Paul’s Perambulations

April 19, 2019

Ethics of War and Peace conference; Good Friday arrest at Lockheed Martin; War Tax Resistance

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The annual Ethics of War conference was held at Villanova in late March and I participated as usual. “As usual” means that in the Q&A of plenary sessions, I gave my unique (for the conference) pacifist position on the topic. I made a point of speaking with the West Point cadets who attended and  (more…)

February 1, 2019

Freedom School at Villanova

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I was back in the classroom again as part of Villanova’s annual Freedom School. We (including three ROTC students) read and discussed how (quoting from my class description) “King’s ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence’ – as Relevant Today as Ever’  challenges us through his linkage of “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism.” Delivered exactly one year before his death, this speech is as timely today as it was then. As we consider what he said at Riverside, it may help us understand why at the time of his assassination King was the most hated man in America. Have we white-washed the real King in our public praise of him?” I offer a class annually, sometimes on this topic and sometimes on King and civil disobedience.

 

May 19, 2018

Demand the Ban (on sale of assault weapons)

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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 15, 2018

MLK holy obedience at world’s largest war profiteer

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Martin Luther King 2018  action at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest nuclear weapons contractor and war profiteer. Chilly, but a warm spirit in the group. I do this in a spirit of faithfulness to peacemaking and modeling a civil disobedience that may become increasingly called upon should our world become increasingly chaotic.

 

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…)

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