During one of our vigils at the Marquette U. ROTC, one student belonging to ROTC Air Force, asked me why I opposed the program. I explained to him that Marquette U. professes to be a Christian school, but by sponsoring on campus the ROTC, it is approving the opposite of what Christ taught….to ” love one’s enemies, and do good to those who persecute you” His response was that Jesus is God, and God approves of killing one’s enemies, as seen in the Old Testament. I explained to him that the Old Testament is the Hebrew belief. The New Testament is the Christian belief. I asked him to read chapter 5 of Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus said “In the past you were told an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. (Old Testament) But now I tell you to love your enemies, and do good to those who harm and persecute you.”(New Testament} Jesus was clear about not following the violence of the Old Testament. The young man said he is not changing his views, still sees himself as a Christian and sadly walked away. How sad indeed. Who taught this young student the message of Christ? Whoever they were they totally missed Christ’s message. If you condone killing your enemies you cannot be a Christian. This needs to be said in the schools, pulpits and in our homes. You cannot love and kill your enemy at the same time. We failed this young man at M.U. ----Don Timmerman
“Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.” ----Cornel West
I love owls, but they don’t give a hoot. In a podiatrist’s office: “The agony of de feet”. My favorite exercise is didly squats. If you are less than 10 years you’re so excited about aging you think in fractions. “How old are you?: “Six and a half!” You’re never 36 and a half. Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100 you become a kid again, “104 and a half!” I have never spanked my kids. I found waving a gun around has the same results. American colonialists said, We discovered new lands and territories.” Hey, if you believe that, I can go to court and say, “Your honor, I was exploring some fire escapes and discovered this man’s apartment. I planted my flag in his living room, and now all his stuff is mine. He and his wife came home, and I had to shoot them. They were savages!” The people with brown skin were here first. The rest of you are lucky that the Indians did not ask Columbus for his Green Card. I find that ducks’ opinion of me is greatly influenced by whether or not I have break. I have been getting into astronomy, so I installed a skylight. The people who live above me are furious. What do you get when you cross an elephant and a rhino? Elephino!
Saudi Arabia, with the assistance of U.S. armaments, continues its war and blockade of Yemen. Yemen is suffering famine and the worst cholera outbreak on record. Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes like malnutrition and diarrhea. The way to stop this is to stop the war. ----UNICEF
The NRA and their congressional allies are working behind closed doors to prop up lagging gun sales by making it easier for gun companies to sell silencers Gun safety advocates say that silencers make it easier for criminals to operate, and put the lives of police officers at risk. Recently, American Outdoor Brands, which is the new name for the venerable gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, recently acquired Gemtech, a company that sells silencers, -----AlterNet, 9/13/17
One-third of all countries do not charge tuition for public institutions, and 10 countries have public tuition costs that average less than $4,000 annually, but in the U.S. generally tuition runs about $8,202 a year. The closest competitor on that front is Chile, where public college costs average $7,654 annually. The total cost of student debt now stands at $1.2 trillion. Students have to pay 6 times more interest on federal loans than banks do.---Mother Jones, 9/3/17
There are still about 800 U.S. military bases in 135 countries. The Pentagon seeks to dominate all land, sea, and sky. The 17 intelligence agencies, at a cost of $80 billion a year, are sweeping up all data on Planet Earth. In short, America’s troops are out everywhere and winning nowhere . ---Tom Dispatch, 9/17/17
In a Michigan state prison, you may not see your family member if you have outstanding debt. .---The Marshall Project 9/17/17
Since a Rohingya militant attack on Burma on Aug. 25 Burmese troops have driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya across the border to Bangladesh by systematically burning scores of villages and terrorizing their residents. Recently, 380,000 people were reported to have crossed the border, and many thousands were still waiting to pass. An estimated 240,000 of the refugees are children. -- .-----Washington Post, 9/17/17
Coca-Cola Sucks Wells Dry in Chiapas, Forcing Residents to Buy Water. This forces people, who have so little, to buy Cokes. The people are still trying to put their lives together after the recent earthquake. ----TruthOut, 9/13/17
