Undoing Oppressions

They are killing us

In our long history of internal armed conflict, we have seen how increasingly mediocre governments appeal to militarism and barbarism to solve the armed conflict. So much so that for 60 years, assassination is a job in Colombia, where protection is synonymous with murder, and murder is synonymous with heroism. This militaristic structure considers those who carry weapons heroes, but it is so disconnected from reality that it does not explain to us how someone who kills his brothers and sisters becomes a hero without understanding why he or she did it. It is as arrogant a structure as those who run and promote it, people so arrogant and violent with poor people and so complacent with powerful people.

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Fight, flight, freeze

When I think about nonviolence, I don’t usually tie it to sharks. Still, here I was, I watching a documentary about sharks and considering the intricacies of the philosophy and the innate privilege that comes with it. Compared to axe-murders in the movie Jaws, sharks are representative of any unpredictable and life-threatening attack we may face in our lives. Sharks bring out our true colours, and our gut reactions are on display to the imminent danger. When a shark attacks a person in the ocean, what is a normal human reaction to this attack?

Prayers for Peacemakers 30 September 2020 Turtle Island

Pray with the San Carlos Apache: for protection of Chich’il Bildagoteel, the sacred land also known as Oak Flat, which is claimed by the United States in Arizona; for repentance of Resolution Copper, the corporation threatening sacred sites with what would be the largest copper mine in Turtle Island; for safety and blessing on the Apache and allies who resist the destruction.
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