August 2004
Ramblings and Reflections
By Charlie Brennan,
Newsletter 13

Dear Friends of Justice and Peace,

Douglas Roche in his book, The Human Right to Peace, writes, “I want a world that is human-centered and genuinely democratic – a world that builds and protects peace, equality, justice and development.  I want a world where human security as envisioned in the principles of the U.N. Charter, replaces armaments, violent conflict and wars.  I want a world where everyone lives in a clean environment with a fair distribution of the earth’s resources and where human rights are protected by a body of international law.”

Mr. Roche makes it so clear that “war causes starvation, deepens poverty, ruins environments, forces migrations of peoples, wrecks the rule of law, multiplies the gap between rich and poor, and causes prolonged misery for the most vulnerable people.”  He claims that, “War is not in the human genes.  We are not predestined to violence.  War comes out of our culture, the way we are socialized to interact with one another.”  He claims that,  “those who engage in peace work are the realists of our time, for they understand that the new technologies are accelerating the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and with them, the capacity to end life on earth.”

From: Exception to the Rulers (p. 293, 294)

Wilfred Burchett wrote in his dispatch:  “In Hiroshima, thirty days after the first atomic bomb destroyed the city and shook the world, people are still dying mysteriously and horribly – people who were uninjured in the cataclysm from an unknown something which I can only describe as an atomic plague.”  “Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city.  It looks as if a monster steamroller has passed over it and squashed it out of existence.”

Over 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The city of Hiroshima with a population of 350,000 had to be razed.  Multi-story buildings were reduced to charred posts.  Burchett saw people’s shadows seared into walls and sidewalks.  He met people with their skin melting off.  In the hospital he saw patients with purple skin, hemorrhages, gangrene, fever and rapid hair loss.

We remember and act in repentance and love:

  1. Sisters Witness Against War – August 6 at Peterson AFB – Sr. Barbara Huber 719-475-9585
  2. Pax Christi Walk, Pray and Vigil at Los Alamos – call 505-870-2275 or
  3. Faith and Resistance Retreat - Aug. 5-9 War and Destruction are Never Okay, Washington, DC. 202-882-9649 Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, or 410-233-6238 Jonah House or
  4. September 25 – October 2   Keep Space for Peace Week – Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space:.207-729-0517 or
  5. Adopt-A-Silo 2004! Nonviolent actions at all 49 Minuteman III Missile silos in northeastern Colorado – October 2 – Ending War 303-499-7038 or
  6. Presence in prayer, fasting, vigiling in your area of the world.

Decommission, Disarm, Dismantle WMD/Nuclear Weapons

USA    10,600    Russia 10,000    China 400 -    Israel     200+
France     350    Britain    185 -    India    60 -    Pakistan    48

Information Gleaned from Nukewatch

Thank you for the great books:

  1. The Gandhi Reader by Homer A. Jack
  2. The Healing Power of Purpose by Jean Maalouf
  3. The Human Right to Peace by Douglas Roche
  4. The Devolution Will Not be Televised poems by Gary Erb

and a new subscription to Harpers Magazine

Two Saints return to God:

My heart is filled with gratitude for the life, example and friendship of Peacemaker Helen Casey of Midland, Michigan.  Helen – Presente!

Sister Jackie Bennett, OP, our dear sister and friend supported us at demonstration sites and from her workplace.  Jackie – Presente!

I trust they will stir up the heavens for an Earth filled with justice and peace.

August is a month to remember history, to ask, seek and knock at doors for an end to warfare.  The world cannot bear up under the burden of violence.  I feel deeply connected with all of you and hope you experience the strength and courage also that comes from unity in conviction.

My heart is filled with love and gratitude for you, for your concern, for your gifts, for your letters and for your life-giving.

Always grateful,

Ardeth Platte
Federal Correction Institution
33 ˝ Pembroke Station
Danbury, CT 06811

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Thanks to all who are spreading the word by forwarding this newsletter to others!

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Also, Jonah House has a great website:  Past copies of newsletters are posted there as well as updates on other actions.


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