Books Worth a Look

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave - This book is a must read. Better than anything else I've read, it takes you vividly into the life of a person in the 3rd world who has no choice but to escape. It is brilliantly written & works well as an audio book. Often I've sent info about the wonderful refugees I've met in Europe. We know only so much of their plight as it is painful for them to recall much less live through again by recounting it. But over time it is clear what they've lived through. This book is excellent as you discover the horrors of their world. Somewhat how to me, it is like being in Europe near a Concentration Camp. One has an obligation to visit it. 'Never to Forget.' In this case, to have our eyes opened.
  • Garbage King by Eliz Laird - The book is set on the streets on Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and here lives Mamo and his sister Tiggist. When Mamo's "uncle" offers a job, he soon sets out on a bus to work. Little does he know that he is actually being sold into slavery...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Green Peace Activist Sentenced

Monday in Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court at 2.00pm, Dan Viesnik was sentenced to 14 days in Pentonville Rd. prison for refusing to pay the fines for his Aldermaston Protest action against the Atomic Weapons Establishment

Dan had continued to refuse to pay the original 50 pound fine. The fine was increased so that as of yesteray it was 515 pounds.

Participating in the Aldermaston Protest against nuclear weapons, at the end of the march he sat down at the entrance to Military Defense Property refusing to get up voluntarily.

Dan is a regular volunteer at the London Catholic Worker's Community Cafe
and a Peace Activist The magistrates adjourned briefly to consider the 14 - 28 day penalty as prescribed by law for non payment of fines. The Chief Magistrate stated that they were not taking a position on Dan's action, but gave him a 14 day prison sentence. Dan had read a compelling statement to the Magistrates who were willing to sit & listen without comment. In his statement Dan quoted Thoreau including the sentence "Our duty is to do what is right."

The gallery was full of supporters from London as well as Nagase from the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park and a spare American. All stood to honor Dan as he was escorted out of the courtroom. With hands folded, Dan responded with a slight bow to the group.

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Thoughts on the amazing people I get to meet.

Rich, my 19 year old friend, soon to be Franciscan and recent community member at Haley House in Boston. An article he wrote.