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Apr 2, 2014, 1:28pm FOR
Dec 30, 2013, 5:02pm John Lindsay-Poland
Shortly after I turned 20 years old, in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. government re-established compulsory draft registration. It was a public message that we were ready to invade Afghanistan, too. Failure to register...
Dec 5, 2013, 8:09pm Ethan Vesely-Flad
Nelson Mandela, a personal hero whose smiling face watches over my desk and one of our world’s foremost champions of human rights and dignity, died today.For peace and justice activists committed to nonviolence as the “only”...
Apr 11, 2012, 3:43pm FOR
Though less well known than other civil rights leaders, Bayard Rustin played a large role in shaping that movement — including when he worked at the Fellowship of Reconciliation.Rustin, who would have turned 100 last month, was a radical...
Jul 1, 2011, 1:01pm Mark Johnson
Is freedom really free?Some view the beginning of this month as time to recognize our country’s fight to obtain its independence, and/or for time off to enjoy barbecue and lemonade. The general thought is that freedom must still be fought...
Jun 24, 2011, 1:17pm FOR
This weekend, a boat aptly named “The Audacity of Hope” is scheduled to set sail in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. On board are 50 people from the U.S., including several FOR members and allies. One-third of...
May 24, 2011, 7:26am George Houser
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. It was a fascinating occasion, not only to see how...
Jan 3, 2011, 2:57pm Jerry Elmer
I heard a piece last week on WGBH, the Boston NPR station, about a project in which 40 college students from across the country will be selected to re-trace this spring the route of the “First Freedom Ride” that was held exactly 40 years...
Jan 30, 2008, 10:11am Ruby Sinreich
It’s not often that I get to cross-post entries to my work blog (here) and my local politics blog (in Chapel Hill, NC), but I am thrilled to do so today!On Monday night, local activist and historian Dr. Yonni Chapman, PhD petitioned the...