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Immigrants and Immigrant Allies: Making Justice Visible

Note: The below blog post was written by Lucy Duncan, but with contributions and editorial support by Gabriela Flora, Jenn Piper, and M'Annette Ruddell.

“That invisibility to which I refer occurs because of a peculiar disposition of the eyes of those with whom I come in contact. A matter of the construction of their inner eyes, those eyes with which they look through their physical eyes upon reality.” – Ralph Ellison

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Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar

Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar

Jordan Garcia with Day of the Dead Altar at Monthly Vigil

Occupy Together: Occupy Be the Change Caucus Launches

Note: This guest blog post by David Hartsough and Wade Lee Hudson references Martin Luther King, Jr.'s nonviolence pledge as an inspiration for the Occupy Be the Change pledge. Quakers and others are invited to sign the pledge and participate in creating actions which arise from the sense that nonviolence is a pathway to obstructing systems of domination and creating a just world.  - Lucy

by David Hartsough and Wade Lee Hudson

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The Power of Love

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

Occupy Together: Minutes from Quaker meetings and organizations

I’ve seen many minutes from monthly and yearly meetings and other Quaker bodies on the Occupy movement go by posted on Facebook. It seems to me it would be great to have a place to post all of them, and to that end here is a spot for all Quaker minutes on the Occupy movement to be posted. I found this one from Britain Yearly Meeting to start this off, but if you know of others or helped to write one, please post here. 

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There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way

There is no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way

Occupy Together: Not By Bread Alone - Finding the Roses at Occupy Boston

Note: Kathleen Wooten of Lawrence (MA) Monthly Meeting has served as a protest chaplain at the Occupy Boston site.  In a guest post she shares here reflections on this movement's connection to an earlier struggle for economic justice, the "Bread and Roses" Textile Strike of 1912.

by Kathleen Wooten

Returning home from Occupy Boston in the late hours of the evening, I pass the imposing smokestacks of the old textile mills of Lawrence, MA. They remind me of the history of this place.  My own monthly meeting has worshipped here since 1899. 

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Lawrence Textile Mill

Lawrence Textile Mill Smokestack

Lawrence Textile Mill

Friend of a Friend: What do we mean by love?

Participants in the "Friend of a Friend" program at the Maryland Correctional Center reflect on the meaning of love.

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Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program

Participants in AFSC's Friend of a Friend Program at a Graduation Ceremony

Occupy Together: The Prophet and the Castle, part 2

Note: Below is a follow up guest blog post by George Lakey which responds to comments on his initial blog post, The Prophet and the Castle.

by George Lakey

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Where is my Future? at Occupy Philly

Where is my Future? at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: Press Release from the Interfaith Working Group of Occupy Philly

Below is a press release written and endorsed by the Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group. It calls for consideration of a 'third way' in ending the dispute between the city and Occupy Philadelphia about whether to move the encampment.  In Peace, Lucy

Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group Calls for Creative, Non-Violent  Response

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Speak Love with Power at Occupy Philly

Speak Love with Power at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: A Legacy of Nonviolent Occupation

Note: This guest blog post by Angelina Conti remembers another time when a nonviolent peace encampment was used as a tool for protest.

by Angelina Conti

When the Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park in September, I was surprised to find myself thinking about the Bonus Army and a lesson half remembered from a high school history class … something about veterans occupying the capitol, General MacArthur, and a fire.

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People before Profit at Occupy Philly

People before Profit at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: Witness Carefully

Note: This guest post by Paul Lacey reflects on the Occupy movement, its relationship to past movements, and the damage done by Wall Street.  - Lucy

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Choose Love over Fear at Occupy Philly

Choose Love over Fear at Occupy Philly

Occupy Together: Living Humanly

Note: Here is a guest blog post by Cara Curtis, on the living experiment that is the Occupy Together movement.  - Lucy

My hope for the Occupy movement is that we continue to live humanly.  It has taken me a little while, though, to arrive at this articulation.

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Interfaith Tent sponsored by Quakers at Occupy Philly

Interfaith Tent sponsored by Quakers at Occupy Philly

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