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A Response to a Mugging

The morning was Friday, hot and muggy; the month July. I was in the parking lot of Friendship House, a community action organization that I direct, in an inner city neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. The double side doors of my Ford Universal van were open and I was inside cleaning up, in anticipation of guests who were to arrive for a tour of Hamtramck, a neighborhood in Detroit, later in the day. I turned around to see a man, about 30 years old, with a gun. He pointed the gun at my stomach and demanded all my money. It was🔒

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Sharon A. Buttry, a Baptist minister, lives in Warren, Michigan. The incident described here took place shortly after she attended a workshop on nonviolence led by George Lakey of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


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