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This Ought Not Need To Be Said

I’m sorry, but someone has to tell America that this designation of holy space is merely part of a mass hysteria that really scares me.” Rabbi Bruce Warshal

US and Colombian Groups Call Against Human Rights Certification

The Fellowship of Reconciliation and eighteen other Colombian and US Human Rights groups, issued a call today to the US Government not to certify Colombia as meeting the human rights conditions required to receive U.S. military assistance.

Earth is Our Common Home: The U.N. Desert Decade

God created lands filled with water as a place for man to live; and the desert so that he can discover his soul.

The Choir Praises the Dumping of the Bases Agreement

A couple weeks after the ruling declaring invalid the US-Colombia military bases agreement, as the dust settles, politicians and analysts are giving kudos to the Constitutional Court ruling saying that it was for the better. Most of those voices come from former supporters of the deal —including liberal party presidential candidate, Rafael Pardo— can be explained largely by the strong anti Chavez sentiment that saw the bases agreement as a strong deterrent tool against Venezuela.

The Global Spread of Active Nonviolence

By Richard Deats

In the last century Victor Hugo wrote, “An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” Looking back over the twentieth century, especially since the movements Gandhi and King led, we see the growing influence and impact of nonviolence all over the world.

Protest Control as Disaster Relief?

The U.S. military likes to promote the fact that its missions serve humanitarian aims — disaster relief, digging wells, providing medical services in poor rural areas of the world. But a U.S.

Colombian High Court Throws Out U.S.-Colombia Military Bases Deal

Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled invalid the agreement signed last October allowing the United States to use at least seven military bases in Colombia.

Monument to Impunity: Medellín Judge Acquits Officers Involved in Massacre

Disregarding recent Supreme Court precedents on command responsibility, a judge in Medellin acquitted 10 officers investigated for the February 2005 massacre in which Peace Community members, including 3 children were brutally murdered. The ruling was released August 6th. (1)

Monument to Impunity: Medellin Judge Acquits Officers Involved in Massacre

Disregarding recent Supreme Court precedents on command responsibility, a judge in Medellin acquitted 10 officers investigated for the February 2005 massacre in which Peace Community members, including 3 children were brutally murdered. The ruling was released August 6th. (1)

John Swomley, FOR leader, dies at 95

The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) has just been notified of the death of John M. Swomley, a national leader in the 20th century in the struggles for ending war and supporting liberation movements. Swomley, a theologian and activist whose peacemaking legacy is generally under-recognized, died on August 16, 2010, in Kansas City, Missouri at age 95 after living with Alzheimer’s for several years.

Swomley served as FOR’s executive secretary (now titled executive director) from 1953 to 1960, and was a passionate advocate for pacifism and civil rights through religiously-based principles. He was among the community of FOR leaders and colleagues who helped shape the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s understandings of active nonviolence.