The consequences of having someone being president after losing the popular vote by over 2.5 million votes could be dire for many Americans and the world. Trump pledges to greatly increase military spending, in spite of the fact that trillions of dollars given to the military cannot be accounted for by the military. The armed presence of U.S. troops will continue in the 6 countries they are now destroying, resulting in more and more refugees with nowhere to go. He pledges to build a wall so high that no one from the Mexican border could cross over, and those who have crossed over without being able to afford the very expensive papers needed to stay in the U.S. will be either detained or sent back, making it likely that families will be separated and become even more impoverished. He threatens to end the affordable care act meaning that again 22 million people will be left with no health care while the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies and investors of these will become even richer, and the 1% will become even wealthier. He pledged to privatize everything starting with education. Private industry will operate our schools for great profits, and prisons will be privatized meaning many more prisoners with lengthier sentences will be the result. The EPA will no longer be protecting the environment, but easing the way for fossel fuel companies to pollute and make huge profits doing so. And the way to pay for all this Mr. Trump plans to cut corporate taxes and cutting existing programs helping the poor, disabled and aged. He vows to kill off ISIS members, creating even more hatred toward Americans. Mr. Trump, as with many other billionaires, has as his main goal to make money any way he can. He is in the position now to create an even wealthier Trump Empire. The consequences of not having every vote count will soon be dire.(Billionanires and Ballot Bandits: How to Seal An Election in 9 Easy Steps by Greg Palast) This Christmas the Magi and their gifts will be considered more important than the humble, simple Christ child. “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kindom.” ----Don Timmerman
“People are created to be loved. Things are created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved, and people are being used.” ---Dalai Lama
Behind every man is a woman rolling her eyes. I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it. If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie? I am sorry I ate all the popcorn on the Christmas tree. I love string.
A man goes to a Dominican priest and says I will pray the rosary for you if you get me what I want. The priest asks, “What is it that you want?” I want a Lexus. The priest asked, “What’s a Lexus?” So he goes to a Jesuit, and he asks the same question. If I pray a rosary for you will you give me a Lexus? You know what a Lexus is? The priest says, “Yes, it is a car. But what is a rosary?
What did Mama cow say to baby cow? It’s pasture bedtime. The amazing thing about President Trump is that the only job he applied for was the President of the U.S., and he got it.
”A man escaped jail by digging a hole from his jail cell to the outside world. When finally his work was done, he emerged in the middle of a preschool playground. "I'm free, I'm free!" he shouted "So what," said a little girl. "I'm four."
The pastor gave A long sermon. After the service, to be social, a woman walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman, extended her hand in greeting, and said, "Hello, I'm Gladys Dunn." And the gentleman replied, "You're not the only one ma'am, I'm glad it's done too!!"
A little girl was in church with her mother when she started feeling ill. "Mommy," she said, "can we leave now?" "No" her mother replied. "Well, I think I'm gonna be sick, Momma!" "Then go out the front door and around to the back of the church and then behind a bush." After about 60 seconds the little girl returned to her seat. "Were you sick?" her mom asked. "Yes." "How could you have gone all the way to the back of the church and returned so quickly?" "I didn't have to go out of the church, Mommy. They have a box next to the front door that says, 'For the Sick'."
