Fair Trade Works

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Yesterday we celebrated International Women’s Day by wearing red and in many places striking or rallying to show the important role women play in our world. It’s about fairness and equality — worthy visions in a world where our government proposes to cut money for social programs in preference for military budgets and supporting the corporate model of profit over people. One of the programs we support here at JRPC is Fair Trade because it is the antithesis to the corporate model. It builds up communities rather than destroying them. Continue reading

Good

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In light of events in 2017 so far, both public and political as well as private, minds have stirred. Many of my close friends and loved ones are asking if they are Good. Are they a good person? How would they know? I do my best to help them unwrap the question as I have so many times for myself. Being Good is like Courage and Excellence; it’s a virtue and a habit. Aristotle talks about virtues as the center point between two extremes. Courage is the virtue between Cowardice and Rashness. Continue reading

Listen

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Elizabeth Warren was recently silenced for trying to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King that was critical of Senator Jeff Sessions’ nominations to be the Attorney General. The ensuing dialog has been — on the left critical of the Senators who silenced her and the words of Ms. King, and on the right critical of Ms. Warren’s lack of civility to a fellow Senator.

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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