Press candidates for peace stand
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