]> Dallas Peace Center - the oldest and largest peace and justice organization in North Texas http://dallaspeacecenter.org <img border="0" alt="read the Dallas Peace Times online!" src="files/mission_paper.png" /> en We Mourn the Loss of Tom Fox http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/738 <p><em>(Editor's Note: The following is a statement issued by Christian Peacemaker Teams regarding the death of team member Tom Fox.)</em></p><p>In grief we tremble before God who wraps us with compassion. The death of our beloved colleague and friend pierces us with pain. Tom Fox's body was found in Baghdad yesterday. </p> <p>Christian Peacemaker Teams extends our deep and heartfelt condolences to the family and community of Tom Fox, with whom we have traveled so closely in these days of crisis. </p> <p>We mourn the loss of Tom Fox who combined a lightness of spirit, a firm opposition to all oppression, and the recognition of God in everyone.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2006 12:44:22 -0500 Supremes rule military recruiters be allowed on campuses http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/727 <p>The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that colleges that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, despite university objections to the Pentagon's &quot;don't ask, don't tell&quot; policy on gays. </p><p>Justices rejected a free-speech challenge from law school professors who claimed they should not be forced to associate with military recruiters or promote their campus appearances. </p> Tue, 7 Mar 2006 15:08:32 -0500 Camp Casey Dallas Reaches Out http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/726 <p class="MsoNormal">By Leslie Harris </p><p><img title="Julian and Kent direct passersby to peace information at Camp Casey Dallas" height="196" alt="Julian and Kent direct passersby to peace information at Camp Casey Dallas" hspace="6" src="files/images/temp/Julian%20&amp;%20Kent.JPG" width="240" align="left" vspace="6" border="0" />On Friday, March 3,&nbsp;Camp Casey Dallas once again set up its tents and banners outside of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's office in an ongoing effort&nbsp;to&nbsp;call attention&nbsp;to&nbsp;concerns about the war, and&nbsp;to urge the senator to meet with her constituents.&nbsp; Although requests for a town meeting with the senator have been repeatedly&nbsp;denied,&nbsp;the response from the public gives renewed energy&nbsp;to the CCD antiwar coalition. </p> Tue, 7 Mar 2006 14:48:01 -0500 End the War Now - Rally & March http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/721 <p align="center"><strong>END THE WAR NOW !</strong></p><p align="center"><strong>BRING THE TROOPS HOME</strong></p><p align="center">Rally and march to end the war!<br />2:00 pm - March 19, 2006<br />St. Paul United Methodist Church<br />1816 Routh St. Dallas</p><p align="center"><img title="End the war - March 19th - Dallas" height="142" alt="End the war - March 19th - Dallas" src="files/images/mar19etw_0.jpg" width="310" align="middle" border="0" /></p><p align="center"></p><div align="left">Located a few blocks west of the intersection of Ross and Routh Streets and one block east of Woodall Rogers Freeway and Routh Street.<br />The rally will begin at 2:00pm - ending in a march to the Federal Building Downtown Dallas</div><p align="left">People of all faiths are encouraged to show support for Rev. L. Charles Stovall and the call for peace at St. Paul United Methodist. Morning services begin at 10:45 am.</p><div align="left">Info: Walt Harrison, 800-490-8161 ext 103;&nbsp; <a href="mailto:baldeagle152@hotmail.com"><u>baldeagle152@hotmail.com</u></a><br />Trish Major, Dallas Peace Center Communications Director 214-823-7793</div><p align="center"><a href="STOPTHEWARNOW-POSTER.pdf" target="_self">download the pdf of the poster</a></p> Sat, 4 Mar 2006 11:14:43 -0500 Change the Lock or Fix the Door http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/707 <p class="MsoNormal">By Bill Matthews</p><p class="MsoBodyText"><em>(This commentary was written in response to a February 16 event organized by Orbits of Influence, partnering with the Dallas Peace Center and other community organizations and individuals.)<br /></em></p><p class="MsoNormal"><img title="DPC board members Bill McElvaney (left) and Sidney Burkins (right) join Herdercine Nash, Narti Walsh and Maryann Walsh in a discussion of the movie " height="139" alt="DPC board members Bill McElvaney (left) and Sidney Burkins (right) join Herdercine Nash, Narti Walsh and Maryann Walsh in a discussion of the movie " hspace="6" src="files/images/Orbits%20001_0.jpg" width="210" align="right" vspace="6" border="0" />The movie &ldquo;Crash&rdquo; weaves ironic sequences of ethnic stereotyping and startling mix-ups to vividly illustrate the crucial need for exchange of ideas before making conclusive judgment. </p><p class="MsoNormal">A Hispanic locksmith follows an order to install a new lock for a Persian shopkeeper, but advises him to fix the door. Though he&rsquo;s trying to help, the shopkeeper accuses him of cheating and the locksmith trashes the invoice and leaves, quietly absorbing his financial loss. The shop is completely vandalized that night, with graffiti that attacks the &ldquo;Arabs&rdquo; (who have thus been mistakenly profiled).</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2006 22:34:48 -0500 Bill Number H.CON.RES.341 Condemning the Government of Iran http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/705 <p><em>The following is the text of Bill Number H.CON.RES.341, which was passed by the House on February 16, was&nbsp;referred to Senate committee, then&nbsp;referred to the Senate&nbsp;Committee on Foreign Relations.