The Poem Challenges Torture

Katrina’s Dream published a new poem today by Malcolm Boyd about torture in American prisons.  The poem connects torture in our American jails and prisons with Jesus’ suffering.  The publication is timed to encourage the Episcopal Convention in Anaheim this July to pass a resolution asking Congress to outlaw torture in American jails and prisons. …
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A Resolution for General Convention on Indigenous Peoples

Title: Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery Resolved, the House of _____________ concurring, That the 76th General Convention direct The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori to write to the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II, urging her majesty to disavow and to repudiate publicly the claimed validity of the doctrine…
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Who Gets Tortured Most?

We torture tens of thousands of prisoners in the USA. They are largely BLACKS, HISPANICS, MENTALLY ILL, POORLY EDUCATED, just plain POOR, and if any of the above speak out and demand justice and fair treatment they are shipped far away from friends and allies as POLITICAL PRISONERS. A BBC documentary on USA prison torture…
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Washing State Prison Reform?

          Summary Report by The Washing State Institute for Public Policy Under current long-term forecasts, Washington State faces the need to construct several new prisons in the next two decades. Since new prisons are costly, the 2005 Washington Legislature directed the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to project whether there are “evidence-based” options that…
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NAACP leader challenges Maine prison policies

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 10, 2008 Like a movie hero, the NAACP’s new, young national president, Benjamin Jealous, swept into the 900-inmate Maine State Prison in Warren on Monday, quelling protests among the prisoners and, at least temporarily, rescuing the organization’s prison chapter from being snuffed out by state corrections officials. This is the…
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Torture’s Political Invisibility

by John Buell August 19, 2008 the Bangor Daily News That U.S. military personnel — and their superiors — supported the torture of enemy combatants elicits disturbingly little outrage among most voters. Human beings seldom torture those they regard as like themselves. Humans need and crave community, but throughout history narrow definitions of community and…
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Real George

The Real Saint

Tradition has is that George was born in about 280 AD in Turkey (Cappadocia). A Roman Army Officer, some suggest that he had Christian parents, others that he converted to Christianity after sheltering a Christian.

We drive. They get sick.

Tar Sands: Environmental justice, treaty rights and Indigenous Peoples Clayton Thomas-Müller, March/April 2008, Canadian Dimension magazine Tar Sands: Environment justice, treaty rights and Indigenous Peoples Pulling crude from the tar sands As a conventional reserves of crude oil tighten, the race is on in northern Alberta, where fleets of dinosaur -sized trucks are tearing apart…
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What a Privilege

In August Jean Rorher, a friend at St. Saviour’s Parish, Bar Harbor, emailed me a flier from “Troops Out Now.” It is at http://troopsoutnow.org/S29now.pdf After some phone and email conversations with the folks at Troops Out Now, I decided to go to the September 22-28 Encampment by the Capitol and the September 29 March to…
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WELCOME DIANA RAMSDELL NEWMAN!

From Sea to Shining Sea by Diana Ramsdell Newman Note by George: This is the first piece by Diana here on Katrina’s Dream web site. I wanted to get this up as soon as possible. In the future we will have a special page (something like “Just Words”) which will focus on Liberty and Justice…
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God Help Us

It’s Kristallnacht 2007 9/11 again. The ninth of November for Europeans. The burning of the synagogue in Ober Ramstdt during Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938. The local fire-department prevented the fire from spreading to a nearby home, but made no attempt to intervene in the synagogue fire. Trudy Isenberg Collection, USHMM Archives The US Holocaust Museum…
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And You Visited Me

British Churches Gear Up for Prison Week As Jail Population Hits Record High By Ekklesia staff writers — 2 Nov 2007 Churches across the country are gearing up to mark ‘prisons week’ as the UK’s prison population hits a record high. The week kicks off on 18th November 2007, when churches across Britain are being…
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Deacons: Charge Ahead!

Deacons Told: Do What you see is needed. Apologize to the Bishop Later. Presiding Bishop offers keynote address at biennial conference of U.S. and Canadian deacons By Kim Forman, June 26, 2007 [Episcopal News Service] Deacons are called to be the “nags of the church,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told the biennial Conference of…
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Cancel the War for Mother

Mother’s Day Proclamation Thanks to Lydia Thayer for this Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have breasts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and…
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UK Holocaust Curriculum

UK Treasury, Pears Foundation Pledge £1.5m. for Holocaust Education Article by Jonny Paul, In the Jerusalem Post Britain’s Treasury and the Pears Foundation, a major contributor to education and civil rights causes in the UK and abroad, will each contribute £250,000 a year for three years to the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) to train instructors…
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Joe Hill Would Be Proud

Unions for a Global Economy By Harold Meyerson, April 26, 2007; The Washington Post The business press has barely noticed and the usual champions of globalization have been mute, but an announcement last week in Ottawa signaled a radical new direction for the globalized economy. The United Steelworkers — that venerable, Depression-era creation of John…
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We Keep Doing It

Guernica — April 27, 1937   During the Spanish Civil War the Condor Legion of the German air force, supporting the Nationalists, bombed the Basque city of Guernica on April 27, 1937, an event memorialized in Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica. Source: Click Here  

Weep, John Adams, Weep

Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all Tuesday April 24, 2007 an article in  The Guardian Last autumn, there…
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A White New Orleans?

This May Be From Katrina Today, Congress has the opportunity to help thousands of New Orleans residents come back home.  The Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007 would re-open desperately needed public housing units and make sure there is no loss of affordable public housing in New Orleans. The bill quickly passed the…
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