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! epfactnow@gmail.com.

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: www.epfnational.org.

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 (www.theconsultation.org). 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 smythezajc@roadrunner.com as she may be able to provide a copy.  

YEMEN

 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  

ARMS SALES & OTHER MILITARY SUPPORT TO SAUDI ARABIA & UAE

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!

EVENTS, PODCASTS, BOOKS & FILMS – PAST & UPCOMING

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

PETITIONS ~ OTHER ACTIONS

     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

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING/MODERN SLAVERY/FORCED LABOR

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.]

ACTIONS

     CRCC Anti-Human Trafficking Wish List _ AMAZON

OHIO & FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY/RELATED CRIMINAL JU    

     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 | wkyc.com

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

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

PALESTINE | ISRAEL

     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 - www.israelhayom.com

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 - Haaretz.com

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 - Haaretz.com

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 

ADVOCACY & AID GROUPS

Combatants for Peace - About Us

PCRF - Palestine Children’s Relief Fund | Facebook

Vermonters for Justice in Palestine – Equal Justice First

FOUNDATION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE (FMEP)

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

THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION ON ANTISEMITISM & OTHER TOPICAL RESOURCES 

     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

ICC INVESTIGATION

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

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]

EVENTS, PODCASTS, BOOKS & FILMS – PAST & UPCOMING

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

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY – MIDDLE EAST/GULF COUNTRIES ++

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? | Salon.com

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!

OTHER PEACE & JUSTICE TOPICS OF INTEREST

ACCESS TO COVID VACCINE/GLOBAL COVID PANDEMIC ISSUES

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

ARMS SALES & MILITARY WEAPONS

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

GUN VIOLENCE 

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!] 

HATE CRIMES/ HATE SPEECH

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

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

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

KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 – ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS 

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

PEACE BUILDING & PEACE KEEPING

     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

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 

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.”

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH – EPPN ACTION ALERTS & EVENTS

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

WEBINARS | PODCASTS | PRESS CONFERENCES | EVENTS | OTHER MEDIA

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.] 

TRINITY EPISCOPAL PEACE FELLOWSHIP BOOK DISCUSSION  (UPCOMING)

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 freeman.bruce@gmail.com 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

 ON A LIGHTER NOTE

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

Virtual Earth Day Activities | Eventbrite   

Litany for Those Who Aren't Ready for Healing

By Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce

(Thanks to Natalie Devine for making us aware of this litany)

Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the injury and the depth of the wound.

Let us not rush to offer a band-aid, when the gaping wound requires surgery and complete reconstruction.

Let us not offer false equivalencies, thereby diminishing the particular pain being felt in a particular circumstance in a particular historical moment.

Let us not speak of reconciliation without speaking of reparations and restoration, or how we can repair the breach and how we can restore the loss.

Let us not rush past the loss of this mother’s child, this father’s child…someone’s beloved son.

Let us not value property over people; let us not protect material objects while human lives hang in the balance.

Let us not value a false peace over a righteous justice.

Let us not be afraid to sit with the ugliness, the messiness, and the pain that is life in community together.

Let us not offer clichés to the grieving, those whose hearts are being torn asunder.

Instead…

Let us mourn black and brown men and women, those killed extrajudicially every 28 hours.

Let us lament the loss of a man, dead at the hands of a police officer who described him as a demon.

Let us weep at a criminal justice system, which is neither blind nor just.

Let us call for the mourning men and the wailing women, those willing to rend their garments of privilege and ease, and sit in the ashes of this nation’s original sin.

Let us be silent when we don’t know what to say.

Let us be humble and listen to the pain, rage, and grief pouring from the lips of our neighbors and friends.

Let us decrease, so that our brothers and sisters who live on the underside of history may increase.

Let us pray with our eyes open and our feet firmly planted on the ground

Let us listen to the shattering glass and let us smell the purifying fires, for it is the language of the unheard.

God, in your mercy…

Show me my own complicity in injustice.

Convict me for my indifference.

Forgive me when I have remained silent.

Equip me with a zeal for righteousness.

Never let me grow accustomed or acclimated to unrighteousness.

Originally posted on Kinetics Live, November 28, 2014.
 

Perspective, from Diocese of Ohio, Trinity Cathedral EPF

Vaccinate all Palestinians!  Photo by Majdi Mohammed/AP
Palestinians elementary school students wearing protective face masks, take their seats in their classroom amid the coronavirus pandemic on the first day of class at United Nations-run school in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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: Some of the materials cited here will be behind a paywall. If the item is of interest to you, please contact Catherine Smythe Zajc, Perspective Curator, at smythezajc@roadrunner.com as she may be able to provide a copy for you. 

YEMEN

Feb 25:    The Conflict in Yemen Takes A Dangerous New Turn | UN Dispatch

Mar/Apr:          How America Enables War in Yemen| Foreign Affairs

Mar 1:     A massive famine is creeping into Yemen, we need to stop it devouring a generation | Global development | The Guardian

Mar 1:     Yemen pledging conference: Severity of suffering ‘impossible to overstate’ says Guterres  | | UN News

Mar 1:     Virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen | OCHA

Mar 1:     Yemen condemns international donor funding shortfall as UK cuts aid | Yemen | The Guardian

Mar 1:     The New Humanitarian | ‘Mysterious’ new Yemen relief fund aims to stop famine

Mar 2:     UN warns of Yemen ‘death sentence’ as donor pledges fall short | Humanitarian Crises News | Al Jazeera

Mar 2:     Biden’s effort to end Yemen war hindered by continued fighting, funding shortfall - ABC News

Mar 2:     Treasury Sanctions Key Military Leaders of the Ansarallah Militia in Yemen | U.S. Department of the Treasury [Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned two key militants of the Iranian-backed Ansarallah, sometimes referred to as the Houthis, whose actions have prolonged Yemen’s civil war and exacerbated the country’s humanitarian crisis.]

