Category Archives: Bloggers for Peace

A Change Is Gonna Come

Sam Cooke wrote and sung the original “A Change Gonna Come.”  The video below is a live performance of the song by Al Green.

 

 

Monday Quote

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Playing for Change – Freedom and Justice

“No matter who you are or where you come from, we are all united through music.”

The above are words from Playing for Change on their website.

Here’s their video and song of  A Better Place.

Love Conquers All – The Loving Couple

In April 2014, I posted the following story about the Loving couple who waited over a decade for a court decision making their marriage legal in the State of Virgina. On June 12th of every year there  are Loving Day celebrations across America in recognition of the Supreme Court’s decision in  Loving v. Virginia.  Hence, I thought now would be a good time to post the story again; first as a reminder of the struggles that common people undertake that serves to benefit others and secondly, to give us opportunity to look for a Loving Day celebration to participate.  

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In 2013, a federal Judge cited the Loving case in his ruling when striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. The Loving case has become the foundation in which other courts are striking down bans against same-sex marriage. How did it come about?

Loving — The last name is so appropriate.

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Mildred and Richard Loving

In 1957, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter married. They met and lived in Central Point, Virginia, but married in Washington, D.C. because in Virginia, it was illegal to marry a person of another race. Richard, White, and Mildred, “colored,” fell in love at first sight.

 

At about 4 a.m. one morning, the local police came to their house and arrested them. It wasn’t just the law against interracial marriage that the police was going to arrest the Lovings for violating. They were hoping to catch them in the act of making love, because there was also law against interracial sex. Read the rest of this entry

Some Day We’ll Get It Together – Open Discussion

 

 

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Staying the Course

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I have built a fence of gold for righteousness, and given it a gate of silver for judgment.

Passing through it judges the heart and mind to do what is right.

Within the fence is a house built of love.

It is for the protection of hearts and minds so that cruelty does not plant seeds.

It is a place of rest for the weary.

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Glow!

Sunday Songs To Cure Weekday Blues

The things happening on our planet can be overbearing. As individuals, we can make positive changes in our environment and in relationships, but find it difficult making changes when problems are caused by a system intended to bring about negativity, death to humans, animals, and our planet.

Let’s turn lemons into lemonade and fill ourselves up with the positive belief that we can make our world a better place.

For our encouragement, here are some songs. I hope that you enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry

White Privilege Black Burden

Why is Racism still an issue?

I love that you dedicated your blog to every human being who died due to hatred and intolerance. I join you hand in hand, heart in heart.

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I have written about war and peace, I have written about gender equality. I have written about people living in violence. Today, I am writing to the world about yet another human tragedy. I don’t know how bad racism is everywhere in the world, but I feel it is getting worse in America. I am an old lady, but I have a black hoodie that says peace on the front. When I wear it, I wear it with the hood up. I wear it that way for Trayvon Martin.  I wear it because I realize that more people will look at it on the body of  a 5’2″ blonde white woman.  I wear it because my grandfather told me about the Holocaust when I was nine years old. He gave me a book of photographs in black and white of the piles of dead Jews, Poles and Gypsies. He sat…

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It Doesn’t Matter

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Let’s Focus On Working For Positive Change

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

I have read your comments. Our hearts are revealed. We are sick of hatred, wrongful judgment of people, victimization of the innocent, unequal justice, racism, stereotyping.

love-no-violence-no-racism-peace-stop-bullying-Favim.com-615112There is a fear across America that our children will grow up not being able to go out in the sunshine for fear of someone with a gun.

We have to worry when we go shopping that someone will shoot us for stepping on their foot and defend themselves by saying they were in fear.

We have to worry about people who don’t like texting, loud music, or seeing a person with Alzheimer’s in their front yard and because they have a gun, act on their dislike.

Terrorism on America’s soil is here – we now share in the trauma with those countries where suicide bombers walk the streets.

There are times we feel hopeless and helpless. Read the rest of this entry

A Test – Guns Are For …

A person who is a committed advocate for equal justice for all, tweeted out the article posted here about Hunter Pedersen, the 11-year old who was killed. Shannon was attacked on Twitter by gun activists. They completely miss the point. This is not about anyone’s right to own guns.