Despite the repressive nature of the Saudi regime, US governments have not only supported the Saudis on the diplomatic front but militarily. Under the Obama administration, this has translated into massive weapons sales of $115 billion. While Yemeni children are starving in large part because of Saudi bombings, US weapons makers, including General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, are making a killing on the sales.---- Common Dreams, 12/16/16
Percentage by which U.S. railway fatalities outnumbered aviation fatalities last year : 78%
Percentage change since 2014 in the number of U.S. railway workers who have tested positive for drug use : +43%
Portion of global traffic deaths that occur in low- or middle-income countries : 9/10
Percentage by which the number of international borders with barriers has increased since 2014: 48%
Percentage change since 2000 in the purchasing power of U.S. Social Security checks: –22% Portion of those jails that have abolished in-person visitation: ¾
Average percentage change in the stock value of the five largest U.S. defense contractors the week after the election: +8% Estimated number of votes by which Donald Trump won the state of Wisconsin: 27,000 Of registered Wisconsin voters who lacked voter identification: 360,000 ----Harper’s Index
UNICEF said one child every 10 minutes dies in Yemen. ------Democracy Now, 12/13/16` A drug company gets the rights to Epi-Pen, which was developed decades ago by tax payer money, hikes the price through the roof and lobbies Congress to get Epi-Pen in every school and then relocates outside the U.S. to dodge taxes. Insurance costs went up under Obamacare because insurance companies raised their rates. The costs won’t go down if it is repealed because insurance companies raised the rates. “It’s a dirty rotten system.” (Dorothy Day} ----Other 98
In the Philippines, the death toll from President Rodrigo Duerte’s so-called war on drugs continues to rise. Police have killed at least 2,000 people, and vigilantes have killed at least 3,500 more, since Duerte took office this summer. Tens of thousands more have been arrested or turned themselves over to police out of fear they’d be killed. Human rights groups say many of those killed have been summarily shot and had nothing to do with the drug trade. On Wednesday, the White House condemned the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. But a recent BuzzFeed investigation reveals the U.S. State Department has continued to send millions of dollars in aid, as well as training and equipment, to the Philippine National Police.
There are an estimated 50,000 Irish citizens living and working illegally in the United States -- a tiny sliver of the undocumented population, but a considerable number for a home country of just 4.5 million people. ---Washington Post, 12/10/16
At least 257 journalists have been jailed worldwide this year, Nearly 1/3 of these are imprisoned in Turkey alone. ----Democracy Now, 12/13/16
After Castro’s passing the U.S. media referred to the Cuban economy as a “disaster,” but failed to mention that this was because of the vicious U.S. economic blockade of Cuba that lasted 5 decades. When Katrina struck in New Orleans in 2005, 75 Cuban doctors with supplies went to help out the victims. Cuba provides its citizens with free health care, education, and other benefits that are not offered in the U.S. There are 43 million people in the U.S. on food stamps costing $74 billion. Meanwhile the Pentagon “misplaced” $6.5 Trillion. The Federal Reserve cannot account for $9 trillion, and U..S. corporations are hiding $2.4 trillion in overseas tax havens. Why do we blame for the poor for the national debt? ---AlterNet
Donald Trump’s cabinet is the richest in history. The 17 people for Cabinet level positions so far have nearly $10 billion in combined wealth, more than what 43 million poor Americans have combined. ---Democracy Now, 12/16/16
700+ acres of Ohio's only National Forest was sold for fracking---EcoWatch
Recently, Winona MN county banned the taking of frac sand from their land. In April 29, 2013, 35 people, including many Catholic Workers like Roberta, were arrested for resisting the taking of silicone sand from Winona to be sent to areas where fracking was taking place. The court fined each of them and gave the money from the fines to the company that was doing the mining of the sand! This is the only county to have banned the mining of sand for fracking. ----EcoWatch, 12/17/16
NOTES FROM 21ST STREET: The rhizomes of the Hostas and the Siberian Iris are deep in frozen ground in our yard. They are gathering strength to emerge in leafy green lushness and purple beauty in the Spring. I have been trying to store up my strength during the past season of Advent and quiet time before a change comes to our country. I pray that the peaceful spirit of Christ will give all of us the strength to boldly and nonviolently speak truth to power. David Krieger wrote on Earth’s Citizen’s Pledge, “I pledge allegiance to the Earth and to its varied life forms ; one world, indivisible with liberty, justice and dignity for all.” May we in the coming year emerge strong and peaceful, bold and beautiful, to exemplify our commitment to be citizens of the earth. Peace, Roberta
THURSDAY, JAN. 5 -----VIGIL AGAINST DETENTION AND SEPARATION OF FAMILIES BY ICE from Noon to 1 p.m. at ICE, Knapp & Broadway Sts. , Milwaukee
THURSDAY, JAN 12 -----VIGIL OPPOSING GUNS in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Noon to 1 p.m. at Brew City Shooters Supply, 43rd & Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee. People with guns kill. The U.S. has 30,000 people killed and thousands more injured and disabled
SATURDAY, JAN. 14 -----26TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL PRAYER SERVICE AT 1:30 P.M. at All Saints Church, 4051 N 25th St., Milwaukee. Fr. Maurice Nutt, Kc.Ss.R., Dirrctor of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies of Xavier U. in New Orleans will be presenting ”The Strength to Love.”
