Paul’s Perambulations

June 6, 2020

George Floyd and police justice

Filed under: General,Peace,Politics — admin @ 3:21 pm

Coming out of quarantine for two actions in Media today. This morning a call for resignation/firing of a prejudiced police officer. This afternoon “We’re Done Dying,” a vigil for the lost. Morning at the Media FOP headquarters, afternoon at the Courthouse. Good attendance at both. Now for follow through to further. We are interviewed toward end of article. 

April 24, 2020

Making war doesn’t stop for a pandemic. Neither do I.

Filed under: Peace,Politics — admin @ 10:53 am

Lockheed Martin, world’s largest weapons contractor, declares that it is open to meet its obligations to its “customers” (i.e. military contracts). Business as usual – how to make a killing, financially and literally.  Our usual Good Friday demonstration was cancelled, but I felt called to be there nonetheless. This action has been an important part of my life for decades, so I arranged to do it safely and solo My sign read “Covid 19: Country is closed, Lockheed Martin is OPEN for war. Close it down.” I had a pleasant officer for police protection (I assured him there would be no CD today), and he wished me “Be Safe and God Bless You” over his patrol car loud speaker when I was leaving.

January 4, 2020

No War with Iran, no assassinations.

Filed under: Peace,Politics — admin @ 9:21 pm

A major action at City Hall this afternoon followed by a parade around the city. Hundreds of us, mostly young people. We occupied the city  plaza and streets (no permits for this one) – seizure by people power. During the parade I carried one end of the lead banner that read “NO WAR AGAINST IRAN,” The youthful activists did well to organized this event so quickly. Loud and a good ruckus at times, but always nonviolent.

May 19, 2018

Demand the Ban (on sale of assault weapons)

Filed under: Peace,Politics — admin @ 10:22 am

Fran and I participated in the May 16 Demand the Ban (on the sale of assault weapons) nonviolent direct action outside Senator Toomey’s office in Philla. First an assault weapon was melted and re-forged into a garden tool, which we carried (more…)

January 31, 2018

Occupy PECO for green energy and local jobs

Filed under: Nature,Politics,Religion — admin @ 8:36 am

Forty of us occupied PECO headquarters yesterday as part of an EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) campaign for solar energy and green jobs. After an hour of Quaker Meeting in their lobby, we left as planned when threatened with arrest.

 

October 29, 2017

West Point Ethics of War and Peace conference

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics — admin @ 5:55 pm

Plenary session

This weekend I attended a three-day conference entitled Ethics of War and Peace, held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. I’m feeling both exhausted and energized/empowered to have once again been the sole pacifist at this annual conference co-sponsored by Villanova University. (more…)

June 12, 2017

Are liberals still relevant? If not, is reform possible? What is the role for peaceful revolutionaries?

Filed under: Politics — admin @ 9:17 am

My published Comment on NYTimes article telling supposed liberal readers to  ‘Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich‘: “I agree with others who are surprised at the resistance and animosity shown to this article. I think it’s the word “rich” that can drive NYTimes “liberals” into a frenzy. Readers complain about working 60 hours a week (good point, I’ve been there, must take responsibility for one’s life) and their debts and costs that eat away at an income of 200,000 or 300,000. So they claim they are really just middle class and not part of the economic problem. Ridiculous.

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April 17, 2017

War Tax Resistance letter to IRS explaining why they aren’t receiving the full amount we owe.

Filed under: Education,Peace,Politics,Religion — admin @ 10:43 am

April 15, 2017
To the Internal Revenue Service:

We support our country in all its peaceful endeavors, but for reasons of conscience and religious faith we do not support our country in its preparation for war and in war making.   We are deeply troubled by the fact that about half of the federal income tax that we owe the government is budgeted for military-related expenditures, (more…)

April 15, 2017

Confronting the face of war

Filed under: Love,Peace,Politics — admin @ 8:20 am

Yesterday (Good Friday), in the spirit of Rabbi Jesus, a group of us assembled once again in front of Lockheed Martin (the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons contractor) in King of Prussia, PA, to confront the current face of war.  Seven of us proceeded (more…)

August 9, 2016

Nagasaki Day — Paul is NOT arrested (this time)

Filed under: Love,Peace,Politics — admin @ 7:39 pm

Today (Nagasaki Day) we did an arrestable action of blocking the entrance to Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and nuclear weapons contractor.  But we were not arrested this time. Usually what we do (more…)

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