May 13, 2015

Does Non-Violence mean No Self Defense?

To Fight Back: Non-Violence, Militant Feminism and Education

“How do people who are starving go on a hunger strike? How do people who have no money boycott goods?” – Arundhati Roy, Field Notes on Democracy
Women in the Kashmir region during a demonstration against their occupation.
Women in the Kashmir region during a demonstration against their occupation.
Violence is a question which comes up almost inevitably when working with young people. As a teacher, mentor and tutor I’ve had to break up plenty of fights, many of them physical. Raised as I was, a middle-class person of color, I would often attempt to address these interactions through discussion and reflective mediation. In the conversations following altercations I would ask students what they thought the best way was to handle a conflict in our community–be it a classroom, school or other setting. This I hoped would help get students thinking about empathy, the kinds of relationships they wanted our community to be built with, and their role in nurturing them.

I recommend  that you read the original article in its entirety, It is well worth the read and is fairly thought provoking to those who have asked the question to themselves.  My response to the article is below:

May 12, 2015

Effective Communications: Disinformation and Misinformation (Jade Helm Edition)

In all of this Jade Helm madness, an important lesson needs to be taught, that of Effective Communications.

When examining Effective Communications we must also ask, Effective for Whom?  Within the realm of military warfare and the control of the flow of information, it is important to note two distinct forms of communication:

Effective Communications (JADE HELM edition)

I've noticed an inordinate amount of arbitrary information from people that are following US military movements throughout the country.  Random pictures with military equipment, video's from years ago and just a general lack of viable communication.

Its encouraging that so many people are concerned about major military movements, but what can we learn from this that could be helpful?

May 11, 2015

Lobo The King of Currumpaw: A story of love, liberty, freedom and life


CURRUMPAW is a vast cattle range in northern New Mexico. It is a land of rich pastures and teeming flocks and herds, a land of rolling mesas and precious running waters that at length unite in the Currumpaw River, from which the whole region is named. And the king whose despotic power was felt over its entire extent was an old gray wolf.

Old Lobo, or the king, as the Mexicans called him, was the gigantic leader of a remarkable pack of gray wolves, that had ravaged the Currumpaw Valley for a number of years. All the shepherds and ranchmen knew him well, and, wherever he appeared with his trusty band, terror reigned supreme among the cattle, and wrath and despair among their owners. Old Lobo was a giant among wolves, and was cunning and strong in proportion to his size. His voice at night was well-known and easily distinguished from that of any of his fellows. An ordinary wolf might howl half the night about the herdsman's bivouac without attracting more than a passing notice, but when the deep roar of the old king came booming down the cañon, the watcher bestirred himself and prepared to learn in the morning that fresh and serious inroads had been made among the herds.

Old Lobo's band was but a small one. This I never quite understood, for usually, when a wolf rises to the position and power that he had, he attracts a numerous following. It may be that he had as many as he desired, or perhaps his ferocious temper prevented the increase of his pack. Certain is it that Lobo had only five followers during the latter part of his reign. Each of these, however, was a wolf of renown, most of them were above the ordinary size, one in particular, the second in command, was a veritable giant, but even he was far below the leader in size and prowess. Several of the band, besides the two leaders, were especially noted. One of those was a beautiful white wolf, that the Mexicans called Blanca; this was supposed to be a female, possibly Lobo's mate. Another was a yellow wolf of remarkable swiftness, which, according to current stories had, on several occasions, captured an antelope for the pack.