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The Struggle Continues in Black August

View From HereBy David Mark Greaves Black August is more than a second Black History Month. It commemorates and celebrates the freedom-fighting spirit of those who were, and are, at the tip of the spear in the struggle for liberation. Whether it was Gabriel Prosser’s Rebellion, August 30, 1800, Nat Turner’s Rebellion, August 21, 1831, […]Read More

Lessons of Non-Violence, Hard to Learn

John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time on his final journey home. He has left us to continue on our own journey, and we are on unusually rough road that looks like it’s worsening up ahead. The clashes in the streets of Portland, Oregon, is reminiscent of what we see happening in […]Read More

Race Men: Faithful to their Purpose and Mission

View From HereBy David Mark Greaves Rev. C. T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis, the firebrands of the 1960’s Civil Rights Era,were the hammer and the anvil of a fired-up people intent on bending the arc of the nation toward justice and equality. They were “Race Men” who stayed faithful to their mission of paving […]Read More

The View From Here

I spent about 2 hours watching fox & Friends this morning and it is obvious why it’s Trump’s favorite show. The coronavirus pandemic not only did not lead the news, it was mentioned only with one emergency room doctor in a Houston interview. Not mentioned were any statistics on the spiking of deaths in Texas, […]Read More

Supreme Court Ruling Reaffirms Boundaries for Oklahoma Tribe

WASHINGTON — In a decision being hailed as a win for tribal sovereignty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 9 that a large portion of eastern Oklahoma remains a reservation.In the 5-4 decision, the nation’s highest court said Congress never explicitly disestablished the 1866 boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. “Today we are asked whether […]Read More

Once Again: The Case for Reparations

Stolen Land, Stolen Labor: The Case for ReparationsPart 2 (Edited and amended) The Black Lives Matter movement highlighting police brutality has caused anawakening of White America to the systemic racial injustice perpetrated against African Americans. However, this awakening cannot be limited to the toppling of statues, renaming of military bases and removal of confederate flags. […]Read More

There is so much going on, it is difficult not

Covid 19 is leaving over 129,000 dead and the virus will be with us until a safe vaccine is available, but perhaps not for another year. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered a most sobering projection: he said we are headed toward increasing the number of cases to […]Read More

Juneteenth Sermon

By David Mark Greaves – First Unitarian ChurchSunday, June 14, 2020 (Virtual) First, I’d like to thank the Weaving Social Justice committee for asking me to speak and be a part of your wonderful program celebrating Juneteenth, when the Africans held as slaves in Galverston, Texas, heard that the Civil War had ended and that […]Read More