Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

First a note from furbirdsqueerly: Yes Mr. trump you want a parade just like all the other big boys. Yes go ahead and show all of your weapons of destruction. But remember while you show your military might this child and many more like her all across amerikkka. While you are at it remember lots of other things, things that are so wrong. But most of all remember god doesn’t like ugly and you, your administration, your march to fascism, and your supporters are sure damn ugly.

A note to our community, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and everyone else under our umbrella. Let us remember ourstories from history past. Let us see with our eyes wide open and not walk blinded in the light. We as a people know what is right and what is wrong. We as a people know if we do not fight back we will lose. Our foremothers and fathers certainly fought back let us remember that. In all attacks on our community and on other communities we stood up and said, NO!! We understood early on as the old IWW slogan said, An Injury To One Is An Injury to All.  But let us never forget what happened to our people when madness such as this was allowed to escalate. No folks the pink triangle was not a fashion statement.  When our rights and the rights of others are taken away one by one. When it all has gone too far to fight back. On a small scale if you see a Nazi today trying to parade and recruit in your community fight back. Their movement is growing and ignoring them will not make them go away. Use the rally cry, In memory of our people we fight the Neo-Nazis off.

He wants to be a big boy but in reality he is a big buffoon.

From the Guardian. Alerted by BacktoStonewall HERE. Who added It has been done before, Nuremberg Germany 1937 for example.

Donald Trump orders Pentagon to plan grand military parade!

President reportedly seeks parade in model of France’s Bastille Day celebration, prompting one veterans’ group to call him ‘a wannabe banana republic strongman’

Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to plan a military parade that would see soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the streets of Washington, it was reported on Tuesday.
The move was instantly criticized, with one veterans’ group comparing the president to “a wannabe banana republic strongman”.

Trump is seeking a grand parade similar to the Bastille Day celebration in Paris, according to the Washington Post. He outlined the plan at a meeting at the Pentagon on 18 January that included defense secretary Jim Mattis and joint chiefs of staff chairman General Joseph Dunford, the paper said, citing an unnamed military official.

“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” the official told the Post. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

The White House confirmed that an event is in the works, though it did not offer further details. “President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.” (more…)


For anyone who is pounding the drums for war with Iran—Please Take A Seat!


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“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.  Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:30. One person who I have admired for many years having had the wonderful opportunity to not only work at several houses of hospitality but to participate in many of the non-violent actions and programs is Dorothy Day. Miss Day reminded us, “The Gospel takes away our right forever to discriminate between the deserving and undeserving poor.” This I understood is where the judging comes in, we do not do it under any circumstance. Is this woman who asks of me going to do this with the money? Is he going to do that? I always had to answer so what just give. Miss Day also reminded us that, “We can not be meek in the face of injustice.” Poverty no matter the reason is an injustice! People hungry not matter what is injustice!

That is what I was taught from a very early age on. Give, no questions asked. Some say, well that man you just gave a dollar to will most likely buy a bottle of wine. To which I answer, I can not judge him. So if that is what that man needs at this time to get thorough the blows life have delivered to him and what blows happen every day, okay. Now I haven’t been a full fledged Christian for many a years and my early days of being one has lead me to a certain philosophy of life that I try hard to embrace in my every day living. Yes it is a struggle a real deal struggle. Last week the local newspaper, which by the way I never read, (how did that issue land in my lap?) had a very interesting article about a new Little Food Pantry that had opened on Laurel Street. Just a short walk down the street up over the bridge down the other side and shortly one is there. A women name Carol Padberg has the structure in front of her house. A give and take, little place that judging by the last three days needs more folks giving to keep it full.

The person who came up with the idea Azua Echevarria had this to say, ” There is a lot of shame and guilt when asking and receiving.” How well I know that. I was one of the worse panhandlers back in the day. I was so afraid to ask and needed such a push from folks I  hung with. We at Furbirdsqueerly love this little pantry idea. No appointments needed. No paperwork to fill out. No, only come here once a month. No, standing in line wondering who will walk by and see you. Welcome, come and take what you need.

We love what our friend Grace had to say when we discussed this little pantry and one of the people took the attitude that maybe a crack head was taking all the food and selling it for more crack. Go get him Grace. I said “Grace write that down and here is what she gave me.”

