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DALLAS PEACE CENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KELLI OBAZEE MANAGING EDITOR Adrian Sierra SR. EDITOR Trish Major DPC PHOTOGRAPHER WALID AJAJ 2011 BOARD MEMBERS PRESIDENT Rev. RYAN KOCH VICE PRESIDENT/TREASURER John Fullinwider SECRETARY Zara Tariq aftab siddiqui rev. l. charles stovall Eric Reece Rev. Diane Baker Mavis belisle sara mokuria
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Leslie Harris took part in the beginning of the Occupy movement in Washington D.C., and visited the occupa?on in New York. The following is her report of ac?vi?es that took place there: By Leslie Harris In May of 2011, I received and accepted an invita:on from ac:vist friends to sign a statement and pledge to be in Washington DC in October, 2011 -‐ the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the other we’ve seen.” Shortly thereaIer, the website for the October 2011 Movement to “Stop the Machine and Create a New World,” went up, announcing a plan to begin a “people’s occupa:on of Washington, D.C.,” and to build it to something even larger. This was to be an encampment; an occupa:on. Those who could would stay; others would start or par:cipate in solidarity ac:ons in their local communi:es. If thousands would join in, we could “kick-‐start a process of nonviolent change the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country in many years.”
Meanwhile, in June, a Canadian magazine called Adbusters registered the domain OccupyWallStreet.org and four days later, proposed a peaceful demonstra:on in New York City, in which people would stream into lower ManhaTan, seUng up camp and peacefully occupying Wall Street. On September 17, that’s exactly what happened, and soon “occupy” movements spread to ci:es around not just the country, but the world. It was on! Rev. Diane Baker, Carol Ezell and I ﬂew into D.C., arriving in :me to aTend the “Stop the Machine Kick-‐Oﬀ” event at Busboys and Poets, a restaurant/bookstore/ ac:vist-‐hang-‐out on K Street. It was hoppin’, with fabulous music by movement stalwarts Emma’s Revolu:on and David Rovics, and myriad speakers, including the likes of “ol’ regulars” (and frequent Texas visitors) Col. Ann Wright, CodePINK’s
Medea Benjamin, poet Lori Perdue , and many others including the president of Professional Fireﬁghters of Wisconsin, the president of the AFL-‐CIO's Metropolitan Council of Washington, a D.C. advocate for the homeless, a pediatrician who quit her job out of frustra:on over lack of healthcare coverage so she could work full-‐:me for change, and more. The crowd was as diverse as the issues we would address, but we all knew we were there for the same reason: to ﬁght for a new system, one that would put human need over corporate greed.
n A march to General Atomics to protest drone bombings. Nick MoTern brought replicas of drones which “ﬂew” above our heads. Again, we “shut it down” while Ray McGovern, Ann Wright, Debra Sweet and many others spoke and the crowd chanted, “When drones ﬂy, children die. Stop the wars now!” n A rally to stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline at the State Department review hearing with speakers including climate ac:vists Bill McKibben of 350.org and Mike Tidwell of Chesapeake Climate Ac:on Network. “Tar Sands: NO!” n A march to the new Mar:n Luther King Memorial, with climate ac:vists joining DC occupiers to say that “we’re not listening to Dr. King’s words when we spend wildly on militariza:on while cuUng human services and pollu:ng the air, water and land we need to survive.” n A forum, “War Voices,” to bring together community and na:onal organizers to reinvigorate public discussion about the implica:ons of a decade of war at home and abroad, with speakers from Afghanistan Veterans Against the War, Afghans for Peace, the Ins:tute for Policy Studies, the Na:onal Priori:es project, the Poverty Ini:a:ve, the Na:onal Coali:on to Protect Civil Freedoms, Military Families Speak Out, and more. n A march to the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum to protest militarism and drones. Several people entered intending to drop banners and were met with pepper spray. The doors were locked and the museum closed as the demonstra:on con:nued outside the building. n A march to the White House led by veterans and military families to demand a “Beer Summit for Peace,” with rousing speeches, drumming, dancing, and calls to Obama to have one of his famous beer summits to talk about ending wars and making peace! n A march through China Town to the Washington Conven:on Center for the 2011 AUSA Annual Mee:ng and
Exposi:on consis:ng of presenta:ons & discussions on military and na:onal security subjects as well hundreds of defense industry exhibits. We didn’t shut this one down, but we did pose with our banners in front of Humvees, spell out “BRING OUR WAR $$ HOME” with pink parasols, and “occupy” the front steps and surrounding sidewalks, chan:ng, “We are the 99% and we say NO to war!” and “Save our soldiers; bring them home!”
n A march through China Town to the Washington Conven:on Center for the 2011 AUSA Annual Mee:ng and Exposi:on consis:ng of presenta:ons & discussions on military and na:onal security subjects as well hundreds of defense industry exhibits. We “occupied” the front steps and surrounding sidewalks, chan:ng, “We are the 99% and we say NO to war!” and “Save our soldiers; bring them home!” n A visit to the Hart Senate Oﬃce Building, which houses the oﬃces of Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison. We swarmed the building, demonstra:ng in the atrium and the surrounding balconies on several ﬂoors, chan:ng and dropping banners. The place was virtually shut down as oﬃces were locked and staﬀers came out on the balconies to hear demands, “End war now!” “We are the 99% and we are against the wars!” Several demonstrators were arrested; many more gave interviews to the press.
of our second day there, we went down to Times Square and held our “Funding the Wars Is Killing the Troops…and the Economy!!!” banner, directly in front of the US Armed Forces Recrui:ng Sta:on. Before returning home to Dallas, I hopped a ride up to NYC to take a couple of days to Occupy Wall Street. The encampment was brimming with life – people talking, demonstra:ng, reading, sleeping, singing, dancing, playing music, cleaning, interviewing. The morning
I’m in a quandary about those who say the Occupy Movement doesn’t have a clear message. Sure, people have their special interests – an:-‐ war, the environment, jobs, educa:on, equality, the ﬁnancial system, human rights, etc – but everyone agrees that what we’re
demanding is a democra:c government that is “of, by, and for” The People…not the corpora:ons. I interviewed many people in DC and NYC about what they thought was the most important thing to come out of this movement so far. The resounding answer was: It’s an awakening! People are ﬁnally paying aTen:on! A space has been opened for dialogue… and people from all walks of life are coming together for a common cause: to make our world a fair and sustainable place for all.
