Presbyterian Voices for Justice 

A union of The Witherspoon Society and Voices of Sophia

Welcome to news and networking for progressive Presbyterians 

Home page Marriage Equality Global & Social concerns    
News of the PC(USA) Immigrant rights Israel & Palestine
U S Politics, 2010-11 Inclusive ordination Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan
The Tucson shootings The Economic Crisis Other churches, other faiths
     About us         Join us! Health Care Reform Archive
Just for fun Confronting torture Notes from your WebWeaver

What's Where

Our reports about the 219th General Assembly, July 2010

About us

The Winter 2011 issue of
Network News
is posted here
- in Adobe PDF format.

Click here for earlier issues
Adobe PDF  Click here to download (free!) Adobe Reader software to view this and all PDF files.

News of Presbyterian Voices for Justice
How to join us

CONNECTIONS

Coming events calendar 

Do you want to announce an event?
Please send a note!
Food for the spirit
Book notes

Go to  Amazon.com

LINKS

NEWS of the Presbyterian Church

Got news??
Send us a note!
Social and global concerns
The U.S. political scene, 2010-11
The Middle East conflict
Uprising in Egypt
The Economic Crisis
Health Care Reform
Working for inclusive ordination
Peacemaking & international concerns
The Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan
Israel, Palestine, and Gaza
U. S. Politics
Election 2008
Economic justice
Fair Food Campaign
Labor rights
Women's Concerns
Sexual justice
Marriage Equality
Caring for the environment
Immigrant rights
Racial concerns
Church & State
The death penalty
The media
Other churches, other faiths
Do you want regular e-mail updates when stories are added to our web site?
Just send a note!
The WebWeaver's Space
ARCHIVES
JUST FOR FUN
Want books?
Search Now:

 

School of the Americas, 2003

Off to prison for peaceful protests   [4-7-04]

School of the Americas Watch reports that many of those who demonstrated against the "School of the Assassins" last November are now entering federal prisons, mostly for terms of six months.

And we have a special report on Witherspooner Don Beisswenger, as he began his six-month term at the Federal Prison at Manchester, Ky.

SOA and the New American Empire   [3-29-04]

David McPhail takes a careful look at the School of the Americas -- where it came from and how it works today -- as a window into the workings of U.S. power in Latin America.

Don Beisswenger sentenced to 6 months for SOA protest  [1-28-04]
bulletA press release gives some details of his conviction and sentencing for his witness.
bulletHis own statement to the judge tells more of his motives.
Witherspoon member Don Beisswenger heads to trial for SOA protest 
[1-21-04]

Don Beisswenger issued a statement on January 16th, the day before leaving for his trial in Federal Court on January 26th on charges of criminal trespass for his participation in the Nov. 23rd demonstration at Fort Benning, GA, to protest the human rights violations that have been supported by training at the School of the Americas.

For background, see our earlier report.

40 protesters arrested at demonstration against School of the Americas   [12-2-03]

Nonviolent protest met with US military violence

bulletPresbyterian minister and Witherspooner Don Beisswenger was among those arrested.
bulletKathy Kelly, founder of Voices in the Wilderness, was hogtied and abused physically and verbally as she was arrested.
Peace Fellowship announces events at SOA protests in Columbus, Georgia    [11-6-03]


The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship invites Presbyterians and friends to two events in Columbus, Georgia

Saturday, November 22, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Presbyterian Delegation Breakfast

Holiday Inn North Azalea A room
2800 Manchester Expressway
(Exit 7 - I-185 South or Exit 7B I-185 North)
Columbus Georgia

Cost: $10 for full breakfast buffet
Meet other Presbyterian Peacemakers; everyone welcome
RSVP: Marilyn White, marwhite@igc.org or 281-554-2851
In Columbus: 713-299-4811


Sunday, November 23, 8:15 a.m.
Presbyterian Presence at SOA vigil

Meet in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, 3741 Victory Drive and Fort Benning Road
(Near vigil parking areas)
Look for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship banner

We will march together to the vigil site at the gates of Fort Benning, where we will join the Fellowship of Reconciliation and other religious peace fellowships in the memorial procession. During the vigil, PPF will hold a brief prayer service at the gate, on Fort Benning property.

The SOA Watch website provides full information about the plans for the vigil and protests.

Witherspooners Jane Hanna and Betty Kersting plan to be at the protest.  Anybody else?  Send a note and let us know!

Amnesty International decries US military in Latin America
[10-29-03]

Amnesty International has condemned the growing presence and influence of US security forces in Latin America. According to a report titled "The Human Rights Implications of US Training of Foreign Military and Police Forces," each year the US trains 100,000 police and soldiers from 150 countries, a significant increase since 9-11. Mexico is the second leading recipient of military training, trailing only Colombia. In 1999, Mexico received US$918 million for advanced combat training and arms.

The School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, is one of the principal training facilities. The School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) is planning a massive peaceful demonstration in front of Fort Benning on November 21-22.


For more information, see http://www.soaw.org/.

Thanks to the Mexico Solidarity Network

 

 

GA actions ratified (or not) by  the presbyteries   

A number of the most important actions of the 219th General Assembly are now being sent to the presbyteries for their action, to confirm or reject them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.

We're providing resources to help inform the reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.

Our three areas of primary interest are:

bullet Amendment 10-A, which would remove the current ban on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.

bullet Amendment 10-2, which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions.

bullet Amendment 10-1, which would adopt the new Form of Government that was approved by the Assembly.
 

If you like what you find here,
we hope you'll help us keep Voices for Justice going ... and growing!

Please consider making a special contribution -- large or small -- to help us continue and improve this service.

Click here to send a gift online, using your credit card, through PayPal.

Or send your check, made out to "Presbyterian Voices for Justice" and marked "web site," to our PVJ Treasurer:

Darcy Hawk
4007 Gibsonia Road
Gibsonia, PA  15044-8312

 

Some blogs worth visiting

PVJ's Facebook page

Mitch Trigger, PVJ's Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!

You can post your own news and views, or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.

 

Voices of Sophia blog

Heather Reichgott, who has created this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:

After fifteen years of scholarship and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy, students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and thoughtful community.

 

John Harris’ Summit to Shore blogspot

Theological and philosophical reflections on everything between summit to shore, including kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood by a progressive New York City Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in Flushing, NY.

 

John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive

A Presbyterian minister, currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., blogs about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and lightening up.

 

Got more blogs to recommend?

Please send a note, and we'll see what we can do!

 

To top

© 2011 by Presbyterian Voices for Justice.  All material on this site is the responsibility of the WebWeaver unless other sources are acknowledged.  Unless otherwise noted, material on this site may be copied for personal use and sharing in small groups.  For permission to reproduce material for wider publication, please contact the WebWeaver, Doug King.  Any material reached by links on this site is outside the control and responsibility of the WebWeaver and Presbyterian Voices for Justice.  Questions or comments?  Please send a note!