Nobel Peace Laureate Maguire, US Bishop to
Lead Action Wednesday in DC
- March 24 - ** MEDIA ADVISORY **
War is a ‘Crime Against Peace’! A Witness and Civil Disobedience
Action by Leaders from Religious, Human Rights and Peace Organizations
Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire; Former State and
Defense Department official Daniel Ellsberg; Roman Catholic Bishop
Thomas J. Gumbleton; School of the Americas Watch founder Fr.
Roy Bourgeois, MM; Fellowship of Reconciliation Director Pat Clark;
National Coordinator of Pax Christi USA Dave Robinson; Pax Christi
USA National Council Chairperson Eric Lecompte; and others.
March 26, 2003, noon. (Press conference will be held at the site
of the action at 11:30 a.m.)
DC. (Exact location will be announced at an interfaith prayer
service, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, corner
of North Capitol and I Streets.)
leaders from Pope John Paul II to the Dalai Lama, human rights
leaders and peace activists around the world have condemned the
Bush Administration’s war against Iraq. Archbishop Renato Martino,
a Vatican spokesperson, immediately labeled it a “crime against
peace.” Faith and conscience dictate a response from religious,
peace and human rights leaders which unequivocally pronounces
this war immoral, unethical, and unjustified. Nobel Peace Laureate
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, former State and Defense Department
official Daniel Ellsberg, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
and other leaders will lead the action which will include nonviolent
“The Bush administration’s
war on Iraq violates every value we hold as people of faith and
conscience,” said Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, who visited
Iraq in January. “Faith and conscience compel us to actively oppose
this war in word and deed, to do what we can to halt the killing.”
national coordinator of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic
peace movement, stated, “In the tradition of leaders like Martin
Luther King, Jr., we will risk arrest to draw the world’s attention
to the immorality of this war. We can’t stand by as men, women
and children die because of the callousness and greed of this
action is sponsored by Pax Christi USA, Fellowship of Reconciliation,
Sojourners and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
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