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Peace and Nonviolence Fesitival, September 21, 2014 in Buffalo NY
Tom Casey is our new Pax Christi WNY Regional Coordinator.
Tom Casey ~ Tom is a former candidate for both Congress and the NY State Legislator. A recent retiree, Tom has been active in the Witness for Torture group, and has been an active support for our friends who have been arrested for protesting drones at the Hancock base in Syracuse.
He worked tirelessly on our Regional Retreats for the past several years.Tom is a good friend, a faithful peace advocate, experienced, congenial and very cooperative. He will bring new energy and leadership to our search for a more peaceful community and world.
Tom will now be able to communicate with all who are on our PCWNY Google Group.
"Nearly 87 people a day in U.S. killed by guns"
According to The Buffalo News, March 10, page A5, "From the biggest cities to the smallest towns, more than 31,000 people die of gunshot wounds in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's an avaerage of nearly 87 a day. About 30 of those are murdered. More than 50 take their own lives. Still others die in accidental shootings, during police interventions or from other causes." See The Buffalo News, March 10, page A5 for full story.
"Freedom Betrayed, Herbert Hoover's Secret History fo the Second World War and Its Aftermath."
According to War Secretary Stimson's notes of a meeting of the U.S. War Council, on Nov. 25, 1941, [i.e., 12 days before the Pearl Harbor bombing] "the President held a meeting of the War Council. Secreatary Hull, Secretary Stimson, Secretary Knox, the Army Chief of Staff General Marshall, and the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Stark...The question was how we should maneuver them (Japan) into the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves..." (p. 288)
And from Admiral J.O. Richardson, then commander in chief of the US Fleet, testified that on October 8, 1940 , "...I asked the President if we were going to enter the war. he replied that...they [the Japanese] could not always avoid making mistakes and that as the war continued and the area of operations expanded sooner or later they would make a mistake and we would enter the war." (p. 288)
Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10 , 1874 - October 20 , 1964) was the 31st ( 1929 - 1933 ) President of the United States .
Humanitarian, Political and Religious Reasons to Oppose Drones
US Military Drone
"A key part of the calculus is that drones have seemingly reduced “cost of war” compared to the perceived short-terms benefits of war, making continued war more likely." For more on this subject, select "Drones" at the top of this page.
15th Annual Peacemakers' Retreat
Love Without Violence
1) God is Love; 2) Jesus is the Incarnation of the God of Love; 3) The heart of Jesus' teaching was Love Without Violence; 4) Jesus' life example was Love Without Violence; 5) Jesus calls us to be "One With Him as He is One with the Father". Therefore, Jesus is calling us to a life of Love Without Violence. For more on this subject see Pax Christi WNY Blog at the top of this page.
Militarism and violence in the US
"Since then, I have thought, read, and meditated about US militarism, which precedes the 1964 (Gulf of Tonkin) Resolution. About.com lists most of our military conflicts from 1765 to 2003. Now we must add the second Iraq War, and Libya. The US averages war every 8 years, funded wars in Central America, directs drone killings in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. War today kills far, far more civilians than soldiers."
For more on this article, click on Militarism and violence in the US at the top of this page.
The Problem in the US: Gun Stats
Fortunately, we can see from data from other countries, it doesn't have to be like this in the US.
Last Year Guns Killed:
48 people in Japan
8 in Great Britain
34 in Switzerland
52 in Canada
58 in Israel
21 in Sweden
42 in West Germany
10,728 in the US
We also have about 16,000 homicides per year in the US.
Let us Pray.
JOHN PAUL II AND BENEDICT XVI