Saturday, July 4, 2020


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INTERDEPENDENCE DAY IS SEPTEMBER 12.  In the essay that follows, Rabbi Lerner makes a case for replacing our 4th of July Independence Day with Interdependence Day.  Already  OMNI’s separate newsletters on 4th of July and September 12 have expressed a desire for a better society; both have rejected the hypocrisy of the US economic obsession with freedom disconnected from equality, cooperation, empathy, and compassion that has led to our present inequalities and so many US invasions and occupations.  So starting this year Independence Day Newsletters are replaced by Interdependence Day, leading off with Rabbi Lerner’s excellent essay and attached poems and songs, followed by OMNI’s three earlier Interdependence Newsletters, and including immediately highly appropriate comments by Douglass and King sent to me this morning by Bob Billig.

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.
     Frederick Douglass, 1852.

In a sense we've come to our nation's Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds.”
      Martin Luther King, 1962

Rabbi Michael Lerner
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A Guide for How Progressives Can Transform July 4th into Interdependence Day By Rabbi Michael Lerner, June 29, 2020.
[See poems and songs at end.  -D]
On July 4 hundreds of millions of Americans will celebrate all that is good in the history of the United States of America.  Even though progressives know there is much to criticize about America (including the use of the word “America” as synonymous with the United States, thereby ignoring Canada, Mexico, Central and South America) there is also much to celebrate.

This is particularly important to do when we are seeking to get a majority of Americans to back major structural changes not only in how the police brutalize, selectively target for arrest, and, almost daily somewhere in the U.S., murder African Americans and other people of color, and also homeless or extremely poor people, but also in the economic structures of our society that create huge disparities between the top wealth holders and all the rest of us. I’ve found in my research as director of the Institute for Labor and Mental Health that many people whose economic interests are best served by liberal and progressive causes sometimes vote against those interests because they feel that we look down upon them, their culture, their religion and their intelligence–and suspect us of never seeing any good in America. That’s why I propose we celebrate July 4th, but transform it from a celebration of “independence” and make it a celebration of our interdependence with all people on the planet and with the earth.

Immediate caution: I do not suggest that we play down the horrors of American racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, antiSemitism, etc. Acknowledging them must be an important part of our celebration, as we affirm that Black Lives Matter to us. I propose that every celebration of interdependence day read aloud the article “How To Overcome Racism,” many of its points taken from the program of Black Lives Matter. Our celebration also needs a place to grieve all that has gone wrong (beginning with America’s genocide of Native Americans and enslavement of African Americans).

And if we want to actually win the level of support among our fellow Americans that would make it possible for us to pass constitutional amendments that could actually change the oppressive racist and classist institutions not just in a few progressives states, but for all of the U.S., then our mourning all the evil entrenched in America’s economic and racist institutions needs to be coupled with an affirmation of what is good, and a conscious attempt to bring our neighbors into this kind of celebration of July 4th.

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That’s why we want to urge you to turn this holiday into something more meaningful than just a picnic watching bombs bursting in air during the evening fireworks.
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Bring your friends together at a Zoom based picnic or luncheon or dinner, or in person please keep your masks on and keep 6 foot distance from each other. Take turns reading the following and singing the songs at the end—and help us re-focus this celebration from one that reinforces the militaristic version of American “exceptionalism” by replacing that with a commitment to the wellbeing of everyone else on the planet and the wellbeing of the planet itself. Turn this day into a celebration of our inter-dependence with all others on the planet, and inter-dependence with the planet itself.

Some of the distortions in the U.S. Constitution eventually got somewhat repaired in the ensuing two hundred plus years, though many remain and are an ingredient in American life. We can celebrate the instinct toward democracy, even as we witness how the anti-democratic, violent,  and oppressive inclinations of some are now being championed and advanced by the U.S. President. As many have said in the past, democracy is the best possible political system if you can keep it, but we want to add that even democratic forms can serve oppressive purposes if enough people get misled into believing that others deserve to be victimized. Only a full democratization of our economic lives coupled with a sustained multi-generational transformation of consciousness away from every form of “othering” of those with less power can make democracy survive. There have been advances, most recently for women and for gays and lesbians, that can be built upon and extended. It is important to see what advances have been made so that we do not go into despair when the current set of demonstrations against racism does not immediately produce the kinds of changes that our call to overcome racism calls for.

The truth is, though, that much of what we love about America was created by ordinary citizens. Often they encountered resistance from those in power, their messages distorted by the media that has mostly been controlled by the rich and powerful, their activists sometimes beaten, jailed or even killed, their employment put in danger, their families suffering. On some occasions sometimes for struggles that did not threaten the class structure but only sought to widen the opportunities for people to compete in the marketplace, they found allies in some of the powerful  who joined in the struggle. But we do so with caution. We saw last week how a majority of self-described “moderates” in the House of Representatives Democratic majority managed to outvote the progressives in the Democratic party and endorse a bill to send $4.5 billion to the Administration for border aid, voting down the attempt by close to a hundred Democratic Party progressives who attempted to put strict restrictions on how that money would be used, including ending the incarceration of children under horrendous and inhumane conditions. The Bible warns us “Do not trust in the powerful”—and so we want to celebrate our democracy but reject those who always put being “realistic” above being principled even while congratulating those in both houses of Congress who rejected the Senate Republican “aid” package.

