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MARCH 25, 2003
3:32 PM
CONTACT: Pax Christi USA  
Johnny Zokovitch: (352) 271-6941

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, United Methodist Bishop Joseph Sprague join Wednesday's Action in DC


WHAT: Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and United Methodist Bishop C. Joseph Sprague join This War is a ‘Crime Against Peace’! A Witness and Civil Disobedience Action by Leaders from Religious, Human Rights and Peace Organizations

WHO: Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Jody Williams; United Methodist Bishop C. Joseph Sprague; Former State and Defense Department official Daniel Ellsberg; Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton; Director of the Shalom Center Rabbi Arthur Waskow; School of the Americas Watch founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois, MM; Fellowship of Reconciliation Director Patricia Clark; Buddhist Peace Fellowship Co-founder Tara Brach; National Coordinator of Pax Christi USA Dave Robinson; Pax Christi USA National Council Chairperson Eric Lecompte; and others.

WHEN: Wednesday March 26, 2003, noon. Press conference will be held at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Avenue NW. (Interfaith prayer service to be held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, corner of North Capitol and I Streets at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25.)

WHERE: Washington D.C.

WHY: Archbishop Renato Martino, a Vatican spokesperson, immediately labeled this war a “crime against peace.” Nobel Peace Laureate Williams and United Methodist Bishop Sprague, join a growing list of religious, peace and human rights leaders, -- including Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire, former Defense and State Department offical Daniel Ellsberg who released the Pentagon Papers, and U.S. Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton -- leading Wednesday's action.

“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.”

Wednesday’s action is sponsored by Pax Christi USA, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Sojourners, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, Shalom Center, and the Washinton D.C.-area Buddhist Peace Fellowship.


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