Project Peace Goes Full force during International Peace Week

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This International Peace Week has been amazing here with Project Peace.  First I was able to happily share the benefits of Yoga for relieving stress with 33 Cafeteria Workers from Seneca County. Then it was onto my classes at Tiffin Middle School to begin to teach the Principles of Nonviolence.  Their Peace club will be selling tickets on the above new girls’ bicycle.  The tickets are 3/1.00 so if you’d like to help support the Peace club by buying tickets, let me know with a reply.

On Monday it was also on to Bucyrus library for an evening presentation of Palestine and Nonviolence.  Thursday I met the young people and adults in Canton for a session on the Reality of Palestine at St. Michael’s Catholic Church which is very progressive in its understanding of Catholic Social Action.  How comforting they were to me personally.

On Friday–today–there is a study of our Book Club on the Opioid Crisis–The Committee for a Nonviolent Tiffin.  Then there will be a corner action from 4:00-4:45 after which the folks will walk to Heidelberg for an action around their Peace Pole at which the students will stress the need for International rights for all people.

On Saturday I will go to the flea market in Tiffin to help register people to vote.

I’d say this was a real peace week.

much peace to each of you.

sr. Paulette

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If we have somewhat of a global sense of our citizenship in this world, I don’t know how we can describe our world in any other way but that it is in widespread chaos…and we are being called to do our part to bring some harmony and peace to it.

The upside of all the swirling mess going on politically and church-wise is that people who are very concerned are extending themselves more into the public arena, trying to add some positive energy and love to the picture. Though the greed and the government corruption get far more attention than the good people do every day, we trust that eventually love and justice will win out. It shall take a mountain of good will and hard work to build up respect for truth and trust in people who are, by their position, supposed to be trustworthy people.
However, in the midst of our confused culture, we must hang together in cooperation and solidarity, deciding step by step, day by day to do what we can for the good of all and then doing it.

Action on behalf of justice and peace can be done in our context with our children, with our participation in our schools, with our courageous voice in our church, with our speaking up in our town halls and with our letters to the editor and our calls to our legislators. Those who represent us must hear from us all year long, not just with our vote at election time

sr. paulette

Last day at the Fair

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This many people signed a link to Senators Portman and Sherrod Brown to step up to the plate and support both the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to support common sense climate change laws NOW.
The second picture–Trinity Lascelett from our Advisory Board–standing in front of our Nonviolent Tiffin explanation chart. Trinity is truly a wonderful fair (in so many of its dimensions) explainer to me. She was one of Project Peace’s great volunteers.
The third picture caught 4 little cheerleaders who offered to perform some of their prize-winning cheers in front of our booth for the whole side of the building to enjoy.The 4th. picture features a young proud father with his small child.  So touching.
What a good day. We ended up with 1141 visitors to our Pax Christi and Project Peace booth with 9 new people wanting Pax Christi to put them on our list. YEAH for all the activities to draw people into our company!

Last day of the fair!!!

fair fridayYes!  It’s Saturday and I’m just about ready to set off for the Fair for the last day.  Tomorrow it’s cleanup day, and actually, though it’s been a week of joy and satisfaction for the most part, I’m kind of tired —especially my jaw bones.

All the little pictures of children at the top are kids in the world which the children of Seneca County want to be safe and to respect.  It’s grown from Day 1 for sure.

We’ve also been trying to get everyone to ban plastics as much as possible in their household and especially straws which for the most part are unnecessary.  The hope is that slowly but surely the seeds we are planting will grow and each person will be part of the solution to our environmental problem.  Hope with us, ok?

blessings on each.  sr. Paulette

“They only wanted to punish me.”

CPTnet
27 June 2018
AL-KHALIL/HEBRON: “They only wanted to punish me”

“At 2 a.m. in the morning on Friday, June 23, I woke up with someone knocking on my house door and I knew what was coming. When I opened the door about twenty-five soldiers entered my house. They didn’t even let me change and immediately ordered me to wake everyone in my house. My son was sleeping in the living room; my other children were in their rooms. I had to wake them all. They put us all together in the living room and kept our cellphones and cameras.

“During the hour they were there, with the excuse of searching for guns, the soldiers raided my house. They threw all of our clothes on the floor and knocked things over to intimidate and humiliate us. They were not searching for anything; they only wanted to punish me.

