SOA Watch Peace Fast & Action Journal: Day 2
Many say the first couple days of a food fast are the most difficult. As hunger sets in we have cause to remember our sisters and brothers the world over for whom hunger has been a daily and life-long reality. Our hope is to grow in solidarity with our oppressed neighbors to the south, not only by fasting but by acting on their behalf and being advocate for them.
One of the partner organizations with the SOA Watch is “The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance”. They go on record as saying: “The U.S. military is the entity most responsible for destabilizing our environment. There are innumerable reasons for this including these examples: the exorbitant use of fossil fuels, depleted uranium weapons, worldwide transport of weapons and personnel, unlimited air travel, engagement in war and the possession, upkeep and transport of nuclear weapons.
-U.S. wars rage in Iraq and Afghanistan, causing immeasurable human suffering,
-U.S. Drone’s bombs continue to kill innocent people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places around the world.
-Our military spending is out of control while we have no money to meet basic human needs here in the U.S.
-Torture and illegal indefinite detentions continue in Guantanamo, Bagram, and other places around the world.
-The U.S. provides billions of dollars to countries which repress its citizens and neighbors, works closely with death squads in Columbia and Indonesia, trains Latin American soldiers who have been involved in rampant human rights abuses, at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, and has established AFRICOM, which will ensure more U.S. intervention on the continent of Africa.”
The Fast & Peace-Action represent a substantial effort to call attention to the human rights abuses and injustices that are the result of the ongoing militarization of the world by the U.S. But most of all, the fast continues because those are “our” sisters and “our” brothers who are the victims of an Empire out of control. Until we stand with them and walk with them in truth we are against them, please consider joining the fast today and spend the rest of this week imagining what its like to go to bed hungry every night of your life (Or find another way to imagine) – how this huge military-industrial complex has contributed to abject poverty in the third world, and what our moral responsibility as human beings and children of God is to “our” sisters and brothers of poverty.
Please go to the attached link for “National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance” for more information. Also, please keep those who are spending the week in D.C. fasting in your prayers and most especially all those who find themselves oppressed by the ongoing militarization of our planet earth.