News Bites

  • Legal Aid. Dionisio Díaz García, a Christian labor lawyer for the Association for a More Just Society in Honduras, was assassinated in December on his way to court. He was providing legal defense for the labor rights of hundreds of security guards employed by mostly unregulated private security companies.

  • Good News. Provoke Radio, the Baltimore-based Catholic social justice radio talk show hosted by Jesuit priest Stephen Spahn, has been picked up by SIRIUS Satellite Radio's Catholic Channel. It will air twice weekly on Channel 159.

  • Nuclear Sin. One year ago, Scotland's eight Catholic bishops responded to the government's renewing of the Trident nuclear missile system, saying, "The use of weapons of mass destruction would be a crime against God and against humanity." Last November, Catholic bishops from England and Wales joined them, calling on the government to decommission all nuclear weapons.

  • Food, Not Bombs. Catholic Dominican Sisters Carol Gilbert, 59, Jackie Hudson, 72, and Ardeth Platte, 70—who were jailed for their 2002 protest at a nuclear missile silo—paid their $3,082 restitution to the U.S. Air Force in canned goods to support military families on public assistance. The Air Force refused the food.

  • Air Kiss. The Global Good Neighbor Initiative launched five radio public service announcements across the country in November promoting the "golden rule" in U.S. foreign policy. In a recent poll, 79 percent of Americans said that "the U.S. should think in terms of being a good neighbor with other countries because cooperative relationships are ultimately in the best interests of the United States."

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