Category Archives: civil disobedience

Keystone XL is dead

In some ways it feels like more than eight years have passed since I signed the Keystone Pledge of Resistance and was trained as an Action Leader. I learned a great deal, and connected with a large number of people … Continue reading

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Memorial Day–Honoring the dissenters

For those of us who believe in peace and oppose war, Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the militarism of this country. I find it especially troubling how the country has shifted away from formal declarations of war, … Continue reading

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#LANDBACK and Indigenous Youth

Earlier in this series about #LANDBACK I wrote the first time I heard that term was from Denzel Sutherland-Wilson. I shared the awful video of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) pointing sniper rifles at him. Canada is ready to kill … Continue reading

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Canada is ready to kill us

I originally published much of the following article on February 12, 2020. The events described below took place during the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) raid on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory on February 7, 2020. What follows explains why I became … Continue reading

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My introduction to LANDBACK

One of the main areas of work of my native friends is LANDBACK. Many white people have been learning about the concept of land acknowledgement. Native people say, now that you (white people) have acknowledged whose land you are on, … Continue reading

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Colonial Pipeline Shutdown

One of the main threads through my life has been trying to protect Mother Earth and all of us from the consequences of extracting, transport and burning fossil fuels. Refusing to have a car. Organizing as an Action Lead in … 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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How Is White Supremacy Keeping Us from Hearing God’s Voice?

How Is White Supremacy Keeping Us from Hearing God’s Voice? This will be the topic of discussion this weekend at the Midyear meeting of Iowa Quakers in the Midwest. I really like this title because it puts the emphasis on … Continue reading

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Tears

I was completely surprised when I started and couldn’t stop crying at the end of the movie, The Trial of the Chicago 7. That’s a really rare occurrence. A lot of buried trauma there it seems. The trial was related … 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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