MONDAY, JAN. 16 ----CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH, 1947 N 4th St. Milwaukee from 1 to 3 p.m.
FRIDAY, JAN 27 ----TRIAL FOR DON at Milw. City Court house starting at 8:30 a.m. He was arrested for attempting to close the ROTC at Marquette U. No Christian institution may teach that violence is the way to peace. Christ was very clear when he said to Peter, “Put away your sword. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”
SUNDAY, FEB. 12 ----CASA KENMITZ JAM at the Coffee House, 1905 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milw. At 7 p.m. Free will donations with proceeds going to Casa Maria. Bret has done this many times in the past. He’s a great man!
Living wages, Sick Pay, Benefits, Humane working conditions, and streets without panhandlers--they all depend on a system that provides cash welfare to people in need. Yet welfare seems to have moved beyond being a dirty word to becoming an invisible or irrelevant and embarrassing support program in the eyes of the politically progressive US population. Have you ever heard them chant "Welfare not Warfare" in any protests?
In European countries workforce pay and benefits are far superior and far more humane than in the US. And you rarely see panhandlers on their streets. That is in great part because all European countries provide a 'Family Pension' or 'Child Allowance,' a guaranteed monthly cash for all children of all populations--rich, poor, working class or middle class--AS WELL AS cash welfare support and other benefits for victims of poverty.
When the government ended our cash welfare program for mothers and children in poverty in 1996 by changing it into a forced unpaid work program, Congress did not raise minimum wage for 11 years. Nor did job benefits improve. Employers had millions of US women who would now accept sub-poverty, no-benefit jobs to avoid working 30 hours a week for no pay and a miniscule welfare check. (Average welfare check is about $390 and never raised in most states since 1996.) Over ten million US people, mainly moms and kids, are now trying to survive on ZERO income and no cash benefits. Of course petty crime has increased with so many people surviving on zero income. The streets are filled with penniless people. Rather than resort to crime, panhandlers work long hours on street corners across the country begging for cash from Americans who would rather not see them or acknowledge the harsh nature of their work. Yet this humiliating, exhausting job is one of the only ways for Americans with zero income to honorably generate a bit of cash. But the long-term success of this wonderful $15-an-Hour movement depends on America funding a cash welfare system for families in need. ---Pat Gowens,, Director of Welfare Warriors, Welfarewarriors.org, fighting for the lives of mothers and children in poverty since 1986
As of Oct. 28, panhandling is illegal on certain medians and ramps in the city of Milwaukee. The Common Council passed an ordinance making it illegal to beg for money on any median less than 5 feet, or on specific on and off ramps deemed "dangerous" by the city. Violators could face a fine of up to $200. We believe the real reason for this law is that people do not like to be confronted with the fact that there are economically poor people in their midst. Many people become belligerent at the begging people calling them lazy bums, leeches, liars or see them only as drug addicts or alcoholics. Worst of all is the refusal to even pay attention to them. We give to others when it is possible because we want to recognize them as human beings created by God who are our sisters and brothers in need. We do not question their integrity or demand a list of reasons why we should be helping them. Peter Maurin called panhandlers “ambassadors of God.” “What we give to the poor for Christ’s sake is what we carry with us when we die. As Jean Jacques Rousseau says: ‘When man (woman) dies, s/he carries in his/her clutched hands only that which s/he has given away.’ We seem to think that poor people are social nuisances and not the Ambassadors of God.” --Don Timmerman
“Think what the world could look like if we took care of the poor even half as well as we do our Bibles!” ---Dorothy Day Also, think what the world would look like if we took care of the poor even half as well as we do the flag.
