Gun Violence Reduction Sabbath: Resources

The Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan, working together without a bishop diocesan between them, sent out a packet of resources for GVP sabbath, June 4-6. In the included sample sermon: "Rob Burgess of St. Augustine’s, our litanist for this morning, is a member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship through which the national Episcopal Gun Violence Prevention group is organized."

International Conscientious Objector Day 2021

International Conscientious Objector Day is commemorated around the world.  It is to remember those who in the past followed their conscience and those today who are facing similar challenges to military conscription. Join us!

Anglican Pacifist Fellowship Conscientious Objector Day Prayers will be held on Saturday, 15 May at 3 pm Eastern Time.  Rev. Donald Reece, Ven. David Selzer and Rev. Nathaniel C. Pierce will share their stories that lead to them becoming Conscientious Objectors.  Prayer, readings and music will offer a 45 minute remembrance of so many past and present.  To join please just use the zoom link below.

Prosecuting Starvation Crimes in Yemen's Civil War

From Case Western Reserve University School of Law:

The Yemen Accountability Project's release of its white paper "Prosecuting Starvation Crimes in Yemen's Civil War" examines the use of deliberate attacks on food, water, and objects indispensable to survival as part of the Saudi-led Coalition's attacks on Houthi rebels in Yemen. The white paper outlines the evidence of these crimes and makes the case for bringing charges against perpetrators of starvation crimes in Yemen. The panelists will explore the challenges of bringing charges against perpetrators and the potential avenues of accountability. 

A recent White Paper from Case Western School of Law-Cox International Law Center's Yemen Accountability Project (YSP):

Microsoft Word - Starvation White Paper Final Draft_Apr8.docx (

A video of a recent webinar on this White Paper above by principals and experts.

(382) Prosecuting Starvation Crimes in Yemen's Civil War - YouTube

Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta supports Georgia bill which would resentence death row inmates

Don Plummer, Community Engagement and Media Relations

Office of the Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta | The Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia sent the following important news to EPF’s Death Penalty Abolition Action Group: 

The state of Georgia now has an active, bipartisan revocation bill before its state legislature. SB 485, that the Diocese of Atlanta is supporting. This bill would resentence all death row inmates to life in prison without the possibility for parole. The Diocese is a supporter and partner with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta in the Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty effort

More broadly, The Diocese of Atlanta is a sponsor and member of The Multi-faith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration (EMI)

EMI began as a conference on ending mass incarceration at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and has since evolved into a multistate effort.

Thanks for your attention and the very important work you do.

Bringing Darkness Into Light: Sharing Stories of Redemption from Men on Death Row

St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Rupert Idaho


Bringing Darkness into Light: 

Sharing Stories of Redemption from Men

 on Arkansas’ Death Row

Film: Sunday, May 2, 2021 4:00pm MST

Join the Zoom film showing here:

Sewanee: The University of the South Presents

Bringing Darkness into Light: 

Sharing Stories of Redemption from Men

 on Arkansas’ Death Row

April 22, 2021 3:30pm – 4:30pm CST

Join the Zoom here:

National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day

Coalition of Over 180 Groups Announce Launch of the National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day; Peace & Justice Community of St. Cross, Hermosa Beach, CA EPF Chapter Among the Lead Sponsors

Local Groups Host Massive 100+ City Mobilization In the Streets Via Votercades To Defeat Voter Suppression Efforts and Promote Democratic Reforms 

TORRANCE, CA –On April 21, a group of organizations dedicated to the protection and expansion of voting rights announced the launch of the National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day during a virtual press conference. Scheduled for May 8th, this national day of activism will bring together over 180 coalition partners to raise awareness and create energy around protecting the right to vote. Specifically, the event will urge Congress to immediately pass S 1, the For the People Act, H.R. 4 the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, and to eliminate the filibuster. 

Led by the Transformative Justice Coalition,  an organization founded by voting rights champion Barbara Arnwine and led by its Board Chair Daryl Jones, the event will be organized by groups like Declaration For American Democracy (DFAD), Public Citizen, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Indivisible, and many others. This day of action will feature over 100 “Votercades” held simultaneously in 100 cities. The day will also feature educational opportunities such as a free 2 hour National Broadcast, Voter Education Teach-Ins, Celebration and Activism Villages.

Following the record-breaking Black, Brown and Youth voter turnout in the Georgia Runoff election, state legislatures across America have released an offensive onslaught of undemocratic legislation designed to specifically suppress the vote of communities of color and youth voters. Most publicly, Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp and his fellow republicans in the state legislature passed S.B. 202 -- a highly restrictive voter suppression bill that has been compared to Jim Crow laws. Georgia is one of 47 states that have introduced or passed over 360 anti-voter legislation. 

“The scourge of racist voter suppression laws sweeping across our nation is a direct threat to the continued vitality of our democracy,” said Barbara Arnwine Esq, President of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC). “On May 8th, Americans will collectively rise up in major US cities, share in the National Broadcast and take to the streets in their cars to loudly demand that Congress protect All voters by passing uniform standards for federal elections and restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.”

"In crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, John Lewis risked his life to gain and protect the right to vote for every American,” said Daryl Jones Esq., Board Chairman of the Transformative Justice Coalition.  On May 8, we continue to honor his legacy by crossing every Edmund Pettus Bridge in America that separates American voters from their right to cast a meaningful ballot and demanding the passage of HR1/S1 and HR4."

“Georgia may have passed Jim Crow 2.0, but the passage of John Lewis Voting Rights Act can negate this  egregious law and move us forward,” said Helen Butler, Executive Director of the Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda. 

