Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Making Plans from Tennessee to Iran
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 28, 2010
"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."-John
I make my plans anyway but always stay flexible for change.
Next week at this time, I plan to be in Tennessee among the participants
celebrating 30 years of NONVIOLENT civil disobedient actions in pursuit of a
Nuclear Free Future
I had planned on getting arrested on
July 4, 2010 for a NONVIOLENT civil disobedience action at The Y-12 Nuclear
Weapons Complex, to declare independence from nuclear weapons and nuclear
I desired to take that step for I want to follow more deeply
in the footsteps of my heroes who all have been arrested for nonviolent
civil disobedience such as Jesus, Nobel Laurette's Reverend Martin Luther
King, Jr. and Mairead Maguire, Nobel nominee Mordechai Vanunu and most
especially Dorothy Day- who happens to be the 'patron saint' of
changed my mind as it was stressing out my husband who also raised two
A federal offense would inhibit my Traveling Jones
for doing jail time would prevent me from going to Iran with FOR: Fellowship
Of Reconciliation this Fall:
And it would also be the end of my dream
to run for House of Representatives!
And daily, I wonder just WDDMS:
What Dorothy Day Might Say today:
Documentary: Don't Call Me a Saint
When I gave food to
the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor had no food,
they called me a communist.-Dom Helder Comara
Writing is hard because
you are giving yourself away, but if you love; you want to give yourself.
You write as you are impelled to write, about man and his problems, his
relation to God and his fellows…The sustained effort of writing, of putting
[words down while] there are human beings [with] sickness, hunger, sorrow…I
feel that I have done nothing well, but I did something.-Dorothy Day.
Dorothy Day lived a diverse 83 years that culminated in 1980. She spent
her youth amongst anarchists and bohemians, in bars and through unhappy love
affairs. She ended life with a mile high FBI file and a paper trail that
testifies that what she wrote, she believed, she did and lived.
unwed mother she shocked her progressive friends when she entered the Roman
Catholic Church, and from the inside, she began to critique it. She called
herself a journalist, but she was also like St. Francis of Assisi, a lone
prophetic voice of wisdom that challenged the corruption of the gospel/good
news that Jesus said was non-negotiable for his follower's; you must forgive
to be forgiven and you must love-even those who do not love back.
a 1994 issue of The Progressive, Erwin Knoll reported "the day after the
Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor [was] a day when even
the most committed pacifist might have been forgiven for maintaining a
discreet silence…There was nothing discreet about Dorothy Day."
the Sunday after Pearl Harbor, Day spoke out, "There is now all this
patriotic indignation about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Japanese
expansionism in Asia. Yet not a word about American and European colonialism
in this same area. We, the British, the French, and others set up spheres of
influence…control national states-against the expressed will of these
states-and represent imperialism…We dictate to [all] …to where they can
expand economically and politically, and we declare what policy they must
observe. From our nationalistic and imperialistic point of view, we have
every right to concentrate American military forces [Everywhere we
chose]…But I waste rhetoric on international politics-the breeding grounds
of war over the centuries. The balance of power and other empty slogans
inspired by a false and flamboyant nationalism have bred conflict throughout
"And it has become too late in human history to
tolerate wars which none can win. Nor dare we quibble about just wars…All
wars are, by their very nature, evil and destructive. It has become too late
for civilized people to accept this evil. We must take a stand. We must
renounce war as an instrument of policy…Evil enough when the finest of our
youth perish in conflict and even the causes of these conflicts were soon
lost to memory. Even more horrible today when cities go up in flames and
brilliant scientific minds are searching out ultimate weapons.
must cease. There are no victories. The world can bear the burden no longer.
Yes, we must make a stand. Even as I speak to you, I may be guilty of what
some men call treason. But we must reject war: Yes, we must now make a
stand. War is murder, rape, ruin, death; war can end our civilization. I
tell you that within a decade we will have weapons capable of ending this
world as we have known it." [IBID]
Day's prophetic voice is also a
friend of wisdom and "Wisdom is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique,
manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, and certain. Not baneful, but
loving the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent, kind, firm, secure,
all-seeing and pervading all spirits. Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion and
SHE penetrates and pervades all things by reason. SHE is the aura of the
might of God and a pure effusion of the glory of The Almighty. SHE is the
refulgence of eternal Light, a spotless mirror of the power of God. And SHE
who is one, can do all things and renews everything. And passing into holy
souls from age to age, SHE produces friends of God and prophets." - WISDOM
Day took Jesus seriously and understood that for a Christian
the higher law is God's not man's and for a Christian, God is love and "love
is not the starving of whole populations. Love is not the bombardment of
cities. Love is not killing...Our Manifesto is the Sermon on The Mount,
which means we will try to be peacemakers."
Day challenged church, state and corporate media via her publication The
Catholic Worker, which gave voice to the voiceless and persists today.
Everyday when I sit in front of my keyboard to write; to give myself away
impelled by love in response to a sense of mission or is it duty? This need
to write about man and his problems, his relation to God and his sisters and
brothers, provokes me to daily wonder:
What would Dorothy Day Say about America today, our media, government
What would she publish about Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Israel, Gaza-Palestine, and the fact that 2008 was the 60th Anniversary of
Israel, Nakba, and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights upon which
Israel's very statehood was contingent upon upholding?
Might she have
For every misunderstanding, every condemning thought, every
negative vibration, every tear torn from a heart, every time one grabbed and
wouldn’t let go, and they only did it because they did not know:
Divine is within all creation and within all women and men.
tiny kindness you have ever done, every gentle word spoken, every time you
held your tongue, every positive thought, every smile freely given, every
helping hand that opens, helps bring in the kingdom. And the kingdom comes
from above, and it comes from within.
Imagine a kingdom of sisterhood
of all creatures and all men.
It's a God Thing about Trees, Doors, George, Day and Vanunu
Eileen Fleming, Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and
"13 Minutes with Vanunu"
Staff Member of
A Feature Correspondent for
Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's'
Life in Occupied Territory"
Solidarity do "we have it in our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine