Wednesday, April 02, 2014

End of the Tunnel

Inasmuch as a mustering of strength is needed, I urge you to develop expanded horizons and widened scopes. Your joint capital is firmly rooted in the visions of the management team, and the future looks bright. The light is visible at the end of the tunnel. Ahead of your great burden lies a fair reward. Seize the day, make the most of every minute, pull out all the stops.
--Waldemar Morner, from Bad Blood by Arne Dahl

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Silences and Dismissals

As Religion Dispatches reports, some Black churches in Texas -- where a Black lesbian couple was murdered earlier this month -- have maintained silence about the tragedy. Churches and other moral authorities that remain silent or dismissive of the oppressions of others because they do not belong to their view of God's children are complicit in those oppressions.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lynching Memos

Our system treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.
--Bryan Stevenson, Walking with the Wind, Guernica

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Path to Redemption

Generosity and compassion aren't terms one normally associates with major corporations; it just isn't in their nature. Giving to philanthropies for tax benefits sometimes helps remove some of the tarnish on their nefarious reputations, but that doesn't really qualify as generosity or compassion in the true sense of the words.

Most of the time, corporate behemoths and their public relations bodyguards throw their weight around with impunity. The revolving door of corporate to government back to corporate positions ensures they are rewarded for their misanthropic mischief, time after time.

In the case of the Gateway Pacific Terminal scandal, though, there is a remote possibility that once the tragedy associated with unmitigated hubris subsides, a path to redemption might reveal itself. It won't happen by itself, but perhaps with a push to observe the Protocol of Atonement, a resolution to the longstanding wrong perpetrated against Lummi Nation can begin.

While Peabody Coal, SSA Marine and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are merely the latest in a long line of corporations to abuse their power in dealing with the Lummi Indians over their burial ground at Cherry Point, they occupy a unique position to alleviate the harm they have collectively caused. While we should not expect the Lummi people to forgive SSA for bulldozing their sacred burial site in the dark of night, it is possible a partial remedy is attainable.

The partial remedy I have in mind for the cultural trauma, intentionally inflicted on the spiritual well-being of Lummi society by SSA, is giving the land at Cherry Point back to Lummi Nation. SSA, Peabody and Burlington Northern don't need it; they already have enough money. Why not do something right for a change?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Presiding Over Peace

Keith Payne recounts the poetry of vitality offered by Oscar Oliva as the essence of revolution in Chiapas.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Players Program

How often I've said it would be handy to have a players program of the bad guys. Fortunately, Political Research Associates is running with that idea, shining a light at Profiles on the Right.

This idea works well at all levels, from school board to Congress, pulpit to Wall Street. Light a torch and watch the roaches run!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Line of Blood

6 April 2012, eleven thousand five hundred forty-one red chairs lined the main street through downtown Sarajevo, symbolizing the number of civilian victims of the 1992 siege--vividly described in this article by Roland de Courson, in this story by Peter Andrews, at this blog, and in this collection at Reuters.

Many thanks to Seesaw, whose now defunct photo blog first opened my eyes to the beauty of Sarajevo.