Category Archives: race

Black Children’s Memorial burned

These are photos I took earlier in the year when I noticed this memorial in the neighborhood of the church where we, Des Moines Mutual Aid, fill about sixty boxes of food to distribute to those in need. Then I … Continue reading

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Spiritual discernment to leave Quakers

ABSTRACT For months I’ve been in significant spiritual distress. I’ve been learning a great deal from my Native friends, and working with them on Mutual Aid projects. And they tell me the way white people can best support them is … 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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Forgiveness

This morning’s prayers led me to reflections about forgiveness. This might be because we will be talking about Indigenous boarding schools at my Quaker meeting this morning. There were many terrible things about kidnapping native children and taking them far … Continue reading

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Time Stood Still

Yesterday time stood still. Images of crowds of people staring at their phones all over the country. Those inside focused on television, cell phone, tablet or computer screens. A collective silence. It’s almost too ironic to say a collective holding … 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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What will you do?

I’ve often looked at, and thought about this photograph I took at a Black Lives Matter protest in Indianapolis in July, 2016. It was a warm, sunny summer evening, around sunset.  I arrived about half an hour early and there … Continue reading

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What is said and what is left unsaid

It is nearly incomprehensible to wake up this morning and see news of another police shooting of a Black man. Especially in Minneapolis at this time of the trial of Derek Chauvin. This morning my friend Avis Wanda McClinton wrote … 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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