“This Congress might be the last chance Democrats have to fix our democracy. With state Republicans ramming through new voting restrictions and anti-democratic laws across the country, we need urgent action to protect the right to vote and ensure our elections are fair and the will of the people is respected. That's why grassroots activists like Indivisibles are holding nothing back as we work to abolish the filibuster, pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the For the People Act, and make D.C. the 51st state. The fate of our democracy depends on action." said Leah Greenberg Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project.

 “A thriving democracy is dependent on maximum participation. Each of our votes strengthens America,” said Voto Latino Co-Founder and President María Teresa Kumar. “Today, we continue John Lewis’ good trouble by demanding Congress pass the For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Fulfilling our democratic promise towards a more just country means that each eligible voter should be able to cast her ballot without prejudice. The health of our nation demands it.”

Events in Los Angeles County will be held in Torrance / South Bay, South Central Los Angeles, Venice / Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Whittier, and others.  Details can be found at National John Lewis Voting Rights Day of Action.  A media storm sponsored by Field Team 6 can be accessed from anywhere;  Sign up here.

On The Road Again!

Melanie and Steven Atha, with Miranda, their RV and home, are ready to begin traveling for EPF again.

From Melanie Merkle Atha, Executive Director of Episcopal Peace Fellowship:

The EPF pilgrimage will resume! Steven and I will both be Covid-vaccinated by early May, so, as in-person worship begins to open up, we plan to resume being with you for worship by May 25! We are in Colorado at the moment, but will be heading east towards New England to spend the the summer. Along the path, we hope to visit with our peace partners in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Ft. Wayne, IN: Cleveland, OH; and Rochester, NY. Once we get to New England, we will be with EPF-ers in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, and by late summer, down to the Cape and Rhode Island. We plan to be in Baltimore in November for EPF PIN activity and a General Convention scouting expedition. Want a visit? Just let me know!

The EPF National Executive Committee met earlier this month, and we are pleased to announce the following:

Our leadership transitioned from the Rev. Bob Davidson as chair to the Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards as chair; from the Rev. Will Mebane to Kathy McGregor as vice chair. Rob Burgess will continue to serve as treasurer and Bob Lotz as secretary. We are indebted to Bob and Will for their years of selfless dedication to EPF, and look forward to our bright future with Dan and Kathy at the helm.

We passed a deficit budget back in October, which we did not modify at this April meeting. To contribute to EPF to help us keep the lights on, click here. We spend about $1,000 per month more than we are able to raise. In case you have forgotten, EPF is not supported financially by The Episcopal Church -- that is to say, we are not a line item in TEC budget. We have raised just over $3,600 (with goal of $20,000) with our recent and ongoing Peacebuilding Initiatives Campaign (see below), and we would love for you to participate in that campaign.

Our Peacebuilding Online Project will begin in late summer. This will be a monthly series of presentations which we will share with congregations and dioceses across the Church. The several presenters are from groups which teach peacebuilding skills and spirituality. The goals are to (1) impart the values of building relationships across the divides of race, religion and political ideology and (2) to introduce Episcopalians to programs where they can go deeper, actually learning peacebuilding skills with the potential to make a difference in the world.

As soon as we are well past the pandemic, we will begin participating in the Rio Grande Borderland Ministries Pilgrimages. We'd also like to encourage members to attend the Jonathan Myrick Daniels Pilgrimage in Lowndes County, Alabama, which will happen in August, and will include a visit to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery

Our Racial Justice Action Group (led by Paul Ricketts) and Palestine Israel Network (led by Linda Gaither and Harry Gunkel) hope to host a virtual reading circle for all interested in issues of racial justice.

We have decided to launch a Preachers' Bureau. We are organizing clergy and lay witnesses who can preach or speak to your congregation or peace partner chapter on issues of social justice, either virtually or in person. Watch future editions of Peace Out! to learn more.

The NEC endorsed the Racial Justice Action Group's initiative on racial reparations. One of our goals is to support passage of resolutions aimed at reparations during General Convention (July, 2022 in Baltimore, MD), and between now and then to help educate and empower dioceses across the Church to adopt their own resolutions, creating awareness of the deep need for conciliation in our country.

The NEC heard reports from our Action Groups, including Gun Violence Prevention, Death Penalty Abolition, Racial Justice (formerly Anti-Racism), Welcoming the Neighbor, Peacebuilding (formerly NonViolence), Palestine Israel Network, and Anti-War/Conscientious Objectors. Watch this space for reports from each of these groups in the near future, and follow their work and look for opportunities on our website:

In 2021, we have revived the tradition of holding an annual every member meeting, which we had back in January over Zoom. Once every month, we are holding EPF Peace Partner Chapter Support calls to stay connected with our members (see below to join this week's call). We plan to publish an Annual Report (with EPF PIN) in July in anticipation of General Convention and our advocacy there. We continue to work closely with our colleagues in The Consultation ( We will begin to recruit young adults (18-30) to be our delegation to General Convention this summer, so please keep your eyes peeled for social justice advocates we need to consider.

We've got big ambitions to help drive us towards justice, and the peace which will surely follow. Join us with your prayers, your advocacy, and your support!

Perspective from Diocese of Ohio, Trinity Cathedral EPF

PERSPECTIVE contains a selective listing of articles, research studies, videos, podcasts and other media that fall into Trinity Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s constellation of peace and justice interests. It is published twice monthly, generally mid-month and end of month.  The materials are culled from a variety of sites using push alerts set up in these areas, as well as periodic curatorial research for materials published by US government agencies, “think tanks” and nonpartisan research institutes, primarily in the United States. The items listed are representative, not comprehensive in scope. Some of the linked materials may be disturbing, and as possible, will be flagged as such. Please Note: There are materials cited here that will be behind a paywall. If the item is of particular interest to you, please contact Catherine Smythe Zajc, Perspective Curator, at as she may be able to provide a copy.  


