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Note: This was initially posted in May 2012. It is still extremely relevant now, in May 2014. Memorial Day airshows, glorifying war, are now being conducted in several locales around the country. Anti-war demonstrations are held at many of these. This article describes the 2012 Jones Beach airshow and the demonstration that was held there by dozens of Long Island peace activists. Please also check out the four-minute video, below. It provides a very good sense of both the airshow (bizarre) and the demonstration (inspiring).
Bombers flew over the Atlantic, as we watched from the shore. Jet fighters dove through the sky above us. The veteran standing beside me trembled, as the ear-piercing sound of the planes overhead evoked an agonizing memory of war.
The vet was a member of the Long Island Chapter of Veterans for Peace. He and I were among the sixty peace activists who attended Saturday’s Memorial Day Air Show at Jones Beach. Our gathering was organized by Pax Christi Long Island. Members of numerous Long Island peace and justice organizations participated, including Code Pink LI, North Country Peace Group, South Country Peace Group, LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, and the Suffolk Peace Network.
Our purpose in gathering at the beach this Saturday was to reaffirm the true reason that we observe Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day where we pause, to mourn the loss of those who died in war. It is a day to recommit ourselves to ending ongoing wars and to preventing further wars. Memorial Day is not a day for celebrating the weapons of war. The Jones Beach Air Show glorifies war and trivializes violence.
The bomber planes swooped over the ocean, opened their bomb bay doors, and dropped watermelons into the water. Thousands on the beach cheered. We stood solemnly, holding photos of the dozens of Long Islanders who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. We read their names. We mourned their loss. We stood before thousands of pink ribbons, each with the name of an American who was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. We vowed Continue reading
Update- 2013– It’s that time again! We are once again bombarded with holiday shopping advertisements. Here on Long Island, we are once again demonstrating in support of Walmart workers who are protesting and/or striking for reasonable wages and working conditions. We are also, once again, operating our Black Friday free store, offering food, clothing, and other items at “100% off, for the 99%.”
If you are in the NYC area, you can see Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, performing live at Joe’s Pub in the afternoons of December 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013 and January 12, 2014.
Update- November 2012- Black Friday is approaching. Members of Long Island’s peace and justice organizations will be demonstrating at a local mall, as we do each year at that time. This year, we will, along with local Occupy groups, hold our demonstration outside of Walmart, as we support the Walmart workers’ Black Friday strike. We are calling for an end to corporate greed and for a national policy that promotes jobs and not war.
(Update- December 2011: This post from 2010 is still relevant, of course. Reverend Billy has offered us this message, as he travels this 2011 holiday season, to join Occupy Chicago. “Riding the train 500 miles, I appreciate how vast this country is. Occupying this whole thing is a daunting task. Let’s take our Occupy Continue reading
The Peace and Justice Online website (www.peaceandjusticeonline.org) has reached a readership milestone. I am very pleased to announce that the site has achieved a total of more than 20,000 page views.
I am presenting, here, below, links to each of the five most viewed posts, along with a brief summary of each post. Each post includes a “Comments” option. Please do not hesitate to add a comment to any of the posts.
I hope you will also check out the website’s Directory of Resources. This Directory is an annotated listing of online resources for the peace and justice activist. I will be doubling the number of entries in the Directory, over the next few months. I would welcome suggestions for sites that you feel would be helpful to include. Just drop me a note, through the Contacts page.
And now, the Top Five Posts on Peace and Justice Online. Continue reading
Two hundred of us recently rallied outside the Southampton estate of David Koch, the oil billionaire who has been a prime financier of the Tea Party. As Koch hosted a $50,000-per-seat fundraiser for Mitt Romney, we chanted, “Democracy Not Plutocracy,” “Our Democracy Is Not For Sale,” and “Overturn Citizens United.”
As my readers know, the Supreme Court decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has been a major contributor to the weakening of our democracy, as it has substantially increased the ability of corporations and the wealthy to influence our elections. This decision, along with lower-court rulings and a key tax law loophole, has allowed unlimited, anonymous contributions to foster an electoral process that is more akin to “One Dollar, One Vote,” than to “One Person, One Vote.”
The United States population now has a greater disparity in both wealth and income than we have had in decades. (For details, click here.) As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis cautioned us, “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” As we work for a more equitable economy, Continue reading