An Evening of Empowerment with Angela Davis

An Evening of Empowerment with Angela Davis

Who is Angela Davis?

Coveted by many and unknown to some, Angela Davis is an American activist, educator, scholar and politician known for combating all forms of oppression on a national and international stage. She rose to her public prominence as a result of her counterculture activism in the 1960s which involved her leadership in the Communist Party, her involvement with the Black Panther Party and her advocacy for prison rights that launched after her own trial and imprisonment.

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My Visit to Eagle Rock School in Colorado

By David Sanchez

I recently spent two and a half days at Eagle Rock School and their Professional Development Center (PDC) in Estes Park, Colorado. The school is an expeditionary learning school where students who’ve not thrived in traditional educational models live on campus and engage in classes that combine theory with hands on learning. The Eagle Rock Professional Development center hosts workshops on Restorative Justice, Project Based Learning, and other topics. The PDC also sends its staff train and support schools throughout the country.

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Gandhi Institute Staff Reflects on the Election

On Tuesday night, the election happened for better or for worse. Many friends and strangers have reached out to the Institute this week. They’re fearful, they’re angry–and many of us feel the same way. Transitions are a time for processing and a time for realizations. We can either let  our anxieties darken our souls or try to use that energy to help combat racism, poverty, sexism, and more. Here are some of our thoughts from this past week:

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Silent Protesting on the Job: An NFL Story

by Christina Mortellaro

This weekend, multiple NFL teams and players kneeled or stood in solidarity with 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick regarding police brutality and black lives. Kaepernick began his silent protest during the pre-season games by sitting silently during the national anthem.

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My first week (and a half) at the Gandhi Institute

I am an AmeriCorps VISTA. My job is to build capacity for an organization, to create and maintain sustainable infrastructures for an organization in order for them to achieve their goals and combat poverty.

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An Open Letter to the Next Summer Intern

Dear Prospective Intern,

I hope my letter finds you well.  When you told me that you’re interested in interning at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, my first reaction was: “What do I have to do to get you there?”

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Medicine for Hate

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Gandhi

I was moved in recent months to read about hate as a feeling, as an energy and as a force in the world.

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Always More to Lose

No matter how bad you think your life is now remember there is always more to lose.  Some person, some security, some aspect of mental or physical health.

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Why Garden?

The first week of my summer internship with the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence has come and gone.  During this period, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time tending to the garden and feel that it is appropriate to reflect on this space for my first blog; to begin to answer the question posed in the title.

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What if we all stopped paying taxes?

For the first time, I’ve decided to do war tax resistance by withholding a percentage of the money I owe the Federal government. Below is the letter I wrote and sent to the IRS along with the taxes I did pay.

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