At this celebration, let’s give thanks for the ordinary and extraordinary Americans whose struggles brought about those changes.


To the waves of immigrants from all parts of the world who struggled to accept each other and find a place in this country {raise fork}
To the escaped slaves and their allies, particularly Quakers, evangelical Christians, and freedom-loving secularists, who build the underground railroad and helped countless people to freedom {raise fork}
To the coalitions  of religious and secular people–women and men, black and white–who built popular support for the emancipation of the slaves {raise fork}
To the African Americans and allies who went to prison, lost their livelihoods, and were savagely beaten in the struggle for civil rights {raise fork}
To the working people who championed protections like the eight-hour day, minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and the right to organize, often at great personal cost to them {raise fork}
To the immigrants who fought against “nativist” tendencies and refused to close the borders of this country to new groups of immigrants, and who continue to support a policy of “welcoming the stranger” just as this country opened its gates to their ancestors when they were the immigrants and strangers
To the women who risked family, job security, and their own constructed identities to shift our collective consciousness about men and women and raise awareness of the effects of patriarchy {raise fork}
To gays and lesbians who fought and won the right to marry and who continue to struggle for full rights in housing, employment, and other arenas.
To transgendered people who are beginning a similar battle for respect, dignity, and equal rights
To all of those who risk scorn and violence and often lose their families to lead the struggle against homophobia and for the acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer people
To those who continue to work for equal access for people with disabilities
To those who advocate for sensitivity to animals and refuse to kill them
To all of the innovators and artists who have brought so much of beauty and usefulness into our lives
To those who fought to extend democratic principles not only in politics but also in the workplace and in the economy
To those who developed innovations in science and technology, in literature and art, in music and dance, in film and in computer science, in medical and communication technologies, and in methods to protect ourselves from the destructive impacts of some of these new technologies.
To those who developed psychological insights and increased our ability to be sensitive to our impact on others.
To those who developed ecological awareness and are now building strategies to replace a system that privileges growth and consumption over preservation of the life support system of the planet
To those who brought the insights of their own particular religious or spiritual traditions which emphasized love and caring for others and generosity towards those who had been impoverished—and sought to turn those ideas not only into a call for personal charity but also into a mission to transform our economic and political systems in ways that would reflect those values.
To those who fought for peace and non-violence, and who helped stop many wars
[Invite other attendees to offer “toasts” to other groups who have contributed to the things that are good about America. You can also mix up the reading with some of the songs at the end of this article—note that some of the words have been changed to make them more fitting for our celebration]. . . .  MORE

Celebrating Global Interdependence

Part of the cherished myth of this country is the notion of the rugged individualist who makes his own way—the rugged individualist is almost always male in this myth—without anyone else’s help. This image was never true. Even on the frontier, people relied on their neighbors, on the animals that provided their food, and later on those who built and operated the railroads, bringing supplies to frontier towns. Today it is even less possible to be a rugged individualist. We can’t drive on a road, operate an appliance, run water, or make a phone call without benefiting from the work of countless other human beings, some here in the United States and some in other parts of the world.

With the advent of a deeper understanding of how our global environment works, and with the increasing integration of the economies of all countries into a global economy, we’ve come to see that our well-being is linked to the well-being of everyone else on the planet. Our well-being depends on their well-being, and their well-being depends on our well-being. We are all fundamentally interdependent. And we’ve learned the same thing about Nature—when we pour poisons into the air, the ground, or the oceans, those toxics eventually come back to hurt us and other people around the world, just as when they do the same it ends up hurting us and not just people who live near them. Yet the ideal of individualism persists, and we’re encouraged to act as if we need no one else, no community support.

Despite the persistence of this individualist mindset, our impact on others and theirs on us is huge, and manifests not only in personal and cultural terms but also in relationship to economic and political conditions. Today, close to 3 billion people (half the people in the world) live on less than $2 a day, and close to half of that number live on one dollar a day. Huge numbers of people are starving or very very hungry even as we are reading this and preparing for a good meal and playful celebration. Is it any wonder that some of these people, and those who care about them (even if they themselves are not poor), are very angry at the way the world’s politics and economics get set up?  We don’t think it is good or legitimate when their anger gets expressed in violent ways. But we also have to take some responsibility for benefiting from a world order that is so unfair and so cruel. According to United Nations figures, somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 children under the age of five will die today, and again tomorrow, and again the next day, because they don’t have the food, and basic medical supplies, that could have kept them alive. That’s over 12 million children a year—the equivalent of two Holocausts per year!

