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Moving from Fault to Cause: Looking for Systemic Solutions to White Supremacy

Moving from Fault to Cause: Looking for Systemic Solutions to White Supremacy
September 15 / 2017

Downtown Charlottesville, by Bob Mical

The recent events in Charlottesville have brought even more attention and public conversation to the growing phenomenon of visible, explicit calls for white supremacy. Much of what I have since read and heard is horror and disgust at what has happened, and an intense inquiry …

Why Patriarchy Is Not about Men

Why Patriarchy Is Not about Men
August 5 / 2017

In response to my recent newsletter, which I named “Tenderness, Vulnerability, and Mourning as a Response to Patriarchy”, I received two comments from men that led me to choose to write this piece. In two very different ways they pointed me to the reality that the word patriarchy is used …

Addendum to Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence

July 20 / 2017

After posting my recent post, I received a comment that completely surprised me, in which I was challenged about what I thought was the opposite of what I said. Given what was written in the comment, I believe it was a person of color writing it. Given my overall commitments, …

Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence

Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence
July 15 / 2017

by Miki Kashtan

When I first heard Marshall Rosenberg, back in 1994, say that the actions of another person are a stimulus, and never a cause, for my feelings, I was shocked. Little did I know that this statement would become the nucleus of my growing understanding about what has …

Staying Open to Life despite Losses

Staying Open to Life despite Losses
May 10 / 2017

By Miki Kashtan

When I sat down to count the number of times that I lost a friendship by actions of another, I didn’t imagine I would reach the number 29 in the last 27 years, almost all of them close friends, or other people with an ongoing connection, who …