Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the volatile period of civil unrest in Paris during May 1968, punctuated by demonstrations and massive general strikes, as well as the occupation of universities and factories across France. The unrest began with a series of student occupation protests against capitalism, consumerism, American imperialism and traditional institutions, values and order. These are some “graffitis, curses and inscriptions of May 1968” from a [free] little book called Boredom Weeps published May 1, 2018 by Black Ink and Interference Archive.
Hijack life then rewrite its user’s manual.
Talk to your neighbors.
Patriotism rhymes with Fascism. Continue reading
By Ric Hudgens, for Daniel Berrigan, on his birthday
Daniel Berrigan once gave the commencement address at Xavier High School on West 16th Street in New York.
The story goes he walked to the podium declared “Know where you stand and stand there.” Then he sat down.
you don’t know
find out. Continue reading
Photo credit: Tim Nafziger
By Dee Dee Risher
Oh incarnated one,
who is mystery and nurture,
calling our names
while we are outside, weeping;
walking the road
with those who are in grief,
being known in the breaking of bread;
cooking breakfast on the beach… Continue reading
We are fired up for what is coming to Philadelphia this summer, after the NBA playoffs leaves town. Holy Fool Arts is organizing its 7th residency of the Carnival de Resistance from July 24th through August 5th. Weekend productions (which weave storytelling, dance theater, live music, and circus arts) will be taking place at Arch St. United Methodist Church.
CdR is rooted in a prophetic Tradition of many compelling strands. This is how these holy fools describe it on their website:
The Carnival de Resistance is made up of a diverse group of people who’s political persuasion and theology covers a spectrum of beliefs. The following are not indicative of the overall “message” of the Carnival, but are simply some of the historical movements, artistic traditions, fields of study and teachers that have influenced us.
Whidbey Island (WA) based spiritual director and activist Marcia Dunigan reports that earlier in the week, she threw in with about 60 others (including small children) witnessing at a Table Turning event (right) in Seattle in front of the ICE administration building in the rain and cold. This is from the Table Turning website:
Tragically, institutional Christianity in the U.S. has become aligned with nationalism and capitalism. So the aims of Table Turning are:
- Reclaiming the subversive tradition of Jesus in the public sphere
- Centering marginalized voices to tell their own story and define their own identity, while interrupting a culture that allows only the powerful to be heard
- Increasing participation in faith-based social justice activism
- Repentance and realignment of our own lives away from oppression and toward liberation