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March 7th, 2014
According to reports by the Native Womenâ€™s Association of Canada
(NWAC), there are roughly 600 known cases of missing and murdered Indigenous
women in Canada, many of them unsolved.*
Loretta Saunders, an Inuit woman from Labrador whose family reported her
missing on 13 February 2014, is one of the latest. The RCMP discovered her body along a New Brunswick highway
on 26 February. That Saunders was
in the middle of finishing her PhD in Halifaxâ€” on Canadaâ€™s missing and murdered
Indigenous womenâ€”makes her death particularly harrowing, yet each of these
womenâ€™s deaths is reprehensible.
CPT attended the ninth Annual Strawberry Ceremony honoring
missing and murdered Indigenous women on 14 February, when over 200 people
gathered at the downtown Toronto police headquarters for a rally and march. Many individuals in the crowd held up
signs bearing names, dates, and occasionally photos. Several dozen people carried black silhouette-style signs
cut in the shape of women's profiles, with names in white lettering on one
side, and datesâ€”usually preceded with the word â€śmurderedâ€ťâ€”on the other.
March 5th, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, March 5, 2014
Pray for the community of Guayabo, Colombia, which
successfully resisted an eviction in November, but still fears the intervention
of illegal outside armed actors.
Erik Yesid Payares, 32, a leader for
the community of Guayabo, asked CPTâ€™s Colombia team to publicize the following
request this week: â€śIt is important to us that this problem is made known. We are humble people of peace and small
farmers. We live in a critical
situation under threat. We ask
that you help us and not abandon us.â€ťâ€™
|Epixel* for 9 March 2014|
|if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the
then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be
like the noonday.
|*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from |
the upcoming Sunday's
Revised Common Lectionary readings.
March 4th, 2014
On the evening of 28 February 2014, soldiers arrested eight
Palestinians on Shalala Streetâ€”six of them appeared to be under sixteen, and
two were clearly younger than twelve. Soldiers took the boys into the military base at Bab el Baladiya
at the entrance to the Old City and after approximately an hour, the soldiers took
all them away in military jeeps.
The arrests bring the total of child arrests and detentions
documented by internationals working in Hebron during the month of February to
eighteen. This number by no means reflects the total number of arrests and detentions
of Palestinian children by Israeli forces in the city.
Some of the detentions witnessed have been relatively brief,
including incidents where soldiers took children from residential streets or
the market, walked them some distance, compared them to photographs or
interrogated them in the street, then released them. Sometimes soldiers take
children into military bases or to military police stations and question them
there. Sometimes they arrest them in their homes and sometimes they hold them
March 3rd, 2014
On 12 October 2012, in the Sharazur District of Iraqi Kurdistan, twelfth grade
student Dana Jamal decided to skip his sports class to study for his upcoming
exam. In earlier years, the school planners decided that schoolyard trees were
not necessary, leaving students to seek the shade of an eight-foot high stone
wall. The government authorities decided not to listen to voices calling for
repairs to dilapidated school buildings. Dana paid the price when the boundary
wall fell on him as he intently read his book.
|One of Dana Jamal's fellow students tells|
about the day he died
In 1988, Saddam Hussein ordered many new construction
projects in the Kurdish region, including Halabjai Taza, or â€śNew Halabjaâ€ť to prove
to the international community that the reports of chemical bombing were
greatly exaggerated. Now, the school buildings that he had ordered to be built
in a hurry are cracking and falling apart.
For the past year, Danaâ€™s family has pleaded for someone to take some
responsibility for the tragic accident. However, everyone refuses to do so and blames
others. The Ministry of Education
is currently appealing the courtâ€™s decision that holds it responsible.
February 28th, 2014
Sample Letter of Concern about
Firing Zone 918
The following letter was drafted by Madison Monthly
Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends to Representative Pocan.
Dear Representative Pocan,â€¨
|An Israeli Civil Administration helicopter hovers above
agricultural land adjacent to the |
agricultural land adjacent to the Al Fakheit School in Firing Zone 918, forcing
villager to move with his donkey. Helicopters routinely hover over the school and
land, disrupting classes for children and grazing for animals.
We are writing to you on behalf of the Madison
Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (the Madison Quakers). We are the local committee that works
with the American Friends Service Committee to promote peace with justice. The belief of the worth of every
person is one of the basic principles of the Friends.â€¨ We ask that
you submit a request to the State Department for a formal inquiry as to the legality of
the forced demolitions in Firing Zone 918.â€¨We believe the Israeli establishment of Firing Zone
918 on a piece of land where 1000â€¨Palestinians currently live is immoral, and we
believe it is illegal under international law. â€¨The forced removal of people from their homes and livelihoods
in order to create a live ammunition military training space is in
violation of the Friendsâ€™ core principle of promoting
peace. â€¨We understand
the Palestiniansâ€™ removal would be in violation international law.