Friday, November 20, 2015 – Sunday, November 22, 2015
This November we will return to the Columbus, Georgia to take a stand for justice and accountability. Torture survivors, union workers, religious communities, musicians, puppetistas, students, migrants, veterans and others from across the country will speak out against violence and militarization. We will commemorate the martyrs, march to Stewart Detention Center, teach and learn from each other in the Columbus Convention Center, and celebrate resistance at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. Fort Benning is also home to the notorious School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC) and has become a focal point of resistance to empire and militarization.
A conversation concerning the desirability of one or two states for Israel and Palestine must start from clarity as to the goals we seek. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship affirms that the outcome must be grounded in Restorative Justice, providing justice for all, Israelis as well as Palestinians, achieved in a context that includes movement towards reconciliation between the parties to the conflict.
Join Office of Public Witness Director, Reverend J Herbert Nelson at 3:00 PM EST on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 as he discusses gun violence, its underlying causes, and effective ways you can lift your voice to tell your elected officials that NOW is the time to enact common sense measures to reduce gun violence in the United States.
It was announced on September 23 that the peace talks which have been ongoing for well over a year in Havana, Cuba between the Colombian government and some guerrilla groups seem to have reached the point where peace accords can be signed in March of 2016. While these accords to not solve many of the ongoing problems that would constitute a full and justice-filled peace, they are one step along the way and for that we are grateful. We celebrate peace even as it unfolds incrementally, knowing that each step gets us to our larger goals.
On the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2015, and on the eve of the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship announces a vote to divest its endowment of fossil fuel extraction investments.