Justice For All

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This weekend we participated in two significant events.  First, we were able to share supper with the Catholic Workers from all over the Southwest on Friday night at the house.  Then, on Saturday, we were part of creating and sharing a ritual of healing for those preparing to participate in a protest against torture the next day at Ft. Huachuca.

These quotes are from altars we made to honor and draw strength from some of the great cloud of witnesses and wise elders still among us who have struggled and resisted and loved in order to bring more peace and justice for all into this world.

“You are not alone, for it’s not true that it is only pain that motivates people to continue struggling to make their convictions a reality.
The love of many other people, the support that one has from other people, and above all, the understanding of other people, has a lot to do with it.
Every night when I go to sleep, I say a prayer that more people, more allies will support the world’s struggles.
That’s the most important thing.
That would be so good.”

—Rigoberta Menchu
1992 Nobel Peace Prize Winner,
and a leading advocate of Indian rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation

“When I see injustice I cannot keep quiet, for, as Jeremiah says, when I try to keep quiet, God’s word burns like a fire in my breast. But what is it that they can ultimately do? The most awful thing that they can do is to kill me, and death is not the worst thing that could happen to a Christian.”

—Desmond Tutu
South African Anglican bishop
who led the Truth and Reconciliation committee following the end of apartheid
and who today campaigns adamantly against human right abuses.

“Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism.
Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.”

—Oscar Romero
Archbishop of El Salvador
murdered by a sniper in 1980

“If one finally understands what is really going on, one cannot live with a clear conscience in this bourgeois world, pursuing one’s career and one’s entertainment. Other priorities arise in one’s life. These priorities are encompassed in the comprehensive word ‘resistance.’”

—Dorothee Soelle
German theologian and peace activist

“Don’t give an inch
and don’t push back—
just stand your ground.”

—Llwyd Watson
Itinerant activist for peace and indigenous rights,
playwright, old-time anarchist, agnostic, friend of the Catholic Worker movement,
and uncle of a Ft. Huachuca veteran.
Llwyd had planned to cross the line
at the Ft. H action and be arrested.
He died on July 4, 2009.

“What difference does it make
to the dead, the orphans,
and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought
under the name of totalitarianism
or the holy name
of liberty and democracy?”

—Mohandas Gandhi
Pioneer of non-violent civil disobedience

“Every human life
is a reflection of divinity,
and…
every act of injustice mars
and defaces
the image of God
in man.”

—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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