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Notes from Kabul

They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends a hand in greeting. Some have the needed small stamped pieces of paper to receive two duvets but most don’t. One of the women tells me about the pain in her chest, her legs. She talks about the war.

Killing Andrew Thomas

On a frequent basis, I get messages from death row inmates. Due to the volume of my work, I can only engage a small percentage of those who write. In early November, I received a request for help from Tennessee. Opening the envelope, I figured Andrew Thomas would get my regrets. I was wrong.

Aid from the heart and music for the soul

As we reflect on the past year, it seems the news was rife with suffering and pain in the world.

America betrays Tamir Rice in death as it did in life

Over 400 days after Officer Timothy Loehmann opened fire on Tamir Rice in a Cleveland playground, killing the 12-year-old boy, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced no charges will be laid.

Nonviolent resistance for college students

The students have taken the struggle for justice into their own strong hands. … The youth must take the freedom struggle into every community … into every nook and cranny. … The students will certainly want to delve deeper into the philosophy of nonviolence.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., 1960

Ibrahim Ramey and Peg Morton, Presente!

Winter has begun.

This week we have honored the Solstice, and in so doing have been reminded by the earth, sun, and elements that this is a season of transition. Life cycles have come to completion, laid to rest, as the soil and elements prepare for a new day.

Holiday greetings from FOR


Looking back on 2015

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is … we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. … We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.”

Flowers from Guantanamo

December 20th -  Here in Kabul, young friends with the Afghan Peace Volunteers look forward  to learning more about “The Tea Project” in late December, when Aaron Hughes arrives, an artist, a U.S.

Gratitude on the longest night

As the days shrink into long dark nights and the heightened activity of the holiday season accelerates time so that December seems fleeting, FOR staff and I pause to reflect and find peace by counting our blessings.

Wow — 2015 was an incredible year!