Gaskill—Catherine Balderston Jones Gaskill, 90, of John Knox Village, Orange City, Fla., on July 27, 2017. Cathy was born on January 29, 1927, within the walls of a Civil War fort in Nashville, Tenn., to Quaker parents Esther B. and Thomas E. Jones. She grew up on the campus of Fisk University, a traditionally African […]
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Hegemony How-To: A Road Map for Radicals. By Jonathan Matthew Smucker. AK Press, 2017. 280 pages. $16.95/paperback; $16.99/eBook. Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual. By Jeremy Brecher. PM Press, 2017. 110 pages. $12.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook. I am about three decades older than Jonathan Matthew Smucker, but I resonate with his description of the life experience of today’s millennials, […]
Steve Chase is a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting and currently serves as the manager of academic initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) in Washington, D.C. He is the author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets and a regular contributor to Minds of the Movement, an ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance.
Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries, Uncategorized
Student Voices: ” Teaching one another our different ways is how communities can improve each individual’s life. This may sound like hippy talk to you, and it might be, but true peace and compassion is what the world and our government should be striving for.”
24 book recommendations from the Student Voices Project.
The energy to appear strong and the socially imposed obligation to rise above it all can be exhausting.
Valerie Brown is a retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life (leadsmartcoaching.com). She is ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh and is a member of Solebury (Pa.) Meeting.
Posted in: Features, Race and Anti-Racism
By Michael Birkel. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 438), 2016. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine”—some of us can remember that old song from the 1950s by the Weavers. One would guess that it came from the opening line of the Song of Solomon: “Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth; for your […]
Brad Sheeks is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.
Posted in: Books, November 2016 Books, Quakers and Social Media
News from Friends.
What do you really want when you invite a person of color to the table?
Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds is a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, the founding director of the Community Justice Project, and the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. She is a nationally recognized expert on issues of race, public policy, economic justice, and the criminal justice system.
Posted in: September 2016
By Kris Hermes. PM Press, 2015. 336 pages. $22.95/paperback. The author, a legal worker (non-lawyer) member of the National Lawyers Guild, stated early on that he proposed “to write about the legal and political events as both a firsthand participant and an objective observer.” From what I knew from various accounts—the press, the National Lawyers […]
J. E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and an attorney member of the National Lawyers Guild, off and on depending on the pressure to support military or violent solutions within the local chapter.
Posted in: 2016, Almost Quaker, Books, June/July 2016 Books, Uncategorized
By Leslie Rivver. Green Writers Press, 2015. 207 pages. $24.95/hardcover. Recommended for middle school students. Grace, affectionately called Gracie-girl by Ida Bell, her African American nanny, longs for the attention of her mother. The first sentence of this book reaches out and takes the reader by the heart: “When your own momma don’t like you, […]
Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. She is a storyteller and has led workshops at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting sessions.
Posted in: Books, Gender and Sexuality, May 2016 Young Friends Bookshelf