A husband in bed with his wife moved his hand up and down her side. His wife said, “Oh, that felt good. Do it again.” The husband said, “No. I found the remote.”
A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. "I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want any pain killers because I'm in a big hurry," the woman said. "Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way." The dentist was quite impressed. "You're certainly a courageous woman," he said. "Which tooth is it?" The woman turned to her husband and said, "Show him your tooth, dear."
When I was young my parents told me anyone can become president. Now I am beginning to believe it. Where does the bee pee? At the BP station, of course.
The problem with political jokes is that they often get elected. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
In the Calais. France refugee camp some 40 companies made lots of money from the privatization of lorry inspections to the manufacturing of tear gas canisters, barbed wire, bulldozers, deportation buses as well as building fences and walls along the highway. ---Corporate Watch At least 4,220 refugees have died attempting to cross over the Mediterranean Sea so far this year—more than in all of 2015. ------Democracy Now, 11/4/16
The pharmaceutical industry seem to be colluding on prices . Prices of brand name insulin products have gone up a lot in recent years to the point where many people with diabetes have had a hard time paying for their life-saving vials. By the way, the patent on insulin expired over 70 years ago and yet there is virtually no generic competition for some of the most popular insulin products on the market. Americans already spend nearly 40% more per person on prescription drugs than Canada - the next most expensive industrialized nation. – People’s Pharmacy
For the 6th time in our history, a candidate for U.S. President got the most votes but still lost the White House. Does America really have a democracy? -----RSN, 11/10/16 In Wisconsin, 300,000 registered voters lacked the photo ID necessary to cast their ballots. Trump won Wisconsin by 27,000 votes—Progressive Turnout Projec
Vice-presidential candidate Pence was one of the candidates that received the most funding from Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, who during the Bush-Cheney years operated what amounted to a Christian supremacist neo-Crusader militia. He invited and welcomed and threw a party for Erik Prince in the aftermath of the Nisoor Square massacre in Baghdad in 2007, when Blackwater operatives killed a dozen and a half Iraqi civilians, including small children. ---Jeremy Scahill
Recently, 300 protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline were injured, and a Jewish woman, Sophia Wilansky, may lose her arm after being hit by a concussion grenade thrown at the protesters by the police and national guard. Des Moines Catholic Workers, Jessica Reznicek & Julies Brown, joined by Mississippi Stand Water Protractor, Travis Brennan, are fasting & vigiling outside, in front of the IA Utilities Board (IUB) Office in Des Moines, beginning a 24/7 occupation until the pipeline is shut down. Caitlin and Alex from Casa Maria went to Standing Rock to deliver supplies and money. Police have already used $10 million of tax money protecting the pipeline for Energy Transfer Partners. --- Salo
The Dakota Access pipeline is funded directly by 17 banks, such as Citibank and Wells Fargo ($47 million invested) . Researchers with the nonprofit Food & Water Watch found that 38 banking institutions are involved in funding the proposed Bakken pipeline, which would stretch from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
The place where the Bundy’s standoff at Malheur Refuge occurred was on land of the Burns Paiute Tribe, which the Bundys knowingly desecrated. They reportedly dug latrines through recognized cultural sites and destroyed sacred objects in the museum that were hundreds of years old. They were never prosecuted for this or for using guns against federal officials who told them to leave the land. On the other hand, many Native Americans and supporters, who refuse to have any guns at Standing Rock, have been arrested and given heavy fines for being on their own land trying to protect the environment and water they use. The Bundy militia were fighting for their right to make money while the Native Americans are fighting to save our water.---- The Guardian, 11/4/16
Global Witness reports that 2015 was the most deadly year for human rights defenders yet. According to the group, at least 185 defenders around the world were killed, 122 of them in Latin America.---Oxfam America
