Concerned Catholic Activists Will Fast and Witness to Urge Baltimore Archdiocese to Stop Investing in Military Contractors
For Immediate Release: June 14, 2020
Contact: Jeff Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-690-6872
Janice Sevre-Duszynska, email@example.com. 859-684-4247
On May 11, 2020, five Roman Catholics, seeking to `follow the nonviolent Christ, sent a letter to Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore expressing their concerns about the financial investment practices of the Archdiocese. It was intended to spark a conversation: Does the Archdiocese invest in companies that are involved in manufacturing weapons? The five people who wrote the letter are: Gary Ashbeck, a former member of Jonah House and Catholic parent of two; Suzanne Fontanesi and Jeff Ross, parents of children in an Archdiocesan school; Max Obuszewski, a longtime Baltimore peace and justice activist; and Janice Sevre-Duszynska, a peace activist and former Prisoner of Conscience for SOA Watch.
Unfortunately, there has been no response from the Archdiocese. If the Archdiocese refuses to respond, Sevre-Duszynska, Fontanesi and Ross will do a three-day fast and witness with Fontanesi and Ross alternating to care for their children.
WHEN: from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Father’s Day weekend Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21.
WHERE: In front of the Baltimore Basilica, 400 Cathedral Street in Baltimore.
WHY: To persuade the Archdiocese to engage in public conversation about divesting from the weapons industry in acknowledgement of the words of Pope Francis: “In a world where millions of children and families live in inhumane conditions, the money that is squandered and the fortunes that are made through the manufacture, upgrading, maintenance and sale of ever more destructive weapons, are an affront crying out to heaven.”
Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212. Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs
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