I highly admire those able to debate in 140 characters or less on Twitter. I don’t.  The “activists” who deflected from the point of the article have not come here to debate their position because what they are tweeting to Shannon has absolutely nothing to do with what happened to Hunter Pedersen.

In that situation, we have a dead child and a hurting family. Hunter is no longer with them, but the devastation of his family lives on. The situation calls for compassion, and for justice. Read the rest of this entry

Something to think about …….

Preach it!!!

It Is What It Is

~~April 30, 2014~~

“This concept is lost on some people. Such a shame!”

“My Father once said ‘It doesn’t matter how rich or famous, powerful or clever, connected or religious you are, you all end up in the same graveyard as the rest of us.”

“Message received. I hope this message is received by millions. It’s incomprehensible that there continues to be prejudice and judgmental people. Wake up people!! We’re all equal beings!”

” Making ‘something of your life’ is as much a personal thing as your color, sexuality, race, origins, etc. No one has any right to judge. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not what you do but who you are that is important. We need to have a great but undistinguished life.”

The point is …. we are all made the same on the inside & out. Our organs, muscles, tissue are ALL … in the same…

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The Perfect Storm

We’ve come so far but have so much further to go.  There might never be a time when people don’t hate, but those of us who do not have to drown out words of hate with actions of love.  Thanks for being a doer of peace and love.

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In the sixties, there was a perfect storm of hatred and violence and passionate pacifism. Folk singers like Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seger and Joan Baez sang the songs that started the fire that crossed America to get the Vietnam War ended. Hearts were set afire with music, poetry, sit-ins and marches. We watched the boys we knew going off to the war. There was a draft and I can remember sitting at the dinner table and listening for the numbers to be selected. You knew the numbers of your family and friends. The silence that would envelope a family when a son’s number was called was so opaque you could cut it with a knife. In addition to this being held like a human sacrifice by a Pagan world, some of these men fled and went to Canada. Very few returned, even when all was forgiven.

Thanks to…

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Love Conquers All – Waiting A Decade For The Court’s Decision

In 2013, a federal Judge cited the Loving case in his ruling when striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. The Loving case has become the foundation in which other courts are striking down bans against same-sex marriage. How did it come about?

Loving — The last name is so appropriate.

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Mildred and Richard Loving

In 1957, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter married. They met and lived in Central Point, Virginia, but married in Washington, D.C. because in Virginia, it was illegal to marry a person of another race. Richard, White, and Mildred, “colored,” fell in love at first sight.

At about 4 a.m. one morning, the local police came to their house and arrested them. It wasn’t just the law against interracial marriage that the police was going to arrest the Lovings for violating. They were hoping to catch them in the act of making love, because there was also law against interracial sex.

Mildred showed the police their marriage certificate, but that marriage certificate became evidence for the criminal charge of “cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth.”

On January 6, 1959, the Loving’s pled guilty. The law they were charged with Lovings 3violating was passed in Virginia in 1924. It was the Act for the Preservation of Racial Integrity. That law set forth that any trace of nonwhite ancestry (the infamous “one drop” rule) defined someone as ineligible to marry anyone defined as white.
The court found the Loving’s guilty and sentenced each to one year in prison, but suspended sentencing for 25 years if they moved out of Virginia.

They moved to Washington, D.C. and could only return to Virginia separately, not together, to see their families. The Loving’s were unhappy in D.C. and in 1964, Mildred wrote to Attorney General Robert Kennedy. He referred her to the ACLU. Two attorneys with no prior experience, but believers in equality and the constitution, went to work.

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Bloggers For Peace – Loving Thy Neighbor As Thyself

Have you ever had classes, such as algebra, and found that when school was finished, you forgot formulas because in your everyday life, you never used that part of math?

Many years ago a brother in Canada named Ken Sheck commented in forums on Compuserve.  That is how we met.  He shared something that sticks with me to this very day.  Man learns by doing.   From classrooms to the kitchen, to jobs — everything we learn comes by doing – exercising – practicing.  When it comes to love however, most of mankind makes the mistake of thinking that we learn love by receiving it and once receiving love, we then learn to love in return.

There is nothing that man has ever learned to do without doing it. Read the rest of this entry

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