Contributed by Barbara Simmons. Anti-Semitism has increased more than 58% in the last two years in the United States and more than 85% in France. Have we been paying attention? We have at The Peace Center, the ADL and the Southern Poverty Law Center, where incidents are reported, but has the general public noticed this rise? The massacre of worshipers in the Tree of Life synagogue was our wake-up call for ...
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Contributed by Barbara Simmons, Executive Director, The Peace Center. We are living in a dark time. We have not been here before. Other countries have lived through darker times including political violence, even genocide.  Nevertheless many of us feel as if we are fighting for the survival of democracy – and we are! Righteous rage can leave us emotionally and physically drained. We hurt for our planet and for humanity ...
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Contributed by Rev. Susan Broadhurst Goodwin. My heart, like yours, has ached since November 2016. Values our nation stood for, particularly truth, human rights and protecting creation, have been cast aside while the raw sewage of greed, white supremacy, racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia coming from this president has been baked into policies that hurt people and spilled across our airwaves splattering all of us. As a progressive Christian minister ...
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The following is the closing from an essay by the Dalai Lama on the need for compassion and understanding that we are all part of the human family and the role of individuals, institutions and religions to work towards more peaceful co-existence. Read the full essay here. I have written the above lines To tell my constant feeling. Whenever I meet even a ‘foreigner’, I have always the same feeling: ...
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Contributed by Olga Vannucci. Just the Facts Humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of the 3,400 years of recorded history, 8% of the time.  The U.S. has been at peace for 17 of its 240 years of existence, 7% of the time. The world spends just $1 on conflict prevention for every $1,885 it spends on military budgets.  In the U.S., taxpayers provide almost $1 billion per year for ...
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Contributed by Deb Kline. The big stand out for me this year was how fierce and unapologetic Indivizzies are about their love of democracy and humanity. It makes them brave and generous and it makes me believe that virtually anything is possible. Cindi Sternfeld What stood out for me was that every time I felt despair over the direction that T45, McConnell and Ryan and his evil, inept cabinet were ...
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Contributed by Paige Barnett. The midterm elections were, to say the least, a real humdinger — a nail biter. They quite literally kept us on the edge of our seats.  “What ifs” come to mind: What if all the canvassing didn’t work? What if people didn’t get their postcards? What if people don’t care?  What if we don’t flip the House? What if? But…YOU DID IT! YOU REALLY DID IT! ...
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