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n A visit to the Capitol Hill for the House Armed Services CommiTee hearing on na:onal defense with tes:mony from Secretary of Defense Leon PaneTa and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mar:n Dempsey. Ci:zens had to line up in the hall two hours before the hearing to get one of the few spaces open for the public. Several people who got into the hearing voiced their objec:ons and were arrested. n A march to and protest of the Bank of America on Pennsylvania Avenue. n A demonstra:on to shine the light on Obama’s “free trade” deal with South Korean president Lee Myung-‐bak and the plans to put a naval base on Jeju Island, interna:onally recognized "Island of World Peace" that is home to more UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites than any single geographic loca:on on Earth.
Cristina Parker, Media Coordinator Border Network for Human Rights www.bnhr.org On the border, deportation can be a death sentence. Meet Janet. Janet is a 24-year-old human rights activist living near El Paso, Texas. She came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child. She went to middle and high school in Texas where she learned English. She and her husband Adrian have been activists with the Border Network for Human Rights in El Paso since 2006, when Congress was last considering immigration reform. But now Janet’s two young children will grow up without their father. On the morning of October 3, a state trooper detained Janet’s husband on his way to work for having out-of-state license plates. The trooper turned him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which held him in a detention center on the border for five days. He was denied a phone call or the opportunity to consult with a lawyer.
The first photo shows Yanet Marquez, left, and Catalina Valera. They both spoke at the press conference and rally on Nov 1 about losing their loved ones. Valera's son was deported last year and killed in Juarez trying to get back to his family in the U.S. for Christmas. He died on Dec 23. They are holding family photos which they brought for the annual BNHR Dia De Los Muertos day of remembrance.
summer in Texas, Republican state law enforcement — a disaster for the legislators banded together to bring security of everyone living there. the Arizona-style law to Texas. But more than a dozen police and The U.S. is unique for being a nation sheriff’s departments from across of immigrants. That’s why we must Texas asked lawmakers to drop it. do better. Law enforcement agents said the law The current system leaves would undermine their work. They children to grow up without their said they didn’t have the resources parents and families to live in fear of or the jail space for such a law. They the police. The Obama said people would stop reporting administration’s record-breaking crime and otherwise cooperating deportation rate and failure to act on with police. They said entire rational, humane immigration reform immigrant communities would are ripping American families apart become havens for crime if — often forever. immigrants began to fear police more than criminals. Their warnings are now being played out where Janet lives with her children. The state trooper who targeted Janet’s husband probably won’t find many people in that small community outside of El Paso willing to report crime to him. And the community won’t draw a distinction between trooper, sheriff and police either. His The photo of Ruben Adrian Beltran was taken last actions Christmas at his home in the U.S. with his oldest son, undermined Abraham, who is now 5. Abraham was in Juarez the the entire day his father was killed. He had begged his mom to community’s let him go to his grandmother's house in Juarez to see trust for all his father after he was deported. Abraham did not
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Janet, a member of a human rights committee in her community, says that she was desperate to reach him during that time. “I know my rights. I wanted to tell him to ask for a lawyer, to not sign anything,” she said. “I didn’t know where he was, they didn’t give him a phone call.” Finally, ICE convinced Adrian, a native Spanish speaker, to sign a voluntary departure agreement in English. He was deported to Juarez, Mexico, on Friday. Desperate to return to his wife and children, Adrian tried to contract a coyote — a predatory criminal who offers to take migrants across the border for exorbitant fees. By Saturday afternoon, he was dead. Adrian died in a PT Cruiser driven by the coyote who offered him a way back to his family. Rival criminals attacked the car, killing three men in the car and kidnapping the coyote, who was later found cut into pieces in a macabre warning to others. A week after Adrian’s death in Juarez, ICE issued a press release boasting that the agency had broken the record for most deportations in a fiscal year — again. The agency claimed that most of those deported had been criminals. But the numbers on S-Comm, Obama’s local law enforcement tool to identify and deport immigrants, tells a different story. The majority of deportations resulting from S-Comm are of noncriminal immigrant workers. Janet and Adrian’s story is a perfect example of the injustice of a broken immigration system and the real dangers of getting local law enforcement involved in federal immigration enforcement. The big fight over immigration in states like Arizona, Georgia and Alabama has been about the issue of giving local law enforcement the power to stop and ask people for their immigration status. This
witness the murder, but continues to ask his mother when his father is coming home from work.