 Yemen | International Organization for Migration (IOM) | Yemen’s Forgotten HIV Patients: Sami’s Story | The Storyteller

IOM-YEMEN_Ma’rib Response_Update_29_march_2021_.pdf

     Monthly update on Saudi coalition air raids in Yemen [Yemen Data Project]

Mar 25:    Biden Says He Wants to End the Yemen War: These Should Be His Next Steps - Just Security

Mar 27:    Stolen limbs: Yemenis disabled by war see little hope for the future | Middle East Eye

Mar 30:    Oman hopes Yemen ceasefire will be agreed very soon: State media | Oman News | Al Jazeera

Mar 31:    Famine Stalks Yemen, as War Drags On and Foreign Aid Wanes - The New York Times

Apr 1:     Ansarullah dismisses US aid claims, says Washington would deprive Yemenis of oxygen if possible [PressTV]

Apr 1:      International Pressure Can Convince Iran-Backed Houthis to Accept Peace | Opinion

Apr 2:     Oscar-nominated ‘Hunger Ward’ explores the famine in Yemen - Los Angeles Times

Apr 2:     ‘US is complicit’: Activists protest against Yemen blockade with hunger strike | Middle East Eye

Apr 2:     Yemen: desperate appeals to save conjoined twins – Middle East Monitor

Apr 3:     US must lift Yemen blockade if it wants to prove its honesty : Official [PressTV]  

Apr 3:     Nearly $76bn of Yemen’s oil, gas revenues looted in six years of Saudi-led war: Yemeni minister [Press TV]

Apr 3:     Saudi aggressors looking for escape from Yemen quagmire: Minister [PressTV]

Apr 4:     From Ethiopia to Yemen, a perilous migrant route to endless misery | Arab News [“This has been going on for a long time,” Matt Bryden, director of Sahan Research in Addis Ababa, told Arab News. “The route to Yemen is the primary route for human trafficking and smuggling out of the eastern Horn of Africa, catering mainly to Somalis and Ethiopians. Strangely, the numbers of migrants increased dramatically after 2015 at the start of the war in Yemen. Clearly, the breakdown of governance and border controls due to the conflict in Yemen was exploited by human traffickers.”]

Apr 4:     Marib governor: Coalition has thwarted the mullahs’ conspiracy in Yemen - Saudi Gazette

Apr 4:     Yemen: Little clarity on US vow to end aid to Saudi-led coalition | Saudi Arabia News | Al Jazeera

Apr 4:     Pope knocks military spending amid pandemic in Easter message | TheHill

Apr 5:     Saudi Arabia’s scramble for an exit strategy in Yemen | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

Apr 5:     Yemen peace efforts falter as Houthis demand direct flights to Iran | Arab News

Apr 5:     Shabwa governor warns of Saudi-UAE plot to destroy Yemen’s gas facilities [PressTV]

Apr 6:     Advocates and Celebrities Call for Immediate End to Saudi Blockade of Yemen | Friends Committee On National Legislation [Signatories include The Episcopal Church; Jehan Hakim, Yemeni Alliance Committee, etc.] 

Apr 6:     Ro Khanna RELEASE: Khanna, Dingell, Pocan Lead 76 Members of Congress in Calling on Biden-Harris Administration to Press For End of Yemeni Blockade [A PDF version of the letter can be read here.] 

Apr 6:     Biden told to ‘pressure’ Saudi Arabia into ending Yemen blockade | Middle East Eye

Apr 6:     Biden’s policy shift in Yemen courts environmental disaster | TheHill  

Apr 6:     Yemeni American Activists Launch Hunger Strike to Demand End to War  [Insider]

Apr 7:     Congressional Democrats call on Biden administration to demand Saudi Arabia lift blockade on Yemen - CNNPolitics

Apr 7:     Battle for Yemen desert city now a key to Iran, US tension - ABC News  

Apr 7:     Amnesty International Report 2020/2021 Full Report [See page 397 for YEMEN entry]

Apr 7:     Months After Biden Promised to End Support for Yemen War, Congress Still Has No Details [The Intercept]

Apr 7:     ‘Yemen Is Being Starved’: 70+ Democrats Urge Biden to Demand End to Saudi-Led Blockade | Common Dreams News

Apr 7:     Iranian ship near Yemen attacked as nuclear deal talks begin [Associated Press/NBC News]

Apr 7:     Yemen at ‘tipping point’ as second Covid-19 wave hits war-torn country just weeks ahead of expected cholera season | ITV News

Apr 8:     OPINION | I’m on hunger strike until the U.S. ends all support for the Saudi-led blockade against Yemen - The Washington Post

Apr 8:     Houthis warn Turkey against Yemen intervention – Middle East Monitor

Apr 9:     Safiah and young family among millions trying to keep hunger at bay in Yemen | World Food Programme

Apr 9:     Democrats call on Biden to stop Saudi Arabia’s Yemen blockade - Vox

Apr 10:    Opinion | Yemen Is a Public Health Catastrophe [Common Dreams]

Apr 10:    As Activists’ Hunger Strike Reaches Day 13, Calls Mount for Biden to End US Complicity in Starvation of Yemen | Common Dreams News

Apr 10:    53 dead in 24 hours in escalated clashes for Yemen’s Marib | Daily Sabah

Apr 11:    Yemen’s Marib battle raging on three fronts, leaving 123 dead in two days | Middle East Eye

Apr 12:    Yemen: Covid-19 vaccine misinformation feeds unease as first jabs arrive | Middle East Eye

Apr 12:    Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim attacks on Saudi oil facilities | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

Apr 13:    Hunger Strike Day 15 - Yemeni Liberation Movement (@LiberateYemen) / Twitter

Apr 13:    Eight Children Killed This Past Month As Fighting Intensifies In Yemen – The Organization for World Peace

Apr 13:    Pressure on Biden to End Yemen Blockade Builds With New Letter From Lawmakers | Common Dreams News [Referenced in the article is this letter.]    

