Speak out against
|ACLU urges protest
-- this Friday, Jan. 11!
Witherspoon member Betty Hale has
suggested that many of you may be interested in this appeal
from the American Civil Liberties Union
This Friday, you can join
thousands of people across the country in marking a sad
anniversary with an act of hope.
The first prisoners arrived at
the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay on January 11, 2002.
Guantánamo quickly became an international embarrassment. It has
made a mockery of our laws and values for six long years. We
won't allow seven; this is the year we are going to end the
Nationwide, the ACLU has set
January 11th as a day of protest, declaring that it's long past
time that we put an end to illegality and close down Guantánamo.
The ACLU and organizations across the country are asking people
of conscience to wear orange to protest Guantánamo. I hope you
will consider standing in solidarity by wearing orange on Friday
Guantánamo is a reminder that
fundamental values of justice and fairness can sometimes be
violated by the very government entrusted with upholding them.
That's why we hope you will get involved in one of the following
Guantánamo has become a stain on
our nation's honor. That is why it is so important you join the
hundreds of thousands of Americans who are demanding the closure
of the prison at Guantánamo on January 11th.
>> Pledge to stand up for
American ideals and values.
Sign the Pledge.
ask your friends to get involved.
>> Throughout this week,
there will be events across the country, including in your
area- protests, prayer vigils, marches, and more - to bring
focus to the injustices being perpetrated at Guantánamo.
See what's happening and plan to attend an
Check out the materials we have available online:
you can print out a poster and fact sheet, download a blog
badge and get a toolkit with tools and tips on how to get
further involved on January 11th.
>> We're running online ads
on over 100 blogs to raise awareness and ignite further
activism in new audiences. If you have a blog, please
downloading and posting a badge,
and blog about closing Guantánamo this week.
Let us know about your blog
and we'll keep you on the inside track with updates,
interviews and additional resources.
Thank you for standing with
people of conscience to demand the US government close
Guantánamo once and for all.
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director ACLU
Some blogs worth visiting
Mitch Trigger, PVJ's
Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where
Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and
views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both
personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!
You can post your own news and views,
or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.
for Life" website
Long-time and stimulating blogger John Shuck,
a Presbyterian minister currently
serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton,
Tenn., writes about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized
and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and
Click here for his blog posts.
Click here for podcasts of his radio program, which "explores
the intersection of religion, social justice and public life."
John Harris’ Summit to
Theological and philosophical
reflections on everything between summit to shore, including
kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology,
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens
neighborhood of Ridgewood -- by a progressive New York City
Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon
board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in
Voices of Sophia blog
Heather Reichgott, who has created
this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:
After fifteen years of scholarship
and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the
voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy,
students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers
and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God
in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God
through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through
articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and
Got more blogs to recommend?
send a note, and we'll see what we can do!