Ross: Discrimination of Immigrants Inconsistent With Christian Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience
By Trish Major Rev. Owen Ross, pastor of the primarily Latino Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Mission in Dallas, was waiting for kids to show up for children’s choir one Wednesday night, but nobody came. He learned that word had gotten out that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) was doing raids that evening, and parishioners were afraid to part with their children. One parishioner later told of hiding with her children in a closet. Owen thought, “What country are we living in that children are afraid of the police?” The answer, according to Ross, is one that is not governed by Christian teachings, as regards immigration. At a lecture given on October 4 as part of Northaven UMC’s “Faith Voices on Justice” series, Ross systematically showed how anti-immigrant laws and attitudes are inconsistent with the Christian faith. Using the Wesley Quadrilateral, John Wesley’s recipe for theological formation, which consists of scripture, tradition, reason and personal experience, he made the case for welcoming the stranger. Ross passed out a paper listing scriptures that related to immigration. (He had to use the Arial Narrow font to fit them all in, he said.) Much is written about the alien in the Old Testament. As they were coming out of slavery, the Israelites were asking God how they should deal with immigrants coming to their land. Consistently, the answer is “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.” (Exodus 22:21)
New Testament references to immigration are scarcer since, at that time, the aliens were Roman soldiers and were the oppressors, not the oppressed. Still, Ross finds it significant that Christians believe their Savior was born into a family that would become illegal aliens themselves, sneaking across the Egyptian border at night. Also, one of Jesus’ most well-known parables that answers the question, “Who is your neighbor?” involves an alien, a Samaritan. According to Ross, if the U.S. based its laws on the Bible, it would welcome, honor, provide for and love immigrants, yet the Christian right has been silent on this issue. He said preachers are picking and choosing their texts, “like a child going down the sidewalk trying not to step on cracks.” Ross referred specifically to United Methodist policy when he spoke of tradition as regards immigration. He said the UM Social Principles demand that we recognize and embrace all people as members of the family of God, and that we advocate for justice for immigrants. The component of reason does not fit into the xenophobic behavior of our nation. Ross said, “There is no reason in fear, but perfect fear cast out reason.” He said that in the ‘90s our economy was fine, and we gave little notice to immigrants, but the 9/11 attacks fomented nativism, suspicion, and fear, and we started building a wall to fence out people not like us.”
Ross noted that the legislators introducing most of the antiimmigrant legislation in the Texas House are people who probably don’t have a lot of personal experience with immigrants. He introduced the parents of Christian Ramirez, who has received a deportation order. Ramirez, originally from El Salvador, was stopped in Farmers Branch because of an expired inspection sticker. Ross said that Ramirez has worked steadily for three years in order to pay his attorneys, and he has asked for two evenings a week off work – Wednesdays to help with youth group, and Sundays to go to church. This does not fit the profile of the dangerous immigrant that helped the anti-safe sanctuary bill pass the Texas Senate this year. Ross said this bill actually
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means safe sanctuary for criminals in undocumented immigrant neighborhoods because people will be afraid to report crime. Ross recommended six simple actions that can help assure just and humane treatment of immigrants: • Put a pro-immigrant bumper sticker on your car • Campaign for the DREAM Act • Sign up to be a part of the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) • Write letters to protest Christian Ramirez’s deportation • Contact candidates in contested elections and ask them, “What is your definition of amnesty?” and “What is your stand on comprehensive immigration reform?” • Get to know the undocumented. When viewed through a lens of scripture, tradition, reason and personal experience, there can be only one Christian reaction to immigrants: to love and serve another member of the family of God.
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Ross said we live in a schizophrenic nation in which our economy demands the presence of immigrants but our politics demands that they leave. “With our bad economy we are frustrated and the undocumented immigrant is the easiest dog to kick.” Reason dictates that we come together to make comprehensive immigration reform.
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Saturday October 7, 2011 Proyecto Inmigrante ICS Inc., held it's 7th Annual Conference on Immigration and Education. This Conference as expected was very successful. More than 200 people attended. Guest speakers included: • U.S.C.I.S, ICE, - Jon Gurule, Acting Unit Chief for Secure Communities • Law Enforcement Fort Worth- Daniel Segura, Public Relation Officer • Director, Center for Religous Leadership Southern Methodist University- Patricia Davis PH.D. • Norma Cole- Financial Ait Outreach Coordinator UTA • Lourdes Davenport- Coordinator of Technical Preparation TCC The community was able to ask questions to members of each panel. Officers from USCIS & ICE provided valuable information on what to expect from their officers. The community was also provided with information on how to get into college even without a social security number. The steps to take and how to get financial aide. At the end of the conference the community left with a better understanding of Secure Communities and a clearer picture on how to attend college.
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Liberal Zionism By Miko Peled Setting aside for a moment the argument of whether dividing historic Palestine into two states was ever a good idea, clearly forty years ago it was a viable solution. Today as liberal Zionist Jews and others call for this solution, it is a sad and pathetic sight. In 1967, after the IDF completed the conquest of Palestine, great men like Dr. Nahum Goldman, Dr. Yishayahu Leibovitch, General Dr. Matti Peled and other prominent Jews called for the immediate establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. However, Jews in Israel, America and elsewhere around the world were basking in the messianic glow of the conquest of historic Israel, bewitched by the sounds of biblical names now made accessible. Names like Hebron and Bethlehem, Shilo and Bet El, all of which who were now within reach drove everyone, including secular liberal Jews to believe that there is a God and that he was really on their side. Never mind that a solution whereby half of the population receives barely 20 percent of its historic homeland while the remaining half receives the rest had little chance of success to begin with. Now the West Bank is riddled with towns and malls and highways built on Palestinian land for Jews only and Israeli cabinet members openly discuss population transfers, or rather transfer of its non-Jewish population. The level of oppression and the intensity of the violence against Palestinians has reached new heights and so the questions that begs to be asked are: who exactly will allow Palestinians to establish their mini state? and where will this state exist? If there is any doubt in anyone’s mind, Israel has no intentions of ever letting go of any part of historic Israel. Discussing the two state solution now under these conditions shows an acute inability to accept reality. As
Miko Peled is an Israeli peace activist and writer living in the US. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Miko grew up in this highly political insider’s milieu. A young patriot, he volunteered for a Special Forces Commando unit in the Israeli Defense Forces, service he later came to regret. Peled's outlook goes beyond the ordinary perceptions on the Israel Palestine question common in the US. Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine its people and their narrative he has written a book about his journey called “The General’s Son.”