President Trump wants to hire Israeli companies to build the wall between Mexico and the U.S. ---TeleSur
Where were the pundits and elected lawmakers who complain about the cost of providing healthcare to all Americans when the Senate voted to spend $700 billion on the military? ---Common Dreams 9/20/17
As of 2010, 3.5 million tons of solid waste were generated per day and will rise to 6 million tons by 2025. 10% of that waste is plastics. Less than 10% of plastic is recycled. ---Earth Day Network
One in three Americans lives within 50 miles of high-level nuclear waste. There is 71,000 tons of Nuclear waste from 104 reactors with no permanent storage. ----NukeWatch and EcoWatch
In the Amazon, gold miners came across 10 men of a tribe, killed them and cut up their bodies in pieces before throwing them into the Landiatuba River so that they wouldn’t float. ---Washington Post
Factor by which the rate of imprisonment for indigenous Australians exceeds that for nonindigenous Australians: 13
Percentage of judges working in New York State who do not have law degrees: 38%
Amount awarded to Michael Brown’s family in their settlement against the city of Ferguson MO: $1,500,000 Amount awarded to a Maryland family whose dog was killed by Anne Arundel County police: $1,260,000
Number of terrorism defendants who have been prosecuted by the Dept. of Justice since 8/11: 807
Number who have been tried and acquitted: 2 Value of military equipment that the Pentagon gave to a fictitious law enforcement agency created by the GAO (U.S. ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE): $1,200,000 ---HARPER’S INDEX
Omar and Irma Sanchez, both of whom are undocumented immigrants living in Texas, were arrested while awaiting a serious surgery for their two-month-old son, highlighting the excruciating human cost of President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant crusade. ---.RSN 9/22/17
The entire 2017 safety net is about $850 billion, compared to over $1.5 trillion for tax subsidies. A recent analysis found that the poorest 20% of U.S. households get up to $3,000 each in tax subsidies The richest 20% of U.S. households get at least $18,000 each in tax subsidies The richest 1% of U.S. Households get over $120,000 each in tax subsidies ---Common Dreams The 85 richest people on earth hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion.--Space alert The U.S. Army has 315 General Officers. Generals comprise 0.06% of the Army. There is 1 General for every 1600 soldiers . As of March 2017, there are 271 admirals in the U.S. Navy ---Fact Find
Request for Resources from Dodge Correctional Institution The prisoners need the following items: paperback books, new/used, Papal Articles, Books, Literature, sheet music, choir music, DVDs, CDs, Catholic Bibles, greeting cards, magazines (old or new), Musical Equipment, Bookmarks, Tracts, Altar/Mass accessories, Rosary. Please contact Terry Sherman (630-405-8902).
Questions still remain on what happened on 9/11. It is impossible to have two planes implode three buildings yet people are afraid to believe it The Saudi Embassy in Washington financed a dry run for the pilots flying the planes, and 15 of the 19 people involved with the attack were from Saudi Arabia, not Afghanistan nor Iraq. Yet the U.S. continues to spend billions on weapons for Saudi Arabia to destroy Yemen. ----WSWS.org
Last week a swarm of ground bees suddenly attacked a mother, child and volunteer outside the children clothing shed. It was frightening as they all screamed, swatted and ran from the onslaught. I am glad to say that after a visit to the hospital for the child and ointments and antihistamines for the adults all is well. The pest control people took care of the ground bee nest. Lately I feel like I am being attacked by a swarm of bees. Stinging bees that hurt people, whether the sting is reducing health care for certain people, blocking people from entering the country or pushing others out of the country, threatening the use of nuclear weapons, the unending wars in the Middle East, avoiding the issue of climate change, violence against black lives, etc., etc., etc. I wake up trying to find a way to take the sting away. The hospital I go to has to be my faith in the good our Creator put within each human being. Also the ointment is action to point out the hurt that results from these stings. May our Creator give us strength. Peace, Roberta
Thurs. Oct. 5 ---VIGIL AT ICE on Knapp & Broadway starting at Noon. No more deportations. All are welcome in this place. DACA must stay.
Thurs. Oct. 12 ----ANTI-WAR VIGIL AT MARQUETTE U. ROTC at Jesuit Residence on 14th & Wells Sts starting at Noon. We are asking the Jesuit community to join us in trying to close the ROTC on campus, which teaches the opposite of Christ’s teaching. Teach the Gospel of Christ, not war and violence.
