Silent Protesting on the Job: An NFL Story

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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India Didn’t Change Me: A Counter-Narrative

There is more to life than increasing its speed. -Gandhi

“Were the people friendly?”

“Was the culture shocking?”

How bad was the poverty?”

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Groveland Prison Dialogue

Two weeks ago, twenty-two community members from Monroe County traveled to join the men at Groveland Correctional Facility for a dialogue surrounding safety and prosperity.

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Black History Month: A Comment

Ultimately, ‘history’ is, as many things are, a power struggle. A struggle over airtime and validation. Whether or not a particular narrative has basis in reality is irrelevant; the most profitable and seductive constructions of the past are meticulously chosen, culled into easily digestible pieces, and spoon fed to the masses.

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