Paul’s Perambulations

October 29, 2017

West Point Ethics of War and Peace conference

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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…)

April 17, 2017

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

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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

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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)

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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…)

May 23, 2016

National War Tax Resistance Conference at Lansdowne Meeting

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Lansdowne Friends Meeting and Lansdowne Friends School hosted a national conference of conscientious war tax resisters the weekend of May 13-15.  There were about 30 attendees – 20 from around the country and 10 local. The conference included (more…)

May 9, 2016

What is new this year, and the endless cycle of birth and death.

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Baby Jasper at Dan Berrigan's wake

It’s been a while since last posting. What is new? (Hint – this post is going to relate to family and the recent death of Daniel Berrigan.) Some things are ongoing – I could describe the usual actions with Brandywine Peace Community, including civil disobedience  (more…)

October 14, 2015

“Is that a drone on that car?”

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I have a drone model on the roof of my car when I am at Villanova.  I park in front of the monastery, next to the chapel.  This is a busy spot for students, and it is on the tour route for prospective students.  As the picture shows, my drone gets attention.  Signs in the windows read “Stop drone killing” and “Money for education, not war.”

April 6, 2015

Faithfulness on Good Friday.

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In the paddy wagon again

Good Friday is significant for me as I see the teachings and life of the inspired Jesus culminating at this time. The day is particularly meaningful for me through my attendance at the annual Good Friday demonstrations at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer (more…)

March 28, 2015

West Point conference on the Ethics of War (an oxymoron).

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I attended  a two-day Ethics of War conference held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. I was the sole pacifist in attendance, and my attendance was publicly acknowledged at a plenary session.  I had some concern about attending, (more…)

February 14, 2015

“What would you do?” Building alternative communities, including chickens and bees.

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Bee-built comb from one of our top bar hives.

Bee-built comb from one of our top bar hives.

Much of this blog is concerned with criticism of national and international events. One might ask “Well, what do you propose?”  If I could answer that to people’s satisfaction, I’d be at the White House and UN, not typing this post.  On the other hand, it is a reasonable question and I have some ideas that I am testing. I am working toward (more…)

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