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Concentration camps versus abolition

This is some follow-up related to yesterday’s post, Today Where I try to answer yesterday’s question, “what will you do?” I had forgotten to mention my reaction to writing the Des Moines Mutual Aid Bail Fund phone number on my … Continue reading

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Abolition of police and prisons

I’ve been participating in Zoom discussions of the Quaker Abolition Network, initiated by Mackenzie Barton-Rowledge and Jed Walsh. The following is from an article they wrote for Western Friend. Mackenzie: Let’s start with: What does being a police and prison … Continue reading

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What does abolition look like in Iowa?

I have joined the Quaker Abolition Network, a new national network of Friends working toward the abolition of police and prisons. I used to think of abolition in terms of the institution of slavery, the death penalty, or nuclear weapons. … Continue reading

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Introduction to abolition and Quakers today

I used to think of abolition in terms of slavery, or the death penalty, or nuclear weapons. Today discussions about abolition are more commonly about abolishing police and prisons. I’m just beginning to learn how that might come about. This … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Abolition and Mutual Aid

Abolition of the police is a relatively new concept to me, as a white male. One of the most significant and impactful parts of white privilege is related to safety and law enforcement. It is one thing to read the … Continue reading

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Abolition today

As I’ve been on this journey to learn, and act, related to Mutual Aid and Black Lives Matter, I’ve been learning what is meant by abolition today. When I thought about abolition, I thought about the abolition of slavery, or … Continue reading

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New posts on LANDBACK Friends

I’ve been writing new blog posts on LANDBACK Friends (LANDBackFriends.com) because those are the issues I’m learning and writing about now. Here is a list of the posts from July to present on LANDBACK Friends: July 1 Replanning Human Life – LANDBACK … Continue reading

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An Epistle to Friends Regarding Community, Mutual Aid and LANDBACK

Yesterday I wrote at length why I’ve been led to leave Quakers for the time being. This morning I’m feeling a bit like “what have I done?” And what does that mean? Buried so deep in that lengthy article that … Continue reading

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Spiritual discernment to leave Quakers

ABSTRACT For months I’ve been in significant spiritual distress. I’ve been learning a great deal from my Native friends, and working with them on Mutual Aid projects. And they tell me the way white people can best support them is … Continue reading

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Quaker Social Concerns as Mutual Aid and LANDBACK

We are moving further into chaotic times. I started to list all the ways, but there are so many, and you know what they are. People seem paralyzed by the destruction of our environment, and collapse of political and economic … Continue reading

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