Dialogue on Peace with Activist David Swanson

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July 11, 2017 – July 11, 2017 5200 N. Charles St. Map and Directions | Register Description: Surprisingly after 16 years of nonstop war, the Congress is now debating law to repeal the current Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and possibly resetting the status quo from perpetual war to peace. Join us for […]

Command Climate: U.S. Civil-Military Relations – Any Role for Congress?

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Civilian control of the Military has been a core value since the founding of the United States of America. This creates a healthy constitutional tension between the horizontal democracy of the government and the vertical structure of the military. The Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) recent Command Climate conference attempted to interrogate this dynamic called […]

O Say, Can’t We See? #RepealAUMF

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O Say, Can’t We See? O say, can’t we see? Are we blind because we want to be?   Yes, we’ve been lied to for so many years. Bigger and nastier weapons draw cheers. Meanwhile Vet families learn all about tears. War’s just big business that plays on our fears.   And what about all […]

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Police Acting Like Soldiers – No-Knock Is No Good

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A recent article in the New York Times begins with the following recount of a drug raid in a small Appalachian town: “At 2:15 on a moonless night in May 2014, 10 officers rolled up a driveway in an armored Humvee, three of them poised to leap off the running boards. They carried Colt submachine […]

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Baltimore Police: An Opportunity to Commit to Nonviolence- Let’s Do It!

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Baltimore City recently reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore City Police Department.  The decree comes after a yearlong civil rights investigation revealed “widespread racial bias, use of excessive force, repeated patterns of unconstitutional arrests and hostility towards women and LGBT civilians, as well as other civil rights violations.” Under […]

Commit to Nonviolence – The Essence of #LiveORANS

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From ORANS founder, William Senft : For 2017 and this Martin Luther King holiday, the message below from Pope Francis says everything that I hope and pray for. It also sums up what Louise and I wanted to bring forth in our book, Being Relational. I believe that a Christian approach to life and conflict, particularly as […]

Improving Your Interaction With A Friend Who Is Suffering

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It’s tricky talking with someone who you know who has just experienced a life-altering tragedy or loss.  They may have suddenly lost a family member or members, had a horrible accident, or found out they have a serious disease.  Coming to an interaction with someone who is suffering calls you to be relational.  You may […]