one learns about the history of the Zionist movement and the early years of the state of Israel one will understand that parting with any portion of historic Israel is not something Israel will ever do. Liberal Jews in the US (see J Street) and in Israel (see the Zionist liberals like David Grossman who recently received a peace award in Germany) all of a sudden realized that there was a problem. They all claim that the solution is partition and segregation via the creation of a tiny and impotent state for the Arabs of Palestine. They do claim that Israel must be reprimanded for its treatment of Palestinians and they even condemn the siege on Gaza. These are commendable statements coming from Zionists anywhere particularly in the US where criticizing Israel is a mortal sin, but this is just talk. There is an illusion that a liberal, forward thinking government can rise in Israel and then everything will be just as liberal Zionists wish it to be. They will pick up where Rabin and Arafat left off and we will have the pie in sky Jewish democracy liberal Jews want so much to see in Israel. This illusion is shared by American Jews, liberal Zionists in Israel and around the world and in the West where guilt of two millennia of persecuting Jews still haunts the conscience of many. If only there were better leaders and if only this and if only that… But alas, reality continues to slap everyone in the face: Zionism and peace are
incompatible. I will say it again: Zionism is incompatible with peace. A serious study of the history of modern Israel will show that the emergence of Netanyahu and Lieberman was perfectly predictable. They are the natural successors of David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin. As one looks at the political map in Israel one can see that future Zionist leaders, be they from Labor, Likud, Meretz or the religious nationals, will be no different and offer no change. The problem is Zionism and the solution is dismantling the Zionist framework and instituting a secular democracy that does not discriminate between Israelis and Palestinians. In other words, no one nation will rule over the other but the rule of law will govern everyone equally. Zionism has created a state that wants nothing to do with peace or reconciliation. The problem is not Benjamin Netanyahu and Lieberman and the solution is not Yossi Beilin or David Grossman who represent the Zionist liberals. The problem is that the basic premise on which the Jewish state was founded, Zionism, is flawed.
The General’s Son
To be Free at Last
Mass incarceration is rapidly movement. Friendship West Baptist becoming one of the most evident Church, pastored by Haynes, hosted patterns of racial injustice in the the summit from September 29 – United States. Poor people of color October 1, 2011, in Dallas, Texas. have been the primary targets, Dismantling the New Jim Crow especially black men and boys. The system that is destroying minority evolution of this problem has been families and communities is critical. well documented in the book by This was a working summit to share Michelle Alexander, The New Jim and document existing activities and Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age ideas, and develop the next steps to of Colorblindness. A large-scale public launch a national campaign and education and consciousness raising movement in collaboration with effort is desperately needed to awaken people to the realities of mass incarceration and the damage that has been done. Danielle Ayers Unlike the systems of slavery and Jim Crow, the system of mass incarceration is officially colorblind and thus the bias inherent in the system is largely invisible, even to many people who are directly impacted. Prisons are out of sight, out of mind. The colorblind veneer affords the system a certain plausible deniability. The widespread belief that people caught up in the criminal justice system are failures, undeserving of our moral concern, and fundamentally “no good,” leads to profound indifference to their suffering, as well as to community stakeholders from across enormous shame and resignation in the the nation. The goal of the summit and communities hardest hit by mass consultation was to further the process incarceration. of building consensus, common In view of these circumstances, a ground and common messages to major public education and address “The New Jim Crow.” consciousness-raising campaign is Participants represented various needed to dispel prevailing myths and disciplines in academia, retired and birth a new, critical consciousness active law enforcement, federal judges, conducive to effective collective formally incarcerated persons, HBCU action. The Samuel DeWitt Proctor college students, ecumenical and Conference (SDPC), Rev. Dr. interfaith communities and community Frederick D. Haynes III and Atty. organizers from across the country. Michelle Alexander hosted a critical Each person demonstrated their consciousness raising leadership existing commitment to this cause. summit to catalyze and organize a
Each person came with a unique set of resources, experiences and expertise to undertake this work. Talented and gifted facilitators and speakers guided information exchange and enriched the workshop experience. Breakout sessions covering areas such as children of the incarcerated, public policy, the juvenile justice system, reentry, reconciliation, and ecumenical and interfaith collaboration were held. The high point of the conference was Thursday night. In a public event, Michelle Alexander shared vital information from her book and conducted a question and answer session. This was an opportunity to educate the community on the New Jim Crow and provide a narrative that will challenge all of us to connect with the issue of mass incarceration. The goal of our collaborative efforts is to birth a human rights movement that challenges and transforms the values and ethics of American policies and practices that serve to undermine the basic human dignity and value of all people. We aim to build this movement as we tackle the myriad of issues surrounding the New Jim Crow and mass incarceration. The official movement is entitled “To Be Free at Last.” This work has in large part been catalyzed by Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Danielle Ayers Minister of Justice, Friendship West Baptist Church
The Dallas Peace Center Celebrating 30 Years of Peacemaking in North Texas and Beyond presents the
25th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner honoring
2011 Peacemaker of the Year Rais Bhuiyan for his extraordinary commitment to breaking the cycle of hate and violence ! through the power of forgiveness. He is the founder of World Without Hate, an organization committed to teaching people how to heal their own anger and respond nonviolently in times of crisis. www.worldwithouthate.org
Roger Kallenberg for his lifelong devotion to the peace and justice community of Dallas, in ! particular his passion for the Palestinian community, a nuclear free world, and an economy freed from the industrial military complex.
2011 Peacemaking Organization of the Year
2011 Media Peacemaker of the Year
South Dallas Cultural Center
for their work in empowering and inspiring ! the African American community to cultivate a more diverse and vibrant world through the arts.
for her continued discipline to be an objective reporter ! that is willing to take risks and cover stories of grassroots activism which typically go unnoticed.
Thursday, December 1, 2011 Reception â€“ 5:30 p.m.
