Category Archives: police

To End Racial Capitalism, We Will Need to Take on Policing

Today’s post on LANDBack Friends TO END RACIAL CAPITALISM, WE WILL NEED TO TAKE ON POLICING – LANDBACK Friends

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For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet

We are living in difficult times. Some of the more recent have been especially brutalizing: the shooting death of a child, Palestine reduced to rubble, public violence from hate of others-Asian, black, Indigenous, Jewish peoples, out of control police violence, … Continue reading

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Two Distant Strangers

Last night I watched the short film, Two Distant Strangers, that just won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. The story is a repeating loop about a black man’s (character name Carter James) encounters with a white … Continue reading

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Spiritual Warriors

There are so many powerful, destructive forces at work today. We don’t know the exact timing and sequence of events. But we know they are coming, some already here. Life as we know it is being thrown into chaos. Existential … Continue reading

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I hope you choose that path, no matter how hard it is

As a White person, it grieves me deeply to watch so many of us (White people) continue to try to hide behind our privilege. As I was thinking I would not have to enumerate the following atrocities, I realized there … Continue reading

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Bail Bonds

I’ve recently written about the Des Moines Mutual Aid Bail Fund. Concentration camps versus abolition A Quaker friend reminded me that some early Friends (Quakerism began in the mid 1600’s) refused to be released from prison by posting bail. For … Continue reading

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Concentration camps versus abolition

This is some follow-up related to yesterday’s post, Today Where I try to answer yesterday’s question, “what will you do?” I had forgotten to mention my reaction to writing the Des Moines Mutual Aid Bail Fund phone number on my … Continue reading

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Today

Such a variety of things happened today, I can’t come up with a good title. So today. It was kind of a stream of conscious day. I have a routine that involves writing first thing in the morning. If it … Continue reading

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Des Moines, Police and Protest

I hadn’t known much about police and protests in Iowa before becoming engaged with Des Moines Mutual Aid (DMMA), which is closely connected to the Des Moines Black Liberation Movement (DesMoinesBLM). The trial right now of former Minneapolis police officer, … 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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