Category Archives: decolonize

Prepare for Change

The storming of the US Capitol building January 6, 2021, is the latest manifestation of the failures of our political and economic systems. And yet, I think it was more than that for most white people. I spend a lot … Continue reading

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Working Towards Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

I’ve written a great deal about my journey to make connections with Indigenous peoples (Quakers, social justice and revolution | Jeff Kisling). One part of this journey involved helping Paula Palmer hold workshops and presentations related to her ministry, Toward … Continue reading

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The Evil of Capitalism

As we begin a new year, we reflect upon what happened during the past year. Our thoughts turn to what we would like to do differently in the coming year. When I step back to look at what needs to … Continue reading

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Blame private capitalism for social problems

Mutual Aid is getting a lot of attention because numerous Mutual Aid efforts have been successful in responding to survival needs, when the political system failed spectacularly. As Richard Wolff writes below, “neither (political party) dares blame private capitalism for … Continue reading

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New Year’s Revolution

When I started this blog exactly six years ago, I didn’t know why the Spirit led me to name it Quakers, social justice and revolution. It was the revolution part I’ve been patiently waiting to understand. I wondered if that … Continue reading

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US Political Meltdown and Mutual Aid

Much has been written about the collapse of our political systems and the capitalist economy. This past year has seen the utter inability of Federal and state governments to even begin to adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of … Continue reading

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DAKOTA 38 + 2

The day after Christmas, Dec. 26, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the largest execution in United States history — the hanging of 38 Dakota (Sioux) men. At the heart of this is the genocide and land theft of the tribal … Continue reading

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Des Moines BLM Statement and press conference on overnight raids on 11/18/2020

As a white male, I’ve learned a lot over the past years about White privilege and supremacy. I haven’t been learning by attending conferences or reading books. Instead I’ve sought and found opportunities to be with non white people. With … Continue reading

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UN experts raise concern over charges against US indigenous leader and rights defender

A perfect storm is brewing today. Nicholas Tilsen, human rights defender of the Oglala-Lakȟóta Sioux Nation and president of the indigenous-led NDN Collective (see video below), is due in court today. He is facing felony charges related to peaceful demonstrations … Continue reading

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FCNL and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Attempting to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling is the latest threat by the current Federal administration to choose profits over people and the protection of Mother Earth. Just the latest outrage from the capitalist … Continue reading

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