Mar 3:     Yemen’s rebels say latest U.S. sanctions will prolong the war | PBS NewsHour

Mar 3:     Keir Starmer attacks ‘unconscionable’ cut in aid to Yemen | Yemen | The Guardian

Mar 4:     The missing piece in Yemen | TheHill

Mar 5:     Yemen needs food and medicine, not Canadian-made weaponry | TheSpec.com

Mar 6:     Fighting in Yemen’s Marib Kills 90 in 24 hours, Government Military Sources Say | Voice of America - English

Mar 6:     Yemeni Foreign Ministry criticizes biased UN, international statements over Ma’rib battle

Mar 7:     Houthis strike Saudi Aramco facilities in Ras Tanura, Dhahran - The Washington Post

Mar 7:     Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Say They Targeted Saudi Oil Port - WSJ

Mar 8:     What is behind the rise in Saudi-Houthi tit-for-tat attacks? | Saudi Arabia News | Al Jazeera

Mar 8:     Yemen war: Many feared dead after fire at migrant detention centre - BBC News

Mar 8:     US vows to stand by Saudi Arabia after ‘heinous’ Houthi attacks | TheHill

Mar 8:     US commits to Saudi defense after Houthi attacks on oil heartland | ABS-CBN News

Mar 8:     Saudi Arabia oil facilities targeted in drone and missile attack by Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen - CBS News

Mar 9:     Yemen’s Death Sentence - CounterPunch.org

Mar 9:     US to Yemen’s Houthis: Stop attacking, start negotiating | Saudi Arabia News | Al Jazeera

Mar 10:    ‘Hell’ in Yemen, with millions ‘knocking on the door of famine’ WFP’s Beasley warns  | | UN News

Mar 11:    Joint Statement of the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America on Houthi Attacks - United States Department of State

Mar 11:    Yemen: Famine has arrived and Saudi ships blocking fuel aren’t helping - CNN  Contains disturbing visual content.

Mar 11:    UN appeals for $5.5 billion to avert famine for 34 million - StarTribune.com [Yemen & elsewhere]

Mar 11:    ‘If you don’t feed people, you feed conflict’, UN chief tells Security Council | | UN News [Yemen & elsewhere; SA: With 30 Million Facing Famine, Secretary-General Announces Prevention Task Force;| Meetings Coverage and Press Releases]

Mar 11:    IRC’s Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy testifies at US House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Yemen crisis | International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Mar 11:    US to resume aid to Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen amid desperate need, intensified fighting - ABC News

Mar 11:    Iran Foreign Ministry: Saudi Arabia must stop carnage in Yemen, war on fellow Muslims [PressTV]

Mar 12:    U.N. looks to U.S. private equity investor to help fund famine fight in Yemen | Reuters

Mar 12:    Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen ramp up drone, missile attacks on Saudi Arabia [NBC News]

Mar 12:    Department Press Briefing - March 12, 2021 - United States Department of State

Mar 12:    US Yemen envoy urges response on ceasefire plan with Houthis | Arab Spring News | Al Jazeera

Mar 12:    Biden Urged to Force End to US-Backed Saudi Blockade After Chilling Report on Starving Yemeni Children | Common Dreams News

Mar 12:    Yemen: Sanaa migrant centre fire survivors grieve as death toll mounts | Middle East Eye 

Mar 12:    Yemen’s Houthi rebels escalate Saudi Arabia strikes amid Biden peace effort - The Washington Post

Mar 13:    US restarts aid to northern Yemen | TheHill

Mar 13:    US pressures Houthis to accept ceasefire plan | | ArabWeekly

Mar 13:    Some progress made towards ceasefire in Yemen, Washington says – Middle East Monitor

Mar 14:    Secretary Blinken’s Call with Special Envoy for the UN Secretary-General on Yemen Griffiths - United States Department of State

Mar 14:    Quds Force commander admits Iran supporting Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia | Arab News

Mar 14:    Yemen: Houthi missile attack kills three children in Taiz | Middle East Eye

Mar 14:    Yemen says Iranian arms to Houthis endanger international shipping | The National

Mar 14:    Yemeni journalist freed from jail after Biden administration ‘urged’ UAE to use influence for release - CNN

Mar 14:    Iranian-backed group turns down US-brokered Yemen ceasefire as violence spirals - Israel National News

Mar 15:    U.S.-Linked Forces In Yemen Free Journalist Detained For 6 Months | Newsrust

Mar 15:    Blinken to UN’s Yemen envoy: No military solution to the conflict | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

Mar 15:    When black lives don’t matter: World is silent on Houthi ‘Holocaust’ of African migrants | Arab News  

Mar 15:    In Yemen’s brutal ongoing war, ‘the weakest no longer survive’ | PBS NewsHour [Jane Ferguson, reporter]   Contains disturbing visual content.

Mar 16:    Yemen: Scores Die in Migrant Detention Center Fire | Human Rights Watch Contains disturbing visual content.

ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA, UAE, ETC.