Percentage change since 2014 in the number of U.S. railway workers who have tested positive for drug use : +43 Percentage of the world’s oceans that remains unprotected for marine life. : 96%
Portion of U.S. workers who believe strongly in their company’s values : ¼% Number of U.S. states in which it is legal to sentence a minor to life in prison without parole : 31 Percentage of Americans who favor the death penalty: 49%
Number of countries that the United States bombed over a three-day period in September : 6 Percentage of direct U.S. military aid that will go to Israel next year : 54% ----Harper’s Index
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in The Hague said they believe U.S. forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan and at secret detention facilities elsewhere in 2003 and 2004 They say the U.S. military tortured 61 detainees, and the CIA tortured another 27. ---CLG, 11/20/16
A record November snowfall of 43 inches fell on Xinjiang, China They had 50 hours straight of snow.----CNN
California's six years of drought has left 102 million dead trees across 7.7 million acres of forest land. ---EcoWatch
Bolivian President Evo Morales has declared a state of emergency as residents of La Paz and other major cities struggle with extreme water shortages amid Bolivia’s worst drought in a quarter-century.---Democracy Now, 11/22/16
Thursday, Dec. 8 ---VIGIL AT ICE , Noon to 1 p.m. at Knapp & Broadway, to stop deportations and separating families.
Sponsored by Voces De La Frontera.
Thursday, Dec. 15----Noon to 1 p.m. VIGIL TO STOP GUN SALES. If people who sell drugs are prosecuted then people who sell guns should also be prosecuted. Both are accomplices of violence and harm to others. Guns are made to do violence to people and animals.
Code Pink is inviting us to join the International Boycott HP Network and the Palestinian BDS National Committee for a November 25 - December 3 week of action against Hewlett Packard for their role in supplying technology for Israeli apartheid and occupation.
NOTES FROM 21ST STREET: Fall is turning dark and bleak, leaves have turned brown and are strewn on the ground. We who work for peace and justice also find a cold, bleak feeling within. With Donald Trump becoming president-elect we are fearful for vulnerable people and for our environment. The following is a quote from Dorothy Day. May it help us move forward. “”People say, What is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, word and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” ---Peace and Hope, Roberta
We of the Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community wish all of you a joyful celebration of Christ’s birthday and a better and more peaceful New Year. We thank all of you who make it possible for us to do the work of hospitality, helping the needy with basic needs of food, clothing and furniture and working for justice and peace issues. “What you do to the least of these you do also to me.” ---Christ
We are again asking that Marquette University permanently close the ROTC program. We feel that it is hypocritical for a Christian institution to host military training on campus, teaching war and promoting violence as a means of increasing the profits for a few and protecting the resources of the wealthy. Marquette, by hosting the ROTC, is giving implicit permission to young Christian men and women that it is alright to learn to kill, maim and destroy in order to get an education. Pope Francis recently said, ” ….. words of the Gospel do not authorize in any way the use of force in spreading the faith. It is precisely the contrary: the true force of the Christian is the force of truth and of love, which means rejecting all violence. Faith and violence are incompatible! Faith and violence are incompatible! But faith and strength go together. The Christian is not violent, but strong. And with what strength? That of meekness, the force of meekness, the force of love.” “Look for solutions with love; do not harm anyone among you to solve a problem. "
Marquette U. calls itself a Christian institution. A Christian is one who follows what Christ did and said. Christ by word and deed taught us to LOVE OUR ENEMIES, and do good to those who persecute us and do all manner of evil against us. We are to pray for them and be of help to them. The military teaches the opposite. It teaches students to maim or kill the enemy deemed so by the U.S. government. How can a Christian university allow on campus the teaching of maiming and killing an enemy of the U.S. government? Would Christ have maimed or killed someone for the Roman government? The U.S. has been conducting one series after another of illegal and immoral armed invasions. By hosting the ROTC on campus, Marquette is approving this, and doing it in the name of Christ.