Dinner â€“ 7:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel 4099 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75244
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Trends in School Discipline Grease the Pipeline to Prison By Trish Major During the latter part of the 20th century, the popular political stance was to be “tough on crime,” and schools followed suit. By 1997, 79% of schools nationwide had adopted “zero tolerance” policies for drugs, alcohol and violence. Relationships between school systems and juvenile justice systems became closer. Texas was no exception. In July 2011, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, released a groundbreaking report on the effects of school disciplinary measures on Texas students. On October 3, the Institute for Urban Policy Research at UTD held a Dialogue Series event, “Issues in Education: The School to Prison
Pipeline,” at Friendship West Baptist Church. At the event, the report was presented and panel members added personal testimony on the effects of school discipline. The report, Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study on How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement, is the result of compiling campus data for all of Texas’ 2000-2002 seventh through twelfth graders—in effect, following three classes of Texas students from middle school through high school. By controlling for more than 80 variables, researchers were able to make some startling claims. Kathryn Freeman, staff attorney at Texas Appleseed Project, which contributed to the study, outlined some of the findings:
• Six out of 10 Texas students
have been suspended or expelled at least once from 7th to 12th grade. Controlling for all factors, African American males are 31 percent more likely to be disciplined than white or Hispanic males. Nearly 75 percent of special education students were suspended or expelled at least once. 10 percent of those suspended or expelled during the study did not graduate; 59 percent of those disciplined 11 or more times dropped out. Nearly half of those students who were disciplined 11 or more times were in contact with the juvenile justice system.
Bray backed up her statement saying, “If we employed zero tolerance as a parent where would we be? If we employed zero tolerance as employers where would we be? Folks in prison today didn’t forget how to read – they never learned.” Brent Welch, a teacher at Samuell High School, said the current system fosters a culture of punishment instead of prevention beforehand or rehabilitation afterward. Many of his students are coming to school “with adult problems,” issues that are emotional and psychological in nature. Motivating them through discipline is a short term solution, he said.
State Representative Helen Giddings said that in 2007, after hearing about two 10-year-olds in a shoving match being given Class C misdemeanor citations, she filed legislation that children under 12 could not be given citations. Her colleagues said it was an isolated incident and did not support it. “But they found out it wasn’t,” she said. She ended up getting the legislation through by amending another bill, so now children up to 6th grade do not receive Class C misdemeanor citations for nonviolent behavior. Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Director, Dallas County Juvenile Probation, said she is committed to ensuring that kids are not in the county juvenile system if they don’t have to be. She said she is concerned that the term “DMC” doesn’t mean “Disproportionate Minority Confinement” but rather, “Do Minorities Count?” Kelli Obazee, Director of the Dallas Peace Center, noted that her organization offers an extracurricular program called “One Makes a Difference” that empowers young people to chart their own destinies by learning conflict resolution skills,
empathy and basic social and developmental skills. LaKashia Wallace is an organizer for Texas Organizing Project whose son, Joseph, has been diagnosed bipolar and ADD. She said he has been expelled from school, even though he was in a special education program, for horseplay, talking back, fighting and refusing to work. Wallace supports a new discipline approach called School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) which is based on prevention and intervention, and emphasizes teaching and reinforcing social skills and problem-solving. She said that when the Amarillo school district adopted the program, its disciplinary referrals fell by 30 to 66 percent.
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Dr. Timothy Bray, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research, sees the report as a giant step in reforming school discipline. “Our policy makers and legislators respond to numbers,” he said. “When we get numbers we can get responses.” Panel members seemed convinced that schools today are too quick to write off students as behavior problems. DISD School Board member Carla Ranger, noting schools’ zero-tolerance policies, said, “Some of us would not be sitting here as bright and alert citizens if the same rules were in effect when we were in school as are in effect now.”
“The kids are our future,” said Wallace, “so let’s educate them, not incarcerate them.” To download a copy of Breaking Schools’ Rules, go to http:// justicecenter.csg.org/resources/ juveniles.
One of Welch’s students, Marcus, told of his sister who was a great student. One day someone picked a fight with her and she ended up breaking her challenger’s nose. She went to jail, and now has a criminal record that prevents her from getting a job. Marcus sees the practice of suspensions for dress code violations as over-the-top harassment. Both Welch and his student noted that the method Samuell uses to clear the playground is a siren reminiscent of those used in prison yards. Some of the solutions discussed at the event include legislation, new disciplinary approaches and extracurricular programming.
One audience member said she was a teacher with two 12-year-old mothers in her class.
Yoo's Torture Memo Justification Defeated by Pitts' Reason, Compassion
John Yoo (left) debated Chip Pitts (right) with Prof. Seyom Brown Moderating (center).
By Trish Major
The opponents could hardly represent more opposite streams of thought. The question was “Resolved: That U.S. counterterrorism policies have been consistent with Constitutional law.” The players were John Yoo, former legal counsel to President George W. Bush and author of the infamous “Torture Memos,” and Chip Pitts, former chair of Amnesty International USA and former president of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. The debate was part of the Conference on National Security and Civil Liberties, presented by
the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, held at SMU on October 22. John Yoo started the debate by asserting that since 9/11 the country has been at war, ergo activities that normally would be illegal must be reevaluated in light of extraordinary circumstances. He defended his claim that the U.S. is at war by saying that a foreign opponent attacked inside our borders and caused a large amount of destruction. If the Soviet Union had done the same thing as Al
Qaeda, he said, we would have called it war. The framers of the Constitution included an executive branch precisely for these situations, said Yoo, so that the president could respond swiftly in emergency situations. Generally, Congress initiates legislation and the president enacts it, but in times of war, the order is reversed: the president is proactive and Congress can decide whether or not to continue by holding the purse strings. The War Powers Resolution, passed in 1973, gives the president authority to react to national emergencies, but forbids armed forces from remaining active more than 60 days without Congressional authorization or the declaration of war. However, Yoo said that this resolution has never been enforced, and therefore shouldn’t be forced on the Bush administration. Were we to limit presidential power, Yoo said, our recent involvement in Libya would be unconstitutional, as would the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued as a war measure by Abraham Lincoln. Chip Pitts countered that in times of war, the president has more expansive powers, but not to the extent that Yoo explicated either in his argument or in the memos he wrote as legal counsel to President Bush.