Mar 3:     South Africa’s complicity in war crimes in Yemen [Since the war in Yemen broke out in 2014, South African and global arms companies have cashed in on the sale of weapons to central parties to this conflict and humanitarian disaster. These firms have profited from the devastation of war and the resulting misery of Yemenis. On the 3rd of March 2021, Open Secrets published, Profiting from Misery: South Africa’s Complicity in War Crimes in Yemen.] 

Mar 4:     Biden Can’t Bring Peace to Yemen While Iran Keeps Sending Weapons [Foreign Policy]

Mar 12:    Saudi prince says Kingdom has alternatives to US for arms deals – Middle East Monitor

Mar 15:    Saudi remains biggest global arms importer, as US heads exporter list – Middle East Monitor

“THE HUNGER WARD” DOCUMENTARY | NEWS & ACTION LINKS

Mar 26:    SEE THE FILM | HUNGER WARD – Human Rights Film Festival, Berlin [Also, at the link you can view past panel discussions and Q&A’s following  other screening events]

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING/MODERN SLAVERY/FORCED LABOR

     #GetOnBoard celebrates anniversary with new anti-human trafficking training for employees | Delta News Hub 

     6 ways you can #GetOnBoard to fight human trafficking on National Awareness Day | Delta News Hub 

Aug 2019:  Delta Air Lines donates flights to help human trafficking survivors 

Sep 2020:  Delta honored with Nomi Network’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award for anti-human trafficking action | Delta News Hub

Dec 2020:  UN Live United Nations Web TV - Bankrupting the Business of Human Trafficking - 101 

Jan 11:    Q&A: How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted human trafficking | Delta News Hub 

Jan 11:    Bankrupting the Business of Human Trafficking – The Episcopal Church 

Jan 29:    ’I am an overcomer’: How Delta is empowering human trafficking survivors through apprenticeship program | Delta News Hub

Feb 3:     ‘A time for hope:’ Delta employees advocate against human trafficking at annual #GetOnBoard rally | Delta News Hub 

Feb 28:    Next time you have a cup of tea, spare a thought for some people | Derry Journal [Opinion by Sister Deirdre Mullan, who has worked at the UN and UNICEF for nearly 18 years.] 

March:     Hope for Justice_March Newsletter

     Allison Ausband named to National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force | Delta News Hub

Mar 12:    Virtual anti-trafficking conference includes testimonies, calls to action | Global Sisters Report [SA: Trafficking | National Advocacy Center - Sisters of the Good Shepherd

Mar 16:    Women Religious Fights Human Trafficking on the Frontlines | Newsmax.com [Reported by former ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich.]

HISTORICAL RESEARCH

Oct 2014:  Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States | Urban Institute 

OHIO & FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY/RELATED CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS

Feb 28:    The time is finally ripe to abolish the death penalty in Ohio - cleveland.com [Editorial Board]

Mar 3:     OH bill seeks to end death penalty [The Xavier Newswire; “Ohio State Reps. Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) and Adam Miller (D-Columbus) introduced a bill on Feb. 15 that has the potential to abolish the death penalty in the state.”]

Mar 5:     Opinion: Severely mentally ill will not be executed in Ohio, but work remains

Mar 9:     Opinion | Former Alabama attorney general Bill Baxley: Toforest Johnson must not be executed - The Washington Post 

Mar 9:     Taft, Fisher, Petro: Ohio’s death penalty must be repealed 

Mar 9:     New sentencing hearing set in murder case (Nathaniel Jackson) - Tribune Chronicle

Mar 10:    Akron City Council supports state ballot issue to abolish death penalty [Akron Beacon Journal] 

Mar 11:    OHCHR | USA: UN experts call for President Biden to end death penalty 

Mar 11:    UN Experts Urge Biden to Abolish ‘Inherently Flawed’ Death Penalty | Common Dreams News 

Mar 11:    Ohio lawmakers to introduce anti-human trafficking legislation [Action News: TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG)] 

Mar 11:    US death penalty must be abolished, rights experts urge President Biden | | UN News 

Mar 12:    Are Life Sentences a Merciful Alternative to the Death Penalty? – Mother Jones 

PALESTINE | ISRAEL

     Pledge that Palestine is a Feminist Issue  [Palestinian Feminist Collective]

Feb 2021:  West Bank Demolitions & Displacement: An Overview [UN/OCHA] 

Feb 28:    Israel approves plan to vaccinate West Bank laborers - The Washington Post  

Mar 1:     Israeli Health Officials To Government: Vaccinate All Palestinians : Coronavirus Updates : NPR 

Mar 1:     Senate letter calls on Blinken to denounce ICC decision on Israel - Jewish-Insider [Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) are circulating a letter calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to denounce the decision by the International Criminal Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber to authorize the body to investigate alleged war crimes by Israel in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.] 

Mar 2:     Palestinians of East Jerusalem, a silent eviction | Daily Sabah

Mar 2:     Rights experts condemn ongoing demolition of Palestinian Bedouin village | | UN News

Mar 2:     PLO says Hamas is on board with a two-state outcome and ‘peaceful’ resistance – J. [The Jewish News of Northern California]

Mar 3:     Israel denies COVID vaccine to Palestinian student at Tel Aviv University - +972 Magazine

Mar 3:     New Zealand state pension fund divests from Israeli banks | The Electronic Intifada

Mar 3:     Zionist Organization of America | ZOA Letter to Publisher of Obama’s “A Promised Land” – Citing Numerous Anti-Israel Errors  

Mar 4:     Vaccine Apartheid: Marc Lamont Hill, Mitchell Plitnick on Israel’s “Indifference to Palestinian Health” | Democracy Now! 