We in the (interfaith and secular-humanist-and-atheist-welcoming  NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives want to change all this, both by changing the terms of global trade agreements so that they work on behalf of the poor and the hungry, and by establishing (first in the US, and then in all the advanced industrial societies) a Global and Domestic Marshall Plan that would allocate between 1-2% of our Gross Domestic Product each year for the next twenty years toward the goal of ending once and for all both domestic and global poverty, homelessness, inadequate education, and inadequate health care. On this celebration of our Inter-dependence, we want to reaffirm our shared commitment to these goals and commit to working with people all around the world, and building the Network of Spiritual Progressives on best ways to achieve these goals.


The key to our alternative, what we call the Strategy of Generosity, is our commitment to reestablish trust and hope among the peoples of the world so that we might begin to reflect and act coherently on ending world poverty in our lifetimes and saving the global environment from the almost certain destruction it faces unless we reverse our policies and give the highest priority to protecting the earth. Instead of asking “what serves the interests of American economic and political geo-power best?” we want a foreign policy that asks “What best serves all the people on this planet and best serves the survival of the planet itself?”

That is a question that very few people in politics today are willing to raise in that form, fearing that they will not be elected or re-elected because they are charged with not being patriotic enough (even though it is obvious to almost anyone who understands the inter-connectedness of all people on the planet that the best interests of America and the best interests of our children and grandchildren is best served by worrying about the best interests of everyone else, and the best interests of the planet rather than to frame things in terms that reinforce the nationalist fervors of the past and lead us toward selfishness and inability to think globally).

A world divided by nationalist struggles and vain fantasies of dominating the resources of the earth on behalf of one or a few of the more powerful nations must be recognized as increasingly insane and self-destructive for the human race. Yet very many decent and moral people, having been talked into accepting the current construction of politics as “the given” within which one must work, end up participating in this insanity and calling it “realistic.” It is an urgent necessity to break through that set of assumptions about what is and what is not realistic–so that people can look at the Strategy of Generosity not through the frame of existing inside-the-beltway assumptions or the “common sense” thrown at us daily by a corporate-dominated media, but rather through the frame of what the human race and the planet earth urgently need in order to stop the insane people who have power at the moment from continuing their disastrous path.

It is a huge delusion to imagine that the insanity of framing our foreign policy only in terms of narrowly conceived American interests is somehow confined to one political party or one set of candidates for office–it is a shared insanity that must be challenged in every part of our political thinking, and it is just as likely to be articulated by people with whom we agree on many other issues as by people who are overtly reactionary or overtly ultra-nationalistic.

Building that Strategy of Generosity requires that we reconnect with the human capacity to recognize the other as an embodiment of the sacred, or, in secular language, as fundamentally valuable for who they are and not as only instrumentally valuable for what they can do for us. This pre-reflective, pre-nationalist connection between people must become the center of our campaign for peace and environmental sanity. The bonds of caring among human beings can and must be fostered by our policies.

So although we can emphasize that it is in our own interests as humans to recognize that our individual and societal well-being depends on the well-being of everyone else on the planet, and sometimes will frame part of the argument for the Global Marshall Plan in those terms,, we have to emphasize as well that our commitment to the Global Marshall Plan is not only because it could save the planet from nuclear and conventional wars and jump-start the process of global environmental planning, but also because it reflects our deepest truth: the Unity of All Being and our commitment to care for each other as momentary embodiments of the God energy (or in secular terms, the goodness and love and generosity) of the Universe at its current stage of evolutionary development.

We wish to establish a New Bottom Line to foster an ethos of caring and love for others because it is ethically and spiritually right to do so, not only because it is instrumentally the only sane policy for saving the planet and saving the lives of our children and grandchildren.

Ironically, what turns out to be the most ethical path is also the most practical and self-interested from the standpoint of saving the human race and protecting the planet that sustains our lives.

Our Global Marshall Plan can’t work unless it is perceived by others as being more than a new, clever attempt to dominate the world through “aid” or some new way to open up the gates of their society for further penetration by Western corporate interests. It can only be perceived as a genuine attempt to change the terms of global interaction if the support for the Global Marshall Plan is transparently built around our ethical vision of world in which generosity and caring for others is valued because it is right, not only because it is smart and a savvy way to protect the United States.

Do not take these ideas and try to “win” with them by abandoning the core vision and only achieving support for some of the details. Our plan will only work if it is supported for the right reasons, with the global common good as the primary goal. In that sense, the Strategy of Generosity is really the core, and the Global Marshall Plan is only a particular way to actualize that new approach to human relations (which is actually the approach that our religious and spiritual and secular ethical traditions have been teaching for many millennia).

