Nonviolence in the Face of Hatred

Nonviolence in the Face of Hatred
November 17 / 2017

Anita was present at almost every one of the 34-sessions of my online course Responding to the Call of Our Times. I have sometimes wondered what this course would have been like without her steady willingness to explore the depths of nonviolence. I was counting on it as a thread …

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 …

When Effects Are Invisible: From Comfort to Freedom

When Effects Are Invisible: From Comfort to Freedom
April 7 / 2017

“When a behavior becomes the norm, we lose our ability to view it as dysfunctional.” Jeff Garson, Reflection #42, Radical Decency (URL temporarily inactive).

“To reinforce the majoritarian dream, the nightmare endured by the minority is erased.” Ta Nehisi Coates, My President Was Black.

What is it that makes the …

If I Were a Rich Man – the Inner Dimension

If I Were a Rich Man – the Inner Dimension
March 7 / 2017

In last week’s piece, I wrote about what I might do in the world if I had a lot of access to resources while having the same values, sensibilities, and beliefs that I have now.

In answering that question, I skipped over the major issue that values, sensibilities, and beliefs …

If I Were a Rich Man

If I Were a Rich Man
February 28 / 2017

The question is simple: what would I do now, in this period of human history, and especially as we are all adapting to this new presidency, if I had a lot of access to resources while having the same values, sensibilities, and beliefs that I have?

There is, of …

Miki on race and safety: her first piece at openDemocracy

Miki on race and safety: her first piece at openDemocracy
February 15 / 2017

The global web magazine based in London, UK, openDemocracy has a section called “Transformation – Where love meets social justice.” Miki was recently invited to contribute there and her first piece went up today:

How we talk about race and safety can really make a difference.

Check it out! It’s …