Category Archives: race

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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Martin Luther King, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”

On the anniversary of the date of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, April 4, 1968, I wrote the blog post. What happened in Indianapolis the day Martin Luther King was assassinated Exactly one year before his death, on … 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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The Revolution will not be televised

On this day, April 4, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Yesterday I wrote about the speech Senator Robert F Kennedy gave to a predominately African American crowd in Indianapolis, announcing King’s death. Those days … Continue reading

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What happened in Indianapolis the day Martin Luther King was assassinated

Each year on April 4th, a solemn ceremony takes place in Indianapolis. Two things of historic significance occurred that day in 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr, was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. And Senator Robert Francis Kennedy delivered what … Continue reading

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Decolonizing, Soul Repair and Mutual Aid

One of the concepts Vanesse Julye spoke about during Quaker meetings last weekend was that in order for healing among groups to occur, there needs to be acknowledgement of the common history among those involved in the trauma. Between those … Continue reading

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