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Ecumenical Peace Institute / Clergy And Laity Concerned (EPI/CALC) is a prophetic voice and witness, embracing all faith and earth-based traditions bringing to life universal values as we seek truth, work for justice, nurture compassion and courage, reach out to each other and to our larger communities of faith and tradition, bridge the divisions that wound the human family, transform ourselves and our world through dedication to nonviolence in education, advocacy, witness and action.

Let us not tire of preaching love: it is the force that will overcome the world. Let us not tire of preaching love.
Though we see that waves of violence succeed in drowning the fire of Christian love, love must win out; it is the only thing that can.

—Archbishop Oscar Romero, July 23, 1978

Zahra Billoo censored.

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Good Friday

This Tax Day — What doth the Lord Require of Thee?

I hope you were able to join us in this beautiful, powerful Good Friday
Virtual Livermore Lab Interfaith Worship and Witness.

To view photos and videos, click: HERE

This year Good Friday fell on the first day of Passover,
so we also celebrate exodus from bondage, always to be hoped for, and midst Ramadan,
which we celebrate with our Muslim brethren.

Co-sponsored by Ecumenical Peace Institute/Clergy and Laity Concerned (EPI/CaLC)
and Livermore Conversion Project (LCP),
with the assistance and participation of Tri-Valley CAREs.

Our guest preacher was Rev. Allison Tanner with music by Betsy Rose, Rev. Silvia Brandon-Pérez and Daniel ben Avrám, and Sacred Dance with Carla De Sola and Zara Anwar.

The event, for all people of faith &/or good will, included readings and speakers from a variety of the world’s spiritual traditions.

Marylia Kelley, executive director at the Livermore-based Tri-Valley CAREs, also spoke from the gates of the Lab. She offered an update on the Livermore’s nuclear weapons work with a focus on the new warheads the Lab is currently developing.

Janet Cordes Gibson did the welcome. Isabella Zizi offered a First Nation honoring of the land and the ancestors. Farha Andrabi Navaid shared the Good Friday invocation. Wynd Kaufmyn and Rev. Max Lynn conducted the call and response reading, and Carl Anderson offered thoughts on nonviolence and the war in Ukraine. The program also included Jim Haber, Mark Coplan, Tony Scarr, clarinetist, and Fr. Ivan Tou.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the program, including the call and response readings.

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para leer la información en espańol (Gracias a Tri-Valley CAREs y Raiza Marciscano-Bettis por la traducción.)

The following organizations generously sponsored our Livermore Lab Good Friday 2022 Interfaith Worship and Witness:
  • Haiti Action Committee
  • Konko Church of San Francisco
  • Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church
  • N. CA District, CPUSA
  • N. CA People’s World/Mundo Popular
  • Newman Nonviolent Peacemakers / Bill O'Donnell Social Justice Committee
  • Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
  • Oscar Romero and Simone Weil Catholic Worker House, Hayward
  • St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
  • Tri-Valley CAREs
  • Western States Legal Foundation
  • The Widow's Mite d.b.a. Las Vegas Catholic Worker

Carolyn Scarr is presented with the 2022
Fr. Bill O’Donnell Social Justice Award
on the 1st Anniversary of the Ratification of the
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Saturday, January 22, 2022

Zahra Billoo removed as keynote speaker at San Mateo women’s conference

Here, Ms. Balloo is speaking at our EPI Autumn Gathering 2018. Decide for yourself:

Invocation * Zahra Billoo Talk
* Zahra Billoo Q&A

A fabulous Webinar was held on Saturday, December 18, “Countering the Lies about Nicaragua This informed look at the recent election, against all the misinformation that has been spread, by members of the international observation team, is not to be missed.

Here is
a link to the recording, thanks to Mark Coplan: Webinar on Nicaragua.
The flier (seen below) may be downloaded

Rick Sterling, who has spoken at EPI events in the past, writes:

Here are a few important links:
* Nica Notes (weekly news and analysis):
* Julie Varughese's publication:
* Task Force on the Americas:
* Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center:
The following is also relevant:

1) A new article exposes the facts behind  the seven imprisoned "presidential candidates". How Can Some Progressives Get Basic Information About Nicaragua So Wrong?

2) Carolyn has observed that Nicaragua's laws are no stricter than those in the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

3) The 4 minute video presented during the webinar is here: Celebration of Nicaragua's Sovereign Election, 2021, "Bucking the Bully"

4) Music!   Enjoy and save these songs from Daniel Zwickel for future use!
The first is about the six Jesuit priests and their two co-workers who were killed in San Salvador: Lágrimas.mp3

The second is about S. Brian Willson: Brian.mp3

All the best in 2022!



[The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the scam artists even to EPI's gates.
Here is a great guide from MDUUC: Heed it!]

   State Assembly Passes Historic Declaration of California
as the First “Compassionate” State in the Nation!

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EPI's Living Graveyard will be virtual for the foreseeable future.
You are urged to be risk-adverse. It could save your life!

We urge you to call on congress to end all sanctions

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has introduced HR 5879, legislation which would increase Congressional oversight over declarations of national emergencies and Presidential sanctions powers includes congressional oversight of  US sanctions. Additionally, the bill would require the President, when seeking to take action under IEEPA and levy sanctions, to report to Congress on a number of items. Sanctions are an act of war, which is prohibited by the United Nations charter.
Click HERE to read the full text.

Here is Rep. Omar's website.

To read about effects of sanctions, click HERE

Then call: US Congressional switchboard: 1-866-338-1015 

Links to connect with other prophetic voices:
If Americans Knew ^ Western States Legal Foundation ^ 
Christian Peacemaker Teams ^ Syria Solidarity Movement ^ East Bay Sanctuary Covenant  ^  Friends of Sabeel  ^  Haiti Action Committee  ^  Haiti Relief  ^  Jewish Voice for Peace ^ Union of Concerned Scientists ^ Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center  ^  Tikkun  ^  Tri-Valley CAREs

Prophetic Voices Past:  Abe Zwickel  ^  Jean Zwickel  ^  Father Bill  ^  Joan McIntyre  ^  Pastor Lee Williason
Esther Ho  ^  Diane Thomas

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