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Episcopal Peace Fellowship

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Pledge of Commitment describes the group's mission:

In loyalty to the person, teaching, and Lordship of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to His way of redemptive love: to pray, study, and work for peace, and to renounce, as far as possible, participation in war, militarism, and all other forms of violence.

In fellowship with others, I will work to discover and create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace. I urge the Episcopal Church in accordance with our baptismal vows "to renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God", and to wage peace across all boundaries, calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love. https://epfnational.org/join/

There is currently an active chapter at Trinity Cathedral which is currently reaching out to other parishes to spread the work of Christ's peacemaking. 

Because of the EPF commitment above, our local group has three priorities:

1)  Human Trafficking, in conjunction with the efforts of the Episcopal Church Women. Resources and information here.
2)  Yemen,  keeping this humanitarian crisis in the news,
3)  Anti-Death Penalty group, working with Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) and Intercommunity Peace& Justice Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati.

Suggested Actions August 2020

Our three (3) priority areas for 2020 are focused on the Yemeni Civil War, Abolishing the Death Penalty and Human Trafficking 
Yemen/Iran 

  • Contact your 2 Ohio U.S. Senators Brown and Portman and your House representative to take legal action to reestablish Congress’ legitimate role in authorizing acts of war
  • Contact your Congressional representatives to have them take action to end arms sales to United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in light of their use to fuel the Yemen conflict, and due to evidence the 2019 so-called “emergency” declared by the Administration allowed the direct sale of 8 billion dollars of military aid without Congressional approval , and the lack of consideration of the deadly effects on the Yemeni population was ignored by the Administration
    • Some additional background supplementing above: Congressional members are currently expressing concern that the benefits to the U.S. workforce of arms sales have been grossly inflated, that transfer of weapon technology to Mideast countries jeopardizes our national security, and that previous claim of an “emergency” that resulted in $ 8+ billion of arms sales without Congressional oversight last year was a “phony” emergency.
  • Write our U.S. Senators and your Congressional representative and the President and indicate your strong support of the U.S. remaining a full member of the U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO) with its 194 members, and continuing our financial support of work on global health issues, such as the Covid19 epidemic .
    • Some additional background: President Trump has formally notified the World Health Organization of the U.S. departing the WHO on July 6, 2021. The U.S. is currently in arrears of membership dues for $198 million dollars. Many legal scholars are indicating the action would be illegal without the concurrence of Congress. Many health experts and officials feel the action will jeopardize the U.S. access to critical medical technology and vaccines.Many leading scholars say Congress can prevent our departure from the World Health Organization. It’s not too late for congress to act, with our support!
    • “The problem is not about the money. It’s not the financing that’s the issue. It’s actually the relationship with the U.S. that’s more important and its leadership abroad,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt hosted by the Aspen Security Forum.  
  • Help the innocent children in Yemen in their struggle with floods, malnutrition, disease, water  shortages, poverty and violence through UNICEF and other global health organizations.
  • Doctors Without Borders is working in Yemen to help women and children receive critical medical care in Yemen. We can help DWB in their efforts under extreme conditions. 
  • Support the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) efforts in Yemen, esp. Covid19, by donating
Anti-Death Penalty Human Trafficking
  • Contact your Ohio House Representative and ask her/him to support the passage of SB 13, The Protect Trafficked Minors Act. Bipartisan support. Has passed the Ohio Senate last year and is in the House Judiciary Committee as of February 2020.
    • Background: Senator Theresa Fedor Testimony-Sponsor (see her Sponsor Testimony and others here)
  • Send a note to Senators Brown and Portman supporting their introduction of a Bipartisan bill Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT) Act. Summary is here.
  • “A bill to amend chapter 77 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that using drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act constitutes coercion and using drugs or illegal substances to provide or obtain the labor or services of a person constitutes forced labor.” Introduced 7/2019; SB2197
The following are EPF areas on interest for possible action. 
Gun Violence (For information and action) Israel/Palestine (For information)
  • West Bank Annexation: Review plans for annexation, or application of sovereignty, by Israel of part of West Bank (20-30%). Key questions are 1/what exactly is role of U.S. and why?, 2/ what lands are to be “annexed?”, 3/what happens to Palestinian-owned land?, 4/ Israeli citizenship for Palestinians?, 5/would this in effect be a one-state or two-state solution? and 6/what is the response worldwide to this action by Israel/U.S.? Note: Plans announced today for an Israeli/UAE “major diplomatic agreement” which includes Israel ceasing their effort for annexation of West Bank lands. (To be continued…)
  • Study the current dialogue on the viability of a one-state or 2-state solution to the Israeli/Palestine situation. Here is one example of this dialogue on Zoom today (7/13).
  • Check out Peter Beinart’s July 8, 2020 article in the N.Y. Times “I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State” for a  different perspective

 
General Info For you:
Contact Info:  It’s easy: email via their websites or call directly; it does make a difference! Taking action on just 1 measure…or more, makes a real difference.
Suggestion!  If you get a response from your representative, please let us know. Their responses are often insightful and valuable for follow-ups. 
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/OH#senators
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/OH#representatives
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/


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