Our plan is not about throwing money at the poor of the world—it includes a way to help the most destitute on the planet that does not allow for corrupt governments to siphon off funds for corrupt elites. Our plan (read it at, creates a non-governmental mechanism for including the peoples of the world in shaping how the monies and support should be delivered and allocated and mechanism of accountability, reworking all international trade agreements so that they no longer favor the advanced industrial societies but instead help in the economic well-being of poorer societies as well, rejecting the current proposed TPP, providing hands-on opportunities so that the peoples of the world including the US get directly involved in helping each other and not just in donating monies. Our Global and Domestic Marshall Plan involves building capacities of people around the world, skills training (including training in nonviolent communication and respect for ethnic and religious diversity, family and parental support, stress reduction, child and elderly care, emergency health techniques, diet and exercise, and caring for others who are in need of help). It involves retraining of the armies of nations around the world to become experts in ecologically sensitive construction and agriculture and health care. It includes using market mechanisms where appropriate and mini-finance of local projects.

We must also insist that the plan be implemented with a clear message of humility and modesty. Although the West has superior technology and material success, we do not equate that with superior moral or cultural wisdom. On the contrary, our approach must reflect a deep humility and a spirit of repentance for the ways in which Western dominance of the planet has been accompanied by wars, environmental degradation, and a growing materialism and selfishness reflected in a Western-dominated global culture.

Finally, we must not talk about “development” using a Western notion that progress is defined as how many consumer goods you have or how much wealth a society accumulates. We want to eliminate hunger, homelessness, poverty, inadequate education, inadequate health care—but we don’t need a Western model on what this might look like. In fact, the planet cannot sustain a re-creation in the rest of the world of irresponsible forms of industrialization and consumption that characterized the West (in both capitalist and allegedly socialist or communist countries).

So, we need a fundamental rethinking of how to organize societies in ways that are sustainable and ethically coherent—and that will require the Western societies to make major changes, rather than preaching environmentalism to the rest of the world while living in environmentally destructive ways ourselves and benefiting from trade arrangements that have impoverished the rest of the world.

The key is humility. We have much to learn from the peoples of the world, their cultures, their spiritual and intellectual heritage, their ways of dealing with human relationships. The West’s superior technology and material success has not brought with it a superior ethical or spiritual wisdom. There is much to learn from societies that from a material standpoint are “under-developed” but from a spiritual standpoint may have within the teachers and cultures that are far more humanly sensitive than our own.


The Global Marshall Plan is the first step toward providing a sense of mutual trust that will allow for the next step needed by humanity in the 21st century: a global plan for how to allocate the world’s resources and regulate what is put into the environment by individuals and corporations. We cannot save the planet from ecological destruction if we are not willing to develop a coherent rational plan and then use it to guide our use of the resources of the planet.  Such a global plan will not be workable until the peoples of the world truly understand their interdependence. So, our celebration of Inter-dependence Day is an important part of the process of building that new consciousness. For that reason, we need to ask each other now to make a pledge to bring more people next year into this celebration.

Yet our interdependence with the world goes deeper than that. Every human being on the planet is valuable, created in the image of God, fundamentally deserving of love, caring, kindness and generosity. We know that there is a huge cultural and intellectual richness in the variety of cultures, religions, spiritual practices, music, literature and shared wisdom of the societies that make up our world.

On this Interdependence day, we not only commit to helping improve the material conditions of the rest of the world, but also to learning from the rest of the world. We approach this task in a spirit of humility, aware that we in the United States have sometimes appeared to the rest of the world as a big bully and not as a society genuinely interested in sharing its cultural and intellectual and material gifts or in learning from others about their own particular cultural and spiritual heritages. The impression of arrogance is particularly intense at this historical moment when the war in Iraq and the attempts by the US to manipulate other countries is so visible to many of the people on our planet, but it will be a problem even after we stop the war in Iraq.

We want to communicate to the peoples of the world our own deep sorrow and repentance at the ways that our wonderful country has taken wrong turns in its foreign policy, and the ways that it has acted with arrogance and insensitivity to the needs of others, and supported an economic system whose insensitivity to the needs of the environment and its preaching of “me-firstism” and looking at everyone with a “what’s in it for me?” consciousness has already done immense damage.

[Sing here songs of other cultures and bring their poetry and fiction and spiritual practices as well, or go around the table sharing aspects of other cultures that you find inspiring.]

We are happy to celebrate this Interdependence Day on Independence Day for the U.S.

Some of us wish to invoke God’s blessing on our country, and will do so now. But before we go there, we also wish to invoke God’s blessings on all people on our planet and on the planet itself.

We know that nationalist chauvinism, thinking that we are or can be better than everyone else, the manic need to be “number one,” can lead us into wars and destructive behavior. That it has become part of the national discourse, and this year is taking the form of fear or hatred of Muslims and Mexicans, pains our heart. We will not let our Muslim, Mexican, or undocumented refuges in the U.S. or elsewhere become isolated and demeaned—part of our task as Americans is to defend all those who are subject to irrational hatred or are used to advance the political, economic or social interests of opportunists and haters.  Instead, we want to bless everyone on the planet, to celebrate with everyone.