Apr 13:    Progressives Call for Action on the Yemen Blockade | The Nation [“California Democratic Representative Ro Khanna told The Nation that members of Congress have been briefed by the National Security Council and State Department but are currently “assessing” whether a War Powers Resolution is needed.”]  

Apr 14:    Saudi Arabia signs agreement to provide oil grant to Yemen | Arab News

Apr 14:    US says Saudi Arabia isn’t to blame for Yemen fuel blockade - Vox   (SA: US Reps. Send Bipartisan Letter to Sec. Blinken on Ending Yemen Blockade | Office of Congressman Ted Deutch]

Apr 14:    Hunger-striking US activists demand end to Yemen blockade | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

Apr 14:    Biden Official Tim Lenderking Is Toeing the Saudi Line, Activists Say [The Daily Beast] 

Apr 14:    160 Ethiopian Migrants Stranded in Yemen Repatriated | Voice of America - English

Apr 15:    Yemeni teacher’s union slams Houthi curriculum takeover [ArabNews]

Apr 15:    Yemeni women use solar to light up homes » Borneo Bulletin Online

Apr 15:    ‘If we don’t give, people don’t eat’: Yemen focus of UK Ramadan giving | Aid | The Guardian  


Apr 1:     Biden Trimming Forces Sent to Mideast to Help Saudi Arabia - WSJ

Apr 13:    Joe Biden Is Proceeding With Donald Trump’s Biggest Arms Deal | HuffPost

Apr 14:    Biden administration to proceed with $23bn arms sales to UAE | Military News | Al Jazeera

Apr 14:    Biden to approve $23 billion sale of F-35s to UAE that followed Abraham Accords | The Times of Israel

Apr 14:    Biden admin intends to move forward with $23B UAE weapons sales - CNNPolitics

Apr 14:    Biden admin moving ahead with UAE F-35, drone sales for now [DefenseNews]

Apr 14:    ‘Enables UAE’s reckless conduct’: Anti-war advocates slam $23bn US arms sale | Middle East Eye

Apr 15:    Cut the Defense Budget: Rep. Khanna on Bloated Pentagon Spending, Ending War in Yemen, UAE Arms Deal | Democracy Now!


Dec 11:    Film shows how Yemen health workers try to save malnourished children [“Hunger Ward;” the reporting features Dr. Aida Al-Sadeeq, who “for a decade, Sadeeq ran a program at Sadaqa Hospital in Aden that treated children with malnutrition. Sadeeq, who is now an assistant professor at the University of Aden, was filmed at work in her clinic for the new documentary, “Hunger Ward.”]

Apr 17:    Hunger Ward - Gathr At Home™ - Gathr Films [Hosted By Yemeni Alliance Committee And Yemeni Liberation Movement]

Apr+: See The Film | Hunger Ward: Multiple upcoming opportunities to view the firm, plus access to previously recorded conversations/screenings, e.g. (1) Emmy-winning director Judd Apatow discusses HUNGER WARD with Skye Fitzgerald - YouTube ; (2) New York Times journalist Nick Kristof discusses HUNGER WARD with Skye Fitzgerald - YouTube ; (3) PBS NewsHour Anchor & Managing Editor Judy Woodruff & Skye Fitzgerald - YouTube


     Speak up for starving people in Yemen | USA for UNHCR

     End the Blockade on Yemen | MoveOn

Yemen Blockadegraph.pdf - Google Drive   Yemen Relief & Reconstruction Foundation


Mar 11:    The Ohio Channel: Press Conference  Announcing the Expanding Human Trafficking Justice Act

Apr 3:     Police crackdowns on illicit massage businesses pose harms to the women they aim to help- The Washington Post

Apr 4:     From Ethiopia to Yemen, a perilous migrant route to endless misery | Arab News [“This has been going on for a long time,” Matt Bryden, director of Sahan Research in Addis Ababa, told Arab News. “The route to Yemen is the primary route for human trafficking and smuggling out of the eastern Horn of Africa, catering mainly to Somalis and Ethiopians. Strangely, the numbers of migrants increased dramatically after 2015 at the start of the war in Yemen. Clearly, the breakdown of governance and border controls due to the conflict in Yemen was exploited by human traffickers.”] 

Apr 5:     Unseen: The Boy Victims of the Sex Trade Pt. 1 [WGBH/NPR affiliate]

Apr 5:     Human Trafficking: As Global as the Meeting Industry | MPI [Meeting Professionals International]

Apr 7:     Oregon lawmakers want to improve human trafficking reporting | StateScoop

Apr 7:     Fact-checking: Children dropped at border is human smuggling, not trafficking [Austin American-Statesman] 

Apr 7:     5 Common Misconceptions of Human Trafficking | The Borgen Project

Apr 9:     There’s a good chance your cotton T-shirt was made with Uyghur slave labor | Uyghurs | The Guardian

Apr 12:    Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) drop-in center offers trafficking survivors safe, quiet place — The Land ||  Human Trafficking Drop-In Center | CRCC   [“Since founding its human trafficking services four years ago, CRCC has answered more than 700 calls on its Human Trafficking Hotline (855-431-7827) and provided crisis intervention counseling and justice system advocacy to more than 1,200 people.”] 

