Healing in Rwanda with Damien Nkubana

This is an interview between Damien Nkubana and I. Damien is the program manager for PEARLS Rwanda Rehabilitation Centre. This is the story of the incredible work he is doing. All I can do is pass along his story and his words and hope that you will support my friend. The video is for contextContinue reading “Healing in Rwanda with Damien Nkubana”

Reverberation of War

The trees, buildings, people, and cannonsTower over my three feet.Smell of gunpowder. Sight of lanterns.People in the streetFear slices from my throat to my tummy.Where’s my daddy? Where’s my mummy?A sea of people taller than me.Where’s our tent? I can’t see… There you are!I hear my mothers voice.She comforts me under the stars.We had noContinue reading “Reverberation of War”

Gang of the Badge

I no longer care about anyone’s race or ethnicity, but at one time, people of other races scared me, because I was so used to just being around white people. It seems like there are a lot of white people who don’t want to admit that they have strange feelings about people they are notContinue reading “Gang of the Badge”

Dangerous, growing, yet unnoticed: the rise of America’s white gangs | Society | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/05/white-gangs-rise-simon-city-royals-mississippi-chicago Great article. What it leaves out is that the founder of the Gangster Disciples is from Mississippi. In that sense, it is a home grown gang. This is life for a lot of poor white people. It isn’t a phenomenon relegated to Mississippi. I knew some of these fellas in Georgia. “And still IContinue reading “Dangerous, growing, yet unnoticed: the rise of America’s white gangs | Society | The Guardian”

Culture of War part I

Dr. Linda James Meyers in, Re-Centering Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice (2008), writes, “The significance of conflict in Western civilization is made evident by the way the West benchmarks history, and much of it centers around materialistic values. Western historians typically recount what has taken place over time through the engagement of WesternContinue reading “Culture of War part I”

Outside Looking In. Inside Looking Out.

I was on the outside, being brought to the inside.In the midst of my Becoming,We went outside where I re-entered the old, yet new.Passing through the collective ConsciousA new awareness formed:Not everyone thinks that I am on the side of Right.I must question what is right. I must know what is right.Which exactor of violenceContinue reading “Outside Looking In. Inside Looking Out.”

Two Readings From Two Days

BE A PEACE BUILDER It all starts small – peace begins in our families and schoolsI heard an elementary school principal on the radio a few months ago. She was very concerned about her students. She pointed out how often children are exposed to violence (a child can watch one violent incident on television every six minutes; theContinue reading “Two Readings From Two Days”