</em></p><p align="center"><strong>109th CONGRESS<br />2d Session</strong></p><p align="center"><strong>HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 341</strong></p><p align="left"><strong>Whereas</strong> Iran is a non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, done at Washington, London, and Moscow July 1, 1968 (commonly referred to as the `Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty'), under which Iran is obligated, pursuant to Article II of the Treaty, `not to receive the transfer from any transferor whatsoever of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or of control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly; not to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices; and not to seek or receive any assistance in the manufacture of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices'; </p> Mon, 20 Feb 2006 11:00:05 -0500 Congress blocks new landmine production http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/704 <p>By Scott Stedjan</p> <p>In a last minute decision at the end of 2005, the U.S. Congress has told the Pentagon not to begin production of any new landmines before studying the possible indiscriminate consequences for deploying this weapon. The U.S. has not begun production of a new landmine since 1997. </p><p>According to budget documents submitted by the administration, the Defense Department had planned to make a decision in December 2005 on production of a particular new landmine called &ldquo;Spider.&rdquo; However, Congress delayed the decision by including a provision in the fiscal year 2006 military (&ldquo;defense&rdquo;) appropriations bill, passed on December 31, 2005, that requires the Secretary of the Army to conduct a review of new landmine technologies and report on the possible indiscriminate effects of these new systems before any production decision is made. </p> Fri, 17 Feb 2006 11:48:51 -0500 Chacour explains peace is simple in Israel-Palestine -- men are complicated http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/620 <p><span class="name">By Tara Flanagan</span><br /><span class="date">January 29, 2006</span></p><p><span class="date"><em>(Editor's Note: Henry &amp; Cat Bucher inform us that Father Elias Chacour has just been elected Archbishop of the Galilee by the Greek Orthodox Church.)<br /></em></span><img height="10" src="graphics/spacer.gif" width="1" border="0" /><br /><span class="body2"><img title="Father Elias Chacour. Photo courtesy of Summit Daily News." height="117" alt="Father Elias Chacour. Photo courtesy of Summit Daily News." hspace="6" src="files/images/Chacour_0.jpg" width="180" align="left" vspace="6" border="0" />DILLON, Colo.&nbsp;- Not that Father Elias Chacour ever stumbles for things to talk about, but last Wednesday's election - in which the Palestinian militant group Hamas claimed 76 of 132 parliament seats - gave his Summit County audience plenty to throw his way in Sunday morning's talk at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon.</p> <p>The three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and winner of numerous other honors, most recently the 2005 America's First Freedom Peace Award, lightly hails himself a Palestinian Arab Christian Israeli. No stranger to political turmoil, the Melkite Catholic priest was born in Galilee in 1939. By 1948, his family - along with the rest of the townspeople - had been evicted from their village. He's been threatened multiple times and kidnapped once even by the PLO, yet he says people tend to get a bit over-political in their views.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2006 12:21:22 -0500 Who got scooped at Prez’s Townview visit? http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/611 <p>By Laray Polk <p class="MsoNormal"><img title="Beatriz Saldivar, whose nephew was killed in Iraq, talks with Townview High School students after President Bush's visit." height="151" alt="Beatriz Saldivar, whose nephew was killed in Iraq, talks with Townview High School students after President Bush's visit." hspace="6" src="files/images/beatriz_townview_0.jpg" width="220" align="right" vspace="6" border="0" />On Friday, February 3, President Bush visited Townview High School in Dallas, Texas. The media arrived early as did the police and Secret Service. Another group showed up as well, the Young Democrats. They brought signs to draw attention to the $11.9 billion that has been cut in higher education. Their message was not welcome as the visitation was a carefully orchestrated photo-op for boosting visually what had been laid out in the State of the Union Address concerning educational initiatives in high school science and math programs.</p> Wed, 8 Feb 2006 15:50:49 -0500 Future American Lawyers To Be Proud Of http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/600 <p><img height="253" hspace="6" src="files/images/gonzales_at_georgetown_0.jpg" width="170" align="left" vspace="6" border="0" />U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveilance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class got up from their seats and turned their backs to him. To make matters worse for Gonzales, additional students came into the room, wearing black cowls and carrying a simple banner, written on a sheet.<br />Fortunately for him, it was a brief speech... followed by a panel discussion. And, as one of the people on the panel said,&nbsp;&quot;When you're a law student, they tell you if say that if you can't argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can't argue the facts, argue the law. If you can't argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again &quot;it's lawful&quot;, and to think that th<img height="125" hspace="6" src="files/images/gonzales_protest_georgetown_0.jpg" width="210" align="right" vspace="6" border="0" />e American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough. In light of this, I'm proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today.