Apr 14:    UN experts urge US to align anti-terrorism programme with international law | | UN News [“A so-called ‘Rewards for Justice’ programme in the United States is violating the human rights of some of the individuals it targets, independent UN human rights experts said on Wednesday. The Special Rapporteur made the case that pushing ‘an individual [to] carry out tasks against their will under the threat of a penalty’ amounts to forced labour.”]

Jul 30:    World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2021 – UN National Awareness Days Calendar 2021 [Historical background on the observance, including event and other  information from the 2020 national awareness day.]


     CRCC Anti-Human Trafficking Wish List _ AMAZON


     Justice for Julius  | Watch the Doc-Justice for Julius [Mr. Jones is on death row in Oklahoma, despite maintaining his innocence and compelling evidence that he was wrongfully convicted.]

Feb 18:    DPIC Special Report: The Innocence Epidemic | Death Penalty Information Center  

Mar 31:    National Geographic | witnesstoinnocence [Recording of “Stories of Justice Gone Wrong: A Deep Dive Discussion,” featuring several death row exonerees, including Clevelander Kwame Ajamu; renowned death penalty abolitionist, Sr. Helen Prejean; and the contributors behind the story, photographer, Martin Schoeller and writer, Phillip Morris.]

Apr 1:     Ohio AG Yost releases new capital crimes report for 2020 |

Apr 1:     Ohio AG releases capital crimes report: 1 of 6 death sentences carried out since 1981 |

Apr 2:     Death Penalty for The Severely Mentally Ill Must Be Banned | Black Star News

Apr 2:     Ban the Death Penalty for Those with Serious Mental Illness – PEACEVOICE

Apr 6:     Ohio AG: Clear death penalty roadblocks or get rid of it - Ohio Capital Journal

Apr 8:     Son Of Murder Victim Urges Legislature To End Death Penalty Quickly | Across Ohio, OH Patch

Apr 8:     Former Florida Death-Row Prisoner with Innocence Claim Released Pending Outcome of Federal Appeal | Death Penalty Information Center

Apr 8:     Court delays execution of inmate who slipped through cracks - The Washington Post [Re: Death row inmate David Martin, who was sentenced to death in 2014 for a fatal shooting during a robbery in northeastern Ohio in 2012.]

Apr 8:     Forthcoming series of reports to examine death penalty in Ohio - Ohio Justice & Policy Center

     ~ The Appeal of the Repeal: Why Ohioans Are Ready and Motivated to End Capital Punishment - Ohio Justice & Policy Center

Apr 9:     Opinion | Abolishing the death penalty must be part of reimagining safety - Washington Post

Apr 9:     Revealed: Republican-led states secretly spending huge sums on execution drugs | Capital punishment | The Guardian

Apr 12:    Lethal Injection’s Dreadful Failures: How States Are Trying to Normalize Accidents | Austin Sarat | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia


     Amnesty International Report 2020/2021: Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories

Mar 25:    Israel forces tied detained Palestinian child to prison bed, rights group says – Middle East Monitor

Mar 30:    Land Day: Palestinians mark the 45th anniversary | Middle East Eye

Mar 31:    Palestinian Militant Will Challenge Abbas’s Party in Election - The New York Times

Mar 31:    Over half US Jews have experienced anti-Semitism in past 5 years -- ADL survey | The Times of Israel

Mar 31:    The glaringly dishonest attacks on Biden’s humanitarian aid to Palestinians – Responsible Statecraft [Author, Lara Friedman is the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)] 

Apr 1:     State Department says Israel ‘occupied’ West Bank and Gaza - Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Apr 1:     NGO Action News - 1 April 2021 - Civil Society & the Question of Palestine

Apr 2:     OCHA-Protection of Civilians_Occupied Palestinian Territory_Mar 16-29, 2021

Apr 2:     ‘We’re in a really good place’: is Israel nearing the Covid endgame? | World news | The Guardian

Apr 2:     Palestinians in this village suffer daily settler raids of Muslim shrines - Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Apr 3:     ‘Like a Miracle’: Israel’s Vaccine Success Allows Easter Crowds in Jerusalem - The New York Times [“Many of those in the procession were Palestinians who became Israeli residents after Israel captured the Old City in 1967, along with the rest of East Jerusalem. Around 6,000 Christians live in the Old City, alongside Muslims and Jews.”] 

Apr 3:     Palestinian Activist Forced to Divorce Wife to Secure Jail Release: AP

Apr 3:     Distribution of ‘misleading pro-Israel’ textbooks paused in UK [The New Arab]

Apr 3:     Blinken seeks Israel’s ‘equal’ treatment of Palestinians [The New Arab]

Apr 4:     In Israel, Zionism Prevents Working-Class Solidarity [Jacobin] 

Apr 4:     Surprising Jump in European Opinions of Israel | Israel Today

Apr 4:     Biden Could Chart a New Path for US on Palestinian Rights. Will He? [TruthOut]

Apr 5:     Israel detains 230 Palestinian children in 2021: Report | Daily Sabah

Apr 5:     On Palestine Children’s Day, 140 minors held in Israeli jails – Middle East Monitor

Apr 5:     Rashida Tlaib Says That Support Is Growing in Congress for Palestinian Rights

Apr 5:     The Blood Libels of Vaccine Denial and Medical Apartheid | Edwin Black | The Times of Israel |Blogs

Apr 5:     Israel will not need to choose between its identities -

Apr 5:     Liberal Jewish groups threaten boycott of JNF-KKL if it buys West Bank land – The Forward

Apr 6:     Joe Biden is not planning to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - POLITICO

Apr 6:     US boosts aid to Palestinians as some in Congress cry foul

Apr 6:     Israel/OPT: ‘Chilling repercussions’ of travel ban on Amnesty campaigner must be a wake-up call for all | Amnesty International  