Mar 5:     Israel Postpones Drive to Vaccinate Palestinian Workers | Health News | US News

Mar 5:     Occupied Palestinian territory: Protection of Civilians Report | 16 February - 1 March 2021 - occupied Palestinian territory | ReliefWeb

Mar 5:     Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt): COVID-19 Emergency Situation Report 28 (February 2021) - occupied Palestinian territory | ReliefWeb

Mar 5:     She Was a Star of New Palestinian Music. Then She Played Beside the Mosque. - The New York Times

Mar 5:     ‘All I can do is film, and it breaks my heart’ - +972 Magazine 

Mar 7:     The West Bank WASH Contingency Plan 2021 - occupied Palestinian territory | ReliefWeb

Mar 8:     Hard Questions, Tough Answers: Israel’s High Court Validates Reform and Conservative Conversion in Israel (March 8, 2021) [Americans for Peace Now] 

Mar 8:     Who Counts as a Jew? | Sherry F. Colb | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia    

Mar 8:     Israel begins vaccination of 100,000 Palestinian workers - The Washington Post

Mar 9:     Gaza’s Hamas rulers hold secret leadership election - The Washington Post

Mar 9:     News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 3 –9, 2021) - The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

Mar 9:     28 Church Leaders Write to President Biden Outlining Key Middle East Policy Recommendations [Churches for Middle East Peace/CMEP; SA: Mar 14 – “28 Churches….”] 

Mar 10:    Israel’s denial of vaccines to Palestinians = genocide – Workers World

Mar 10:    Opinion | Israel can’t abandon the Gazans’ vaccine needs - The Washington Post

Mar 11:    A Rundown School for Palestinian Children Awaits U.S. Aid - The New York Times

Mar 11:    Paris Meeting On the Middle East Peace Process – Joint Statement (11 Mar. 2021) - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Mar 11:    Palestinians Receive 40,000 COVID-19 Vaccines From UAE | World News | US News  

Mar 12:    McCollum Calls Israeli Troops’ Arrest of Palestinian Children ‘Extremely Disturbing’ | Common Dreams News

Mar 12:    Opinion | The wrong story on Palestinian access to coronavirus testing and vaccines - The Washington Post

Mar 12:    Ro Khanna keeps the dialogue going [Jewish Insider]

Mar 12:    Video shows Israeli troops detaining Palestinian children - Egypt Independent

Mar 12:    Senators’ Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Urging Palestinians Receive Adequate Supply of COVID Vaccines [Americans for Peace Now] 

Mar 13:    Israel to take over large swathes of Palestinian land near Bethlehem [Palestine News & Info Agency]

Mar 14:    Detainees’ Commission reports on affidavit of Palestinian minor prisoner in Israeli jail [Palestine News & Info Agency]

Mar 14:    Israel and Palestine must cooperate to combat disinformation | TheHill

Mar 14:    28 Churches Call on Biden to Resume Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians [The Palestinian Return Centre] 

Mar 14:    US Lawmakers Call on Biden Administration to Oppose Israeli Demolitions of Palestinian Homes [The Palestinian Return Centre] 

Mar 15:    Reps to Blinken: Make Sure Israel Provides COVID Vaccines to West Bank and Gaza Palestinians [Americans for Peace Now]

Mar 15:    Opinion | US Policy Ignores Palestinian Human Rights [CommonDreams]

Mar 15:    Palestinians forced to demolish their structures in Jerusalem [WAFA News Agency]

Mar 16:    Settler head urges vaccinating Palestinians, paid for by tax revenues sent to PA | The Times of Israel

ADVOCACY GROUPS (SA: FMEP)

Episcopal Peace Fellowship – Palestine Israel NetworkEducational Resources: Links [See especially the links to other organizations] 

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) [FYI: The Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds is the Middle East Partnership Officer for The Episcopal Church and serves as the liaison and communications/resource link for the Episcopal Church with the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. He serves on the CMEP Board]; Prayers for Peace (P4P) Archives | Churches for Middle East PeaceAction Alerts | Churches for Middle East Peace 

Palestine Portal: Resource for a Just Peace

KairosUSA — The Moment of Grace and Opportunity

israelpalestinemissionnetwork - Home

No dough for the occupation! | American Friends Service Committee SA: UN list of companies involved in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory | AFSC   

FOUNDATION FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE (FMEP) 

Mar 1:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: March 1, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

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

Mar 3:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: March 3, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Mar 4:     Top News from Israel & Palestine: March 4, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

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

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

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

Mar 10:    Top News from Israel & Palestine: March 10, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Mar 11:    Top News from Israel & Palestine: March 11, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

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

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

Mar 4:     Settlement & Annexation Report: March 4, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Mar 11:    Settlement & Annexation Report: March 11, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Mar 5:     FMEP Legislative Round-Up: March 5, 2021 - Foundation for Middle East Peace

Mar 12:    FMEP Legislative Round-Up: March 12, 2021 (updated) - Foundation for Middle East Peace

ICC INVESTIGATION

Mar 3:     International Criminal Court opens Israel-Palestine war crimes probe - Axios

Mar 3:     Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, respecting an investigation of the Situation in Palestine[International Criminal Court] 

Mar 3:     I.C.C. Will Investigate Accusations of War Crimes in Israeli-Occupied Territories - The New York Times  

Mar 3:     U.S. Foreign Policy Can’t Pursue Rights-Based Multilateralism While Enjoying a Selective Relationship With the ICC to Protect Israel and Occupied Palestine from Investigation [Foreign Policy]

Mar 4:     ICC Prosecutor opens probe into alleged crimes in occupied Palestine | | UN News 

