Third Annual Christian Peace Witness for Iraq
Wednesday, 28 April 2009, 7 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Make plans now to attend the third annual event of ecumenical worship and activism by Christian Peace Witness for Iraq. Originally formed to bring church pressure on Congress and then-President Bush to end the Iraq War, CPW is now focusing on keeping pressure on Congress and President Obama to speed up the end of the U.S. Occupation and to bring ALL the U.S. troops home.
The 7 p.m. worship and witness follows events at National City Church earlier in the day: an Opening Convocation at 1:30-2:30 p.m. and nonviolence training at 2:30 p.m. Then, on Thursday 29 April 2009 at 9 a.m. there will be a witness and nonviolent action at the Capitol.
For the Wednesday night event, featured speakers include:
- Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo, retired professor of sociology at Eastern University in Philadelphia, Associate Pastor, Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia (a mostly African-American congregation, though Campolo is white), noted author and evangelist, founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education; gadfly, social critic, progressive evangelical social activist.
- Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Minister, community activist, President of Hip Hop Caucus, and U.S. Air Force Reservist.
- Sr. Dianna Ortiz, Catholic nun (and Louisville native), former missionary to Guatemala, U.S. born torture survivor in Guatemala (Sr. Ortiz was tortured during Guatemala’s military dictatorship during the ’80s. Though she was blindfolded, she insists her torturers were supervised by an American who was identified as a CIA agent.), Founder of Torture Abolition and Survivors’ Support Coalition International. (I met Sr. Ortiz in the late ’80s shortly after she was released and returned to the U.S. She worked then with Kentucky Interfaith Taskforce on Latin America and the Caribbean [KITLAC].)
- Elizabeth McAlister, former nun, peace activist and co-founder of Jonah House, an intentional Christian Community.
- Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., Catholic priest, biblical scholar, poet, and peace activist.
Worship that evening will be followed by a processional to the White House.
At the website of Christian Peace Witness for Iraq one can also find their Open Letter to President Obama and suggestions for holding similar events around the country if one cannot travel to D.C. for this event.
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