Tag Archives: Black Lives Matter

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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Black Lives Matter in a small Iowa town

When I retired from working in the Infant Pulmonary Function Lab at Riley Hospital for Children in 2017, I moved to Indianola, Iowa. (bottom center of map below). Indianola has a population of around 16,000 and is home to Simpson … Continue reading

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Protest Art: Caged baby Jesus

The Nativity scene was put up early this year at Christ Church Cathedral, an Episcopalian church on the Circle in the center of downtown Indianapolis. The Episcopalian church’s dean and rector, the Rev. Stephen Carlsen, says the display that’s part of … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter: NRA is a terrorist organization

The National Rifle Association (NRA) again pushes its extreme interpretation of the Second Amendment by trying to undo Florida’s recent, small move in the direction of sensible gun safety legislation. “The Black Lives Matter movement slammed the National Rifle Association … Continue reading

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What Actually Changed?

I’ve been writing a lot about the Quaker queries related to civic responsibility, and this one in particular: How do we share our convictions with others? Do we express our opinions with courage,  yet with love, mindful of the Divine … Continue reading

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Diop – Flex (Hey)

Check out the new video by my friend Diop Adisa, filmed in Ghana, Flex (Hey).   After Diop recently asked me how I was doing since I moved to Iowa, I asked him the same.  He said “I’m doing pretty … Continue reading

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It’s time to get back into the public square

“Quakers, it’s time to get back into the public square. If you believe that there’s life above the snake line, it’s time to get back in the public square.”  Rev. William Barber, The Third Reconstruction, Friends Journal, September 1, 2016. … Continue reading

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Rev William Barber’s DNC Speech

I’m so grateful that I was able to attend the MPOLIS Summit (Moral Political Organizing Leadership Institute) Wednesday, with Dr. Rev. William Barber, and will write more about that soon. But as I listened to him then, I was reminded … Continue reading

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Baton Rouge Illustrates a Divided America

Today’s excellent New York Times article, In Baton Rouge, A City Divided Faces Two Different Tragedies, describes the history of racial injustice and current tensions in that city.  Although the situation is more desperate in many ways in Baton Rouge, … Continue reading

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Tensions and Black Lives Matter

I recently urged people to do things like put Black Lives Matter signs in their yards and windows.  And told some related stories that had a positive ending. But now, especially in the light of Donald Trump falsely accusing Black … Continue reading

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