Thurs. Oct. 10 ---ANTI GUN VIGIL at Brew City Shooters Shop, 43rd & Lincoln. Starting at Noon. Guns are tools used to do violence to another. We need to be teaching nonviolence by getting rid of the tools of violence.
Tues, Oct. 24 ---VIGIL AT VOLK FIELD to resist the teaching of soldiers to fly killer drones starting at 3:30 p.m. Fly kites, not drones.
Action: President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program puts nearly 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation.
WE STILL NEED A BETTER STAKE BED TRUCK. THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ALREADY GAVE SOMETHING FOR THIS!
WE STILL HAVE PRAYER SERVICES ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT 7 P.M. YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
CASA MARIA CATHOLIC WORKER
1131 N 21ST ST.
MILWAUKEE WI 53233
CASA CRY SEPT., 2017
We try not to ask people to help us with things. We do not like to bother people, but our stake bed truck that is used to do pick ups of furniture, beds, household items, etc .for our guests and others who come for help, is on its last leg. It only starts now in neutral gear and, after turning it off, we must use the emergency brake to keep it from running over us and others since the parking gear does not work. We need a newer truck similar to the one we have now . We also need to have more volunteers who will pick up the items donated by others. A decent truck is vital to our work. Please help! Thanks. We also need toilet paper, dish soap and laundry detergent. Thanks so much!
Rosemary Hanlon, who helped with the baby room for over 15 years and took the house on occasions, recently passed over due to a heart condition. She was a wonderful person who will be missed by all. May she now rest in deserved peace. She was a kind and generous person.
We also gave our good byes to Colleen, who was one of our best workers. She is going to law school in Philadelphia, but she said when she finishes school she will return to us. Yeah! She feels that she can be more helpful to our guests if she is a lawyer. She is terribly missed by the community and guests. We now have Emma, Lauren, Michael, Carlton, Alex Brian, Alejandra ,Kevin, TAZ, Sarah and Lincoln taking care of the guests in our houses. Amada, Michael and Lauren help at Sr. Pat’s House. Roberta, Mary Jo, and Sherry help with the baby room. Reda and Annie help with the adult clothing shed. Chris and Jim help with the pick ups. Don and Chris do the pick ups of food from Just One More and help prepare meals for needy families with food that was salvaged from food outlets.
Cobert’s Confessions: Last night I had a cupcake, which is an abbreviation for a couple of cakes. I always lie to get out of jury duty, and the judge says, ‘Sir, you’re the defendant.” I ate like a vegan all week. Now I no longer fear death. I long for it. Sometimes I use my feet to make marks on the carpet to make it look like I vacuumed. At Olive Garden I kept asking for bread sticks, but I found their limit. I like to go to the YMCA because working out beside the elderly makes me feel strong. When I find out that an animal is about to be extinct I wonder how it tastes. When in a restaurant I propose to someone to get a free dessert. Sometimes I lie awake at night wondering if I will ever use all my forever stamps. I yell bingo even when I don’t have bingo, even when I am not playing Bingo. I know I am not to put plastic in the microwave, but I don’t like playing with cold Legos. When someone sings “I Can’t Stop Believing” at Kariokee, I stop believing.
If money doesn't grow on trees, then, why do banks have branches? If you are in a restaurant waiting for a waiter, doesn't that make you the waiter?
Did you hear about the new dairy store in the Holy Land? It is called “Cheeses of Nazareth”. Do you know how NASCAR got its name? Down south a man was showing another southerner his new car, and the surprised man said, “Nas car!”
When Dick Gregory went to a restaurant, the waiter told him, “I am sorry, but we don’t serve colored folk here.” Dick replied, “ That is alright. I don’t eat colored people.” Here's how you can tell when you're getting old. When someone compliments you on those beautiful alligator shoes you're wearing, and you're barefooted.
