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Religious: Senate Pass Transparency Legislation (tags)

More than 80 national religious bodies and local churches, synagogues and Muslim groups sent a letter to the Senate urging passage of the ILLICIT CASH Act (S.2563) and the Corporate Transparency Act (S.1978).

A Moral Outrage: Rev. Dr. Patricia Bates on the torture of Albert Woodfox (tags)

We interview Rev. Dr. Patricia Bates from the National Religious Coalition Against Torture (www.nrcat.org), who attended Albert Woodfox's recent January 7 oral arguments before the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and made a statement at the press conference outside the courtroom on behalf of NRCAT.

So Goes the Lincoln Ramp and So Goes the Venice United Methodist Church (tags)

Venice UMC has seen a decline in membership, and chaos, since progressive projects have been cut from the church.

MILITARY TORTURE AND STATE TERRORISM IN THE PHILIPPINES (tags)

Despite the election of Benigno Aquino III to succeed the corrupt brutal Arroyo, 43 healthworkers continue to suffer military torture. Five are confined to the military camp alleged as self-confessed New People's Army guerillas, while 38 were transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, notorious for the massacre of Moro suspects. The five persons on which the fascist generals are concentrating their torture are: VALENTINO PAULINO, CHERRYLYN TAWAGON, ELLEN CARANDANG, JENNYLYN PIZZARO, & JOHN MARK BARRIENTOS. Carandang's children were taken from their home by the military," according to KARAPATAN, human rights monitor. Their relatives are threatened or offered bribes coercively to side with the military and incriminate themselves or their kin. We appeal to the international community to denounce this barbaric treatment and demand the immediate release of the Morong 43.

A TEACH-IN on the ECONOMIC CRISIS-FORO COMUNITARIO INFORMATIVO SOBRE LA ECONOMIA (tags)

A TEACH-IN on the ECONOMIC CRISIS Find out about the causes of the current economic recession, its impact and its victims

Interfaith Peace Vigil in Claremont, CA (tags)

Peace-making Task Force of the Claremont United Methodist Church is sponsoring an Interfaith Peace Vigil on January 6th, Sunday evening at 5:30.

Statement of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum (tags)

The Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF), the fellowship of bishops from the United Church of Christ (UCCP), United Methodist (UMC), Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP), Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) and the Roman Catholic Churches in the Philippines lament the deployment of elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in urban areas in the country. It is another nail hammered on the flailing limbs of freedom in this country. There is no justification for their presence in these areas at this time. The AFP is called to defend this country from aggression and armed rebellion. The police force should suffice for preserving the peace in our communities. No country claiming to be democratic alows its soldiers to roam around communities in full battle gear. No country claiming to be free allows its soldiers to engage in partisan politics. Even civic functions which military officials claim soldiers perform in these communities are best left in the hands of other government agencies and other non-government organizations.

Teach-in on The War to be held in Venice (tags)

Anti-war activists in Venice will take a page from Vietnam protests, April 22, when they hold a teach-in on the war in Iraq and its impact on our community, at the Venice United Methodist Church.

Two Washington Meetings, One Goal: Stop Political Killings in the Philippines (tags)

Leaders and members of Baptist, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, ANSWER Seattle, Veterans for Peace and the Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines (AJLPP) will fund-raise on Mar 16, Friday at 6 PM at the University Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington to publish a full page ad in the leading newspaper in the Philippines demanding among others an immediate end to political killings that to date have claimed 840 lives of social activists.

Migrant Workers, WW2 Vets, Inter-faith Demand Release of Philippine Labor Leader (tags)

AJLPP to Mark International Human Rights Week; Migrant Workers, Pro-Filipino WW2 Vets and Inter-faith groups in NY, SF, LA and Seattle to Raise Political and Financial Support for Detained Philippine Labor Leader

Rights group: Prison dogs cruel and degrading (tags)

The use of attack dogs against prisoners here in the U.S.has been a well-kept secret,"

US Church Leaders Condemn Political Killing of a Filipino Bishop (tags)

Justice for Bishop Alberto Ramento! Justice for all 756 victims of political killings including church workers, peasants, union officials and organizers, journalists, women, student activists, lawyers, doctors and peace advocates who, in their pursuit of justice for the poor and oppressed, have been felled down by the military death squads of the government of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Kevin Zeese Blasts "Special Interests" at Senate Debate (tags)

In an historic first, a three-way debate was held between the candidates running for the office of U.S. Senate in Maryland. Kevin Zeese, the “Unity Candidate,” blasted the Democrats and Republicans in the Congress for selling the country out “to the special interests.” Unlike his opponents, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele and Rep. Ben Cardin, Zeese offered specific proposals to solve the many problems facing the people of the state of Maryland.

International Church leaders Condemns Political Killings in the Philippines (tags)

Condemnations as well as outrage over the unabated and rampant political killings in the Philippines is swelling in the international Christian community. More and more Protestant denominations have expressed alarm over the killings, with the Methodists issuing a statement calling on the US government to pressure Philippine President Arroyo's administration into decisive action. This came on the heels of the latest Amnesty International statement condemning the Arroyo government’s inaction and apparent crackdown of political dissent.

Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft and Lott; are Anti Christ? Ver.3 (tags)

Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft and Lott; are Anti Christ? Ver.3

UP COMING ACTION: Candle Light Vigil for Peace (tags)

Five hundred marched from the Federal Building to Westwood United Methodist Church. West Los Angeles 11/10/02. See photos.

Power to the People (tags)

Judge grants Temporary Restraining Order against City of Long Beach.

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