Category Archives: solidarity

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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Personal experiences regarding racism and privilege

Yesterday’s post was related to a weekend gathering of Friends (Quakers) to consider the question “how is white supremacy keeping us from hearing God’s voice?” It was pointed out that what I wrote about that came through as judgmental, and … Continue reading

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Standing Rock Lakota Youth Runners Say #ShutDownDAPL

Today is the day Standing Rock Lakota youth runners will begin a run of over 93 miles back to the Oceti Sakowin Camp. They run to call Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They are asking us … Continue reading

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Standing Rock Lakota Youth Runners Say #ShutDownDAPL

Standing Rock Lakota youth runners will begin a run of over 93 miles back to the Oceti Sakowin Camp site on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. They run to call Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They are … Continue reading

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Blame private capitalism for social problems

Mutual Aid is getting a lot of attention because numerous Mutual Aid efforts have been successful in responding to survival needs, when the political system failed spectacularly. As Richard Wolff writes below, “neither (political party) dares blame private capitalism for … Continue reading

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My Mutual Aid Journey Thus Far

Some friends have asked for concrete examples of Mutual Aid. Can’t see how to escape the capitalist system. I’ll try to explain as I tell you the story of how I first got involved in Mutual Aid and what has … Continue reading

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Urgent Call to Protect the Sacred

In a last-minute push, the Trump administration announced Thursday that it will auction off drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in just over a month, setting up a final showdown with opponents before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The sale, … Continue reading

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The Future of Pandemic Solidarity

Having been led to the discovery of something I hadn’t known about, Mutual Aid, and joining in the Des Moines Mutual Aid food giveaway, I’m beginning to see this is how we can find our way through these increasingly chaotic … Continue reading

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Peace in a culture of violence?

For years Quakers have had Peace and Social Concerns Committees. I’ve been praying and thinking about what that work should entail these days. This country’s culture of violence has taken dramatically new forms that we haven’t adapted our work to … Continue reading

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Quakers and Mutual Aid

I’ve been studying mutual aid extensively lately because the concept encapsulates the answer to what I have been praying and thinking about for many years. About the immorality and dangers of the capitalist system. As stated below, “we must mobilize … Continue reading

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