Nonviolent Witness

Comprehension is Not a Prerequisite to Compassion

Are there any more words that can be written or spoken after the violence of the past ten days? Certainly none that can bring back Anton Sterling or Philando Castile or Delrawn Small or Sandra Bland; none that can crumble this violent system of white supremacy to its foundations overnight; none that can heal the physical, emotional, and mental wounds caused by the systemic and systematic violence that we have seen and remembered in the last week. There are no words that can right these injustices, yet words that change minds and actions that challenge systems are the effective and nonviolent tools we have to dismantle the system of white supremacy upon which the United States is built, the system that denies that Black Lives Matter.

SHUT…IT….DOWN!

"If we don't get it, shut it down!" was our rallying cry as hundreds marched toward the McDonald's Headquarters outside Chicago. At the end of May, seven of us from Cherith Brook Catholic Worker hopped on one of 5 charter buses.Cherith Brook $15 & Union

Discovering a New Way for Peace: Discerning Fossil Fuel Divestment

Discerning a faithful path for our financial relationship to the fossil fuel industry has been a major part of my experience as a leader in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.  As a new leader, I relied heavily on the wisdom of my elders who built the PPF endowment to maintain the work of peacemaking for future generations.  Like all forms of divestment, there were questions about ethics, about the bottom line, and about our relationships to corporations and employees who would be affected. We took time to discern our answers to all these questions and found new ones too!

What I Learned from a Radical Korean Pastor

South Korea faces a kind of crisis. It is a country with rich spiritual and cultural resources which have carried the people through thousands of years of imperial domination. But these resources could soon be pushed to their limit by aggressive Westernization.

The Oil Companies May Be the End of Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We survived the Ottomans; then we survived the British; then we survived Saddam Hussein. After all that we’re still here, but the oil companies may be the end of us.”

We Have Not Forgotten You

"We neither manufactured these weapons, nor feel proud exhibiting it. In fact, these were used by those who threatened our existence. We also admit that these very weapons helped us achieve our freedom."

Kurdish Petroleum: Blessing and Curse

On May 21, we  headed out of Sulaymani to learn how the oil industry has affected people at the local level.  We stopped in Chamchamel en route.  This city was formed after the 1988 "anfal" in which 180,000 Kurds were deported and killed by the Iraqi Government.  Some 4000 villages were destroyed.  Some villagers ended up in what today is Chamchamel.  We were about to visit the village of Cormor, now repopulated after the "anfal."

Are They REALLY Talking about Drafting Women??

With the combat restriction for women in the US Armed Forces now lifted, discussion of draft registration is back in the news, the courts, and the halls of congress. But the problems with Selective Service System (SSS) Registration go much deeper than gender equality. There is little political interest in bringing back the draft. Yet draft registration remains a burden upon our nation’s young men – and now, potentially our young women, as well.

Remembering Poet and Peaceseeker Ann Weems

Ann Weems was a prolific Presbyterian poet, the recipient of the 2005 Peaceseeker Award given by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and honorary co-chair of the PPF Endowment Campaign for the last ten years. She was a long-time supporter of PPF and was a member of the Activist Council.

Living Nonviolence Online Class

Monday, April 4, 2016 to Friday, May 13, 2016
 

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