Abolition and racial capitalism

It has taken a while to adjust to thinking of abolition as the elimination of prisons instead of the historical context of abolition of the institution of enslavement. Not surprisingly the concept of prison abolition comes up in any discussion of capitalism and building a just future. Police are the enforcers of capitalism. I amContinue reading “Abolition and racial capitalism”

Let’s demonstrate where power truly lies

It is heartening to see indigenous-led climate actions at the White House, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the US Capitol this week. I admire those who are participating in acts of civil disobedience, with hundreds of arrests. But disappointed in the absence of a response from the Biden administration. And deeply concerned at the latestContinue reading “Let’s demonstrate where power truly lies”

The future is now

I know now cannot be the future. What I’m saying is there are so many crises that urgently need action now. How long can we keep procrastinating? (That’s a rhetorical question.) The list of crises is long and new ones continue to appear. Despite all we are being confronted with now, we will look backContinue reading “The future is now”

Listen with open ears

These past several days have brought attention to the concepts of truth and reconciliation as the land known as Canada held its first observation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30th was also Orange Shirt Day, which focuses on those who were forced to attend the Indian Boarding Schools, those institutions ofContinue reading “Listen with open ears”

What You Get into Will Change You

Recently a series of things happened that provoked some reflection. I saw the quote, “what you get into will change you. Sometimes in life you just don’t know what you’re getting into”, which prompted me to write the following. A lot happened to me since retiring and returning to Iowa four years ago. I hadn’tContinue reading “What You Get into Will Change You”

Militarism and LANDBACK

What triggered this blog post was learning Congress is working to require women to register for the Selective Service System (“draft”). Men have been required to do so for decades. As I began to write about that, I had to decide whether to post this article on my blog Quakers, social justice and revolution whereContinue reading “Militarism and LANDBACK”

Indigenous led Green New Deal

The book The Red Deal is about an Indigenous led Green New Deal (GND). The Sunrise Movement was launched as a national campaign for a Green New Deal (GND) in 2017. From the beginning I heard my native friends talk about the importance of a green new deal to be Indigenous led but didn’t haveContinue reading “Indigenous led Green New Deal”

It’s decolonization or extinction. And that starts with land back.

I’ve often written about my inability to convince people why we need to reject the systems of capitalism and endless economic growth. Emblematic of that is nearly fifty years I’ve lived without a car, hoping others might give up theirs, too. I’ve prayed and written so much about protecting Mother Earth for years, with littleContinue reading “It’s decolonization or extinction. And that starts with land back.”