Mar 4:     ‘Sickening’: Palestine advocates slam Biden administration for rebuking ICC | Middle East Eye

Mar 5:     Kamala Harris tells Netanyahu that US opposes ICC probe of Israel | Courts News | Al Jazeera

Mar 6:     Israel’s military courts for Palestinians are a stain on international justice | Palestinian territories | The Guardian

Mar 6:     Israel’s dilemma: To work with ICC war crimes probe or not? | The Times of Israel

Mar 6:     American Exceptionalism as Magical Thinking - The Beinart Notebook 

Mar 7:     Time for Israel to take the gloves off with the ICC [Jewish News Syndicate]            

Mar 10:    From Durban to The Hague: 20 years of NGO lawfare [Jewish News Syndicate]        

Mar 12:    The ICC and Israel’s Charge of Anti-Semitism - CounterPunch.org   

Mar 14:    Interviewed by Palestinian TV, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki revealed the Palestinians’ relations with the office of the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor and their plans for the future - The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

EVENTS, PODCASTS, BOOKS & FILMS – PAST & UPCOMING

Feb 25:    Israel-Palestine at the International Criminal Court: What Next? - Foundation for Middle East Peace[recording available] 

     The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine | Rashid Khalidi | Macmillan [The author, Rashid Khalidi, was the guest on a Jewish Currents podcast on March 5, 2021; recording not yet available.]

Mar 13:    Friendly Fire review: Israeli warrior Ami Ayalon makes his plea for peace | Israel | The Guardian 

Apr 13:    The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony - Parents Circle Families Forum [The PCFF features prominently in TEPF’s next book club selection -- Apeirogon  -- by Colum McCann. The event will be live-streamed. The link also provides videos from previous ceremonies.] 

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY – MIDDLE EAST/GULF COUNTRIES

Feb: EPF Statement on Recent U.S. Military Attacks in Syria - EPF National 

Feb 27:    Khashoggi’s murder: It is time for accountability | Jamal Khashoggi News | Al Jazeera  

Mar 1:     Inside the Biden team’s deliberations over punishing the Saudi crown prince - The Washington Post

Mar 1:     Opinion | Justice for Jamal Khashoggi is up to all of us - The Washington Post

Mar 1:     Biden Betrayed His Promise to Defend Human Rights and Jamal Khashoggi | The New Yorker

Mar 1:     Khashoggi fiancée: Saudi crown prince must be ‘;punished without delay’| Mohammed bin Salman | The Guardian

Mar 2:     The decision not to sanction Mohammed bin Salman for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder puts others at risk. [Slate Magazine]

Mar 2:     The Israeli Military Shot My Cousin—and the US Bears Part of the Blame | The Nation [By Ryah Aqel with Mohammed El-Kurd]

Mar 3:     Exodus, chapter 41 - Can Joe Biden get America out of the Middle East? | United States | The Economist

Mar 3:     US Should Sanction Saudi Crown Prince | Human Rights Watch

Mar 3:     Mohammed bin Salman: Biden administration never considered MBS sanctions a viable option in response to Khashoggi report - CNNPolitics

Mar 4:     US decision not to punish crown prince puts us in grave danger, Saudi exiles say | Mohammed bin Salman | The Guardian

Mar 4:     Foreign Correspondent: Biden’s Bombing of Syria Is a Dangerous Step Backward - Progressive.org

Mar 7:     Biden’s War Policy Offers Chance for Change — or More of the Same [The Intercept]

Mar 9:     Biden’ Middle East policy cannot be anti-Trump or an Obama repeat | TheHill

Mar 9:     Biden needs to change how the US deals with Saudi Arabia [Insider]

Mar 11:    US legislators want sanctions on MBS. Will they succeed? | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera

Mar 12:    Congress may have to act to punish Saudi Arabia - The Washington Post

Mar 12:    Opinion | 10 Problems With Biden’s Foreign Policy—and One Solution

Mar 13:    Will the US risk Gulf ties for an Iran deal? | Op-eds – Gulf News

Mar 13:    Meet the Republican building a McCain model on foreign policy - POLITICO 

Mar 14:    Opportunity Beckons in the Mideast - WSJ [Opinion piece by Jared Kushner]

Mar 15:    Jared Kushner declares end of Arab-Israeli conflict in new op-ed [Insider]

Mar 15:    Jared Kushner breaks his silence to offer Joe Biden unsolicited advice, gets lampooned on Twitter | Salon.com]  

NUCLEAR WEAPONS/ARMS CONTROL

Mar 15-16: UK Nuclear Warhead Increase Media Backgrounder   [International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons /ICAN] | 

Mar 16:    UK to increase nuclear stockpile limit - ICAN

OTHER PEACE & JUSTICE TOPICS OF INTEREST

     De-Policing GVP (Gun Violence Prevention) Endorsed by Episcopal Peace Fellowship National.

     Nonviolence Action Group Interest Survey - EPF National 

     Ohio Archives - Freedom for All Americans _STATUS _LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections in Ohio 

Iranian Society under Crackdown | Human Rights Watch

Feb 16:    OGR_VaccineSDRs-Letter-to-President-Biden_FINAL-02162021.pdf [via The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations et al]

Feb 26:    OGR_COVIDTRIPSWaiverSignOnToBiden-20210226.pdf [via The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations et al]

Mar 1:     The Other Navalnys - Persuasion [“Here are four lesser-known dissidents around the world who deserve your attention. How do they find the courage?”]

