What is Happening in Venezuela?

A Brief Report from 2007 Witness for Peace Delegation

by Anne Barstow, Tom Driver, and Paul Driver

In January we visited Venezuela with a Witness for Peace delegation. To understand the dramatic changes that are taking place there today one must know that its immense wealth from oil has not been shared by most of the people. The extreme gap between rich and poor, plus corruption and elitism, are what have set the stage for Hugo Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolution.

Peacemaking in Israel and Palestine

Eleven of us easily moved through passport control at the Tel Aviv airport.

One did not. Although born in Chicago, Miryam is Muslim and has a Palestinian name.

So we waited while Miryam was questioned by Israeli authorities.

For about two hours we waited.

No Pollyanna He: Following Jesus in a Time of Fear

Below is the sermon delivered by Rick Ufford-Chase following the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq, given at New York Ave. Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., on March 18th, 2007.

Isaiah 58: 6-9
Luke 6: 27-31

Everything I am going to share with you this morning is true, except for the part that hasn't happened yet . . .

Once upon a time, not so very long ago,

SOA Protesters on Trial Today

Sixteen people who crossed the line last November at the annual protest of the School of Americas stood trial and were sentenced today. Complete details are available at www.soaw.org.

One of the defendants is PPF member Phil Gates, who recently served as an accompanier in Colombia. Phil's sentence is 60 days in federal prison. Please keep him and the other soon-to-be prisoners of conscience in your prayers as they continue in this witness.

Recently Phil wrote the following before travelling to the trial:

CPT Kidnap Victims Forive Captors

UNITED KINGDOM: Statement by Norman Kember, James Loney, and Harmeet Singh Sooden regarding the prosecution of their kidnappers

[Note: Norman Kember, Harmeet Singh Sooden and CPTer James Loney delivered the following statement at a press conference today in London at 10:30 a.m. GMT]