Apr 6:      Israeli court upholds travel ban on Amnesty International campaigner | Middle East Eye

Apr 6:     Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engages with JCRC-NY at last [JewishInsider] +  JCRC-NY Congressional Conversations with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - YouTube

Apr 6:     Palestinian, international observers weigh Biden approach to Palestinian conflict - Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Apr 7:     The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians - US Department of State

Apr 7:     Reversing Trump, Biden Restores Aid to Palestinians - The New York Times

Apr 7:     Warnings of serious attempts to push Palestine refugees to leave Lebanon – Middle East Monitor

Apr 7:     Hamas: ‘No elections without Jerusalem’ – Middle East Monitor

Apr 7:     UNRWA chief reports on despair and hope among Palestinians, as US announces $150 million in aid | | UN News

Apr 7:     Palestinian village becomes prison for residents - Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Apr 7:     Palestinians were the real losers of Israel’s inconclusive election. [Slate]

Apr 7:     Bipartisan House members reintroduce Palestinian education bill [JewishInsider] 

Apr 8:     After restoring aid to Palestinians, Biden endorses two-state solution | The Times of Israel

Apr 8:     Republicans delay Biden administration’s funds to Palestinians - The Jerusalem Post

Apr 8:     Israeli academic won’t receive prize after signing petition - The Washington Post

Apr 8:     Rights activist rabbi beaten in settler attack near illegal West Bank outpost | The Times of Israel

Apr 8:     Israeli construction plan to encircle Jerusalem - Al Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Apr 8:     People-to-People Projects Build Israeli Impunity–Consortiumnews [Yara Hawari details how citizen-diplomacy legislation passed by U.S. Congress undermines Palestinian rights.]  

Apr 9:     The US media is touting Israel’s Covid recovery. But occupied Palestinians are left out | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Apr 9:     Israeli university heads defend free speech in prize dispute - The Washington Post

Apr 9:     The Return of Palestinian Politics [ForeignPolicy] 

Apr 9:     ‘The settlers brought caravans and put them on a hill next to us' - +972 Magazine

Apr 9:     Richard Gere’s words of support for the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony - YouTube

Apr 9:     Statement on restoration of funding to UNRWA – The Episcopal Church

Apr 10:    ‘Hardly a fringe position’: Jewish NDP members lead convention push for Palestinian human rights | Ricochet [Founded in 2014, Ricochet is a multiplatform news outlet, with offices in Vancouver and Montreal.]

Apr 10:    ‘Change’ politicians seeking to oust Netanyahu will side with religious right over Palestinian parties – Mondoweiss

Apr 11:     Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel | PBS NewsHour Weekend

Apr 12:    Intimidation. Extortion. Eviction: This is the brutal reality for Palestinians in Silwan, Jerusalem - Israel News -

Apr 12:    All Talk - Jewish Currents [Reporting on “Seeds of Peace Camp, a coexistence initiative that brings Israeli and Palestinian teenagers together each summer on the shores of Pleasant Lake, an hour northwest of Portland.”]

Apr 12:    On Normalization and the Joint Memorial Ceremony in Palestine, Israel - Palestine Chronicle

Apr 12:    New all population Israeli-Palestinian survey: 45% of those living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea believe “apartheid” is an appropriate description of the regime | B’Tselem

Apr 12:    Palestinian factions: No elections without Jerusalem - The Jerusalem Post

Apr 12:    Outgoing IDF liaison: PA’s Abbas a partner, we should have behaved differently | The Times of Israel

Apr 12:    Jewish population at lowest percentage since founding of Israel - The Jerusalem Post

Apr 12:    Eight Members of the Progressive Israel Network: “JNF-KKL’s Executive Board Wants to Make Palestinian Dispossession its Policy” - Progressive Israel Network

Apr 13:    Israel denies professor prestigious prize for allegedly supporting BDS | Middle East Eye

Apr 13:    AOC Should Play a Stronger Role in Pushing for Palestinian Rights [Jacobin] 

Apr 13:    NDP Motion Delivers Victory for Palestinian Rights, Grassroots Democracy in Canada - Palestine Chronicle

Apr 13:    Weekly News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (April 7-13, 2021).pdf [The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center] 

Apr 14:    Grieving Israeli, Palestinian families observe joint memorial | The Times of Israel  

Apr 14:    Palestinians furious after Israel prevents Al-Aqsa call to prayer [The New Arab] 

Apr 14:    Settler violence is rising in Occupied Palestinian Territory, warn experts | | UN News

Apr 14:    First Arab-Israeli Remembrance Day ceremony [in the Arab sector] took place in Ar’ara - The Jerusalem Post

Apr 14:    Richard Gere: Israelis won’t have a home until the Palestinians have one - The Jerusalem Post

Apr 14:    How Israel is trying to derail Palestinian elections [The New Arab] 

Apr 14:    The Israel Prize Is Meant to Unify. More Often, It’s Mired in Controversy. - The New York Times

Apr 14:    OPINION: For Israel, disregard of international law is a strategy of occupation [TRT World]

Apr 14:    US secretary of state: Israel’s group of friends to grow wider in years ahead | The Times of Israel

Apr 14:    Betty McCollum Leads Effort to Put Conditions on U.S. Aid to Israel [The Intercept] 

Apr 15:    The master plan for building in Jerusalem? Preserve a Jewish majority - Israel News -

Apr 15:    Jordan slams Israeli police bid to silence call to prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque minarets [ArabNews]

Apr 15:    Improved vetting is key to US re-engagement with Palestinian NGOs - Jewish News Syndicate  [referenced in the article is this recent U.S. GAO report: West Bank & Gaza Aid: Should Funding Resume ...]  

