Move To Amend

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This week, Democracy needs your voice. Perhaps you have heard of the US Supreme Court Decision Citizens United, perhaps not. The 2010 Citizens United Decision was another in a series of decisions made by the Supreme Court that have fundamentally altered governance in our country, shifting rights from “the people” to “corporate persons.”

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Fire

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FIRE. Finally scary news not about the election! Roaring Lion fire is terrible for those affected; I can imagine nothing more frightening than being in the valley as the flames erupted. The outpouring of help is inspiring and stunning — hay, water, housing.

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Being Peace

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As I listen to the comments surrounding the political conventions and upcoming elections I find the hateful attacks and judgments disturbing. Not only Republican against Democrat and vice versa but Democrat against Democrat and vice versa. We live in a complex world and it is difficult to sum up the issues in a way that we can all agree on. And if we are looking for a perfect person, we will be disappointed. Continue reading

Deepest Gratitude

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Every day, I look at the proclamation hanging on my wall that many of you contributed to last month naming me as “peacemaker of the decade” and my spirit is lifted. I feel such gratitude for the love and support and affirmation that you have offered me over the years and particularly by this honor. And I also feel a deep longing — if only I could think of something that would heal this broken world of ours and awaken us all to abandon violence and destruction and instead seek peace. Continue reading

A Peace of my Mind: American Stories

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In a world full of violence and tragedy it is important to celebrate and treasure the stories that unite us, that show us the way forward. Dan Gallagher and I were fortunate to meet John Noltner and be part of his project to highlight these stories from around the country in a book called, a Peace of My Mind: American Stories. His book holds up examples of people from all backgrounds who are working for positive change in the world —

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