even be questioning this issue,” said Pitts. In Yoo’s rebuttal, he repeated that the U.S. has been in a state of war – if we weren’t, then the recent killing of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki would have been illegal. Both the separation of powers and the definition of torture in a time of war were unsettled at the time of the 9/11 attacks. Yoo said that he had been charged with finding out “how far we could go” in the area of torture. There were no previous cases regarding torture, he said, and the law was ambiguous. Yoo’s interpretation was that the president, with wartime powers, could determine the definition of torture. Yoo concluded that the net effect of the Bush policies is that there have been no other successful attacks on the U.S., we have killed our enemies and civil liberties are “fairly robust.” Pitts said that authorizing the chief executive to use military force does not excuse his sidestepping the rule of law. He said
that there are, in fact, precedent cases involving torture, e.g., Japanese torture prosecutions from World War II. Pitts said that he does have a problem with the killing of Awlaki, as he would with any government that puts out a contract on its own citizens. He repeated that this kind of behavior was the reason for the American Revolution. As far as the effectiveness of the war on terrorism, Pitts cited the skyrocketing number of suicide bombings throughout the world and the evidence that drone strikes and human rights violations have metastasized and strengthened terrorist enclaves. At the end of the debate, the audience of almost 100 people exited through one door if they thought Pitts had won the debate and another if Yoo had won. Even at an event sponsored by fair conservative foundations, more than three-fourths of the audience exited through Pitts’ door.
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The United Nations Convention Against Torture, which was ratified by Congress (and is therefore U.S. law) specifically states that war situations may not be used as a reason to torture. In his memos, Yoo took advantage of a new situation, an attack by a non-nation state, to confuse the situation and make ambiguous laws that were once explicit, said Pitts. Our country was founded in order to battle arbitrary violations of civil liberties by King George III, and today our civil liberties are again under attack. Most programs are secret, he said, but today the government can listen in on your phone and read your emails. The PATRIOT Act has effectively enacted a permanent state of emergency, reminiscent of Syria and Egypt before Arab Spring. Pitts listed some of the forms of torture approved in Yoo memos, including sleep deprivation, forced nudity, beatings, humiliation, and threats from dogs. He then cited numerous authorities who soundly trashed Yoo’s legal scholarship. “I am very concerned that we should
BRIDGING THE GAP CAMPAIGN
The Dallas Peace Center is pleased to announce the first of its kind Bridging the Gap campaign connecting with the world through letters of encouragement, compassion and solidarity. Your words of empowerment will speak volumes to them and your voices will reach beyond the horizons. Take part of this historical opportunity and speak from your heart to their hearts. What do you say to a completely helpless father who was not able to protect his child from death? What do you say to a grieving mother who identified the body of her tortured son? What do you say to an orphan child who lost his father or mother? What do you say to the Syrian people who are losing their lives every day simply because they ask for freedom? Can you imagine what they must be going through? What words do you think they need to hear? What messages do you think will encourage them to persevere? For more informa:on please email (Syria@dallaspeacecenter.org)
DIRECTOR’S CUT By Kelli Obazee What an honor it is to serve an organiza:on that for 25 years recognizes those who give generously of themselves so that they and others might thrive. This year’s awardees contribute to peacemaking in very diﬀerent yet signiﬁcant ways. Daily they live in service to the community. Their lives emulate those who are seeking to create a culture of peace, by making deliberate reverbera:on toward a peace consciousness. Media Peacemaker of the Year, BJ Aus'n, covers stories that bring people together and oﬀer a view from the other side. On Mar:n Luther King Jr. Day, Aus:n covered the story of the Dallas community standing in solidarity for the rights of garbage workers. When Osama Bin Laden was killed, Aus:n par:cipated in a press conference held at the Dallas Peace Center, covering this story from a very diﬀerent perspec:ve of a jubilant na:on to a people of consciousness that ques:oned if jus:ce was really served and concerned about the precedent set because of his murder.
This na:on’s propensity toward violence is strongly inﬂuenced by the media. A true path to peace will be the result of media that honors compassion, human rights, and inter-‐ connectedness over sensa:onalism. The South Dallas Cultural Center Peacemaking Organiza:on of the Year, serves all communi:es as a place where we connect and share our culture with each other. It is the mee:ng place that feels like home. At the SDCC you ﬁnd a cross-‐ genera:onal, culturally rich environment awake to the suﬀering and deliverance of all people without regard to race. It is a mee:ng space where we convene to discuss and iden:fy solu:ons that plague our society. Vicki Meek, Execu:ve Director, oversees it all with the watchful eyes of a wise woman maintaining the sanc:ty of the space. Roger Kallenberg Life:me Achievement Awardee, truly lived his values of peace, jus:ce, and reconcilia:on. He taught us the importance of being truly connected to one another. Roger gave meaning to “Taking It to the Streets.” You could ﬁnd him in the synagogues advoca:ng on behalf of the atroci:es commiTed against the children of Pales:ne. You could see him at gun show where he rented a table and set up a display for economic conversion and engaged those
passing by in a discussion about the military industrial complex in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area. His sister tells a story of him traveling to Mexico to meet the families of his students to beTer understand their culture and challenges. He con:nues to be an inspira:on to us all. Rais Bhuyan, Peacemaker of the Year, has lived a story that inspires us to evoke empathy and to forgive even the most egregious oﬀenses. It is in the power of empathy and forgiveness that the cycles of violence are broken and that healing takes place. Come and celebrate with us our 30th Year Anniversary and 25th Annual Peacemaking Awards Dinner. For more informa:on and :ckets: www.DallasPeaceCenter.org. “But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper; let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human des:ny are not beyond the reach of human beings.” -‐-‐ John F. Kennedy (1917-‐1963) In memory of Roger Kallenberg click here!
