“Action is the antidote to despair.” ~Joan Baez
How often do we see a story or read about an issue and feel powerless in the face of it. And yet, there are examples all around us of folks who found their voices and their muscles in the face of what seemed insurmountable. We recently became aware of a couple of local efforts that deserve to be recognized. Rosa delDuca grew up in Missoula before joining the Army National Guard a year before 9/11. As the war in Iraq unfolded, she grew increasingly disturbed about her role in the military and ended up fighting for a discharge as a conscientious objector. She just launched an amazingly well done podcast that explores the issues of war resistance, veterans against the war and the ethics involved. The podcast is professionally produced, free and available on iTunes,
Google Play apps, Stitcher, Buzzsprout and Alexa. It’s called Breaking Cadence: Insights From a Modern-Day Conscientious Objector. Check it out on her website
And then we just found out about an effort to raise awareness and spur action on the senseless violence of war in Yemen. This coming 1st Friday Will Adams is planning on projecting photos of this tragedy onto 1st Montana Bank from the rooftop of the Murphy Jubb Art Studio while he and other musicians play songs of peace to cultivate healing energy. (You may have seen his previously projected photos of his time at Standing Rock on 1st Friday in December 2016.) He is taking action to help us all talk about what we can actively do to end war in our daily lives and to end this cycle of suffering. Thanks to the Senate for taking a step yesterday. We must keep the pressure on.
Thanks Rosa and Will for inspiring us all to take action where we see it.Perhaps you know of others who are doing similar work? We’d love to share their stories too. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org