By Chris Lowe My circle of Facebook connection has been circulating information about efforts to reduce transportation related deaths particularly car-on-bike and car-on-pedestrian deaths to zero. Why is a similar aim to reduce murder to zero ridiculous? To change the culture to reduce the idea that interpersonal violence can solve problems and is a legitimate way to do so?
Tag Archive: peace
By Javier Cervantes I went to bed Wednesday night saddened and in disgust. Yet another act of cowardly malice reared its ugly head again; this time the victims were members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina where Dylann Roof confessed to the brutal murder of nine church-goers .
April 29, 2015 marks twenty three years since the beginning of one of the largest urban uprisings in US American history. For several days after a Simi Valley jury let the Los Angeles police officers who beat and tasered Rodney King go free, residents throughout LA county expressed frustration, anger and sadness; marched, walked, and fought back against systems of…
By Chris Crass On the 3rd anniversary of Trayvon Martin being murdered by George Zimmerman, here’s a poem I wrote soon after the verdict clearing all charges was announced
By Matt Enloe Friday October 10th, Shawn the Baptist and Keith Darrell visited my campus, Oregon State University. We’re no stranger to the ways of the street preachers, but having them visit is never anything short of an ordeal.
By Phoenix Callida The goal is to make you feel worthless. The goal is to make you shut up. The goal is to make you feel hopeless. But it’s a lie. All of it.
By Mark Naison One of the reasons I am haunted by the death of Michael Brown is that I have worked with young people in highly charged settings and have seen what they can accomplish when people who command their respect guide them, challenge them, inspire them and love them. This is a story that will help you understand where…
By Nadia Maiwandi When I see what’s going on in Palestine, I can’t help but make the connection to Afghanistan, a country that has lived through hell for over 35 years. When I was there in 2003 and 2006, I saw hundreds who lived with devastating injuries and poverty on levels unimaginable.
By Joseph Orosco For a long time, the progressive approach to the Fourth of July has been to follow Howard Zinn’s lead and think of the US American revolution not merely as a revolt of the landed gentry against England, but as also having a component of working class insurgency.
Laurie Childers is an artist, ceramics instructor, and singer/songwriter in Corvallis, Oregon. In the 1980s, she worked around the world with artisans building fuel-efficient cookstoves and learned much about the effect of foreign and domestic economic policies upon the lives of real people as well as the land.
By Alexander N. Riccio The progress U.S. culture has made through concerted social and economic movements amounts to little in the face of our white supremacist status quo. This is not to claim there have not been improvements, or that such improvements haven’t yielded dramatic results, but we should not be comfortable