Rev. John Dear

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Monday, July 23, 2012
Turning Towards Nonviolence and Away from 'Dark Knights'
As we grieve for the dead and injured in last week’s movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, and join with others to demand handgun reform, we are reminded once again of a greater, more fundamental change that needs to take place among all of us. This horrific violence, and the daily violence we read about, summons us to make a fundamental turn from violence to nonviolence. Every one of us, and every sector of society, needs to make that turn. Without our conversion to nonviolence, we will be forever stuck in the ancient mindlessness and downward spiral of violence.
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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Christmas and the End of the US War in Iraq
There is much to celebrate this Christmas. The Arab Spring, the millions who marched for justice and democracy throughout the Arab world, and the fall of various dictatorships; the ongoing campaign to protect the environment, from the Keystone Tar Sands pipeline protests to last week’s protests at the U.N. Global Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa; upcoming elections for Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma; the three heroic African women who won the Nobel Peace Prize; and closer to home, the amazing Occupy Movement which has exposed the class warfare by the 1% against the 99%.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
The Verdict: Guilty of Protesting US Drones
On Thursday, thirteen of us stood in a Las Vegas courtroom to hear the verdict from Judge Jansen regarding our September trial for trespassing on April 9, 2009 at Creech Air Force Base, headquarters of the U.S. drone operations. Last September, the judge had dramatically announced that he would need at least three months to "think" about the case.
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Saturday, September 18, 2010
A Peace Movement Victory in Court
"Fourteen anti-war activists may have made history today in a Las Vegas courtroom when they turned a misdemeanor trespassing trial into a possible referendum on America's newfound taste for remote-controlled warfare." That's how one Las Vegas newspaper summed up our stunning day in court on Tuesday, when fourteen of us stood trial for walking on to Creech Air Force Base last year on April 9, 2009 to protest the U.S. drones.
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Georgetown University Welcomes Colombia’s Ex-Pres. Uribe
Next week on September 14th, thirteen friends and I will stand trial at the Nevada State Courthouse along the Las Vegas strip. Our infraction? Daring to walk on to Creech Air Force Base, headquartered in the Nevada desert, last year on Holy Thursday. We entered the premises to prayerfully call for an end to the U.S. drone fighter bombers.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Mother Teresa and the USS Intrepid
I shouldn't be surprised; we're often hit with bizarre news. But doings around Mother Teresa's 100 th birthday takes grotesquery to a new level. Seems there's a political ruckus in New York City about how to honor her on August 26 th . Anyone with a little sense knows the appropriate thing: reassign funds for war and military recruitment to house the homeless and feed the poor.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Obama and the Works of Death
New Mexico is abuzz with the news. Soon from our austere landscape will rise a spanking new, state-of-the-art, plutonium bomb factory. Setting pen to paper and thereby blessing the project was President Obama, who had announced a year ago in Prague the goal of a nuclear-free world, but with his recent budget, will actually increase nuclear weapons production more than any other president since Ronald Reagan.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Hunger Strike for Gaza
The Gaza Freedom March is truly an unprecedented, historic event for the global grassroots peace movement. This is one of the largest, if not the largest, mass international solidarity action ever undertaken. 1,362 people from 42 nations have traveled here to Cairo in order to journey through the Sinai Peninsula into Gaza to join 50,000 in a march commemorating the first anniversary of the Israeli attack and seige which left 1,400 Gazans dead and 5,000 wounded. Such a massive outpouring never happened during the Vietnam, Central America or Iraq wars.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The Peace of Chaco Canyon
This week Pax Christi New Mexico friends and I will mark the anniversary of the U.S.'s obscene bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And to commemorate the victims, as we've done for years now, hundreds of us, plus two Nobel Peace prize winners, Mairead Maguire and Jody Williams, will converge on Los Alamos, where the atomic bomb was made. There we'll sit in sackcloth and ashes and pray to see nuclear weapons banished from the earth.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Nobel Laureates Come to Los Alamos
We've been at the task earnestly for the last six years. Each Hiroshima Day, Pax Christi New Mexico and friends gather at Los Alamos, birthplace of the bomb and every succeeding generation of nuclear weapons, to pray, vigil and repent as best we can for the mortal sin of war and nuclear weapons. In recent years, we have adopted the method of the people of Nineveh and donned the accoutrements of sorrow and regret: sackcloth and ashes. And like the Ninevites, we beg God for the gift of peace, for nuclear disarmament. Save us, O God, from ourselves!
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