“My son was handcuffed and blindfolded and they took him. When I asked, ‘why are you taking my kid? ‘They just said, ‘you will find out soon.’

“A few hours later they said that if I wanted to have my son back I would have to pay 1000 shekels. I do not have that money. My two sons are getting married soon; I have a lot of debt. I had to borrow money to be able to release my son. This is the seventeenth time he is arrested and he is only 16-years-old. The first time he was arrested he was only 8-years-old.

“My son said that in the ten hours that he was with the soldiers, they put him in a car and drove him up and down. He was blindfolded the entire time.”

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Aref Jaber has always faced threats. As an active member of Human Rights Defenders, he films and denounces abuses that Israeli occupation forces commit in Palestinian territories. Since 2 June when he witnessed and filmed the Israeli military shoot and kill Palestinian road worker Rami Sabarneh, these threats have become increasingly deadly. He was arrested, severely beaten and had his house raided several times afterwards. When the soldiers were in his house they told him they would put a bullet in his head.

Still, Jaber refused to follow the instructions of the Israeli intelligence service to testify that the murdered man was drunk driving.

Now Photographers are criminalized

Activist Who Filmed Fatal Shooting of Hebron Man Detained by Israeli Forces
June 2, 2018 7:36 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report, Prisoners 0

02 JUN
7:36 PM
Israeli soldiers, on Saturday, briefly detained a local activist who filmed the fatal shooting of a Palestinian worker earlier in the morning in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Locals told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli forces detained Aaref Jaber, who filmed the moment when Israeli forces shot and killed Rami Sabarneh, 36, was detained by Israeli forces and taken into the Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned WAFA news agency reported that Israeli forces confiscated Jaber’s phone.

The Israeli army alleged that Sabarneh, who worked in construction in the area, attempted to run soldiers over with a bulldozer. However, no injuries were reported among the soldiers.

Jaber denied the Israeli army’s account, saying that “Sabarneh was driving a Bobcat excavator while another worker walked next to him, Israeli soldiers asked them to stop when he was at least 10 meters away from them, the walking worker stopped, but Sabarneh apparently did not hear the soldiers and continued his way so they opened fire at him until he was killed.”

Last week, Israeli lawmakers proposed a new bill in the Israeli Knesset that would criminalize the photographing or recording of Israeli soldiers while on duty.

The bill was proposed with the support of right-wing Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and if passed, those found in violation of the law could face a prison sentence of up to five years.

05/26/18 Journalists Condemn Bill Criminalizing Photography of Soldiers

25 people including many clergy arrested

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In response to Sessions’ speech in LA yesterday (Tuesday) at least 25 protesters were arrested.  How proud I was that many clergy were included in the arrests.  For more on the arrest, go to

https://www.buzzfeed.com/salvadorhernandez/jeff-sessions-protest-los-angeles-arrest-border-separations?utm_term=.iuKOo3lVW#.dr0qJ3Y6l

Thanks everyone for all that everyone is doing to bring the children and parents back together again.  Much peace to you!  sr. Paulette Schroeder

 

 

 

Richard Rohr’s reflection today on Economy

A section of Richard Rohr’s meditation for the Feast of John the Baptist–June 25…a person comments to Father Rohr after his conference to them:

“Father,” he said, putting his hands on my shoulders, “I’ve got something to tell you. Not only is what you said true, but it’s much truer than you even imagine.” Then he explained to me a study documenting that the United States government’s savings and loan bailout of 1989 was the biggest transfer of money from the poor to the rich in human history.

“But there’s really no one to blame,” he added, in spite of the visible few who went to jail for their corrupt actions. “The whole system is skewed to protect those at the top at all costs.” In fact, I added, it’s to protect the system itself, because the system is our goal. We abhor and denigrate welfare for the poor but hardly blink at welfare for corporations or for the banking and military systems. Money is tight for education, health care, and other public services but our military budget only continues to grow.

Statement put out by our Sisters in Tiffin

“We, the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio, are appalled at the
inhumane treatment of our Latino brothers and sisters at our southern
border. We call for an immediate end to the practice of separating
children from their parents and from criminalizing those seeking
asylum. We call for new immigration policies that respect the dignity
of each person and honor the sacredness of family unity. In a spirit
of solidarity with those who are vulnerable, we advocate for policies
that reflect compassion, not cruelty, toward those who approach the
United States with hope in their hearts.