World (Waging Nonviolence) – “Bernard? Oh yeah, he’s great. He was always the principles guy.” That was what an old Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, organizer told me when I mentioned that I had been trained by Bernard Lafayette, co-author of the Kingian Nonviolence curriculum and a legend of the civil rights era. “I was always a strategies guy,” this elder went on to tell me. “I believed in nonviolence as an effective strategy, but Bernard was always talking about nonviolence as a principle.” I let out a little laugh. In that moment, I was proud to have been Read MoreRead More
Kailua, Hawaii (GREED) – As the United States finds itself further entangled in political tensions overseas, it is women both overseas and domestically that will pay the highest cost of war. Although women in the U.S. military have only just last year been formally allowed into combat, our gender is no stranger to violent conflict. Whether actively fighting, playing a supportive role, or simply fleeing for their lives, women worldwide have felt the pain and suffering created by war acutely throughout history. Women struggle to support their families during deployments and often lose fathers, brothers, sons and husbands. If Read MoreRead More
The government is typically personified by Uncle Sam. A more fitting fictional character is Daddy Sam, your pimp.
Daddy Sam takes an cut of your earnings, tells you want you can put in your body, recommends drugs to take the edge off, establishes zones where you can work, sets pay, establishes the lines that aren’t to be crossed, and slaps you down when you break a rule — or you don’t, sometimes it’s just because he feels like it. All of this is done in the name of protecting you.
Your government performs the exact same actions, for the exact same stared reasons. The government has different branches or arms and at the end of one of those arms is the police force. The pimp hand. They’ll smack you down and extract a fee.Read More