An ORANS Perspective

Sharing with you a relational view on the issues and events in our world. Unlike most media, we don't seek to sensationalize, emphasize conflict, express outrage, cheaply entertain, titillate, prey on misfortune, highlight individual failures, or use manipulative rhetoric, and we won't just do anything to get a laugh. We want to inspire, celebrate, constructively comment, and invite dialogue focusing on the ways of being relational and the things people are doing and saying that are or are not relational. We want to change the world, one interaction at a time.
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Police Acting Like Soldiers – No-Knock Is No Good

ORANS   April 11, 2017

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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How Much War Power Should We Give to This President? #RepealAUMF

ORANS   April 5, 2017

 ORANS asks – Have we lost sight of how we arrived at this point in the history of our country where being “at war” is the norm, perpetual, and with no end in sight? Every American should listen to this Podcast to understand the power to make war that is now in the hands of [...]

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Before Escalating War, Repeal AUMF

ORANS   April 4, 2017

According to CNN, “the Trump Administration’s deployment of additional US troops to Iraq and Syria – and the prospect of increased operations in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East- will ramp up pressure on Congress to formally authorize the war against ISIS, according to lawmakers pushing for action on Capitol Hill.”  But before escalating the [...]

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Effects of the Raid in Yemen: Commiting to Nonviolent National Security

ORANS   February 10, 2017

As the situation in Yemen unfolds and more information comes out, it is clear – Killing the family of “bad guys” just to “collect intelligence” is immoral. We need to Commit to #Nonviolence. How can we justify this kind of action when there are countless other ways to gather intelligence and thwart terrorists? Just because we [...]

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

ORANS   January 25, 2017

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 [...]