Mar 2:     Media advocacy group accuses Saudi crown prince, aides of crimes against humanity in Khashoggi death - The Washington Post [Paris-based Reports Without Borders] 

Mar 3:     Covid-19: More than 400 acts of violence against health workers in 2020 [France24; references data from Attacks on Health Care in Countries in Conflict Humanitarian Data Exchange

Mar 3:     Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence – Legislative Update 

Mar 5:     N.Y. judge frees men imprisoned for 24 years, saying prosecutors withheld evidence - The Washington Post 

Mar 6:     A Pro-Israel Lawyer Is Weaponizing Public Records Law Against Palestinian Activists [“Right-wing lawyer David Abrams’s lawsuit against UCLA could unleash harassment on attendees of a Students for Justice in Palestine event - The Intercept]

Mar 8:     New platform puts women at the forefront of peacemaking - World | ReliefWeb [Referenced at the link is Women Mediators across the Commonwealth

Mar 8:     Comboni sister named a 2021 ‘Woman of Courage’ for work in Middle East | Global Sisters Report

Mar 9:     International Women’s Day: Gaza woman injured in protests calls for perseverance of women all over the world in leading the fight for women’s rights - occupied Palestinian territory | ReliefWeb

Mar 10:    New IRC analysis: Excess COVID-19 vaccines secured by US, UK and EU sufficient to vaccinate 20+ countries facing worst humanitarian crises  | International Rescue Committee (IRC) 

Mar 10:    Doses Hoarded by US, UK, and EU Could Vaccinate Adults in 20 Countries Facing Worst Humanitarian Crises | Common Dreams News

Mar 11:    Harvard Hillel Executive Director Accuses Cornel West, Supporters of Furthering ‘Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theory’ In Tenure Controversy | News | The Harvard Crimson

Mar 11:    Christian Pastor and Friends Double Down on Anti-Jewish Bigotry | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com  

Mar 11:    Food Security - Security Council VTC Open Debate | United Nations UN Audiovisual Library    

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH – ACTION ALERTS

3/16: Action Alerts – The Episcopal Church - Tell Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act!  [Other background materials: Statement by President Biden on the Introduction of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 | The White House; and The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Historical Overview, Funding, and Reauthorization - R45410.pdf 

Recent:    Action Alerts – The Episcopal Church 

WEBINARS | PODCASTS | PRESS CONFERENCES | EVENTS | OTHER MEDIA

Feb 2:  In Sundance Film, a Kosovo war widow rebuilds against the odds

Feb 26:            Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center_Winter-2021-Newsletter 

Feb 28:            Kosovo drama captures the rebellious work of war widows

Mar 2: “Hive” wins three awards at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Mar 15:            From ‘Mank’ to an Israeli short film, 5 notable Jewish nominees for 2021 Oscars - Jewish Telegraphic Agency [Israeli and Palestinian short films scored nominations in the same category (best live-action short film): “White Eye” and “The Present

Mar 18:            Mainstreaming the Extreme: How Meir Kahane’s Vision of Jewish Supremacy Conquered Israeli Politics  - Foundation for Middle East Peace [Registration required; recording available afterwards]

Apr 13:    The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony - Parents Circle Families Forum [The PCFF features prominently in TEPF’s next book club selection -- Apeirogon  -- by Colum McCann. The event will be live-streamed. The link also provides videos from previous ceremonies.] 

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.] 

Current:          Global 2021 — Henry Luce III Center for the Arts & Religion [A Virtual journey around the world “Monuments to the Future” Stations of the Cross] 

SELECT THINK TANKS, NONPARTISAN RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS, NGO’S & SCHOLARLY RESOURCES  [Under Construction]

Amnesty International    

Arab American Institute

Atlantic Council

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Center for Global Development

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chatham House

Congressional Research Service

Council on Foreign Relations

International Crisis Group

International Institute for Strategic Studies

Middle East Institute

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

RAND Corporation  

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies  

Stimson Center

United States Institute of Peace 
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Jan 26: Building Bridges for Peace: U.S. Policy Toward Arab States, Palestinians, and Israel 

Mar 12: Continued Houthi Strikes Threaten Saudi Oil and the Global Economic Recovery  

Mar 15: Institute Experts Urge Biden Administration to Clarify to Palestinian Authority Implications of     Hamas Participation in Elections

ON A LIGHTER NOTE

The Women Are Coming - YouTube

Peacebuilding Initiatives

Dear EPF supporter,

Thank you for your dedication to EPF.  We have a lot of good work to do, and our ability to do it depends on your generosity and support.   With this appeal, we are inviting you to contribute $400 from COVID relief checks or other sources to a Peacebuilding Initiatives fund.  As this horrific COVID plague winds down, how do we prepare to deal with the inequities which have been laid bare by our government’s fumbling and delayed response, the violence that has always defined our American culture, and our Christian call to try to find hope and solutions that will bring the Beloved Community? How might we who are privileged with the means to do so ensure that a next generation of peacemakers will rise up as instruments of peace? 

EPF is gearing up to focus on providing resources to those who would ground themselves for activism in cultivating a culture of nonviolence.  Under the leadership of our new National Executive Committee Chair, the Right Rev. Dan Edwards, our nonviolence action group is undertaking a new Peacebuilding Initiative. 

Your generous support will enable EPF to launch a Peacebuilding Online Project. Monthly online presentations will be offered from diverse resources pertaining to building relationships across divides of race, religion, and political ideology. A wide range of nationally recognized peace activists will be featured as presenters. Other exciting peacebuilding efforts will engage local EPF chapters, Peace Partner Parishes and individual members in the work of non-violence and civil discourse.