So we rejoice in the people of this country, to rejoice with them as we celebrate all that is beautiful and good in this country, and at the same time we affirm our deep connection to all people on this planet and invoke God’s blessing on all of us, together, and pray that we soon will see a triumph of a new spirit of kindness, generosity, love, caring for others, ecological sensitivity,  and celebration with joy, awe and wonder at all the good that surrounds us and keeps us alive. This is our Interdependence Day—the day we affirm our deep dependence on and yearning for the well being of everyone on our planet and the well being of the planet itself.

Written by Rabbi Michel Lerner, Editor of Tikkun magazine and chair of the interfaith and secular humanist-and-atheist welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives. Rabbi Lerner invites anyone who agrees with this vision presented above to join or make a tax-deductible contribution to the Network of Spiritual Progressives at If you prefer making a donation directly, call 510 644 1200 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Pacific daylight time, or by sending a check to Tikkun at 2342 Shattuck Ave #1200, Berkeley, Ca. 94704.

Songs for July 4—the Tikkun/Network of Spiritual Progressives Version

America the Beautiful    (Tikkun’s version)

O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain
For purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain
America America God  shed Her grace on thee
And crown thy good with sisterhood from sea to shining sea

O beautiful for pilgrim’s feet whose search for freedom led
To murder of Native tribes and enslaving Africans,
America America let justice & equality reign,
Repent past sins, give reparations too, save the environment from pain.

O beautiful for working folk who forged the wealth we see
In farm and mill, in home & school, unsung in history
America America may race nor sex nor creed
No more divide, but side by side, transform the world, made free

Imagine  (Tikkun version)

Imagine there’s all goodness        It’s easy if you try
No Hell below us                       Above us only sky.
Imagine all the people…………Living for today …
Imagine there’s no countries….. It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for            And no oppression too
Imagine all the people                Living life in peace …
You, you may say I am a dreamer     But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us            And the world will be as one.

Imagine no possessions               I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger       A sisterhood of man
Imagine all the people                 Sharing all the world …
You, you may say I am a dreamer       But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us              And the world will be as one..

Imagine love is flowing                       No scarcity of care,
Holiness surrounds us                          The sacred everywhere
Imagine awe and wonder                     Replacing greed and fear
You may say we’re all dreamers,       But we’re not the only ones
TIKKUN and Spirit soaring               And the world will live as one!

We shall overcome
We shall overcome someday
Oh, deep in my heart I know that I do believe that we shall overcome some day.
We’ll walk hand in hand….
Blacks and whites together, gays and straights together…..
Israelis and Palestinians, Muslims Jews and Christians….
We will not despair, we are not alone, Spirit is unfolding through us…oh deep in my heart, I know that I do believe, love and justice shall prevail.

This land is your land, this land is my land
From [the] California to the [Staten] New York Island,
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters,
[God blessed America for me.]

As I went walking that ribbon of highway
And saw above me that endless skyway,
And saw below me the golden valley, I said:
This land was made for you and me.

Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing —
That side was made for you and me.

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw my people —
As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if
This land was made for you and me.

Ode Yavoe

Ode yavoe shalom aleynu, ode yavoe shalom aleynu, ode yavoe shalom aleynu, ve’al kulam.  Shalom, aleynu ve’al kol ha/olam Salaam Shalom

I Ain’t Marching Anymore

By Phil Ochs

D     G              C         D

Oh I marched to the battle of New Orleans

G          C            D

At the end of the early British war

G                      C

The young land started growing


The young blood started flowing     C        Am          D

But I ain’t marchin’ anymore

For I’ve killed my share of Indians  In a thousand different fights

I was there at the Little Big Horn I heard many men lying

I saw many more dying    But I ain’t marchin’ anymore

It’s always the old to lead us to the war

C               Am       D

It’s always the young to fall

Now look at all we’ve won with the sabre and the gun

Tell me is it worth it all

For I stole California from the Mexican land  Fought in the bloody Civil War

Yes I even killed my brother    And so many others

And I ain’t marchin’ anymore

For I marched to the battles of the German trench

In a war that was bound to end all wars

Oh I must have killed a million men And now they want me back again

But I ain’t marchin’ anymore


For I flew the final mission in the Japanese sky

Set off the mighty mushroom roar When I saw the cities burning

I knew that I was learning  That I ain’t marchin’ anymore

Now the labor leader’s screamin’ when they close the missile plants,

United Fruit screams at the Cuban shore, Call it “Peace” or call it “Treason,”

Call it “Love” or call it “Reason,”    But I ain’t marchin’ any more.

