Resist in Peace

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Right now there is so much happening in our world. And resistance seems to be the theme of much of our actions and efforts. There is no doubt that many of these issues need our resistance (and persistence) — issues like standing up for refugees, protecting the rights of our LGBTI communities, the rights of laborers to organize, the reproductive rights of women and families and the rights of all of us to speak up and participate in our democracy. And yet, there is another reality that we must bring in to our efforts — Continue reading

Border Journey

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The billionaire real estate developer that just moved into government-subsidized housing in Washington, D.C. said during the campaign that Mexico was sending rapists and criminals to the U.S. I’ve met with many people here in Nogales that have just been deported from the U.S. They’ve told me, often with tears in their eyes, that they made the risky journey to the U.S. in search of work so that they could provide for their families back home in Mexico or Central America. Continue reading

Season of Nonviolence

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In 1998, I was privileged to help plan and participate in the 1st Season for Nonviolence in Seattle.  Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was our special guest, and led a crowd of up to 10,000 in a walk to Puget Sound, symbolic of Gandhi’s walk to the sea to establish Indians’ right to have free salt.  I have celebrated the Season every year since. Continue reading

Forward in Courage

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The day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration as president, on March 3, 1913, 8000 women from the National American Woman Suffrage Association, representing every state, marched in Washington, DC to call for a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote. Jeannette Rankin was in that parade and it drew hundreds of thousands of spectators.  Continue reading