We ask for your prayers for this initiative, and for our ongoing work through our several action groups.  We ask that you consider educating yourself by joining in our Peacebuilding Intitiative, in addition to the social justice advocacy to which you may already be called.

EPF is inviting 50 supporters to invest $400 each to seed the work of our PEACEBUILDING INITIATIVES.  Many who have received stimulus checks may want to direct a portion of these funds for the critical work of PEACEBUILDING.   After all, these stimulus funds are intended to help us recover from the horrors visited on us by reason of the pandemic, including an astonishing surge in violence.  It is inarguable that the divisions in our country, which disproportionately affect our indigenous communities, our black and brown brothers and sisters, and the poor, the uninsured and the disenfranchised, result from the violence of our public policies.   These policies need to be addressed, and EPF is leading the way towards empowering us to do this holy work.   With your support, we can begin to pave the way towards a Kingdom where the Peacemakers are said to be Blessed.

Make your contribution here: https://www.classy.org/give/331944/#!/donation/checkout

and when you do, thank you!  

In the work of Peacebuilding,

The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, National Chair          Melanie Atha, Executive Director

Report of EPF Annual Meeting held on January 30, 2021


Record of EPF Annual Meeting, held on 01/30/2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern time over Zoom 

[44 attendees] 

Welcome - Bob Davidson, National Chair 

Introductions 

[each participant was invited to state their name and location] 

A Litany for Peace and Justice 

Led by Bob Davidson and Lynn Huber, the link is HERE

Qualification of voting members and quorum - Bob Davidson 

Melanie Atha, Executive Director, certifies that a quorum is present

Our EPF pledge reaffirmed:

In loyalty to the teaching, and person of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to the way of redemptive love: to pray, study, and work for peace, and to renounce, as far as possible, participation in war, militarism, and all other forms of violence.

In fellowship with others, I will work to discover and create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace. I urge the Episcopal Church in accordance with our baptismal vows “to renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God”, and to wage peace across all boundaries, calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love.

Greetings from Anglican Pacifist Fellowship - Sue Claydon, APF 

Presentation of NEC slate by Nominating Committee - Bob Davidson

Accepted unanimously; congratulations to our new NEC!

Link to members and bios HERE

Recognition for work of Melanie Atha, Executive Director - Bob Davidson 

Recognition for Outgoing NEC leaders - Melanie Atha

Bob Davidson, chair; Will Mebane, vice chair; John Floberg, NEC member 

Action Group reports: 

Palestine Israel Network - Harry Gunkel notes that Israel has a high rate of covid-19 infection, but also a high rate of vaccination: 20%. But not a single Palestinian has been vaccinated, though international law requires occupying nations to provide such medical care. Linda Gaither reports that The Episcopal Church has divested from several companies that do business in the occupied territories, and established a Do Not Buy list. 

Young Adults Network - Cody Maynus (cemaynus@gmail.com) says we will have a delegation for the 2022 general convention, and will spend the year before in study and prayer for the work.

Gun Violence Prevention - Bob Lotz (bob.lotz.epf@gmail.com) explains that the group, like the EPF as a whole, is a network for those seeking to get involved, or for those already involved to share their activities. A lot of GVP work is done in this country, but not a lot is from an explicitly Christian perspective. We emphasize our Gospel call to love our enemies and reconcile all people to each other and to God, to wage peace based on a militantly non-violent perspective. 

Death Penalty Abolition - Kathy McGregor (tellervision@gmail.com) says her Prison Story Project has been folded into her Arkansas parish and the EPF. The project has received an evangelism grant to share the film, “On The Row,” across the country. She asks NEC members to suggest to dioceses and congregations that they sponsor a free showing. A study guide has gone to the printers and will be a available. 

Anti-War/Conscientious Objectors - Bruce Freeman (freeman.bruce@gmail.com) reports that this is a new group, though it speaks to the whole history of EPF. The group will have resources available on the EPF website. The co-convener, Dana Grubb, has prepared an essay on Just War theory for the website. They are also planning to show the film, “Hunger Ward,” on the war in Yemen. 

Non-Violent Conflict Resolution- Dan Edwards (bdantedwards@gmail.com) tells us that this group is only a month old, but the Exec Committee has asked for a peace-building project, and this will be it. He projects offering educational material such as webinars and workshops to teach skills such as those taught by Mennonites and Parker Palmer. He is in touch with these groups as well as members of other Episcopal bodies. He asks that EPF members email him if they are interested. 

Immigrants and Refugees - Mike Wallens (michaelwallens@gmail.com) reports that the Remain in Mexico policy is being lifted; 15,000 people near him (in Texas) have been stuck by reason of this policy. Now he and others are working to assist shelters to prepare for those recently freed. from this policy. There is a lot of work to do in advocacy and education. He is working with Episcopal Migration Ministries. 

By reason of shortness of time, Committee Reports were omitted from the meeting agenda. Link here to our EPF Committees, NEC leaders and their charges.

Peace Partner Parishes and Chapters - Melanie invited 3 of our many peace partners to present today:

North Dallas Chapter - Ron Damholt, convener, says that they are based at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, and have many activities, including film showings. They also meet monthly between Sunday services to offer a “Peace Post,” a chance to write, call or email elected officials, with 3 focus issues selected for each month. The idea came from the OGR and the Friends Committee, and has become popular, with full clergy support. 

