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Peter Gottschalk: Hate crimes associated with both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have a long history in America

An effort to protect the position of native-born citizens from perceived threats by immigrants – has periodically erupted in the U.S. since at least the early 19th century.

June 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jason Brennan: When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wyatt Massey: Believe Me, You Don’t Want Someone to Save the World

The change we need comes from the daily actions of many, many people. I want to slap the table and yell, but instead I opt for a smile. I deflect … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fran Schor: Spiritual Death/Spiritual Awakening

 “I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marie Berry & Erica Chenoweth: Why training women in nonviolent resistance is critical to movement success

In the year since Trump’s inauguration, we have seen an outpouring of popular mobilization in resistance to his administration’s policies. Crowd estimates suggest that 5.2-9 million people took to the … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lawrence Bush: Where are the Inspiring Speeches Now?

More and more I feel that people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Noam Chomsky and Martin Luther King on building a resistance movement

. . As widespread oppression and violence rise up, people of good conscience wonder what we can do to help move the country in the right direction. It is natural … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leonard Steinhorn: Donald Trump’s War on the 1960s

Donald Trump and his supporters may be waging battles against the press, immigrants, voting rights, the environment, science, social welfare programs, Planned Parenthood and what they label political correctness and the … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Garrett Hongo: An Ode to Independence Day, Laguna Beach, 2007

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear… —Walt Whitman We came like a tide swelling to the shore except from inland— places named for saints in Spanish, a … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ken Levy: Sorry, But It’s Entirely the Right’s Fault

Many commentators are suggesting that both right and left are equally to blame for all the polarization between them. They’re wrong. The reason for all the bitterness between left and … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

. Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) is best known for his memoir Walden, a reflection on the joys of living simply, but it could be argued that his essay Civil Disobedience … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Charles Davidson: A Call to Action — Christians in response to Donald Trump

Dr. Martin Luther King declared in a speech exactly one year before his death: “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Martin Luther King: The Key

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. … I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This…

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy

Now, some might say, “Radical?, King was no radical!” And, in fact, the image all too often projected in our children’s classrooms and in the mass media on MLK Day … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

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