“When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.” “The Church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool.” ---Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Marquette seems to think that accepting money from the Department of Defense for hosting the ROTC is more important than following the teachings of Christ. Military spending is not a Christian way of helping people. What does it say about Christianity when Marquette U., a Christian university, supports the spending of 59% of the national budget on systems of violence, aggression and military might and only 6% for Health and Human Services?
When Christ told us to give our lives for others He did not mean, as the military implies, that we should kill or maim others in order to save our own. Christ told us to love all and never to kill anyone whether it be for defense, freedom, profit, material resources or whatever. The end does not justify the means. Christians often use the excuse for building weapons saying that they have to support their families and continue to send their children to the ROTC because they want an education for their children. So weapons continue to be built and children are trained to kill their neighbors in violation of Christ’s command to love all people. Christ said, “Whoever loves father, mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Mt:10:37-39; Lk. 14:26-27)
Christ, who was persecuted and oppressed along with his Jewish family, remained nonviolent in word and deed all of his life; and He invited us to do the same. We ask the university to teach Christian values, and begin teaching its students that Christians MAY USE ONLY NONVIOLENT means to effect change in others. As followers of Christ, our goal is NOT to live on earth as long as possible. Our goal is to do the will of God expressed in Christ’s command to love our enemies. Our defense is the power of love. It is better to die doing what Christ taught than to live not doing what Christ taught. ----Don Timmerman
Wife: Let’s go to the antique shop I’m feeling very Victorian. Husband: Forget it. I am feeling very baroque!
Harry and Larry rented a rowboat for a day of fishing on the lake, Harry: “Boy, we’re doing great! Let’s mark the spot so we can come back here again.” Larry: ”I already did. See this ‘X’ I drew on the bottom of the boat.” Harry: “You idiot! What if we don’t get this same boat tomorrow?
Did you hear about the Siamese twins that went golfing. They wanted a tee for two.
Ole and Lena went to a drive-in movie. Ole says, “Say, Lena, want to sit in the back of the car? Lena says, “Nah, I’d rather sit in the front with you.”
Ole and Lena went to the grocery store “Will you look at that, Ole ---they got those green fuzzy potatoes.” “Those aren’t potatoes, Lena. Those are kiwis….what they use to make the shoe polish.” Ole was visiting the Vatican and went to see the Sistine Chapel. The tour guide told him that it took four years to paint the ceiling. Ole said ,”Yeah, I had a landlord like that myself.” Sven heard that Ole’s son went to college. He asked Ole what he plans on being when he graduates. Ole said, “I imagine about 35 or 40 years.” How do you stop Wikileaks? With Wikidepends.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Isis and other radical groups in the region. The US government knows this, but has never openly admitted it. This October marks 15 years since U.S. troops entered Afghanistan and then occupied Iraq. This is the longest military conflict in US history. Yet the trillions of dollars and thousands of lives expended in these wars have rated barely a mention in the presidential campaign. The most recent estimates suggest that war costs will run to nearly $5 trillion — a staggering sum.