In Ethiopia, the charity Oxfam warns an intense drought has pushed another 700,000 people to the verge of starvation. Oxfam’s warning adds to the U.N.’s earlier estimate that at least 8.5 million Ethiopians are in need of immediate food aid. ----Democracy Now, 8/11/17
Wealth controlled by top 1% of Roman society in 180 A.D.: 16% Wealth controlled by top 1% of U.S. society in 2017 A.D.: 42%
Number of Americans who renounced their citizenship in order to avoid taxes in 2010: 5,411. Estimated proportion of Silicon Valley billionaires who have bought property in isolated areas to prepare for possible global calamity: 50%
Money donated by Koch Industries to organizations that deny climate change and oppose clean energy: $70,000,000.
Seventy percent of the senior Trump administration officials have ties with the Koch brothers. President Trump is threatening to impose massive tariffs on solar panels coming into the U.S. ---EcoWatch
The number of mammals and birds currently threatened by climate-related extinction: 700 ---In These Times, 9/17
The Pentagon spent $94,000,000 on forest-pattern uniforms for the Afghan National Guard. Iranian women represent 46% of all Iranians in colleges, but only 17% of the work force.
In 2013, U.S. taxpayers paid out $6,200,000,000 for food stamps, Medicaid, and housing assistance for Walmart workers. Ninety percent of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store. Chances that an African American mother is the breadwinner of her family: 4 in 5. ----Harper’s Index Rape accounts for 32,000 pregnancies in the U.S. each year. ---WPT
The bottled water industry grossed a total of $11.8 billion on 9.7 billion gallons of tap water in 2012 According to the Beverage Marketing Association nearly 50% of all bottled water sold in the U.S. is just tap water that’s been purified . ---USA Today
We have socialized medicine in Medicare and the V.A. or military health care. When private insurance companies are involved with health care, we get inadequate medical care for a much higher cost since insurance companies are in the business to make profits, not to help the patients. Almost 30% of money for healthcare now is spent on administration costs, not for medical care. With single payer health care the administration costs are about 5%. See the Utube of Michelle Grun on facebook, who does an excellent job explaining our health care system.
It costs $1 million to station one member of the U.S. military in Afghanistan for a year. If we expect a surge of 4,000 troops, that's an addition $4 billion in costs to taxpayers per year without an end in sight. As much as $12.7 trillion was already spent by U.S. taxpayers on 7 wars on Middle Eastern countries. Here are the trade-offs to keep in mind: $12.7 trillion could cancel all student debt in the United States ten times over, or it could cancel all student debt in the U.S. ($1.3T), fix all crumbling infrastructure in the U.S. ($3.1T), give every student entering college in the U.S.
this fall a four-year full-ride scholarship ($680.9B), provide the salary of every elementary school teacher in the country for 15 years ($3.76T), give the 200,000 U.S. troops stationed abroad jobs in the clean energy sector and pay their salaries for the next 90 years ($1.3 trillion), give every single unemployed person in the U.S. a job in the infrastructure industry for the next 5 years ($2.12T), and create 2 million jobs in high-poverty communities ($200B). . In 2012, General Odierno testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the army did not need more tanks. It was allocated $183 million for more tanks anyways. It is money that would have covered the costs of fixing the still poisonous water pipes in Flint. Funding the military is supporting the careers of politicians and the arms industry. As long as people make money off of war, there will be wars. ---- Peace Action
The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts to Northrop Grumman and Boeing to build a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile. This new missile, called the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), will cost taxpayers $63 billion, while the Pentagon's Cost Assessment has estimated it to cost $85 billion. --- Popular Mechanics
On Aug. 25, the NRA came to Milwaukee for a 3-day expo for fun and funds. The NRA's three-day Carry Guard Expo and concealed carry fashion show was at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, Yes, they are selling clothing to wear into which you can put your gun .And they sell murder insurance so you will have no consequences in case you kill someone with your gun. This is sponsored by the Wisconsin Center which relies on taxpayer funds. Please sign the petition, telling the Wisconsin Center District board that the public's interests should come first, not the NRA's. ----WAVE ***************