By Trish Major The South Dallas Cultural Center isn’t just a place to go for education and entertainment. It is a home formed out of mutual adoption. SDCC has adopted the neighborhood, and the neighborhood has adopted SDCC. New children enter into the family, they grow up, and they stay connected. The Dallas Peace Center celebrates this relationship and the mutual respect between the Center and the community when it names the SDCC the 2011 Peacemaking Organization of the Year on December 1. When SDCC was conceived and built 25 years ago, the people who fought for it wanted a cultural center for African American artistic expression, however the Center ended up having a multicultural focus, according to director Vicki Meeks. Soon after, the City of Dallas brought in focus groups and consultants to find out what the neighborhood really wanted out of the Center. They found that the Center needed to narrow its focus to the African American and African Diaspora cultural community. Meeks took over the Center in 1997 and has concentrated on the international nature of the African Diaspora, bringing in cultural programs from the Caribbean and Latin America. She understands the desires of the South Dallas African American community because she is a part of it. Coming from a family of community organizers, and having no publicity budget, she realized that everything was going to have to happen by word of mouth. When she came to Dallas she immediately started going to PTA meetings, hanging out at the Minyards, going to the barber shops. “The only way it works is if people know they can trust you and realize that you are
serious about your commitment,” she said. Part of that commitment means trying new ideas that are suggested by people in community. One thing that has surprised Meeks is how often there will be a program that no one thought would be popular, and it was enthusiastically welcomed. She said one time Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando gave a lecture at the Center, and afterwards they were going to show one of her films. Rolando was afraid no one would want to stay for the film because it was in Spanish, but everyone stayed and enjoyed the film. “Don’t get hung up on the language,” said Meeks. “Look at the people; look at the culture.” One of SDCC’s programs is Fahari Arts which reaches out to the African American lesbian and gay community. This program was suggested by Harold Stewart, whose general impression of the black gay community is that it is primarily interested in partying. He wanted to create a vehicle to express more than that, and today Fahari Arts (“fahari” means “proud” in Swahili) includes an open mike event called Queerly Speaking and a Queer Film Festival. Other programs include Saturday classes is literacy, music, dance, visual arts and self improvement for which the SDCC partners with Big
Thought and Chase Bank; the monthly Evening of Spoken Word, emceed by Michael Guinn; Black Cinematique, which produces the Black Women’s Film Festival, Short & Sweet for regional African American filmmakers, Black Men’s Film Festival and the Black Comedy Film Festival. The Senior Cinema features a daytime screening once a month along with a program. Visual art shows in the Center’s Gallery rotate every two months. Also calling the SDCC home are two resident dance companies, afterschool programs at three schools and the Juanita Craft Center, and a year-old African Diaspora percussion ensemble. One of the newest programs, Soul Children’s Theater, acquaints young people and the community with the rich and extensive literary treasures of the African Diaspora. Its director, Ava Wilson, exemplifies the SDCC’s place in the community. She went to the SDCC summer arts programs as a child, she went off to college at Temple University in Pennsylvania, and she has returned to give back. Explaining why the SDCC has never had a graffiti problem, Meeks said, “The kids grew up here. They know it’s theirs. We made an investment in the community and the community invests in us.”
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SDCC brings community culture of African Americans and African Diaspora
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One Man Gives a Powerful Lesson of Putting Love Over Hate Publication Date: July 27, 2011 Page: A09 Section: OpEd Zone: Tarrant Edition: Main Bob Ray Sandersbobray@startelegram.com *Forgiveness: A crime victim finds peace in trying to save the life of his assailant. Bob Ray Sanders firstname.lastname@example.org A Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh tried his best to teach us, by example, the importance of forgiveness. Unfortunately, it was a lesson many people in Texas and around the country did not want to entertain, must less learn. If anyone has a reason to hate and pray for the damnation of an enemy, it is Rais Bhuiyan, who still wears the scars of a gunshot blast to the face, inflicted by a self-avowed racist. His assailant was Mark Anthony Stroman, who went on a shooting spree in Dallas County shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, targeting "Middle Eastern"looking men for revenge. As it turned out, his three victims were South Asians. Stroman shot to death Pakistani native Waqar Hasan on Sept. 15, 2001, at his Dallas convenience store. On Sept. 21, Stroman entered the service station co-owned by Bhuiyan and asked him, "Where are you from?"
Before Bhuiyan could respond, Stroman shot him in the face and left him for dead. The former Bangladeshi Air Force officer, who had come to this country a year earlier, survived the attack but was blinded in one eye. Thirteen days later, Stroman attempted a robbery at a Mesquite service station, where he killed Vasudev Patel, a native of India. Surveillance tapes in that shooting led to Stroman's capture, prosecution and subsequent sentence of death. Stroman, in his writings, said that
Despite Stroman's obsessive hatred and his acts of violence, Bhuiyan forgave his would-be killer and fought to save his life, asking the state to commute the death sentence to life without parole. Bhuiyan was joined in his effort by family members of the other victims. When it was apparent that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gov. Rick Perry would not intervene in delaying or halting Stroman's death by the state, Bhuiyan filed suit to try to get a stay of execution. He had requested an
what he had done "was not a crime of hate, but an act of Passion and Patriotism, an act of country and commitment, an act of retribution and recompense." He was so defiant, in fact, that during his trial he "shot the finger" to the relatives of the victim.
opportunity to meet with Stroman in person, and noted he had just learned from prison officials that it would take months of counseling and preparation of both victim and inmate in order for such permission to be granted.
although he was able to talk briefly with Stroman by phone. Stroman was executed by lethal injection last week in Huntsville. His victim's show of mercy apparently had some affect on the condemned man, causing him to acknowledge that what he had done was wrong. He had made a "terrible mistake out of love, grief and anger," he told Associated Press reporter Michael Graczyk. "From the death chamber," Graczyk wrote, "Stroman asked for God's grace and said hate in the world had to stop." According to the Huffington Post, a couple of weeks ago Stroman told a
have not been the victim of such life-shattering crimes.
