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Northeast Pennsylvania Pax Christi
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"The current system as it stands is simply unjust," said Father Bill Pickard with Northeast Pennsylvania Pax Christi in Scranton, Pa. "Refusal to raise revenue by implementing reasonable and necessary taxation on the most financially blessed people in our country is both bad policy and a moral outrage.
"The current system as it stands is simply unjust," said Father Bill Pickard, Vice President of Northeast Pennsylvania Pax Christi in Scranton, PA, and a constituent of Sen.
Fr. Bill Pickard Vice President, North East Pennsylvania Pax Christi
An Interview with Father William Pickard, Prison Chaplain - Part 3
This is the third interview with Father William Pickard, Prison Chaplain in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. An Interview with Father William Pickard, Prison Chaplain - Part 2 This is the second part of a series of three interviews with Father William Pickard, Prison Chaplain in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. An Interview with Father William Pickard, Prison Chaplain - Part 1 This is the first in a series of three interviews with Father William Pickard, Prison Chaplain in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was conducted by CMN's Sister Kathie Uhler, OSF on December 6, 2011.
The cast of characters could randomly be picked from any number of prisons from Maine to California, except, that is, for chaplain, Rev. William B. Pickard.
Fr. Pickard, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, served the prison for 26 years, often risking his own safety and reputation by advocating for human rights. Pickard wrote a letter to the Lackawanna County commissioners on March 30, 2010, four months before the assault, complaining that administrators at the prison had failed to investigate Pinto's allegations of sexual assaults and denial of medical treatment. On August 8, 2010, Pinto, in protective custody, was assaulted by a violent prisoner who was supposed to be in lockdown, knocked to the floor and had his head stomped on 15 times. His face was shattered, he suffered brain injuries and was left comatose. Complicity on the part of staff was alleged. Fr. Pickard, in attempting to visit Pinto in Intensive Care at the Community Medical Center, was detained by a guard at the door and placed on Administrative Leave for allegedly trying to push the guard aside, a charge he denies. On October 6, 2010, Warden Janine Donate announced that Pickard had been permanently banned from the prison in the interest of getting "'a fresh start." I stand in solidarity with Fr. Pickard.
One of the coalition signers, Fr. Bill Pickard of Scranton, Pa., vice president of Northeastern Pennsylvania Pax Christi, said, "The current [tax] system as it stands is simply unjust."
"Refusal to raise revenue by implementing reasonable and necessary taxation on the most financially blessed people of our country is both bad policy and a moral outrage," he said. Joe requests that we keep Father Bill Pickard in our prayers. Thirteen nonviolent activists, including Scranton priest Fr. William Pickard, were arrested in front of the White House protesting US militarism. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., over thirty participants read names of 77 US citizens killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the names of Iraqis and Afghans killed in the U.S. wars. After each name was read, a bell was rung and the participants said "We Remember You. A banner that read, "Occupation" was pelted with shoes inscribed with anti-war slogans. Finally, the thirteen walked onto the sidewalk and laid down in remembrance of the war dead. Father Pickard anointed the "dead" with olive oil. The Washington D.C. Park Police arrested all thirteen. They include, Vickie Andrews, John Braun, Marie Braun, Lori Blanding, Ward Brennan, Stephen Clemens, Diane Haugesag, Maxine McNamara, Ceylon Mooney, Joe Palen, Mary Percich, Father William Pickard and Cornelia Sullivan. Will you?www.ndlon.org/water"