DPJC Media Advisory


Subject: Media Advisory from Dallas Peace & Justice Center Regarding President Trump's Declaration on Jerusalem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Dec 5 2017 (Dallas, TX)

The Dallas Peace and Justice Center/Friends Committee on National Legislation joint statement on President Trump's unilateral declaration designating Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel.

"President Trump’s irresponsible political theatre to grant recognition of unified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a deliberate provocation that puts Palestinian, Israeli, and American lives at risk."

"Trump’s decision will have immediate and potentially catastrophic impacts for Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. This announcement will encourage the further entrenchment of Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and the daily humiliations of occupation that Palestinians there and throughout the occupied territories endure."

"Trump said that Jerusalem is a place where 'people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience and according to their beliefs.' The thousands of Palestinians in East Jerusalem that have staged historic protests of mass civil disobedience in order to freely access and worship at the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound in recent months belie this misleading narrative."

"The fall-out from this reckless decision will not be confined to Israel-Palestine but will foment violence around the world, as the U.S. State Department and political and religious leaders around the globe have warned."

"FCNL will be working with our nation-wide network to press members of Congress to denounce this decision and refuse to fund Trump’s plans to build a fortress-like embassy in Jerusalem. Like Trump’s promise to build a border wall with Mexico and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Trump’s plan for a behemoth of an embassy in Jerusalem cannot be realized unless Congress acquiesces on funding. At this time of such turmoil, members of Congress have a particular responsibility to end the U.S.-backed Israeli military occupation and press for the beginning of a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has worked for more than a century to promote a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. FCNL is a national Quaker organization committed to pressing the United States to play a more constructive role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Our work is rooted in historic Quaker testimonies on peace and equality and Quaker witness in the region.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation, the oldest registered religious lobby in Washington, is a nonpartisan Quaker lobby in the public interest. FCNL works with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of people of many different faiths from every state in the U.S. to advocate for social and economic justice, peace, and good government.

The mission of the Dallas Peace and Justice Center is to promote a just and peaceful world through constructive action in education, dialogue, reconciliation, advocacy, and action.

 

DPJC Position Statement

DPJC Statement on President Trump's Upcoming Speech About U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan
August 21, 2017

After months of delay and apparently difficult conversations at top levels to come up with a "winning" strategy for Afghanistan, what President Donald Trump will announce Monday evening will be nothing more than an extension of the failed strategy that has kept U.S. forces in the country for 16 years with no end in sight.

The announcement would represent a total abandonment of Trump's repeated calls before he was president that U.S. troops should come home and, based on reports of his plan, will represent a continuation of a failed strategy taken by his two predecessors that will likely worsen security for ordinary Afghans.

Don Dillard, president of the board of the Dallas Peace & Justice Center said, "Americans are way ahead of Congress and the Trump Administration on this issue. A strong majority believes we should bring our troops home and instead focus on rebuilding America's dilapidated infrastructure such as bridges, roads and schools. We should pay to attention to them."

According to DPJC activist Hadi Jawad, "Afghanistan has been a utter failure for America, and an unwillingness to admit failure is dangerous. Whether America 'cuts and runs' or 'stays and bleeds' it's a win win for America's enemies. The lesson to draw is not that America should never give up after having intervened, but that we should avoid staying the course no matter what the cost."

"Rather than building more military power, which results in the loss of even more human life, a plan to bring all parties in the region to the peace table could result in a cohesive, peaceful society," says Len Ellis of DPJC. "A long term strategy of replacing boots and guns with society-building strategies and projects would be a welcome turn of events. Imagine instead of 5,000 soldiers, a force of 5,000 Peace Corps workers! Yes, it is possible."

 

 

DPJC Position Statement

Statement on Domestic Terrorist Attack on Charlottesville, Virginia
August 16, 2017

The Dallas Peace and Justice Center grieves the loss of life and injury to those attacked in the recent spate of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia. We offer our deepest prayers and condolence for the families of the victims.


We stand in solidarity with people of color and faith, currently under siege by the hate speech, bigotry and violence of white supremacy groups, such as witnessed on the University of Virginia Campus on August 12th.


We unequivocally denounce such acts of hatred and violence and stand against the spread of white supremacy groups, seeking a legitimate platform for racism and bigotry on college campuses and in our communities.


We support dismantling historical narratives which legitimize racism and demand the removal of confederate monuments.


We call on our elected leaders to be aware of how they may contribute to hate speech through public policy designed to threaten and target people by race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.


We further commit to non-violent peace work with community allies to confront hate and dismantle racism through research, education, dialogue and action.


Peace,
Don Dillard,
President, Dallas Peace and Justice Center

 

 

DPJC Position Statement

Assaults and Threats Against American Jewish Communities
February 22, 2017

The Dallas Peace and Justice Center (DPJC) denounces in the strongest terms possible, threats and attacks on Jewish Community Centers and attacks against the Jewish community across the country. According to several media reports <link> hundreds of centers have been threatened with arson.  In a venomous assault on the deceased there are also reports headstones in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis have been desecrated.


"These are cowardly attempts to instill fear and despair in innocent members of a minority community. It's reprehensible and un-American and must stop," said Aftab Siddiqui, DPJC Board Member and Chair of the DPJC Human Rights and Justice Committee.


According to the Southern Poverty Law Center <link>, these attacks are clearly tied to a spike in the formation of hate groups coinciding with the ascendancy of Donald Trump on the American political landscape.


"Nefarious elements that prey on innocent minorities such as American Jews and Muslims represent the worst of American society. Those who are responsible must be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said long time peace and justice activist and former Texas State Representative, Lon Burnam.

 

 

DPJC Position Statement

Dakota Access Pipeline & TransPecos Pipeline
September 15, 2016

The Dallas Peace & Justice Center stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all others at the Camp of the Sacred Stones as they oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across sacred ancestral lands.

The DPJC deplores the disrespect and disregard the United States government and Energy Transfer Partners have shown toward indigenous people in the United States. We condemn the sense of entitlement demonstrated by these two entities as they conspired to ignore the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as Energy Transfer Partners builds a pipeline over legally recognized treaty territory without the free, prior and informed consent of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

We are also well aware of another E.T.P project that will cause irreversible harm to Texas’ landscape, history and the environment. The TransPecos Pipeline is designed to deliver natural gas from Texas to Mexico, the 143mile pipeline will move through the precious Big Bend area and come very close to Big Bend National Park, home of more than 1200 species of plants and 600 species of animals. We have grave concern for the future of our earth home as our country continues its dependence on nonrenewable fuels and the profits that come with its production. This case is an apt demonstration of how an addiction of this type can cause us to abandon our moral center and our long-range vision of our future.

The DPJC will continue to support the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline and all pipeline resisters, including our local activists resisting the TransPecos Pipeline.

 

 

 

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