Don and I lost a good friend, Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM, on July 25th. We knew him as Jerry. A faithful Catholic Worker. We were with him the night before his passing into New Life. We sang, prayed and told tales of our adventures from the past. His eyes were closed, and his breathing was labored, but we felt his spirit was alive and with us. Jerry was a peace and justice activist, a nuclear resister, and a supporter of women in the priesthood. Jerry always had a special affinity for the poor. We were arrested together many times. Memories flooded back that night. We remembered when we occupied an abandoned house to draw attention to H.U.D. not supplying these homes to the homeless. It was a very hot day so Jerry and I went down the street to buy ice cream cones for our group. We came into the window with ice cream cones in hand just in time to be arrested by the police. We were also part of Pledge of Resistance during the U.S. debacle in Central America. I remembered our joining a large protest at the U.S. Psychological Battalion in Illinois. We were to go onto the base, but when we arrived the fence surrounding the based was way too high. I did not know how the large group of us would be able to cross over it. Then I heard my name being called by Jerry who was at the top of a ladder throwing a rug over the barb wire showing me the way. We were all arrested together many times. How blessed we were to have Jerry as a friend. He once celebrated a Mass with Janice Sevre Dudzynska, a woman priest, on Nov. 11, 2011 which got him censored by the Vatican. He no longer could present himself in public as a priest or celebrate the Sacrament publicly. This censure, plus the many times he was sent to prison for nonviolently working for peace and justice for all, never wavered his commitment to speak truth to power. In these difficult times it is good for us to remember such commitment and faith and continue in the work of peace and justice for all. We will miss you, Jerry, but your beautiful, fierce spirit will keep us going. Peace, Roberta
Thurs. Sept. 7 ---Vigil at ICE on Knapp and Broadway starting at Noon. We are demanding that there be no more deportations and separation of families. All are welcome here!
Thurs. Sept. 14 ----Anti-war Vigil at ROTC at Marquette U., 15th & Wisconsin Ave., starting at Noon. We continue to call Marquette to be faithful to the Gospel of nonviolence and love of enemies by closing down the ROTC school which it continues to sponsor and support.
Tues. Sept. 19th-- What Can We do about Climate Change? Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the UW-Madison Ankur Desai will present some of the research on impacts of climate change to Wisconsin forests and wetlands, 6pm-7:30pm Central Library 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Thurs. Sept. 21 ---Anti-Gun Vigil at Brew City Shooters Supply, 43rd & Lincoln, starting at Noon. Guns were created to do violence to others. They have no place in a civilized society, and certainly not in a Christian society.
CASA MARIA CATHOLLIC WORKER
1131 N 21ST ST.
MILWAUKEE WI 53233
CASA CRY AUGUST, 2017
Each year in July the Blue Angels (more aptly called Blue Demons) come to Milwaukee. This demonstration is meant to attract our young to join the military to fight and kill whomever the U.S. decides is the enemy of the country. This exhibition is a waste of tax money and is a major polluter of our sky and water. The Navy Blue Angel fighter jets burn about 8,000 pounds of jet fuel per hour of flight. 8,000 pounds of jet fuel equals 1,200 gallons. Since there are six demonstration jets that's 48,000 pounds of jet fuel per hour or also 7,200 gallons per hour. Let's assume a $6 per gallon cost of jet fuel, that's about $43,200 per hour. All total, each jet costs taxpayers $30 million. Cities pay $6,000 to have the air show come and perform. Organizers of the event need to fulfill a huge amount of requirements from fuel to security to hotels to transportation that need to be paid for by the organizers The Blue Angels train together 6 days a week 2 or 3 times a day, both in the gym and in the air, for years each time pushing the envelope as they screech through the air on 120 practice demos before they are ready to do a full show. The noise pollution is huge causing people in hospitals and nursing homes to become anxious and disturbed. The squadron trains in the desert to sift out any potential errors that could occur and every flight is crucial. A doctor is on base when the Blue Angels are training, and said he watches to see if the nose of a plane starts to dip, which could indicate that the pilot is losing or has lost consciousness. The program costs taxpayers about $30 million a year. Many of these planes are in museums. If they need to be painted, it costs $6,500 to paint one of them. (Huffington Post} At a time when there is a great need of cargo planes to take needed items to those in great need of the necessities of life it is disgusting to think that people are actually paying to watch pilots playing and polluting the skies in hopes that our children will join the armed forces. ---Don Timmerman
“We are deeply convinced that all churches, starting with the Catholic Church, instead of supporting the right of violent self-defense and the right to wage war, have to forbid their members to fight in wars and to defend themselves with weapons or any kind because these are incompatible with Christianity. We have to make a decision.” ---You Shall Not Kill (1944) —Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude “The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America too.” ---Hermann Hagerdorn
I don’t write all my jokes, just the ones I like. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. NASA put a bunch of cows into orbit. They call it the herd shot round the world . Golfer: "I'd move heaven & earth to break 100 on this course." Caddy: "Try heaven; you've already moved most of the earth."
