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There are no makers of peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war--at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

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Crossing The Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out For Peace — Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service

Crossing the Line gives voice to often neglected social history and provides provocative stories of actions, trials, and imprisonment. This fascinating volume serves as an excellent supplement to conventional histories. Almost all the storytellers here are people of faith or are inspired by those who live by faith.

Many work at conventional careers; some do full-time peacemaking by living in Catholic Worker houses or in the Jonah House community; several are priests and nuns who minister worldwide. Also featured are three resisters prominent in War Resisters League history. From World War II conscientious objectors to contemporary activists, these narrators have refused to be helpless in the face of a violent world, and have said with their bodies that they do not accept the status quo of permanent war and war preparation.

In short, the voices illustrate hope at a time when it seems in short supply. Endorsements: "For anyone who thinks the antiwar movement ended with the Vietnam War, this collection of lively and provocative interviews with pacifist direct actionists proves otherwise, highlighting the important relationship between nonviolent civil disobedience and the work of peace and justice from the s and '80s through today.

It's a welcome addition to any activist's or social movement scholar's bookshelf. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.

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More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Crossing the Line , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I read Rosalie's other book Doing Time for Peace gave it five stars and immediately got this book expecting it to be just as good. But I have been surprised that this book is not nearly as good.

I am giving it three stars and feeling a bit generous at that. I felt lifted up by Doing Time and impressed with the dedication of the resisters.

With this book I felt like the dominant experience of going to jail was a negative and oppressive experience. People did not seem to be able to tell their stor I read Rosalie's other book Doing Time for Peace gave it five stars and immediately got this book expecting it to be just as good. People did not seem to be able to tell their stories in a way that made me understand why they made the sacrifice and how they felt empowered. I am a War Tax Resister and in some ways going to jail is on my bucket list. But doing WTR mostly is a pretty hard Way to go to jail.

Just doesn't happen.

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There is a very small segment at the end of this book about WTR people but I would have to say it was hardly worth including. It may be that part of my disappointment with this book was that most of the actions reported are ancient history. I am 70 so I remember many of them. But religion is not a motivation for me at all as an atheist so reading about catholic workers Who pretty often have super strong religious motivations doesn't work much for me.

But please remember I did to give the other book 5 stars and it is just as dominated by Catholic workers. I am not at all hostile to that movement though I must admit that I have never been much attracted to living in voluntary poverty! I did once when I was in my 40s consider living in a Catholic worker house in NYC as a way to do community organizing in the city.


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But when they showed me my cot under the stairway that would be my bed, I decided I was too old to sleep like that. Jan 11, Lindsey Paris-lopez rated it it was amazing Shelves: activism , spiritual-autobiography. Any nation will condition its citizens to believe that the law is a benevolent instrument serving the protection and prosperity of the people. But with violence at the root of civilization and so deeply woven into national structures, fundamental aspects of national law protect some by threatening others and keep order by keeping systems of poverty and oppression in place.

For all the good that many laws do, laws that protect the policies and weapons that keep the gears of violence turning, upon which the world revolves toward its own destruction, must be challenged for the sake of peace and prosperity, sometimes from beyond their boarders. In a world structured on violence, it is necessary for peacemakers to be prophetic, counter-cultural voices, willing to break violent laws with nonviolent resistance and trade comfortable complacency for the consequences of witness.

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Riegle found and interviewed of these modern-day prophets in a 2-volume collection of witness narratives. While the companion piece to this volume, Doing Time for Peace, has a familial focus, Crossing the Line has a historical focus, tracing the peace movement from World War II onward through the stories of those who lived it. The narrators are diverse and their experiences vary widely, but they are united by courage and integrity.

Many are priests and Catholic Workers who follow the Prince of Peace by disturbing the peace of the status quo that justifies, glorifies and necessitates war. Some are Protestant, some Jewish, some are agnostic or atheist, but all have faith in humanity, faith in a future beyond our self-destructive tendencies. Risking and accepting incarceration, they are freed from the shackles of violent ideology which bind and blind so many. With honesty, humility and humor, Rosalie Riegle amplifies their stories, bringing healing and hope to a world breaking down under the weight of conquest and vengeance.

Safana Alomary rated it it was amazing Jan 04, David Gross marked it as to-read Feb 24, Jerilynn Hilmar marked it as to-read Jun 21, Alfred Grindon marked it as to-read Dec 05, Deyon marked it as to-read Apr 10, Alex marked it as to-read Aug 17, Mara marked it as to-read Jun 25, Yes, they do know. Using oral history interviewing as her research basis, Riegle makes available to us their Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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