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James Baldwin: My Uncle and His Love Life

by T. Better Baldwin

(Originally published by the Huffington Post)

August 2, 2014 is the day my family and I gather in New York City to celebrate Uncle Jimmy’s 90th birthday with the gift of co-naming 128th Street “James Baldwin Place.”

ACT NOW: Freedom of speech at the SOA Watch is being threatened

For nearly 25 years, thousands of human rights activists have gathered every November for a vigil at the main gate of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the US Army School of the Americas — SOA — located at Fort Benning near Columbus, Georgia.

Renewing the Covenant by Victoria Furio

When we see the water ─that most sacred of elements─ disappear from rivers and streams

'Words live longer than wars and injustice'

It’s hard to stay optimistic right now. With civilians under attack in Gaza, innocents being shot out of the sky in Ukraine, people threatened with water shut-offs in Detroit and being denied their basic humanity at U.S. borders — there is much reason to despair.

Psalm 80: The strangled vine

how long will
this people be wrathful,
this nation that feasts
on the tears of its own trauma
so that it might strike out
again and again
against enemies real and imagined?

this nation repeatedly plucked
from its vine until
it cleared and filled the land,
planting its weapons deep
lifting up higher and higher walls,
spreading dread like an iron dome,

Could the use of rockets be banned in the Middle East?

The use of rockets by Islamic groups from Gaza toward Israel and the more deadly use of rockets and bombs by Israeli forces toward Gaza have raised in a dramatic way the possibility of banning rocket use in the Middle East.

Peaceful protester sentenced to prison for "harassing the drones"

Kabul— On July 10, 2014, in New York State, Judge David Gideon sentenced Mary Anne Grady Flores to a year in prison and fined her $1,000 for photographing a peaceful demonstration at the U.S. Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field (near Syracuse) where weaponized Reaper drones are remotely piloted in lethal flights over Afghanistan.

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What Can I Do About Israel/Palestine?

As many of you, I have had a difficult time dealing with the feelings that arise in response to what is happening in Israel/Palestine. Perhaps more important than my feelings is, what can I do to help?

What is the point of Fasting for Peace, today?

Today, from sunrise to sunset, almost all Muslims and a newly larger number of Jews are fasting — this year, sharing the Muslim fast of Ramadan and the Jewish 17th day of Tammuz as a Fast for Peace, a one-day Hunger Strike Against Violence, a call for cease-fire in the rain of bombs and rockets on the Gaza region of Palestine and on Israel.

Global Solidarity Fast for Peace – Palestine/Israel

We mourn the dramatically escalating violence in Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank, and the resistance of political extemists to international calls for a ceasefire. More than 170 Palestinians have died in Gaza in the past week alone, and Israelis are hiding in air-raid shelters throughout the south.