A teacher asked her students to use the word "beans" in a sentence. "My father grows beans," said one girl. "My mother cooks beans," said a boy. A third student spoke up, "We are all human beans."
"I bet I can beat you in a race." The bear grunted, "No” said the dog, “I am faster”. So they both agreed to race As the dog and bear get ready to race, the dog walks over to a rabbit and says, “I'll give you some of the winnings if you run with us. You run as fast as you can to make the bear tired and slower." The rabbit agreed. And the dog won by a hare! Two economists were sitting at a nudist colony. The one said, "Have you read Marx?" The other says, "It's these wicker chairs."
I run red lights when I am lonely so I will get pulled over and have someone to talk to. When my dentist asked me if I am flossing, I always say the same thing….No habla englais. When my dogs licks someone else’s face I feel cheated. I tell people that the book is better than the movie, but I do not even know if the movie has a book.
Until sixth grade I thought Lesbians were people who lived in Libya I no longer run away from my problems. Now I have a car. Once I missed my kids’ soccer game because I was watching a better soccer game Sometimes I pet a dog just because I have something gross in my hand, and I need to wipe it off.
Tom Sitter. Who once was a Casa Maria community member, recently had his stand up comedy routine seen by 20 million viewers on u-tube talking about something that happened to him 83 years ago. He said “I think it is because I can stand alone and still eat with a fork..(My eye has healed!)” Tom is a real treasure to us all.
The US Has Invaded 70 Nations Since 1776 ---counter currents Amnesty International says the U.S.-led coalition and the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces recently violated international law and may have committed war crimes during the battle to seize control of Mosul from ISIS. Some 40,000 civilians were murdered, a million displaced and buildings and infrastructure destroyed. ----Democracy Now, 7/21/17
Exxon wants U.S. to topple Venezuela for geopolitical and geo-economic reasons. ExxonMobil awarded contracts to Guyana for infrastructure, drilling and storage with a view to extracting the huge oil and gas reserves there. More than 80 people miraculously avoided injury or death in a helicopter attack that targeted Venezuelan government buildings this past week. The attack may have been part of an attempted coup supported by the U.S. as it seeks to topple Venezuela’s government to gain access to its massive oil reserves. ---Mint Press News
There have been 154 mass shooting in the U.S. so far this year, but Congress has passed ZERO gun safety laws. Gun violence costs America $229 Billion annually, more than 700 per person every year, to pay the tab for police, first responders, legal proceedings, medical interventions, lost wages and long-term care for victims. That is more than 7 times what the U.S. spends annually on foreign aid. ---Mother Jones . Hospital care for gunshot wounds cost the United States about $6.6 billion over a nine-year period, and total costs are likely much higher. Information for the study came from more than 267,000 patients hospitalized for gunshot wounds from 2006 through 2014. HealthDay News, 3/21/17
At the United Nations headquarters in New York, 122 countries have approved a global treaty to ban the use of nuclear weapons. - A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was recently adopted at the United Nations. None of the 9 countries that have nuclear weapons -- the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel took part in the negotiations or the vote. Even Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic attacks in 1945, boycotted the talks. North Korea pulled out of the treaty in 2003, almost exactly a year after it was put in the crosshairs by George W. Bush in the infamous "Axis of Evil" speech. ----Rolling Stone, 7/7/17
France plans to end the sale of vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel by 2040, says environment minister Nicolas Hulot. Meanwhile, the U.S. is sending $6 Billion to Subsidize Fossil Fuel Projects Abroad---EcoWatch, 7/5/17
In Gaza, Israeli-imposed restrictions on electricity continue to limit electricity to barely two hours a day amid the stifling summer heat, making it impossible to sleep or keep food from spoiling. The United Nations has warned Gaza has become unlivable for its 2 million residents. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, Israeli security forces attacked Palestinians with stun grenades.
