Category Archives: civil disobedience

#ShutDownDAPL #NoLine3 #NoKXL

It’s hard to keep up with the news about pipelines these days. Long gone are the days when pipeline permits and construction were unquestionably approved. Following is news about current resistance to three pipelines. Keystone XL (#NoKXL), Dakota Access Pipeline … Continue reading

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More related to Black History Month

You can follow and support Des Moines Black Lives Matter leader Mate Farrakhan Muhammad (Matthew Bruce) TheBlackArtivist In overlooking, denying, evading this complexity–which is nothing more than the disquieting complexity of ourselves–we are diminished and we perish; only within this … Continue reading

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Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Canceled

There have been so many times we thought the Keystone XL pipeline was stopped, only to see it revived. Yesterday President Biden canceled it’s permit, and I hope that is finally the end of the pipeline. Brings to a close … Continue reading

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Defending Protestors

Last night Drake University’s National Lawyers Guild held a Zoom panel discussion about Defending Protestors. The panel explored the role the legal community plays in defending activists and their rights to protest and organize. I found out about the event … Continue reading

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The web of organizing and organizers

As I’ve been researching the concept of rural mutual aid, I was glad to discover my friend Todd Zimmer is involved. Todd was one of the trainers from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) who came to Des Moines in the … Continue reading

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Young Quaker Men Facing War and Conscription

Don Laughlin was a mentor to me. He and his wife Lois lived just a few miles from Scattergood Friends School and Farm, a Quaker co-ed, boarding High School just East of West Branch, Iowa. Following is part of his … Continue reading

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Out of the Meetinghouse

Yesterday I wrote about Peace in a Culture of Violence, which began ‘this country’s culture of violence has taken dramatically new forms that we haven’t adapted our work to address. ‘ And ended with ‘in light of all this, what … Continue reading

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Peace in a culture of violence?

For years Quakers have had Peace and Social Concerns Committees. I’ve been praying and thinking about what that work should entail these days. This country’s culture of violence has taken dramatically new forms that we haven’t adapted our work to … Continue reading

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Racial justice protesters banned from Iowa Capitol in “stunning misuse of power”

I don’t have first hand knowledge about these stories, but as someone who has participated in peaceful protests, I am shocked by the actions of the police. The reason this came to my attention is I have heard some who … Continue reading

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Ceremonies to Stop Pipelines

A couple of days ago I wrote about ceremonies to stop pipelines. In that case, the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX). Ceremonies became important to me, as well, as we worked to bring attention to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access … Continue reading

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