“Why???” The tearful words of James Hutcheson echoed loudly against the jail. Throughout last Friday’s press conference, the events of August 1 kept running through my mind.
It’s been a year since Michael Brown was shot and killed. The ensuing uprising and sparking of the Black Lives Matter movement has engendered a national conversation about racism, structural inequality, and militarized communities.
Following Monday’s day of mass civil disobedience across the St. Louis area resulting in more than 160 arrests as part of the United We Fight anniversary weekend, the year-long resistance sparked by the murder of Michael Brown Jr remains alive and well.
This was the first question that hit me in the face and rolled around my head as I went to a variety of events in Hiroshima on August 6th, the 70th anniversary of the mass murder of the people of Hiroshima.
Because it is in my heart to speak these words with love, humility and memory.
On August 9, 2014, after Mike Brown, Jr. was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, an uprising began. In the weeks and months following his death, many people have traveled to Ferguson with good intentions — yet some have ultimately done a great deal of damage.
Last August at the IFOR Centennial Celebration in Konstanz, Germany, Isaac Beachy, then NC vice chair, made a formal apology to members of Japan FOR on behalf of FOR-USA for
The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR USA), founded in 1915, is the oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in North America. With chapters and national staff located throughout the United States and headquarters in Nyack, New York, FOR-USA is part of an international FOR network with branches in more than 40 countries.
I struggled to garner the courage to write this piece. I am a part of a progressive world that teaches people to stay in their place or face the consequences. The difficulty of such constructions is that there are times when we all need to speak. I am a follower of Jesus and that means I am called to stand with the oppressed and marginalized irrespective of their identity.&nbs