The New Internationale

Arise ye prisoners of starvation, arise ye wretched of the earth
For justice calls for liberation, a grand new world in birth
No more racism or sexism shall bind us
Throw homophobia out the door.
The earth we save from destruction
We give priority to the poor.
Tis the final conflict, let God’s spirit fill this place
The international working class shall free the human race
Tis the moment always ready to rebuild the world with love.
And in the place of violence we honor the peaceful dove.

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on Earth,
The peace that was meant to be.
With God our Creator, we’re one family.
Let us walk with each other, in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry step I take, let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment and live each moment
in peace eternally.
Let there be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.

The Times They are a Changing
Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be pas
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

There but for Fortune
by Phil Ochs

Intro: G Cm G Cm G Cm

G         Cm       G          Cm

Show me a prison, show me a jail,

G         Em              Am           D

Show me a prisoner whose face has gone pale

Em                                    C            Am

And I’ll show you a young man with so many reasons why

Bm               G            Am     D

And there but for fortune, may go you or I

Show me the alley, show me the train,

Show me a hobo who sleeps out in the rain,

And I’ll show you a young man with so many reasons why

There but for fortune, may go you or go I — you and I.

Show me the whiskey stains on the floor,

Show me the dunken man as he stumbles out the door,

And I’ll show you a young man with so many reasons why

There but for fortune, may go you or go I — you and I.

Show me the famine, show me the frail

Eyes with no future that show how we failed

And I’ll show you the children with so many reasons why

There but for fortune, go you or I.

Show me the country where bombs had to fall,

Show me the ruins of buildings once so tall,

And I’ll show you a young land with so many reasons why

There but for fortune, go you or go I — you and I.You and I,There but for fortune, go you or go I — you and I.

NSP Song:

NSP, Join with me, as we transform the world’s reality,
Love and kindness, radical amazement, peace and generosity (2)

Save the planet from environmental crisis, stop wars , torture and poverty,
Let our voices cry out that we have no doubt that love and kindness will triumph, you will see

Our Network of Spiritual Progressives affirms science and spirit both!
Domination replaced by love, gentleness placed above the world of power and of might!

It’s time to end poverty and hunger, around the world and in the U.S. too.
We have enough to share, with humility and care, we care one with all humanity—it’s true!

Don’t let them tell you to “be realistic” in a world full of wars and poverty.
Only fundamental change can prevent a world deranged from destroying us and all the planet too!

The selfishness and greed that surround us lead many to despair that things can change,
Yet we know that people yearn for a world that can turn to love, peace and generosity.

Peace Song


Let everyone neath her vine and fig tree live in peace and unafraid
And into ploughshares beat their swords nations shall learn war no more.
I’m going to lay down my sword and spear Down by the Riverside, Study war no more!
I aint gonna study war no more (6)


You shall eat, and be satisfied, and then you shall bless (x2) ve’achalta ve’savata uvey’rachta
We ate when we were hungry and now we’re satisfied
We thank the source of blessing for all that S/He provides

Hunger is a yearning in body and soul
Earth, air, fire, water, and spirit makes us whole…

Giving and receiving we open up our hands
From seedtime through harvest, we’re partners with the land…

We share in a vision of wholeness and release
Where every child is nourished and we all live in peace

Loving for the stranger, peace and justice too.
So all the goodness in our lives is shared with others too.

Mindless consumption threatens our planet earth
To a world of environmental justice we shall give birth

Transformation is our goal, loving is our way,
Humility, joy and gratitude, thank Goddess, every day


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“Conflicts in our age have become both local and global, blurring the distinction between the two.  We can no longer speak of local and national conflicts without considering their international implications, nor can we ignore the impact of global trends and relations on local issues.”  Ibrahim Kalin, “Islam and Peace,” in Crescent and Dove, ed. by Qamar-ul Huda (USIP, 2010, p. 30).

“As our hearts open to deeper understanding, our circle of compassion naturally enlarges and spontaneously begins to include more and more ‘others’—not just our own tribe, sect, nation, or race, but all human beings, and not just humans, but other mammals, and birds, fish, forests, and the whole beautifully interwoven tapestry of living, pulsing creation.   All beings.  All of us.”   Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet, p. 293.

Contents of #1  2011
Interdependence Day in Los Angeles
Global Movement 2011

Contents #2 September 12, 2012
Interdependence Day Los Angeles 2012
Global Declaration of Interdependence
New York City 2011
Film NYC 2011
Scranton 2011

Contents #3 September 12, 2014
AFSC, World Without Walls
Majid, We Are All Moors
Tuttle, World Peace Diet
J. William Fulbright, on Nationalism

Toward Peace and Justice, October 2013

[World without walls and low-intensity warfare. From AFSC.  I missed this in 2013, but its powerful argument is just as applicable in 2014.  --Dick]
American Friends Service Committee

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[MEXICO AND USA]   An 18-foot fence, built of metal and corrugated steel plates, runs inland for miles from the Pacific Ocean, bisecting a sloping mountainside in the desert. It marks the arbitrary line that divides what once were interconnected communities, an imposed boundary between “us” on the American side and “them”—everyone to the south.

