Disturbing the Peace

KING racismmaterialism

Talk of peace all too often fails to become talk of justice. [Read more...]

Disruption / Recommitment

Broken Wall by Alvimann (morguefile)

Whether it is personal spiritual practice, community building, or justice of all kinds, we can stop thinking “Go big or go home” and start thinking “What is one thing I can do today?” [Read more...]

An Open Letter to White America

Vigil Altar in Oakland CA. Photo by T. Coyle

The rallying cry of “Black Lives Matter” is important because, within these systems, they clearly don’t. Black lives, in the United States, only matter to the systems of capitalism and imperialism as resources to be exploited and cast off. [Read more...]

Challengers in Community are Necessary

Stop. Look. Listen. pic from morguefile

Challengers hold up a mirror so we can reflect upon whether or not we are living our mission, or whether we have gone astray. Challengers help us to examine our assumptions and see what else may be possible. [Read more...]

The Fires of Liberation: #NJC ch6

New Jim Crow

Welcome to the 6 month study group on Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. All comments are screened. Disagreement is fine. Incivility will not be tolerated. Subscribing via RSS and subscribing to comments is recommended. You may join the group at any time. For more information please read this linked post. [Read More...]

Confronting Empire Takes Us All

Tyr and Fenrir - Paul Borda/Dryad Designs

Acting toward justice is dangerous. To act toward justice is to willingly put our hands in the wolf’s mouth… [Read more...]

Broken Families, Broken Lives: #NJC Ch5


“The mass incarceration of people of color is a big part of the reason that a black child born today is less likely to be raised by both parents than a child born during slavery.” – Michelle Alexander [Read more...]

Becoming Leaders

elephants - ManicMorFF (morguefile)

We have to allow ourselves, continuously, to re-enter the state of becoming, with open eyes and open arms, with courage, and as much grace as we can muster. [Read more...]

Creating the Outcast: #NJC Ch 4


Instead of treating the formerly incarcerated as outcasts and outlaws, how can we find ways to change our communities and welcome them home? [Read more...]

Yearning To Be Free

Pigeon in flight - by haml (morguefile)

We’ve forgotten we can love one another. We’ve forgotten that we, too, are outsiders. We must hold out our hands to each other across racial and other divides, or our souls will continue to harden and slowly crack. The rifts between us will widen, and then swallow us all whole. [Read more...]