Category Archives: Des Moines Black Lives Matter

Des Moines Mutual Aid and Black Lives Matter ask for help from faith communities

In this dangerous, bitter cold I think about those who are houseless. Des Moines Mutual Aid and other Mutual Aid groups in Des Moines, and Des Moines Black Lives Matter are responding in many ways as you can see below. … Continue reading

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Mutual Aid and Colonialism

Over the past several years I’ve observed and experienced a powerful confluence of Mutual Aid as a tool to work toward decolonization and antiracism. In the following I write about what I have learned about Mutual Aid. My objective is … 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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Black History Month in Iowa

Black History Month is observed in February in the US and Canada. It is good to see events related to Black History. I feel it is important for those who don’t know, to learn a Black State of Emergency in … Continue reading

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Epistles

Epistle: a poem or other literary work in the form of a letter or series of letters My intention in starting this blog five years ago was to learn to write about matters of the Spirit. I feel we are … Continue reading

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Capitalism must be reversed and dismantled

Capitalism is the engine that powers white supremacy and the astounding transfer of wealth to the few ultra rich. Is the engine that powers authoritarianism and the police state, destroying human rights. Is the engine destroying Mother Earth. Capitalisms the … 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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The major threat of Martin Luther King Jr to us is a spiritual and moral one

It is sobering to see how little progress this country has made related to Martin Luther King’s three evils of society: racism, militarism and materialism. This fall Des Moines Black Lives Matter/Black Liberation declared a black state of emergency in … Continue reading

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#BlackEmergencyIA Travel Advisory for all Black Iowans

The riot at the US Capitol building shocked us all. But the implications for the safety of black, indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) is terrorism. Images of the assault show only white males, radical white supremacists. Some have … 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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