Apr 15:    EPF PIN Responds to Resumption of UNRWA and USAID Funding – Episcopal News Service 


Combatants for Peace - About Us

PCRF - Palestine Children’s Relief Fund | Facebook

Vermonters for Justice in Palestine – Equal Justice First


Apr 2:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 2, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 5:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 5, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 6:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 6, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 7:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 7, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 8:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 8, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 9:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 9, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 12:    Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 12, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 13:    Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 13, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 14:    Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 14, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 15:    Top News from Israel & Palestine: April 15, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 2:     FMEP Legislative Round-Up: April 2, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace  

Apr 9:     FMEP Legislative Round-Up: April 9, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace  

Apr 2:     Settlement & Annexation Report: April 2, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 8:     Settlement & Annexation Report: April 8, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 15:    Settlement & Annexation Report: April 15, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace


     Israel & Antisemitism | The Nexus Document | Israel & Antisemitism [“Israel and Antisemitism: Policy at the Nexus of Two Critical Issues” is a website that focuses on challenges that arise at the intersection of antisemitism and Israel. Much of the content on Israel and Antisemitism derives from research conducted by The Nexus Task Force, a project of the Knight Program in Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism. The Task Force, composed of experts in antisemitism and U.S.-Israel policy, was established in 2019 to examine the issues at the intersection of antisemitism and Israel in American politics. || Advisory Committee]  

Apr 1:     Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: We cannot define our way out of this impasse  | Middle East Eye

Apr 5:     How Not to Fight Antisemitism [Jewish Currents]

Apr 6:     15 Progressive Jewish groups issue Principles for Dismantling Antisemitism  

Apr 12:    CUNY Student Senate Votes Down Resolution Endorsing IHRA [Jewish Journal]

April 13:   Biden administration says UNRWA commits to ‘zero tolerance’ for anti-Semitism | The Times of Israel


Apr 8:     Netanyahu to ICC: Israel ‘completely rejects’ claims of any war crimes. -

Apr 9:     Euro-Med Monitor: Israel’s Refusal to Cooperate with ICC is Indirect Admission of War Crimes - Palestine Chronicle

Apr 12:    The ICC’s Israel Investigation Could Backfire [ForeignPolicy]


Ongoing:   Events, Speakers, Recordings – Vermonters for Justice in Palestine  [SA: View and Discuss "Seeing Through the Wall" - Zoom]

Mar 12:    The Conflict: Israel and Palestine  - Book review of The Conflict over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate by Kenneth Stern. [Marginalia, Los Angeles Review of Books]

Mar 31:    "Occupied Thoughts": Nathan Thrall, Peter Beinart, and "A Day in the Life of Abed Salama" - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Apr 7:     “Medical Apartheid”: COVID Vaccinations Under Occupation - Foundation for Middle East Peace [Recording is available here.]

Apr 7:     “Delivering Critical Assistance for Palestine Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities in a Complex Context” - UN Palestinian Rights Committee - Question of Palestine

Apr 9:     Israel, Palestine & the Role of Congress: An Accelerated Learning Series - Foundation for Middle East Peace[The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) hosted an eight-part webinar series for members of the House and Senate and Congressional Staff discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. policy. The series was co-moderated by FMEP’s Lara Friedman & MEI’s Khaled Elgindy. Video recordings, speaker biographies and other resources are available at the link above.]

Apr 11:    Palestinian short film “The Present” wins prestigious BAFTA award | Arts and Culture News | Al Jazeera

Apr 13:    16th Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, April 13, 2021 - YouTube

     ~  Post-Ceremony discussion: Meeting with the Speakers from the ceremony (in English) - YouTube  

     ~  Post-Ceremony discussion: The Personal Story (in Arabic) - YouTube

      ~   Post-Ceremony discussion: The Personal Story (in Hebrew) - YouTube

Apr 16:    In Conversation with Peter Beinart Tickets, Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite [A conversation between Peter Beinart and Kenneth Stern, Prof. Susan Neiman, and Prof. Saree Makdisi about how to define anti-Semitism.]

Apr 18:    J Street: The Political Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans_2021 National Conference


Apr 2:     Iran nuclear deal: Talks to revive pact set for Vienna with U.S. holding ‘separate contacts’ - The Washington Post

Apr 5:     What Tony Blinken Means When He Says Human Rights are “Back” - The Beinart Notebook

Apr 6:     US is ‘concerned’ over sentencing of Saudi aid worker | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera

Apr 11:    Will Joe Biden close Guantánamo, end the drone war and wind down the War on Terror? |

Apr 12:    OPINION - The Quartet’s role is to undermine Palestinian democracy – Middle East Monitor

Apr 14:    OPINION - Nuclear chutzpah in the Middle East | Israel News | Al Jazeera  

Apr 15:    Cut the Defense Budget: Rep. Khanna on Bloated Pentagon Spending, Ending War in Yemen, UAE Arms Deal | Democracy Now!



Apr 7:     COVID-19 hits those shackled by oppression hardest thanks to decades of inequalities, neglect and abuse | Amnesty International   [To read the full report, go here.]        

Apr 9:     The US media is touting Israel’s Covid recovery. But occupied Palestinians are left out | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Apr 14:    OPINION: Welcome to the new colonialism: rich countries sitting on surplus vaccines | Coronavirus | The Guardian [“Last month, 130 countries had yet to administer a single dose of vaccine. Meanwhile the US has enough for three times its population.”]

