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Peace & Life Connections #294
January 22, 2016


March for Life Preliminaries
 
        This newsletter comes out as the March for Life is happening, so next week we’ll cover CL’s activities there. But the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade in the United States brings out nationwide protests, so here’s a start:
 
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        Pictured left: in frigid Chicago, the Life Matters meet-up met up. The March for Life Chicago on January 17 drew 5,000 people. The sign reads: Pro-Peace / Pro-Life / Why Not Both?
        Pictured right: in soggy Portland, Lisa Stiller grabbed a home-made sign and stood alone. While groups are always better, one individual means a presence.
 
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Referendums on Our Issues
 
        The joke in the interminably-long election season in the United States is that we have now reached a milestone in the 2016 elections: namely, that it’s actually 2016. The largest election will be on November 8.
        There had been some movement to have parental consent on abortion placed on the California ballot once again, and there was an attempt to place overturning the assisted suicide law on the ballot there. Hundreds of thousands of signatures are needed, and for a referendum on overturning a law they only had 90 days. These two have already not made it.
        Current word is that that there are three possible referendums on the death penalty:
 
∞ In Nebraska, the legislature repealed the death penalty, but the governor wants to repeal the repeal.
 
∞ In Oklahoma, the legislature has put a strong pro-death-penalty initiative on the ballot to re-affirm their practice.
 
∞ Signatures are still being gathered in California for a second attempt; actor Mike Farrell (best known for playing B.J. Hunnicutt in the anti-war series M*A*S*H) filed the petition to start the legal process.  
 
        We ask people to send in any information of other referendums on our issues – not merely for November, not merely for the U.S., but anytime, anywhere.
 
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Pro-Life Democrat in the Presidential Primaries
 
        Consistent Life doesn’t make candidate endorsements, but our member group Democrats for Life is naturally willing to be partisan and has endorsed Henry Hewes, whose list of issues includes opposition to capital punishment, abortion, and to the military being in the Middle East. We have no comment on his other positions.
        Consistent-life candidates are hard to come by, and when they do appear, they are either for lower offices or are not the major candidates people know of for higher office. Any of our readers who are aware of other consistent-life candidates – anywhere in the world – are asked to send us information on them so we can pass it on. 
 
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Quotation of the Week
Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 1967, Where Do We Go From Here?

        A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will "thingify" them . . . And therefore, they will exploit them and poor people generally economically.  And a nation that will exploit economically will have to have foreign investments and everything else, and it will have to use its military might to protect them.  All of these problems are tied together.
 
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Pictured: King speaking to an anti-Vietnam war rally
at the University of Minnesota on April 27, 1967

Note: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Washington Post published on January 18 an excellent piece by Erica Chenowith on her work showing the effectiveness of nonviolent campaigns.
 
Side note: On his January 18 show, Stephen Colbert delightfully referred to himself as having been to the 1963 March on Washington because his mother was there when she was pregnant with him.
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