A top official of the Tokyo Electric Power Company says he wants to dump more than 700,000 tons of contaminated water from Fukushima’s nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. Local fishermen are protesting the plan, saying dumping more radioactive waste into the water will imperil the fishing industry. The water is contaminated with tritium, which can cause cancer when ingested in high concentrations. ---Democracy Now, 7/18/17
Minimum annual amount the Palestinian Authority pays each Palestinian imprisoned for an attack in Israel: $4,368. Per capita income in Palestine: $3,090. Percentage change since last year in the arrests of U.S. immigrants with criminal convictions: +18. Of immigrants without criminal convictions: +156. ---Harper’s Index
"Students ﬁghting for free education should understand that stopping just one weapons system, the expensive and unnecessary Lockheed Martin F-35 ﬁghter jets ($27.5 Billion each), would fund the education of all college students for the next two decades. Nurses ﬁghting for universal health care should understand that if we cut the bloated military budget, we’d have plenty of money for a national health-care system like the Europeans have. Environmentalists paddling their kayaks to block oil-digging ships should understand that if we dramatically cut our military spending, we’d have hundreds of billions of dollars to propel us into the era of green, sustainable energy. Unions should recognize that the military is one of the worst creators of jobs in relation to money spent." From CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin *********
Walking to our car from church on Sunday, I spotted a bit of green in the center of an old cement alley way. As I got closer I could see that it was a small single green plant coming up in a small circle of open cement. The circle was the size of a quarter. I took a picture of it. It seemed so appropriate since at church we had been discussing faith and hope, and how they intertwine. This little green plant came from a seed that was designed to germinate and grow. It was not aware that it’s chances of survival were minimal. It just did what it was designed to do. The seed we have within us is love. When fear of the outcome does not hinder us the seed of love grows, and a more beautiful, peaceful world will come to fruition. May it be so. Peace, Roberta
THURS. AUG. 3 ---VIGIL TO STOP DEPORTATIONS AT ICE, BROADWAY AND KNAPP, 6:30 P.M.
WED AUG. 2 --- SUPPORT LGBTQ+ PEOPLE IN PRISON LETTER WRITING, CENTER STREET LIBRARY, 2727 W FOND DU LAC, 6PM - 7:30PM
SUNDAY, AUG. 6 ---LANTERNS FOR PEACE AND VIOLENCE PREVENTIION EVENT, 5 TO 9 P.M. AT THE URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER IN WASHINGTON PARK, 1859 N 40TH ST.
TUESDAY, AUG. 8 --- 350 MILWAUKEE CLIMATE JUSTICE MEETING, 7PM, EAST SIDE URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER, 1500 E PARK PLACE
THURS., AUG. 10 -----REMEMBERING PEOPLE KILLED IN BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI AT MARQUETTE U., 15TH ST. & WISCONSIN AVE. FROM NOON TO 1 P.M. NO MORE BOMBING IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. NO MORE ROTC!
THURS., AUG. 24 ----NO MORE GUNS VIGIL AT BREW CITY SHOOTERS SUPPLY, 43RD & LINCOLN, FROM NOON TO 1 P.M.
STAND FOR PEACE at a different location each Saturday at Noon. Please check The Shepherd Express event section to see when and where we will be holding our signs.
FOR INFO ON OTHER EVENTS, CONTACT DON AT 414-342-0158.
Fr. Jerry Zawada (80), one of our closest and dearest friends, passed over on July 25., a day after the feast of Ammon Hennessy, who had many of the views of Jerry on justice and peace. He fell asleep after we sang and prayed our prayers in his room. We will all miss Jerry very much. It is a loss for us, not for Jerry. May he now rest in peace!
The funeral will be Weds., Aug. 2, at St. Clare Church, 7616 Fritz St., Wind Lake Wi. Visitation from 11 a.m. with Mass at 1 p.m.