Trinity Cathedral, Diocese of Ohio - Debbie Hunter, co-convener, reports that the history of EPF in Cleveland goes back to 1988. Their work has included their “Cross of Nails” project, Bonhoeffer education, and erecting Peace poles. Their core issues have been human trafficking, death penalty abolition and the war in Yemen. 

St. John’s Cathedral, Diocese of LA - Jessica Jew, convener, tells that, following the visit of Executive Director Melanie Atha to the cathedral last February, they became a Peace Partner Parish, and then the pandemic struck. Their core issues are homelessness, which is epidemic in LA, and racial justice/ending white supremacy. 

All Peace Partner Parishes and Chapters are encouraged to look at their listing on the EPF website to confirm that their leadership is correctly identified and that their other information is current. www.epfnational.org

Closing Prayer was offered by outgoing national Vice Chair, Will Mebane

Meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Following the Annual Meeting, a National Executive Council meeting was held, at which time the following were elected to leadership:

The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, Chair

Kathy McGregor, Vice Chair

Bob Lotz, Secretary

Rob Burgess, Treasurer

A deficit budget was passed, committee leadership was selected and plans for our next meeting on April 9-10, 2021 were initiated.

EPF Committees for 2021

EPF Committees are comprised of volunteers who do the administrative work of EPF. These committees are led by members of the NEC but are open to all.

Communications: Establish a communications strategy for EPF; provide Executive Director (ED) content for website, social media, and Constant Contact communications; look at website for adequacy for our needs; manage social media platforms and “comments”; blogging; volunteer to help with virtual office details. (NEC leadership: Bruce Freeman, OH; Rob Burgess, MI; Cody Maynus, SD; Randy Heyn-Lamb, CA)  

Sustainability: Develop a multi-year diversified development plan and goals for EPF; help with fundraising, budgeting, determining long range financial needs and campaigns; help consider how EPF money should be managed; determine electronic banking needs and look at bank investments to determine suitability for managing EPF’s money. (NEC leadership: Kathy McGregor, AR; Chris Sabas, MD) 

Membership:  Create the requirements and commitments for EPF membership for individuals; recruiting member initiatives; help look at donor and contact database management; chapter and peace partner recruiting. (NEC leadership: Rev. Christy Close Erskine, OR: Rev. Richard Wineland, TN)

Programming: Help with resources for missions of EPF (curriculum, materials, speakers’ bureau, etc.) and pilgrimages (urban pilgrimages and special events); consult on management of EPF virtual store; help plan for 2022 General Convention, review and expand partnership with other peace organizations. (NEC leadership: Bob Lotz, MI; Rev. Mike Wallens, TX; Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, CO)

Litany for Peace and Justice

Siblings in Christ: God commands us through Jesus Christ to love one another. In baptism, we promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves and to strive for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being. Let us now honor those vows and pray for our nation in this season of crisis of pandemic and racial oppression, for wise and just leaders, and for the needs of others throughout our country and the world. 

We pray for your guidance on all peacemakers, on leaders who value peace, and on everyone who promotes nonviolent solutions to conflict. We pray for a speedy end to all violence and conflict around the world. 

God of peace and gentleness, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for the strength of heart and mind to look beyond ourselves and address the needs of our siblings throughout the world; for the rural and urban poor; for the rebuilding of
our communities; and for an end to the cycles of violence that threaten our future. 

God of generosity and compassion, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for all nations, that they may live in unity, peace, and concord; and that all people may know justice and enjoy the perfect freedom that only God can give. 

God of liberty and freedom, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray that the Holy Spirit may embrace the most vulnerable members of our society; we pray also for an end to the growing disparity between the rich and poor; and for the grace and courage to strive for economic justice. 

God of all gifts and blessings, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for an end to prejudice throughout our country and the world; that we will respect all people as precious children of God; and that racism, sexism, and all other forms of discrimination will be forever banished from our hearts, our society, and our laws. 

God of fellowship and equality, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for a reverence of creation; that we will have the tools and the will to conserve it; that we will use its bountiful resources in the service of others; and that we will become better stewards of all that has been entrusted to us. 

God of nature and the universe, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for all immigrants, refugees, and pilgrims from around the world, that they may be welcomed in our midst and be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect. 

God of outcasts and wanderers, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for the sick, especially in this COVID-19 pandemic, for all you are suffering, the aged and the infirm; for those with physical or mental disabilities; that all may have access to proper health care; and that God's loving embrace may be felt by all who suffer. 

God of comfort and healing, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for all prisoners and captives; that a spirit of forgiveness may replace vengeance and retribution; and that we, with all the destitute, lonely, and oppressed, may be restored to the fullness of God’s grace. 

God of absolution and mercy, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for all children and families, and particularly for the orphaned, neglected, abused, and those who live in fear of violence or disease; that they may be relieved and protected. 

God of children and families, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for the reconciliation of all people, and for the Church throughout the world, that it may be an instrument of your healing love.

God of outreach and restoration, 

Hear our prayer. 

We pray for all who have died as a result of violence, war, disease or famine, especially those who died because of human blindness, neglect, or hardness of heart. 

God of eternal life and resurrecting love, 

Hear our prayer. 

Almighty God, you have promised to hear what we ask in the name of your Son. Watch over our world now and in the days ahead, guide our leaders and all leaders, guide them in all knowledge and truth and make your ways known among all people. In the passion of protest and reform, give us all open and receptive spirits; in the complexities of the issues we face, give us courageous hearts. Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ. 

AMEN. 

Adapted from the Episcopal Litany for Social Justice (https://episcopalchurch.org/library/article/episcopal- litany-social-justice)