In earlier wars, the government routinely raised taxes, slashed nonmilitary spending, and sold war bonds. Taxes were raised to pay for the Spanish-American War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War I and World War II. Top rates of federal income taxes climbed to 70 percent during Vietnam and to over 90 percent during the Korean War. ---RSN, 10/16/16
The US Government Is Literally Arming the World, and Nobody's Even Talking about it. American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you'd expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade. Armaments continue to be sold to nations with terrible human rights records like Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq. ---- Mother Jones
Number of Syrian refugees settled in Erie, Pennsylvania : 265 In New York City and Los Angeles combined : 58
Date on which the Justice Department announced that the thirteen privately run federal prisons would be closing : 8/18/2016
Number of state prisons that are at least partially run by private companies : 89 Factor by which the number of women held in local U.S. jails has increased since 1970 : 14
Length in years of Irom Chanu Sharmila’s hunger strike against the Indian government : 16 Portion of the global population that has no access to a health-care worker : 1/5
Number of states in which voters can be declared ineligible if they have a mental disability : 39 Number of countries that have had a female head of state : 52
Number of federal prisoners who were mistakenly held longer than they should have been between 2009 and 2014 : 152 Number of golf courses worldwide operated by the U.S. military: 151.
Portion of U.S. drivers trading in hybrid or electric cars this year who opted to replace them with gas vehicles : 2/3 Number of states that allow the open carrying of assault rifles without a permit : 40 ---Harper’s Index
President Obama has commuted the sentences of 102 federal inmates, bringing his total number of commutations to 774. Many of the 102 prisoners have been serving life sentences on drug-related charges. Their sentences will now end in October 2018.---- Democracy Now, 10/7/16
All told, Sheriff Clarke pulled in more than $150,000, helping to spread the gun lobby’s propaganda in 2015 -- well over his salary as Milwaukee County's sheriff ---WAVE
In Egypt, American citizen Aya Hijazi has now been imprisoned without trial for more than 900 days. Hijazi, who was helping homeless children, was arrested on May 2, 2014 for favoring anti-government protests.
Actress Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty to charges of resisting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. She was arrested along with 27 others in North Dakota on October 10 during actions to mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Woodley was strip-searched and then put in an orange jump suit in the Morton County jail. Jessica Reznicek of the Des Moines Catholic Worker was arrested several times for blocking the workers of the pipeline. Both were recently released for now. -----Democracy Now, 10/19/16
Each year the Israeli military arrests about 700 Palestinian children. ----No Way to Treat A Child Campaign
Some 89% of U.S. inmates awaiting trial can’t afford bail. ---Mother Jones
The cost of maintaining 1 U.S. soldier has recently risen to $2.1 million a year. The amount of money spent to keep 3 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan could almost cover the cost of a 4 year program to deliver fortified foods to 15 million Afghan people. ----Voices for Creative Nonviolence
The leaves are changing
Yellow, orange, red, crimson gold
My soul laughs with Joy! Peace, Robert
Next Tuesday evening (November 1st) we will be our Inter-faith Vigil. It will be at Ascension Lutheran Church that is located on 1236 S. Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215 and will start at 6:30pm.
Also, our monthly ICE vigil, will be held next Thursday, November 3rd at 12 pm on 310 East Knapp street. This is a very important action because it lets people know that we do not support the deportation of people and separation of families.
Thurs. 11/3/16 ----March and Vigil to Close ROTC at Marquette U. starting at 11:30 a.m. at the M.U. Library entrance on 15th & Wisconsin Ave. Martha Hennessy, the grand daughter of Dorothy Day, will join us.
Thurs. 11/10/16 -----No More Guns Vigil at Brew City Shooters Supply, 43rd St.& Lincoln Ave. starting at Noon. To own a gun means that you will do violence to another since guns are made to do violence to others. Gun owners are 4xs more likely to be shot than those without guns. Every day in the U.S a child dies from a gun shot wound.
Friday, 11/11/16 TRIAL for Don who was arrested trying to close the ROTC door and was charged with disorderly conduct. Tiffany Schettle will also be going to trial after being arrested for trespassing at the same action. They go to trial at the City Courthouse at 1:30 p.m.
We need someone to do pick ups of furniture and appliances with the Casa Maria truck. Don can no longer do those pick ups and deliveries to those in need. Please call Don at 414-342-0158 if you are willing to help. Thanks much!