That fence embodies an approach to immigration that relies on military-style enforcement, an approach that has created a human rights disaster along the U.S./Mexico border. Under the immigration policy reform proposals Congress is considering, the border now stands to become one of the most militarized borders in the world.

The American Friends Service Committee is hosting “Boots on the Border,” an hour-long discussion on border militarization, on Oct. 30. I hope you will tune in to learn more about these proposals for so-called “border security” that put at risk humane immigration reform, and our democracy itself.

Constructing barriers between people in the name of “security” ignores the reality of the global community—that our fates as individuals, nations, and the world are interdependent.

Using violence to enforce those arbitrary lines does more to threaten our security by further driving people apart. As with shows of military force at the border, drone strikes and threats of war in any part of the world create new enemies, making our country less safe, not safer. 

The new issue of Quaker Action explores how, from Somalia to the West Bank, the U.S. could become a powerful force for healing a broken world, if we and other major powers choose to invest in shared well-being instead of national competition.

I hope that as you read the stories of young Somalis striving to make a living and repair ties between neighboring towns, you, too, will see how––when given the chance––youth can harness their creativity and energy to assert themselves, using the power of nonviolence to rebuild their communities that have lived so long in the shadow of violent conflict
In Peace,Shan Cretin, General Secretary
American Friends Service Committee 
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Review: We Are All Moors by Anouar Majid

We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and Other Minorities by Anouar Majid is a must-read for all immigrants and civil rights activists in Europe and North America.

I've previously reviewed A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital to Islam and America by Professor Anouar. I also have his book, Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and Difference in the Post-Andalusian Age, which I now have renewed impetus to read and review.

We Are All Moors is organized into an introduction, four chapters and a conclusion. The introduction lays out the thesis that the Iberian Peninsula's unified kingdoms of Aragon and Castile began the modern era of the nation-state with the policy of religious and ethnic purification and that the archetype Moors can represent groups all around Europe and North America which governments have viewed as obstacles to consolidation of the purified policy.

Chapter 1 examines the case of the Muslims and Jews in Spain. Professor Anouar amasses documentary evidence of this process. Each is astounding, and this characteristic throughout the entire book makes the book both enjoyable and difficult to summarize. For example, Professor Anouar documents how religion transformed into ethnicity, so that even the Christian descendants of Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula were subject to the state's sanctions. I also did not know that the Muslims were not expelled in 1492, but rather they persevered in the Iberian Peninsula openly for decades and secretly for longer and in the fears of the state for centuries.

Chapter 2, entitled "New World Moors," narrates stories of Muslims and those mistaken for Muslims in the Americas. Fascinatingly, the Spanish often considered the native Americans to be "Moors," as that fit well with the ideology of conquest inherited from the Reconquista. The chapter also address Muslims in the United States, particularly the proto-Islamic movements, most notably the Nation of Islam. 

Chapter 3, "The Muslim Jews," shows how the Othering process developed in the Iberian Peninsula provided the tools for the Othering of Europe's other significan religious minority, Jews. Moreover, leading Jews of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries often asserted a Muslim identity or affiliation as they were asserting Jews' rights in Europe. In fact, Dr. Anouar writes:
If [contemporary conflicting Jews and Muslims] were to bracket off the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a serious but, in the end, political problem and explore the history and bonds they share, perhaps enough goodwill could be generated to help Israelis and Palestinians and other aggrieved Muslims work out a solution.
At the very least, I hope this chapter will convince Muslims to refrain from reproducing inane European anti-semItic rhetoric.

Chapter 4 is, in my mind, the most important chapter of the book for a general U.S. and European audience. "Undesirable Aliens: Hispanics in America, Muslims in Europe" compares the current anti-immigrant hysteria with previous manifestations, demonstrating that the very same arguments used against primarily Hispanic immigrants in the United States were used against previous Others. In fact, even anti-immigrant intellectuals like Samuel Huntington had their antecedents in the halls of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Even more revealing, however, is that the arguments and methods have their antecedents in the Inquisition of the Iberian Peninsula discussed in the introduction and Chapter 1.

This whole sad story is only lightened by the resilience of the "Moors" of each age, whose presence each successive wave of persecution fails to erase. Dr. Anouar concludes by relating several instances of acceptance of the "Moor" and the increasing realization that globalization is making the idea of Inquisitorial purity less and less tenable. The United States has a Melville strand of thought upon which it can draw to end its war on its most recent Moors, the largely Hispanic undocumented immigrant population.
Should we make a conscious effort to attain a state of irreversible mestizaje, there is no better group than the Mexicans to lead the way. It is not insignificant that it was a Mexican intellectual who coined the expression "cosmic race" early in the twentieth century. As ... Gregory Rodriguez has shown ..., although Mexicans are the "largest immigrant group in the history of the United States," the Mexican culture of mestizaje impels them toward inclusion through intermarriage and adaptation. ... Miscegenation, or rather, mestizaje, characterized the birth of modern Mexico, from the moment Spanish conquistadors encountered the Aztec empire.
Dr. Anouar movingly concludes:
It is far more sensible to start preparing for a new golden age when every human being on earth and every cultural tradition will be embraced with the love and care now accorded to any species threatened with extinction.
Lastly, the book has 26 pages of notes and 26 pages of index to facilitate review and further research. The University of Minnesota Press is to be congratulated for including these materials.

