Category Archives: Great Plains Action Society

Abolish White Supremacist Monuments in Iowa

Yesterday I saw some of my friends speaking in an online conversation about removing monuments to white supremacy in the state of Iowa. This is something they have been teaching me about over the past year. Links to those posts … Continue reading

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#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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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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Indigenous Resistance and Decolonization

It is sad during this season that is supposed to be about peace on earth, to know state sanctioned violence continues in the lands called Canada and the United States. I was alarmed early this year when I began to … Continue reading

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Mutual Aid Discourages Colonized Ideas

In the following I try to express why I believe Friends should do our justice work using the Mutual Aid concept.  Mutual Aid is far from a new idea, having been practiced globally for centuries. Christine Nobiss recently wrote truth … Continue reading

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TRUTHSGIVING

I only recently heard about Truthsgiving, one of many things I learned from my new friends as we walked during the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March in September, 2018. The subject came up as we were eating dinner together in … Continue reading

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A radical act

“Mutual Aid is essential to our survival” by Dean Spade, Truthout, October 28, 2020, is a primer about the concept of Mutual Aid. I recommend reading the entire article. I’ll be quoting it more extensively than I usually like to … Continue reading

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Mutual Aid for Social Concerns

For some time I’ve been praying and thinking about Quaker Peace and Social Concerns Committees .Many Quaker meetings have had such committees for many years. For a long time I’ve been struggling to understand why I’ve felt these committees haven’t … 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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What is needed in this moment

The article “What is needed in this moment” explores what I’ve been writing lately, that the capitalist system must be replaced. That we are being distracted in this election by which party wins, because either one will continue to operate … Continue reading

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