Democracy Now! December 25, 2002

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Democracy Now! December 25, 2002
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Christmas Special: Prayers for peace: Reverend Al Sharpton, the former Episcopalian Bishop of New York Reverend Paul Moore, Imam Mahdi Bray and other religious leaders call for peace; Legacy of Peace: Father Daniel Berrigan eulogizes his brother, Philip Berrigan; we also hear a speech by Philip Berrigan who spoke at an anti-war rally on April 20 in Washington DC

9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:06 Headlines: 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:20: This holiday month, the National Council of Churches, an organization of 36 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox member denominations has called for a Season of Peacemaking. The council recently sponsored a full-page advertisement in The New York Times addressed directly to President Bush: Your war would violate the teachings of Jesus Christ. It would violate the tenets, prayers and entreaties of your own United Methodist Church bishops. And religious leaders and anti-war groups are planning a large peace demonstration in Washington on January 18th, 2003, to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 4, 1967 Dr. King gave his famous Why I Oppose the War speech at Riverside Church in New York. Earlier this month, the historic church was home to another anti-war event: The Interfaith Service of Prayers for Peace. Tape: Reverend Dr. James Fitzgerald, Minister for Social Justice, The Riverside Church, New York. The Social Justice program is one of many church programs dealing with a range of community issues from racism, prisons and gun violence to immigrants rights, health care, and cultural awareness. Tape: Reverend Dr. Herbert Daughtry, House of the Lord Pentecostal Church, Brooklyn, NY. On November 21, over 1,000 people crowded into three floors of House of the Lord Church for New York's first major anti-war demonstration in the African American community. The event was chaired by Reverend Daughtry. Tape: Reverend Peter Laarman, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church, New York City. Reverend Laarman is the primary leader of an activist Protestant congregation in lower Manhattan. He is the co-director of an ongoing Campaign of Resistance designed to modify and moderate New York City's harsh workfare program.Laarman is also co-chair of New York City's Religion and Labor Coalition which unites communities of conscience around workplace and economic justice issues. Tape: Imam Mahdi Bray, Executive Director, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation. Mahdi Bray has appeared on several television news and radio programs discussing issues ranging from America's losing image war in the Middle East to civil liberties and airport profiling of muslims. He is a member of the Interfaith Alliance, a non-partisan, clergy-led grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the positive healing role of faith in civic life and challenging intolerance and extremism. Tape: Reverend Earl Kooperkamp, St. Mary s Episcopal Church, New York City. Kooperkamp has written about the theology of church based community organizing projects throughout the United States. He has served parishes in Harlem, the South Bronx and Washington Heights in New York City and has worked with over 40 congregations in East Brooklyn. Tape: Reverend John Mendez, President, National Progressive Baptist Convention. Mendez is a native of New York City and has been the pastor at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem since 1983. We are still an imperialist nation, said Rev. Mendez, who received a standing ovation at Riverside Church. We are the terrorists This is a time for us as a community to redefine religion. Tape: Reverend Al Sharpton, founder and President of the National Action Network, "a civil rights organization whose mission is to be the voice of empowerment for the disenfranchised throughout America." Tape: Right Reverend Paul Moore, former Episcopal Bishop of New York. Bishop Moore serves on the National Board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and on the Asia Committee of Human Rights Watch. He became Bishop of New York in 1972 and retired in 1989. Tape: Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister, The Riverside Church, New York. The Riverside Church is an interracial, interdenominational and international church built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1927. The 2,400-member church is affiliated with the American Baptist Church and the United Church of Christ. Links: Riverside Church, New York: , Interfaith Alliance: National Action Network:, 9:20-9:21 One Minute Music Break 9:21-9:40 Prayers for Peace cont d 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:41-9:58: Earlier this month, long time peace activist Philip Berrigan died of cancer at Jonah House in Baltimore. Jonah House is a resistance community founded by Philip Berrigan, his wife Liz McCallister and other anti-war activists. Philip and his younger brother poet Father Dan Berrigan, were leaders of the antiwar movement in the United States in the 1960s. Both were Catholic priests who fought for social justice. They staged their protests against military institutions and weapons manufacturers Dan and Philip Berrigan first rose to prominence within the anti-war movement when they burned draft files in a Catonsville, Maryland, parking lot in 1968 to protest the Vietnam War. The action led to harsh prison terms for the two brothers and seven others. But it also propelled the Berrigans into the national spotlight and sparked a nationwide series of draft card burnings. In 1980, they co-founded the Plowshares Movement, begun in 1980, when they and others entered a GE plant in Pennsylvania and hammered on nuclear warheads. On December 9th, 2002, Father Daniel Berrigan delivered the homily at his brother Philip s funeral, at the Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church in Baltimore. Philip Berrigan spent 11 years in prison for acts of conscience against war. Today, we end our Christmas special with a speech he gave at an anti-war rally in Washington, DC on April 20th of this year. Tape: Phillip Berrigan Speaks Out Against War 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Ana Nogiera and Alex Wolfe. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer.

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December 25, 2002
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December 25, 2002
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59 min.
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