Category Archives: peace

The Supreme Court

Saddened to hear of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I’m reminded of a few stories of mine related to the Supreme Court. As a friend says, “brag, brag, blah, blah”. I believe sharing our stories is an important … Continue reading

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Muhammad Ali and me

Athletes are once again demonstrating leadership to call attention to, and demand change to stop injustice. It has been amazing to see kneeling during the national anthem, for which Colin Kaepernick was vilified, now supported by athletes and supporters of … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor, No Exceptions

Yesterday I wrote about the student demonstrations for Black Lives Matter at Simpson College. I think it was a great idea of my friend, Rezadad Mohammadi, to bring a #Love Thy Neighbor (No Exceptions) sign to the rally. Those signs … Continue reading

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Military Recruitment, Schools, Free Speech and Peace

The article publish yesterday, Military Recruiters Don’t Belong in High Schools reminded me of the remarkable story below. The following video is about the case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. That case was eventually decided by … Continue reading

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They do not know the world in which they live

Yesterday was the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was heartening to see the large crowds at the Lincoln Memorial, and hear what was being said. I’m reading the speech “Beyond Vietnam” by Martin Luther King, Jr. today … Continue reading

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Nonviolence / No violence

Protesters in the streets who are clashing with law enforcement are making a huge mistake. For weeks the public protests related to the killing of George Floyd and more broadly against police brutality and systemic racism were peaceful and there … Continue reading

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All that we are is story

Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) is holding our Annual Session this weekend. In this age of the COVID-19 pandemic, we, as so many others, are using Zoom (an online meeting app) to connect with each other. When we resume, we re-Zoom. … Continue reading

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John Lewis

I was sad to hear of the death of John Lewis yesterday, 7/17/2020. In a time when there are few heroes, John Lewis was a hero to me and many others. He was in his early twenties when he was … Continue reading

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The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us

“The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.” ― Terry Tempest Williams, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert I recently wrote the following. As a teenager trying … Continue reading

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What are you bypassing spiritually?

“…we say many things about the changing aspects of our lives. We say that since change is inevitable, we should direct the change rather than simply continue to go through the change.” –Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, Delta Man This … Continue reading

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