I am overjoyed to report the election this weekend of my dear friend Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto to the episcopacy in the United Methodist Church! She was elected in an unanimous vote by the UMC's Western Jurisdiction on Friday night, on the 17th ballot, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
This morning, a coalition of white people and non-Black people of color shut down the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and in condemnation of the ongoing murders of Black people by police.
Minneapolis, MN – On Wednesday, July 13, a coalition of white people and non-Black people of color – the Coalition to Wake Your Ass Up – shut down the Interstate 35W bridge in solidarity with the movement for Black lives, condemning the ongoing killings of Black people by police in the Twin Cities and across the country.
The piercing. We all felt it. The puncture of violence, the ripping apart of families and communities, the pain of grief and loss. This last week, explosive tensions tore through our country in reaction to the targeted murders of Black people by police officers, followed by the retaliatory murders of police officers by a Black man.
The tragic night of July 7, 2016, was the most visible manifestation of U.S. wars reaching our own soil. To be clear, I am not talking about the absurd and insulting notion that there is a war between the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and the police.
On Monday we issued a statement of mourning and sympathy from our executive director, Rev. Kristin Stoneking, regarding the horrendous violence that occurred over the weekend - here you will find some essential amendments.
FOR's executive director sends love and sympathy to the friends and families of those killed and gravely wounded in Orlando, and expresses concern about the perpetuation of violence as a result of this heinous crime.
Kathy Kelly, along with her Voices for Creative Nonviolence companions, is part of a 150 mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL, a small town in northwest Illinois where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison.
Rep. Paul Ryan publicized his endorsement of Donald Trump's presidential campaign within moments of hosting a meeting with staff and members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, along with supporters of FOR's #GiveRefugeesRest campaign, a national campaign to end Islamophobia.
This February Kristin Stoneking led a delegation of FOR staff, members, and allies, including five refugees and immigrants, to Speaker Ryan's office in Washington, DC. We brought your deep concerns about rising attacks on Muslims in the United States and the immoral political agenda that has resisted refugee resettlement in our nation. Speaker Ryan's legislative director, Katie Donnell, received our delegation — and some of your #GiveRefugeesRest pillowcases — with respect and attentiveness.
Most people reading these words are well aware of Fr. Berrigan's death last Saturday. Indeed, hundreds likely knew Dan personally or would attest to the direct influence on their lives of his teachings and acts of conscience. His prose, poetry, and peacemaking witness changed the U.S. religious and cultural landscape, subverting the institutional church and laying nonviolent siege to political powers.
Yesterday, 111 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender United Methodist clergypersons came out in an historic open letter to the denomination. Incredibly still in 2016, the United Methodist Church does not ordain openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, the last of the mainline Protestant denominations to fail to affirm this essential equality.
I write to you from New York City, to which I traveled 2,000 miles to join five other FOR global leaders at the first-ever United Nations Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). This UN summit has deep personal meaning for me because my family bears the scars of the terrible misconception that policing and the stigmatization of addiction can cure a societal illness.
The U.N. plan suggested that the solution must include "(a) more development assistance to reduce supply and (b) more attention on health to lower demand." Now, seven years later, there is growing awareness that the implementation of the strategies related to the original plan, which, particularly in the United States, have included criminalization of addicts and those trapped in cycles of violence as a result of the drug trade, have not achieved the envisioned goal.
The entire so-called "justice system" in the United States, as protestors all over the country repeatedly testify, is “guilty as hell.” It is time to allow space within our legal institutions for a more nuanced understanding of the world and people. In a virtue theoretic approach, suspected criminals and ex-offenders are humanized as they are viewed by the justice system as people capable of virtue.
March 15, the first “Day of Rage” is widely used as the date on which the conflict in Syria began. The Syrian situation has grown increasingly complex since 2011, with more actors involved and with a larger number of refugees and displaced persons. On the anniversary Rene Wadlow argues that we need to look at why U.S. and European nonviolent advocates were not able to do more.
Lead by International FOR's main representative to the United Nations in New York, John Kim, IFOR along with the Center for Global Nonkilling sent the statement below to members of the UN Security Council
On 31st Jan, 2016, Dr. Hakim (Dr. Teck Young, Wee) followed Zekerullah, an Afghan Peace Volunteer who coordinates the Borderfree Street Kids School in Kabul, to visit his student and his family in their rented room. The student, Zuhair, attends the School on Fridays with 92 other working and street kids and is one person among 73% of the Afghan population who do not have access to clean, potable water.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Brian Terrell and Kathy Kelly, peace activists with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, were arrested when we attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to drone operators at Volk Field — an Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin which trains pilots to operate Shadow drones over other countries.
As the trial of prominent St. Louis-based activist, author and theologian Reverend Osagyefo Sekou enters its second day, the corrupt and stagnant state of the Ferguson municipal court system is once again under a national spotlight.
The Stony Point Center, an FOR affiliate organziation in Stony Point, NY, has announced the seventh-annual “Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit” Peacemaking Summer Institute for Young Adults, ages 19 to 29.
In June of 2014, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) took an historic vote to divest itself of its stock in three companies – Motorola Solutions, Hewlett Packard, and Caterpillar, Inc. The struggle to win this vote created remarkable partnerships between Christians and Jews who have broken the old rules of engagement that defined Jewish-Christian dialogue, rules tacitly specifying that the topic of the conflict in Israel and Palestine must be off the table.
On Aug. 9, 2014 when a black teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer, the small city of Ferguson lost its anonymity. In the days and weeks following the killing of Michael Brown, the people of Ferguson raised their voices and occupied the streets in protest. Thousands of human rights workers and concerned citizens have joined them in a newly invigorated movement for justice and FOR is among them.
A few days ago, I returned from a Chicago trip as a participant on the Oprah Winfrey show, along with some 180 Freedom Riders. It was the 50th anniversary of the well-publicized 1961 Freedom Ride and a way for the Freedom Riders to relive the days that bonded the group together by a memorable experience that helped to change history.
Seema Luthra's analysis of arms sales and military spending by the U.S. in the greater Middle East sheds light on the most militarized region in the world, with most arms sales heading there. In fact, the U.S. has delivered more weapons to this region than any other region in the world.