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Peace & Life Connections #43 - January 21, 2011

CL Acts: January 15 War Protest

        Consistent Life co-sponsored an all-day event in Washington D.C. to commemorate and mourn 20 years of war on Iraq, and to re-commit to living out Martin Luther King's dream of abolishing war and injustice. The primary organizer was CL member group Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House. Other member groups co-sponsoring: Jonah House, Maryknoll Office for Global Concern, and Pax Christi Metro DC. CL members Bill Samuel, Tony Masalonis, and John Whitehead participated in a vigil at Planned Parenthood, then joined the march activities with CL signs along with Mary Grace and many other loyal CL supporters. The march to the White House went back past PP, providing an excellent witness to both pro-lifers and pro-choicers gathered in front of the clinic. A rally at the White House followed, then a teach-in at Foundry Methodist church, and finally a candlelight vigil back at the White House. The teach-in featured rousing talks from the CL member groups, CL endorser Liz McAlister, and many other peace activists. Bill spoke on CL's witness to the truth that all violence is wrong – toward Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, unborn children of any nation, and all people who are seen as useless.

 PLC 43 actions

Top Left: Sr. Mary Clement (regular at weekly vigil, recruited for banner-holding) and John Whitehead at Planned Parenthood
Top Right: CL endorser Liz McAlister at teach-in
Bottom Left: CL President Bill Samuel at teach-in
Bottom Right: Charles McCarthy and John Whitehead hold banner at march assembly area


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Reminder - March for Life
        If you’re interested in participating in our presence at the March for Life January 24, please check out our January actions page. We’ll also have a post-March gathering 3:30-5:30 PM during which we hope to discuss local/area organizing and actions and other matters of interest.

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In memoriam – Sargent Shriver
        The consistent ethic movement has lost a most valued and loved ally. On January 18, Sargent Shriver died, aged 95.
Shriver        Sargent Shriver was a supporter of Consistent Life and an endorser of CL's Mission Statement. He ran for Vice-President in 1972 as a prolife Democrat.  He assisted Feminists for Life, a CL member group, and helped the consistent-ethic magazine, Harmony, by subscribing, donating and giving gift subscriptions to others.
        Feminists for Life in their eulogy noted that Sargent Shriver "was a strong advocate for civil rights and integration, who persuaded then-candidate and U.S. senator Jack Kennedy to personally call the King family after Martin Luther King, Jr., was jailed in Georgia. Shriver was appointed the first director of the Peace Corps by President Kennedy. . . . President Lyndon Johnson called on Shriver to lead the 'War on Poverty.' He created and directed the Office of Economic Opportunity, which administered programs like VISTA, Job Corps, Head Start, Legal Services, and the Community Action Program. . . . In 1984, Shriver was elected president of Special Olympics, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, and in 1990 he was appointed Chairman of the Board. President Bill Clinton awarded Shriver the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1994."
        We honor this great man, whose life was dedicated to justice, life and peace.

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Quotation of the Week
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
New York Times Magazine, July 2009
Context: Ginsberg favors Roe v. Wade, whose anniversary is coming up January 22. She’s commenting on her puzzlement that the Court allowed bans on Medicaid funding of abortion. 
        “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
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