Guest Post: Chris Francis, Katrina Rabeler – Three Extraordinary, Everyday People Who Will Make Your Day Better

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1. Anthony Tolbert There was always a room available for anyone who needed it in Anthony Tolbert’s childhood home. “As far back as I can remember, there was always someone staying at our house,” he says. That hospitality gave Tolbert a sense of connection to others regardless of class, … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Tamara Wrigley – Taao Has Arrived Safely in Calgary from Thailand!

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Taao started her journey on July 23, when my brother Jeremy and sister-in-law Buay took her to the airport. She flew from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok. There, she spent a day and a half with Pat, a volunteer who took care of the necessary paperwork and vet checks. Then it was time for her long … [Read more...]

Guest Post – Madeline Ostrander: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending

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It’s become fashionable to say that political music is either dead or irrelevant. “Because of the ’60s, part and parcel of being a ‘serious music fan’ is lamenting that music isn’t political enough,” wrote communications scholar Michael Barthel in Salon last year, in an article called … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Sarah van Gelder – Want Justice for Trayvon? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors

What does it mean to keep our communities safe? That's the question I've been pondering after learning of the not-guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old Florida man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. The best way to combat racism might be by taking a stand at home in our own … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Madhu Suri Prakash – Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There

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A (non) + Himsa (violence) = Ahimsa Gandhi lived Ahimsa as a daily practice, waging peace to stop war and violence. His lifelong “experiments” with truth proved that truth force is more powerful than brute force. Ahimsa reveals forms of peace that extend far beyond mere absence of war. For … [Read more...]