Pace e Bene

  • Sign Up for Email Updates


    Pace e Bene on FacebookPace e Bene on Facebook

Campaign Nonviolence Action at White House; 5 Arrested

Posted by Ken Butigan
09.25.14

Washington, DC, September 23, 2014.  Fr. John Dear joined scores of activists, including Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, at the White House this morning to announce the launch of Campaign Nonviolence’s long-term movement for a culture of peace free from war, poverty, the climate crisis and the epidemic of violence.  The assembly linked opposition to the new war launched by the U.S. this morning — bombing Syria and Iraq — to the violence of poverty and climate change.

“War only sows war,” Dear, a national co-coordinator of Campaign Nonviolence, announced at the rally in Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dear and four others — David Barrows, Alice Sutter, Lorna VanderZamden, and JoAnne Lingle —  attempted to deliver a letter to President Obama calling for concrete policy shifts and an end to the new air strikes.  Officials at the White House gate refused to take their document.  The group then dramatized the impact of the new bombing in the Middle East by engaging in a “die in” in the White House driveway and refusing to move from the area in a spirit of peaceful and determined resistance.

They were then arrested, taken into custody, transported to a nearby police station, and released a couple of hours later, charged with “Incommoding.”

This Campaign Nonviolence action at the White House has been organized by CNV endorsing organization National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance. Thank you, NCNR!

The White House demonstration is one of 237 nonviolent actions for a culture of peace taking place throughout the United States and beyond during Campaign Nonviolence Week, September 21-27.  To see everything taking place this week, click here!

See more photos here!

This is a 13 minute video of the Washington DC Action.

Recent Posts

Spotlight Stories arrow

A Call to Mobilize the Nation Through 2018

by Ryan Hall // Campaign Nonviolence

By Rev. John Dear.

While the media and the nation sit transfixed over the Trump scandals and attacks on democracy, those of us who work for justice and peace know that we have to keep working, resisting, and mobilizing people across the country if we are going to have the social, economic and political transformation we need for our survival. read more

Read More

No Just War

by Erin Bechtol // Campaign Nonviolence

By Sandi Dollinger // Posted with permission from PeaceVoice   Moral Injury and Nonviolent Resistance is not an easy train read. It is, however, a “Must Read” and very compelling. In a culture where war is taken for granted, whether … read more

Read More

Nonviolent Lives Book Review

by Erin Bechtol // Pace e Bene

  Review by John Smith This book is an inspiring catalogue of contemporary compassion, courage and conciliation. It is largely USA centered, but it includes a few individuals with an international reputation, such as Wangari Maathai.  Among the 35 names celebrated … read more

Read More
Image 01 Image 02