Santa Fe High School student Paige Curry spoke to a TV reporter after Friday morning’s Texas school shooting in plain, soft-spoken, brutal English. This is a must-watch 30 seconds. We have utterly failed the children, and her resignation speaks volumes to all those “thoughts and prayers” politicians who refuse to take action. It speaks volumes to the evil of the NRA, a homegrown cult of violence. Listen up, anti-life party: For years you fraudulently claimed President Obama was a secret Muslim who would take your guns away. Well, one day these kids who have lived with the terror your ideology has caused will wrest away your political power and they will indeed take away your guns. And it will be your own fault. Your own fault for refusing to face reality and follow common sense. Read More
This great two-minute video put together by the New York Times highlights words of truth and justice from Colin Kaepernick’s recent speech accepting the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International. The hatred Kaepernick has received for his courageous determination to address this nation’s racism only proves his points. “I’ve realized that our love, that sometimes manifests itself as black rage, is a beautiful form of defiance against a system that seeks to suppress our humanity,” Kaepernick said. Amen. Read More
At the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, shortly before my 13th birthday, there was a widespread sense that Americans finally were beginning to value the earth, to understand its essential role in sustaining life, and to demand actions to keep those support systems healthy. It was an era when there was enough bipartisan agreement to pass major, much-needed legislation to clean our air and water, to clean up toxic waste, to protect endangered species and preserve large wild areas that are important both for their beauty and their biodiversity.
What the hell has happened? Read More
Bombs rained down on three Syrian chemical weapons storage and research facilities.
“Mission accomplished!” exclaimed our explosive president.
But what IS the mission? What WAS accomplished? Read More
Bishop Daniel Flores, Catholic bishop of Brownsville, TX, corrects Trump big lie about migrant caravan. Stand for life! Stand for justice!
Fiji faces an increasingly desperate future from climate change, the BBC reports:
Fiji’s prime minister has said the Pacific island nation is in “a fight for survival” as climate change brings “almost constant” deadly cyclones.
Frank Bainimarama said Fiji had entered a “frightening new era” of extreme weather that needed to be confronted.
His comments came after Cyclone Josie caused deaths and flooding on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, at the weekend.
In 2016, a cyclone hit Fiji leaving 44 people dead and wiping out one-third of the nation’s economic production.
Four people have died in severe flooding caused by Cyclone Josie, according to Reuters news agency.
“We are now at an almost constant level of threat from these extreme weather events,” Mr Bainimarama said on Tuesday, adding that powerful cyclones in the region were becoming “more severe” as a result of climate change.
“We need to get the message out loud and clear to the entire world about the absolute need to confront this crisis head on,” he said.
“As a nation we are starting to build our resilience in response to the frightening new era that is upon us,” he added.
A little more than an hour after his all-caps “Happy Easter” greeting, President Trump showed once again that he neither understands nor cares about the resurrected one Christians celebrate today. His bigotry toward people of color should long ago have disqualified him from the support of anyone who considers Christian faith more than a label they wear on Sundays. But this–his racist assault on the Dreamers, who have widespread American support for the righteousness of their cause, is beyond the pale. Read More
The Earth Keeper combines science, politics, religion, spirituality, nature, culture and justice–a combination known as integral ecology. The goal is to bear witness to the signs of the times as well as advocate for a world in which the little ones of all species have the opportunity to live well. In this, it also is a blog of prophetic imagination.
Many years ago, an elderly friend told me his experience of December 7, 1941. Two months past his 18th birthday, he was spending that Sunday with friends at an ice-skating party on a lake near his home in northern Minnesota. Someone from a nearby house approached and, with an ashen face, told the group that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. At that moment, the high school senior knew his whole life had changed, all his plans gone out the window. He felt a strong calling, and knew what he had to do. The next morning, along with many other young men, he went and enlisted in the Army. Read More