Well, that felt like an episode of Law and Order. But #Justice4Reality?

In the courtroom, we all listened to bits of the audio of that day in June, and I could feel the tightness in her voice. She wasn’t about to show these strange men what she was thinking and feeling, really.

Notes from the road: my inner Smedley Butler

This morning, I get to pretend I’m 1/3 my age, when I didn’t think much of getting up early to ride halfway across the world for a good cause. (Above: 18-year-old me in Washington, D.C., at the 1981 Women’s Pentagon Action. I’d traveled there from Binghamton, New York.) In this case, I’m catching a rideContinue reading “Notes from the road: my inner Smedley Butler”

Oceanside soldiers, John Brown, and how the Civil War flips the script on dissent

  I was reshaping my Civil War chapter, with a scene on May 12, 1861 — with soldiers in the newborn Union Army singing a song for John Brown. That happened at Boston’s Fort Warren, on the harbor’s Georges Island. As I was trying to evoke that day, I realized a potential problem; I’d begunContinue reading “Oceanside soldiers, John Brown, and how the Civil War flips the script on dissent”

reality winner and the politics of grief

Veteran and Whistleblower.   That’s Winner in the spring of 2017, when she came across evidence (since publicly confirmed) that the Russian government had successfully hacked into some U.S. voter registration lists. She was spending her days, as an intelligence contractor, facilitating drone strikes in the Middle East, which under Trump have escalated the number of civilian casualties.

Marianne Hamilton, Presente! Peace Activist and Co-founder of Women Against Military Madness

Originally posted on Rise Up Times:
Her opposition to war and quest for peace, based in Minnesota, ranged across continents and took her from Vietnam to other parts of Southeast Asia and Central America.    By Carol Masters  WAMM Newsletter  Volume 35, Number 6  December 2017 Marianne was gracious, kind, funny, fearless, and persistent—some of the…

Listen to Matthew Hoh

I’ve been hoping to interview Matthew Hoh for nearly a decade, and hope to meet him next month: but meanwhile you can see this from his blog.”The most important things American veterans can do is to speak openly and plainly about what they saw during their time in the military, what they took part inContinue reading “Listen to Matthew Hoh”

For Constitution Day, a few days late

Or, what our dissenting soldiers might have thought of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. In Philadelphia that September, President Washington joined many signers of the Declaration of Independence to discuss revision of the Articles of Confederation, the document governing the way the country was put together. Many came with ideas: James Madison had drafted a “VirginiaContinue reading “For Constitution Day, a few days late”

when the big hurricane killed 400 vets

I keep wondering why, as Hurricane Irma’s storm surge barreled toward the Florida Keys, no one has thought to mention the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 — if only for the Humphrey Bogart clip, or the Ernest Hemingway article,’Who Killed the Vets?” A new bridge between two of  Florida’s Upper Keys, Lower Matecumbe and WindleyContinue reading “when the big hurricane killed 400 vets”

Some loose thoughts about Jacob Ritter (1757-1841)

He didn’t speak English when he joined General Washington’s army. And by 1790, he was both a combat veteran and a torture survivor. No wonder he became and stayed a Quaker.   A careful reading of his 1840 memoir (a smash in Quaker circles)  yields both facts, but I confess I was too distracted byContinue reading “Some loose thoughts about Jacob Ritter (1757-1841)”

A Quaker at the Battle of the Brandywine, 1777

Originally posted on Christopher Densmore:
Jacob Ritter and a Vision of Light, 1777   The Battle of the Brandywine,September 11, 1777, was fought in the midst of a largely Quaker inhabited region of Pennsylvania, and the major clash between the British and Patriot forces took place around the Birmingham Friends Meetinghouse. While the battlefield site and…