If you’ve ever lived in or known someone who has lived in New York, you know that people who live in New York City avoid Times Square at all costs. Yet on Tuesday morning I found myself climbing out of the subway onto 42nd street at 6:30 in the morning to meet up with some activists from Jewish Voice for Peace.
Happy New Year! What a year 2015 was. It would be easy to reflect on the past year and think it was a year of new and big changes for PPF--and it was, with a transition in staff and volunteer leadership and our change in structure, among many other changes. But even amid these changes, 2015 was also a year of deepening our foundational commitments to peacemaking and nonviolence--work that we will continue in this new year and for many years to come.
For 25 years, the SOA Watch has been a consistent and powerful movement calling for a close of the School of the Americas and an end to the training of Latin American soldiers by the US Army. They organize around a common vision of an end to militarism and empire by focusing specifically on closing the School of the Americas through nonviolence.
This morning I sat in the basement of the Emmaus House (the Albany Catholic Worker community), who was a recipient of one of the PPF Peace Communities grants. It was a cold morning, but it was warm inside as we gathered around the Advent wreath with the single candle of hope lit during this first week of Advent. We sang "O Come O Come Emmanuel" and read from Baruch and an Advent reflection by Dorothy Day and prayed for our world and for our communities.