&quot; <br />- David Cole, Georgetown University Law Professor </p> <p><em>This article and these photos were provided by </em><a href="http://insomnia.livejournal.com/" target="_self"><em>insomnia.livejournal.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2006 10:34:51 -0500 Targeting Teheran http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/528 <p>By Conn Hallinan <br />Jan. 16, 2006</p> <p>Iran has long been a target of the Bush Administration&rsquo;s rhetorical ire. The President called it &lsquo;the world&rsquo;s primary state sponsor of terrorism,&rsquo; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice characterized it as &lsquo;something to be loathed,&rsquo; and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused Tehran of designing roadside bombs to kill U.S. and British troops. But with the U.S. military under siege in Iraq, and polls running heavily against the White House&rsquo;s Middle East version of Vietnam, it seemed just bluster and so much talk.&nbsp;</p> <p>But this past December, German newspapers reported that briefings by high-level officials indicate that the U.S. is seriously contemplating an air attack on Iranian nuclear facilities sometime this spring. And the general consensus among newspapers like <em>Der Spiegel</em>, <em>Der Tagesspiegel</em>, and DDP News Agency is that recent anti-Semitic tirades by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmandinejad gives the Bush Administration an opening.</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:42:44 -0500 How some arguments against the war might be twisted to prolong it: New challenges for the antiwar movement http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/495 <p>By Zoltan Grossman</p> <p>The U.S. Occupation of Iraq has entered its fourth calendar year. As criticism of the Iraq War intensifies across the political spectrum, its supporters are deploying new arguments (or repackaged old arguments), in order to defend the war. In December, President Bush delivered a series of speeches to build public support for the Occupation. His speeches were such a failure that they could easily be repackaged and released as a DVD under the title &quot;How to Lose a War in 10 Days.&quot;</p> <p>Yet even some of the Democratic and Republican critics of Bush's policy are not advocating an end to the war, but rather proposing a change in the war's form, or a shift in its focus. Instead of ending the violence, some of their arguments could be used to justify continuing (or even intensifying) violence against Iraqis. Some of the arguments they are making against Bush's Iraq policy can easily be manipulated or twisted by his Administration to prolong the war. </p> Fri, 6 Jan 2006 12:17:02 -0500 The Real Christmas Scandal http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/474 <p>by Jim Wallis <p><img title="Jim Wallis is one of 115 religious activists arrested while protesting the House's budget." height="140" alt="Jim Wallis is one of 115 religious activists arrested while protesting the House's budget." hspace="6" src="files/images/wallis_arrested_0.jpg" width="210" align="left" vspace="6" border="0" />There is a Christmas scandal this year, but it's not the controversy at shopping malls and retail stores about whether their displays say &quot;Merry Christmas&quot; or &quot;Happy Holidays.&quot; The real Christmas scandal is the budget proposed by the House of Representatives that cuts food stamps, health care, child support, and educational assistance to low-income families - while further lowering taxes for the wealthiest Americans and increasing the deficit for all of our grandchildren. </p> Tue, 20 Dec 2005 11:14:09 -0500 Secret DOD database tracks 'suspicious' domestic groups http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/467 <p class="MsoNormal">By Lisa Myers, Douglas Pasternak, Rich Gardella and the NBC Investigative Unit</p><p class="MsoNormal">A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn&rsquo;t know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.</p><p class="MsoNormal">A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a &quot;threat&quot; and one of more than 1,500 &quot;suspicious incidents&quot; across the country over a recent 10-month period. </p> Thu, 15 Dec 2005 16:12:16 -0500 Witness Against Torture marchers reach Guantánamo Bay base http://dallaspeacecenter.org/?q=node/457 <p><img title="Members of the New York City Catholic Worker pray at the military zone boundary near the U.S. Guantanamo Naval Base on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Scott Langley" height="133" alt="Members of the New York City Catholic Worker pray at the military zone boundary near the U.S. Guantanamo Naval Base on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Scott Langley" hspace="6" src="files/images/liturgy-prayer.preview_0.jpg" width="200" align="right" vspace="6" border="0" />On Tuesday,&nbsp; December 13, twenty-five U.S. Christians ended their fifty-mile march from Santiago, Cuba to the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay. The Witness Against Torture marchers are the first American Christians ever to approach the prison, where hundreds of inmates have been tortured, humiliated and held in violation of international law. During their march, the participants prayed for the Guantánamo detainees and for the four Christian Peacemakers threatened with execution in Iraq.</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:40:31 -0500