanted to know what was going on, so I stopped by, I haven't left since", said Sherrod.
Sherrod expressed feeling a deep connection to the message and process of Occupy Atlanta." I stayed for the common cause, speaking for the people. I feel strongly that we have the right to jobs, health care, and affordable higher education."
Please join us from the comfort of your own home for a conversation with Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty, Coordinators of AFSC's New Hampshire Program. They will be sharing stories and strategies for achieving economic justice. They will also welcome your questions!
Our host will be Keith Harvey, AFSC Regional Director in New England, who has launched a three part series of community conversations on the theme, The Haves, the Have-Nots and the Beloved Community.
Note: This guest blog post by Angelina Conti remembers another time when a nonviolent peace encampment was used as a tool for protest.
by Angelina Conti
When the Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park in September, I was surprised to find myself thinking about the Bonus Army and a lesson half remembered from a high school history class … something about veterans occupying the capitol, General MacArthur, and a fire.
Witness for Peace presents Julio Sanchesz from the Humboldt Center, Nicaragua adnthe Centeral American Alliance for the Protection of Biodiversity. Julio has been touring New England and will spend his last evening here in Providence. Join us for a 6pm potluck and 7pm program. He will speak of the impact of U.S. policy on Nicaragua and all of Latin America, food security, free trade, the environment and human rights. The event is free and open to the public. We will be requesting donations to continue the work of Witness for Peace New England.
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