“The point of grace isn’t that the recipient is worthy – it’s all about the giver of the grace and how much they love. We deserve nothing from God yet He gives us everything. If we are wanting to follow Him then we have to have the same attitude as He does towards the poor. Love them without restraint. Don’t judge them or think you know them or treat them as a “mob” that you think you have all the answers on.
And who the heck is “more worthy” of eating??? It’s a basic human right – I don’t care if you’ve spent your money on crack – if you are hungry I’m going to give you food. Period. Starving never taught anyone anything except that people don’t care about them and they are worthless. And that’s a lie because the “worst” or “least” of us is who Christ died for.”

We have always like these instructions “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

We thank Carol Padberg, Azua Echevarria, John Meder an architect who built the pantry, Jordan Conover who posted and set the pantry in concrete for their kindness to our neighbors in need. We will continue to do what we can and encourage others to help make sure that no one goes hungry in these troubling times.

The full article published in the Hartford Courant can be found HERE.



Posted by Marke B in 48Hills.

It’s been a long and winding road to bring a celebration of the 50th Summer of Love to the park — permit kuffufles, safety glitches, and communication frustrations abounded in the cosmic quest to feed the heads. But finally the huge, fifth annual Peace in the Park (Sat/23, 11am-6pm) is gonna be THE ONE — and it even features the valiant Boots Hughston, who tried so many times to make it happen during the actual summer.
This half-century long-hair blowout (not to be confused with the Human Be-In, which held a peaceful, oddly tech-funded 50th commemoration festival of its own this past January) promises to fulfill everyone’s dreams of spiritual connection, and perhaps a little astral projection, on the Music Concourse. Swing by before Folsom Street Fair and witness a whole different kind of Electric Ladyland.

(We just had to add this still wonderful song by Scott McKenzie)

Some performers include: Wavy Gravy; Katdelic; Pamela Parker, Diamond Dave; Alstar Family Band feat. Mark Karan, Jordan Feinstein, Sunshine (Garcia) Becker, and Robin Sylvester; Michael Pritchard; Laxman Panthi; Third Thursday Band Feat. Kevbot (Kevin Lash); Temple of Isis Feat. Jil Love Revolution; Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D; Milton Rosenberg; SOUL Twin Messiah, Peace Awards with Bill McCarthy, Boots Hughston, Catherine Enny, Michael Gosney, and others
The time is NOW to come out for peace! Let’s honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of “THE” Summer of Love! Join us, with flowers in your hair! Enjoy a sunny September day at Music Concourse of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on 9/23. Bring the kids, celebrate peace, get crafty, be artistic, relax with gentle yoga, chill to live music, find some zen with other meditators, and leave happier, refreshed, and connected to your inner calm. Vegetarian food stalls like Amma’s Kitchen & Donna’s Tamales available!
Partners include: Brahma Kumaris, SOUL – Summer of Unconditional Love, Peaceful World Foundation, Baha’i Faith, PeaceDay Global Broadcast, PeaceDaySF, CODEPINK: Women For Peace,, Earthdance Global, and San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department.


Sunday August 6th

Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance

A shared call for the abolition of nuclear weapons promoting a vision of a nuclear free world.

Unitarian Society Meeting House

500 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford 06105

6:00pm Pot Luck Dinner

6:30 Program with Music, Speakers and Poetry

8:00 Candle Lighting ceremony–creation of a large Candle-lit Peace Sign on the Meeting House lawn.

For more information:


Facebook event: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance 2017

Sponsored by: Hope Out Loud, No Nukes, No War, Unitarian Society of Hartford.

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In memoriam Gilbert Baker (1951–2017): Artist, designer and lifelong activist for LGBTQ equality. Gilbert created the rainbow flag for the 1978 Gay Freedom Day celebration in San Francisco. The flag is now an internationally recognized symbol of LGBTQ pride.
A native of Kansas, Gilbert lived in San Francisco from 1970 to 1994, contributing his distinctive designs for countless events. In 1994, he moved to New York City, where he spent the rest of his life. He remained active as an artist, with his work commemorating gay victims of the Nazi regime recently displayed in San Francisco.
Gilbert’s longtime friend Cleve Jones reported his death this afternoon. We have lost one of the greats of our community. Let us now lower rainbow flags worldwide to half mast in Gilbert’s memory.( Don Spradlin)

as posted on Homophobia Exposed. What a beautiful tribute.

Read about Gilbert Baker over at Towleroad written by Andy Towle HERE.

Our condolences to David V Moore and Cleve Jones and out community. Long may our rainbow flag wave.

“I am heartbroken. My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship. I can’t stop crying. I love you forever Gilbert Baker.”- David V Moore