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Peace Efforts in Africa

Dear Friends: Why are Quakers supporting peace efforts by Africans in their Great Lakes Region Consortium? Wherever there are valuable minerals to be mined – whether in Africa or eastern Ukraine – outside political and investor power will combine to conscript young men, train them with military weapons, and send them to risk their lives for benefits they will never see for themselves.

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Stop Arms from U.S. to Mexico

Dear Friends: On Monday [12/5/2022], I filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for refusing to release data on crime guns traced from Mexico and Central America back to purchases in the United States, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted last year.

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Racism & Militarism in U.S. Foreign Policy

Dear Friends: I want to highly recommend a new discussion paper, “Dismantling Racism and Militarism in U.S. Foreign Policy,” recently published by the Friends Committee on National Legislation. It does an excellent job challenging the present paradigm of Racism and Militarism in the U.S., shares a possible new paradigm, and explores how we can get from here to there.

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Russian Peacemakers

Friends: To be a peacemaker in Russia today is to open yourself to charges of treason.  Despite the mass arrests and the constant dangers of even saying that there is a war, good men and women in Russia do stand up for their beliefs. With amazing courage and sly creativity many are finding ways to say, “No to War,” and “No to Putin.”

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Songs to Lift the Spirit

Dear Friends: As part of our daily International Worship for Peace, we have been sharing songs with each other. I have stored links to recordings of those songs in an online spreadsheet. Having the songs listed in a table makes searching for a specific song much easier.

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Sociocracy

Dear Compassionate Listening Community: Our facilitators have been gathering for brave, courageous meetings, to practice what we preach: listening and speaking from the heart. During a recent meeting, one of our facilitators said, “You can’t dialogue with someone that you can’t hear!” Our practices are not easy. . .

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Olive Rush’s Legacy

Dear Friends: Some of you might be interested in further information on the significant Quaker artist, Olive Rush. My article “Olive Rush and Her Legacy” was published in Western Friend in the March/April, 2020 issue. The Santa Fe Monthly Meeting is still wrestling with the issues of preserving her legacy.

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