Coming in From the Cold

thinking politics through the power of nonviolence


December 25
Right now I am someone who is inundating herself in the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and who is trying to embody the profound philosophy of nonviolence, for I do believe that love is humankind’s “most potent weapon for personal and social transformation.” Along “the way of life,” Dr. King wrote, “someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives.” Such a task requires that we look deeply within to discern as well as to transform the myriad ways violence guides our thoughts, acts and speech, for it is “only through an inner spiritual transformation” that “we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” It is my humble desire to address here, with a loving spirit, “the evils of the world.” Feel free to help me along the way. Now cross-posting at: (Feel free to contact me at that site)


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I’m going to go out on a limb here and argue that those of us who support a nonviolent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ought to welcome, without hesitation, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming March 3 address to Congress.

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JANUARY 7, 2015 9:35PM


As an affirmation of African American life, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is the highest expression of hope – hope for justice, for freedoms long denied, and even for the possibility that those invested in, or indifferent to, African American subordination will see that their inability to recog… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2014 2:16PM

We deserve nonviolence

“The Christmas season,” wrote Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1967 sermon, “A Christmas Sermon on Peace," “finds us a rather bewildered human race. We have neither peace within nor peace without. Everywhere paralyzing fears harrow people by day and haunt them by night. Our… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2014 5:35PM

President of the whole nation


"I will personally do everything I can – as will my entire government – to ensure that anti-Semitism doesn’t have a chance in our country,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in response to an upsurge in German anti-Semitism and to anti-Semitic remarks voiced during r… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 4:34PM

Conversation about race (#11242014)


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OCTOBER 8, 2014 11:16PM

We Need a Nonviolent Foreign Policy

When in 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. declared that he would no longer be silent about our war in Vietnam, he did more than simply voice his opposition and call for an end to that conflict. Just as critically, he also directly challenged our nation to embrace nonviolence as the very… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2014 9:10AM

That foreign policy speech

            Buried deep in the trenches of President Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point yesterday sits this little gem, one pundits on the whole are sure to overlook but one I thought deserves our attention: America stands (the pre/Read full post »

Dear Uganda President Museveni:

Please add my name to the list of Uganda's “top 200 gays.” Include with my name the following: I will not rest until my Ugandan LGBT brothers and sisters are free, and I stand with them and their allies against you and your allies. I stand as well… Read full post »

“Empire,” writes Allan Aubrey Boesak, “creates not only the myth of domination, but also ‘the myth of redemptive violence.’ Instead of acknowledging the violence it uses because it needs to for continued domination and exploitation, it ‘enshrines the belief that vi… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 6:54PM

Thank you, Nelson Mandela.


 "Great anger and violence can never build a nation. We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors."





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By now the photo above should have disabused you of any notion on your part that the federal government shutdown and the default drama that ensued have not been, to a significant degree, about race. The confederate flag speaks eloquently of the truth, does it not? And come February, whenRead full post »


On what basis does one negotiate underlying and unspoken racial animus? The belief that there’s a Muslim Kenyan – and a mediocre beneficiary of racial entitlement to boot – occupying the Office of the President, and that the White House is…well… it is called the… Read full post »


Trust me when I say that being on furlough as a result of the government shutdown is no joke (for me, it’s actually partial furlough because I am “somewhat” essential in an essential department. So I am “fortunate” in that regard, though whether I will eventually… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2013 12:43AM

Dear George Zimmerman

Dear George Zimmerman:

This is what I know: now that a jury has found you “not guilty” for killing Trayvon Martin, you are, nevertheless, now faced with the daunting task of coming to terms with both your guilt and with this unbearable life sentence: the realization that you killed a… Read full post »

Since Tea Partiers have decided to appropriate Frederick Douglass (the great Abolitionist who, as a former slave, could speak well to the injustice of slavery and Northern racism) in order to champion political positions that he would have abhorred – steeped as they are in racism and class/… Read full post »


Although it’s been years since I’ve gone – or have had any desire to go – to San Francisco Gay Pride, I’m making an exception today. The SCOTUS ruling on DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) is worth celebrating, even though the Court’s inability to utter the… Read full post »

Dear Senator Inhofe:

In your recent statement in support of keeping Guantanamo Bay open, you accused “the far left” of using the prisoners’ hunger strike to “revive” our “continuing obsession with closing the base.” You also posed a few questions to the &ld/… Read full post »

As the hunger strike continues at Guantanamo Bay prison, I challenge us all to join the hunger strike in some way, shape or form. Perhaps you will refuse to eat breakfast, or you’ll fast on Sundays, or you’ll support someone you know who is fasting. Whatever you choose, set aside a… Read full post »

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MAY 16, 2013 7:33PM

A Hunger for Justice: Guantanamo Day 100

Today I refused to eat.

On this 100th day of the detainee hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay prison, not eating was the least that I could do to acknowledge and claim as my own the detainees’ unimaginable suffering.

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MARCH 31, 2013 9:58PM

The execution of Jesus

If we were to be true to the spirit of both Good Friday and Easter Sunday, we would use these days to commit ourselves to the abolition of capital punishment.

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His resurrection aside, Jesus was a man who was tried, convicted, and ultimately executed by the state for crimes… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2013 4:39PM

My dear Republicans of Color, Part 2

After listening to Marco Rubio’s response to the President’s State of the Union address, it became clear to me that Mr. Rubio, and probably his colleagues of color as well, may need some assistance in rebranding the Republican Party as a party for people of color. As many critics have notRead full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2012 10:32PM

My dear Republicans of color…

As your kin-folk, we thought it would be quite un-family-like of us if we did not, at this post-election moment, give you a head’s up about what you should expect for the foreseeable future:  your Party’s plan to use you to lure into its fold your brothers and sisters who have/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2012 8:45AM


“All types of conniving methods are still being used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters. The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic traditions and it is democracy turned upside down.”





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“America can’t afford any more ‘leading from behind’ in such a dangerous world. We already know that President Obama likes to ‘speak softly’ to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a ‘big stick’ to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.&rdquRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 11:25PM

On Grandfathers and Jim Crow

This is the story that sticks with me the most: my grandfather, who worked in a Pennsylvania steel mill – in a town not far from where Rick Santorum’s grandfather worked the coal mines –was so good at his job that he was charged with training one white man… Read full post »