Press can­di­dates for peace stand

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The Edi­tor,

Ei­ther by plan­ning or by co­in­ci­dence, Catholic peace ac­tivists en­tered a nu­clear weapons sub­ma­rine base in Ge­or­gia, U. S. A. on April 5, the day af­ter the 50th an­niver­sary of the as­sas­si­na­tion of Martin Luther King.

Seven of the ac­tivists en­tered the base, smeared red paint on build­ings and signs, were ar­rested and charged with tres­pass­ing and de­fac­ing fed­eral gov­ern­ment prop­erty, re­ports The Wash­ing­ton Post. Their ac­tion fol­lowed MLK’s phi­los­o­phy and strat­egy of non­vi­o­lence to elim­i­nate in­ter­na­tional conflict.

On April 4 at Union United Church in Mon­treal, at a com­mem­o­ra­tion of MLK’s work, at­ten­dees ob­served a minute of si­lence at 6: 01 p. m., the ex­act time of MLK’s death in 1968. Demon­stra­tors also marched silently at the MLK memo­rial in Wash­ing­ton, D. C.

In Ge­or­gia, where MLK lived, seven of the Catholic peace ac­tivists en­tered the Kings Bay

Naval Sub­ma­rine Base in the south­east of the state which is the east coast home of what the U. S. Navy de­scribes as bal­lis­tic sub­marines of­ten called “boomers,” the launch plat­forms for in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal mis­siles.

The ac­tivists car­ried in an in­dict­ment charg­ing the U. S. gov­ern­ment with crimes against peace. They also car­ried in baby bot­tles con­tain­ing their own blood and ham­mers.

The ham­mers un­der­lined the words of the peace march song, “If I had a ham­mer, I’d ham­mer in the morn­ing, in the evening, all over this land, I’d ham­mer out dan­ger, a warn­ing, a love be­tween all we hu­mans, all over this world.”

It’s a song the thou­sand stu­dents form East­ern On­tario Catholic schools should sing when they come for the UNISWE Day in May to the Alexan­dria Sports Palace.

The pro­test­ers against the nu­clear cru­ci­fix­ion of the whole hu­man race en­tered the sub­ma­rine base one week af­ter the Maundy Thurs­day of Western Chris­ten­dom but dur­ing the Holy Week of the Ortho­dox Church.

Dur­ing the last week of March, Mon­treal city coun­cil voted to give MLK’s name to a street or pub­lic place.

The Cen­ter for Re­search Ac­tion on Place Re­la­tions sug­gests the city also name a pub­lic place af­ter his widow Coretta Scott King, who car­ried on MLK’s strug­gle and raised their four young chil­dren.

In his last speech, MLK said, “Men for years now have been talk­ing about war and peace. But now no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice be­tween vi­o­lence and non- vi­o­lence in this world; it’s non- vi­o­lence or non- ex­is­tence.”

In On­tario, let’s ask all of the can­di­dates dur­ing the elec­toral cam­paign to promise that if elected they will join the Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for Nu­clear Non- Pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment ( PNND) and will start a chap­ter at Toronto.

Ger­ard Daech­sel, Alexan­dria

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