That's true. Still, I'd like to think that I would have the heart of Bhuiyan and family members of other victims who understand the liberating and healing power of forgiveness - the ability of love to conquer hate. It is a lesson that must continue to be taught; a lesson more people must learn. Bob Ray Sanders' column appears Sundays and Wednesdays. 817-390-7775
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Bhuiyan's request was denied,
documentary filmmaker: "I received a message that Rais loved me and that is powerful. ... I want to thank him in person for his inspiring act of compassion. He has forgiven the unforgiveable and I want to tell him that I have a lot of love and respect him." Bhuiyan said his actions were driven by his faith, which "teaches me that saving a life is like saving the entire human race." As much as I despised the actions of Stroman and resent the things he stood for most of his life, I, too, prayed that his life be spared. I make no exceptions when fighting against the barbaric institution of capital punishment. But, as readers often point out to me when I write about this subject, I
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Reporter BJ Austin Listens to Voices that Need to be Heard by Trish Major BJ Austin became a radio news reporter because she couldn’t make it as a tap dancer. Her dream of being a musical gypsy was cut short because she was – short. The chorus line always sort of dipped down at her spot, and in pretty short order she was off the stage and on unemployment in Georgia. When the employment service called her to ask if she wanted to do news training, she auditioned, and has been on the airwaves ever since. The Dallas Peace Center is honoring Austin on December 1 with its first Media Peacemaker of the Year Award for her objectivism and willingness to cover stories that are typically overlooked. Austin said that being objective was at first a very conscious effort, but as she gained experience the tendency became natural. She said she always thinks of walking a mile in another person’s shoes. “I think, where is this side coming from and where is the
other side coming from? Then, how do they meet?” Sometimes, even when one point of view is clearly dominant, an alternate view deserves a mention. “There are so many voices that deserve to be heard,” said Austin. “I think it’s important that many voices be heard and considered.” She said it is easy to find the A and B voices, but she likes to seek out the C, D and E voices for fuller, richer stories. Austin grew up in Farmers Branch and worked in Atlanta, New York and New Orleans before returning to north Texas. She has worked at KLIF, KRLD and for the past 3 1/2 years at KERA. She remembers the days when all reporters went out with a roll of dimes in order to make phone calls. She used to have dreams about getting a big story and not being able to find a phone. She also remembers editing her work using a grease pencil, splicer and tape. Computers have made life much easier for her.
Austin’s favorite stories do not involve spreadsheets: “Give me a three-alarm fire,” she said. In the past, she has impressed her son Will’s friends by describing disaster spots as she drove BJ Austin by them on Boy Scout outings. She has also taken her son with her storm-chasing, all the while wondering, what kind of mother would do this? Will’s kindergarten teacher told her that he seemed to have more “life experience” than the other kids. “Well, yah,” thought Austin. “He’s the only one that’s been to a homicide.” Along with the excitement, however, Austin’s favorite part of her job is meeting different people and, in some way, experiencing their life situations. Even though she is objective, she quotes a movie line saying, “I really do want world peace.”
On The Bookshelf Becoming A Justice Seeking Congregation Based on sound biblical, theological, and liturgical grounding, Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation offers practical know-how strategies from McElvaney's ministry and from the experiences of others addressing justice issues in a variety of settings. Idealism and realism are combined in a "rubber hits the road" local church kind of justice discernment and discovery. Designed as an ecumenical study guide for local congregations, clergy groups, and seminarians, Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation addresses the why, what, where, and how questions related to practicing justice. It provides a fresh invitation for the church to work for systemic change in the world.
between faith and social reality. In this book he brings both his long years of reflective study and his heart filled with passion to the hard issues facing faith. Readers will surely feel both assured and summoned by his words."
Advance praise for Becoming a Justice Seeking Congregation
-Zan W. Holmes, Jr., Pastor emeritus, St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas
-Walter Brueggemann, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia "For forty years I have witnessed and appreciated Bill McElvaney's consistent commitment to the struggle for social justice and peace. His faithful track record in this challenging area of ministry gives him the practical and theological authority to write this book."
"Bill McElvaney is a reliable and sure-footed guide who traces out the deep and urgent connections
The Peace Keeping Economy The idea that military strength is virtually synonymous with security is deeply entrenched and widely held. But while the threat or use of military force may sometimes be necessary, it cannot keep us as safe as we would be by building relationships that replace hostility with a sense of mutual purpose and mutual gain. Economic relationships, says Lloyd J. Dumas, can offer a far more effective, and far less costly, means of maintaining security. After defining the right kind of economic relationshipâ€”one that is balanced and nonexploitative, emphasizes development, and minimizes environmental damageâ€”Dumas then addresses some practical concerns in establishing and maintaining these relationships. He also considers the practical problems of the transition from military-based security arrangements to "economic peacekeeping," and the effects of demilitarized security on economic development and prosperity.
Dr. Lloyd Jeff Dumas is a Professor of Political Economy, Economics, and Public Policy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (previously, Social Sciences) at the UT-Dallas.