Apr 14:    Anglican, Episcopal leaders call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide – Episcopal News Service


Apr 13:    The United States as a mass-killing machine -


Apr 8:     Biden announces gun control actions - The Washington Post

Apr 8:     Biden Takes Initial Steps to Address Gun Violence - The New York Times

Apr 8:     Biden Unveils Gun Control Measures, Calls on Congress to Act [New York: Intelligencer]

Apr 8:    OPINION | I Helped Lead the Gun Control Movement. It’s Asking the Wrong Questions. - The New York Times

Apr 9:     Rukiye Abdul-Mutakallim won’t forgive officials who don’t curb gun violence | Columbus Dispatch, Opinion ["I’ve forgiven the people who shot and killed my son. They were children with trauma and grief of their own, and easy access to guns. But I will not forgive our leaders if they pass up another opportunity to end this senseless violence."]

Apr 9:     Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence Email [President Biden’s Actions to Reduce Gun Violence are Steps in the Right Direction!] 


Apr 2:     Facebook reassurances on ‘Zionist’ hate speech policy met with skepticism | Middle East Eye

Apr 7:     These names are being talked about to be the US anti-Semitism monitor - Jewish Telegraphic Agency


Apr 2:     Biden administration lifts Trump sanctions on ICC officials | Middle East Eye

Apr 5:     Can the ICC investigate the U.S.? - The Washington Post

Apr 5:     Lack of international accountability has emboldened war criminals | Arab News


Apr 2:     Martha’s Reflection for Holy Week, March 27 - Kings Bay Plowshares 7 [Martha Hennessy]

Apr 5:     A Festival of Hope for the KBP7action AND for Mark Colville before sentencing. - YouTube

Apr 9:    Mark Colville Sentenced to 21 Months - Kings Bay Plowshares 7  | Mark Colville’s Statement at Sentencing, April 9, 2021 - Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Apr 9:     Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in [Religion News]

Apr 11:    Remembrances of Ramsey Clark - Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Apr 13:    Fr. Steve Kelly Freed From Prison Today with Time Served, April 13, 2021 - Kings Bay Plowshares 7


     Center for Civilians in Conflict

Reversing the Trend: CIVIC Blueprint for US Protection of Civilians Policy in 2021 and Beyond | Center for Civilians in Conflict

Human Rights Peacebuilding – The Episcopal Church


Apr 14:    Hundreds of millions of women living lives ‘governed by others’, UN report shows | | UN News

Apr 14:    Prevention is ‘only cure’ to end sexual violence in conflict, Security Council hears | | UN News [SA: Security Council: Women, peace and security | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases]

Apr 14:    Nearly half of women, girls ‘do not own their bodies’, UN says | Women News | Al Jazeera [“The report, titled My Body is My Own (PDF), looked at both women’s power to make their own decisions about their bodies and the extent to which countries’ laws support or interfered with that right.”


Action Alerts – The Episcopal Church

Action Alerts – The Episcopal Church - REPARATIONS  

Climate Migration Abroad and At Home – The Episcopal Church

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Events – The Episcopal Church


Mar 15:            How the United States Can Embrace a Feminist Foreign Policy | UN Dispatch

Apr 19: Prosecuting Starvation Crimes in Yemen’s Civil War | School of Law | Case Western Reserve University [Speakers: Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. His recent book,Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine, examines recent hunger crises and their causes, arguing for more focused policies against faminocide; Laura Graham, executive director of the Yemen Accountability Project and principal author of YAP's white paper "Prosecuting Starvation Crimes in Yemen's Civil War;" Milena Sterio is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Enrichment at Cleveland State University's Marshall College of Law; and James C. Johnson, Chief Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in September, 2019.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, Director of the Henry T. King Jr. War Crimes Research Office and Faculty Advisor for the Yemen Accountability Project at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Registration required.] 


Apr 24: All are welcome to join Trinity Cathedral EPF’s Book Group to discuss Apeirogon by Colum McCann on Saturday April 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST. Contact Bruce Freeman at for the Zoom link. A brief reading from the beginning of the book by McCann can be found here: Apeirogon: A Novelby Colum McCann, read by Colum McCann by PRH Audio

            Coincidentally, Churches for Middle East Peace Fellowship on May 12, 2021 is hosting an Apeirogon book discussion with the book’s award-winning author, Colum McCann. Registration is required.

            Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus by Rachel Pieh Jones [Book review]

Apr 5:  ‘Allergic reaction to US religious right’ fueling decline of religion, experts say | Religion | The Guardian

Apr 13:    A Ramadan Closer to Normal for 2021 - The New York Times


Readings - Spirituality of Conflict _Third Sunday of Easter [4-18-2021]

Virtual Earth Day Activities | Eventbrite   

Earth Day Opportunities

Special thanks to our friends in the Service and Justice Coalition of the Diocese of San Diego for compiling this list!

Prayer services and other faith-related resources

  1. Creation Justice Ministries 2021 Earth Day Resources

  1. Creation Justice Ministries 2020 and prior Earth Day Resources

  1. Interfaith Coalition on Earth Justice Interfaith Zoom Service - Love Letters to Earth, 4/22/21 from 6:30 - 7:45pm To register: 
  1. Interfaith Power and Light -

Includes free viewing of Kiss the Ground, and webinar with the film director.

  1. St Paul’s Cathedral April 22 Earth Day Communion in the Courtyard, 6 - 7 pm. Contact to register and sign up for reading (if you desire) 

Earth Day cleanups
And you can always take a hike!
And after your hike, read about our amazing Earth via your local library or Earth Day with San Diego County Library!
And late this year: EarthFair 2021 in Balboa Park on Sunday 9/19/21 (sign up to volunteer)

Other Green Faith Organizations
Green The Church - GTC is an initiative designed to tap into the power and purpose in the Black Church and will work to develop practical solutions for environmental issues.

Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greening. 
Now, Think. 

-Hildegard of Bingen