On Aug. 9, when a black teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer, the small city of Ferguson lost its anonymity.
Harriett Maltina Comer (nee Hardy) was born on June 22, 1914 in Scott County Indiana. She has been a member of the FOR since September 23, 1940 and — like the IFOR — turned 100 this year. Her daughter, Margaret Comer, tells her story:
From Greensboro to Ferguson
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom! It is our duty to win!” These were the cries of the sons and daughters of this great nation who gathered to take a stand against oppression and injustice as they occupied the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on a rainy Monday morning.
Concerned citizens from across the country converged in the St. Louis area for the four-day “Ferguson October” mobilization. Among them were five activists and supporters of FOR who attended the Oct.
One of the main reasons I wanted to travel the 16-plus hours to St. Louis, Missouri, to participate in this month’s weekend of national resistance called “Ferguson October” was to make a visible stand against the militarization of our police forces.
FOR’s chief operating officer, Rev. Hillary Gaston, attended the Ferguson October Weekend of Resistance to assist FOR’s representative in Ferguson, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, with on the ground efforts. As a clergy, former law enforcement officer, and financial expert, Rev. Gaston was uniquely suited to provide “elder statesman” support.
Each year the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) bestows three peace awards - international, national, and local - to individuals or organizations whose commitment to peace and justice is recognized as extraordinary. This week, the 2014 international award was presented to Dr.
“You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-39
Dear Friends of Peace & Justice Everywhere,
Greetings to you from the board and staff of On Earth Peace!