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Tom Morrison

Walter Wink, thank you for writing your short autobiography, Just Jesus, before you died.  When I saw the book on Linda Kelly’s desk at the FOR headquarters, I gravitated right towards it.  I was interested in meeting you in person, even if it had to be through the written word. 

I had seen you from afar from my place in the FOR audience when you and your wife June were awarded the Peace Prize in 2006.  Your voice was shaky then, and I was told you were very...

Ymani Simmons

Beaver Creek ambles through the arid Arizona land revealing a spreading community of stone-beings that make the waters dance and sing as they roll and tumble on their endless journey. Thursday, March 20, 2014 was Spring Equinox, and I was blessed to be stepping into Ceremony, the first Women’s Gathering, with the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and sisters from all parts of this beautiful world. The Grandmothers are an international alliance of indigenous female Elders that focuses on issues such as the environment, internationalism, and human...

Carol Bragg

In the spring of 1988, I somewhat belatedly became involved in the anti-apartheid movement.  I had worked for the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) in Rhode Island for 16 years on peace and justice issues. My position was slated to be terminated at the end of September and I was graciously told that I was free to spend my remaining staff time on the work of my choice. The organization had painfully wrestled with racism issues for years, so I decided to offer my time and skills to the African-American community in Providence and to the black-led Free South Africa group,...

Joe Groves

The Invisible Presence of Palestinian Nonviolence

I’ve often heard the question, “Where is the Palestinian Gandhi?” in articles, conversations, emails, as an audience question, in discussions with peace activists. The question is usually well-intentioned. But it represents a misunderstanding of Palestinian nonviolent resistance, which seems to be invisible to many people, even though it has a history back to the 19th century and a broad presence today. So why the invisibility?

Gandhi Is Everywhere

Where? In al-Walaja, Bil’in Nil’in, Budrus, Nabi Saleh,...

Rene Wadlow

Eileen Babbitt and Ellen Lutz have made an important contribution to the Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution series. As they point out:

To prevent wars and massive human rights violations and rebuild societies in their aftermath, an approach that incorporates the perspectives of both human rights advocates and conflict resolution practioners is required. This goal is easier to assert than to achieve. These two groups make different assumptions, apply different methodologies, and have different institutional constraints. As a result, they tend to be wary...