Thinking of my good friend John Dear as he faces court on September 6 in New Mexico for a nonviolent action he did last year with 8 others, when along with about 380 other groups around the US, they went to visit their local member. They brought a letter requesting that he agree to work to end the Iraq war, and were stopped in the elevator by security, who held them there for 7 hours. They spent the time reading the names of the Iraqi dead. Because of John’s record, he faces one or two months in prison – for going to visit his local member! It’s unbelievable what they won’t allow in the US now in terms of dissent, and all this APEC stuff is making me realise it’s happening here too. It’s a kairos time in terms of political dissent in the West – we must hold our own, supporting one another, or we risk losing further civil liberties and freedoms we’ve previously taken for granted.
So uphold John in your thoughts and prayers, please. He’s a remarkable man of peace.
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