Hanging on to Hope

Jan 14, 2021
Dear Friends,
On Monday, we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born 92 years ago into a moment much like the one we’re in today – wrought with racial violence, income inequality and a rise in authoritarianism around the globe. But rather than despair over our failure to solve these problems a century later, let’s honor Dr. King by celebrating the progress we have made and refusing to give up the hope that he saw from the mountaintop. He knew that the hoped-for world would be fiercely resisted by those at the top of the caste system, Continue reading

Who We Are And Who We Can Be

Dear friends of peace, (Jan 6, 2021)
Yesterdaywas a difficult day to watch, one that confirmed the creeping disunion we are experiencing in this country. Business as usual is not working for most of us – even those standing yesterday for a failed president did so because they are dissatisfied with life as they see it and fearful of the future. It should be very clear that violence will not solve our problems. Continue reading

Reflecting Forward

Dear friends,
We stand on the brink of a reset – one I know we all look forward to. However in looking forward, let us also hold on to the lessons that 2020 taught us about the things that really matter and the importance of flexibility and resilience. With your help, JRPC kept all our staff employed. We transitioned to an online store, a successful online auction, zoom meetings and even an online discussion series that has attracted people from all over the state. 2020 gave us time to reflect on what we do, how we do it and why.

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Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me

Dear friends,
The song “Let There be Peace on Earth” has become a global anthem for peace and one of my favorites. Despite the violence and injustice that surrounds us, we continue to sing this song, and in the singing, affirm our optimism, hope, and continued belief that peace is possible. And most importantly, the song acknowledges our own responsibility for bringing this possibility to light. A few years back, Robert Fulghum wrote a popular book titled, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  So in that spirit, I propose that all we really need to know about letting peace begin with us can be Continue reading

Rights and Responsibilities

Dear friends,
December 15th was the 229th anniversary of the ratification of our Bill of Rights. These first ten amendments to the Constitution did not “create” rights, but rather clarified the constitution to protect them. Outlining these inalienable, pre-existing rights and liberties and setting up a system to prohibit our Government from infringing on them is the foundation of this country, and the beacon that continues to inspire and attract.

  • The rights of freedom of speech and religion, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom to dissent;
  • The right to keep and bear arms.
  • Protection from quartering of troops
  • The expectation of privacy, and protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
  • Due process of law and freedom from arbitrary imprisonment via habeas corpus
  • A speedy and public trial by an impartial jury;
  • The right to a civil trial by jury
  • Protection from cruel and unusual punishment.
  • Liberty from unwarranted government intrusion and protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
  • Powers of States and people

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