An idea whose time has come...
Love is understanding...

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On Saturday, September 8, an Interdependence Symposium will be held at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in the Cocoanut Grove Theater from 1:00 - 6:30 pm. Titled "Culture, Justice and the Arts in the Age of Interdependence", and in collaboration with Prof. Nicholas Cull of USC's Center for Public Diplomacy and Dean Travis Preston of CalArts School of Theater, this symposium will include leading filmmakers, academics and public intellectuals, as well as a number of film screenings. Participants include LA Deputy Mayor Aileen Adams, Director of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas Mary Lou Aleskie, Interdependence Movement founder Benjamin Barber, SDS founder and activist Tom Hayden, German-American Institute Director Jakob Köllhofer, Yolanda Moses of UC-Riverside, Mexican playwright Alejandro Pelayo-Rangel, Civil Rights activist and attorney Connie Rice, filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain, Director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab Prof. Jonathan Taplin, and many more.

In addition to musical performances and a short film from Dance Camera West, this event will also feature the world premiere of the film "Engage," directed by Tiffany Shlain as part of the Let It Ripple short film series.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To ensure your place, please register by emailing


On Sunday, September 9, following afternoon events with Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) in Lafayette Park with youth performances and film screenings from 1:00 - 3:00 pm,  an Interdependence Day Festival and Concert will be held at the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, Los Angeles from 4:30 - 8:30 pm. The concert will feature as musicians electro-Latin-hip-hop fusion duo Ritmo Machine, funk project Breakestra, Grammy-nominated Country singer Pam Rose, legendary guitarist John Jorgenson and others, and as special guest speakers former Foreign Minister of Mexico Luis Ernesto Derbez, pastor and author Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley, and others.

These events are FREE and open to the public. More information on the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park can be found here.


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In a world where global interdependence is not simply an aspiration of idealists, but a brute fact of the forces that bind us together—global warming, financial capital, AIDS, telecommunications, crime, migration, and terrorism—many people still think in narrow, insular terms.

Reality is global, but consciousness too often remains local - constrained by town and nation.

In the year 2000, a small group of scholars, civic and political leaders, and artists from a dozen nations met to design a program that might help raise consciousness around the realities and possibilities of interdependence. Their efforts were given impetus by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the group created a project that would:
  • Make September 12, the day following the memorial of 9/11, an international celebration of interdependence as "Interdependence Day";

  • Draw up a "Declaration of Interdependence", making clear that both liberty and security require cooperation among peoples and nations and can no longer be secured by sovereign nations working unilaterally;

  • Develop a Civic Interdependence Curriculum that would make interdependence a central concept in Civics and Social Studies programs in as many middle and high schools around the world as possible.

Since then Interdependence Day has been celebrated for 9 years in 9 global cities and dozens of other locations. The celebration of Interdependence Day has in turn generated a wider movement, the Interdependence Movement, which has a year-round focus.

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Co-Existence or No Existence. In proclaiming Interdependence Day, we are acknowledging that we are all connected, and that when one thread in the web of ...

Co-Existence or No Existence

In proclaiming Interdependence Day, we are acknowledging that we are all connected, and that when one thread in the web of life is sundered, all are diminished. Where equity and mutual respect prevail, all benefit. Interdependence Day is a day of celebration, information and action.
In September 2002 We, The World launched Interdependence Day at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development at the Sacred Place in Ubuntu Village. Happy Interdependence Day! The launch was a success. We, The World Advisory Board Member Angaangaq Lyberth (Inuit Elder, 4 Worlds International Elder's Council), Mayan Spiritual Leaders Mercedes Longfellow and Gerardo Barrioro, and We, The World Board Member Diane Williams conducted a beautiful Interdependence Convocation Ceremony to launch this new global holiday. Angaangaq and Diane gave an overview of the day and it's intent. Then Mercedes gave a talk about the importance of our interdependence. Her partner Gerardo spoke about how we are all connected. Next Angaangaq did a beautiful chant. We then moved to the fire pit and all received candles and lit each other's candles one by one. It was very moving and lovely.

On Interdependence Day September 12, 2003, Co-Sponsors' Interdependence Day activities included Interfaith Dialogues and took place in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, India, Budapest, the United States, Canada, England, South Africa, Taiwan and elsewhere.

We, The World compiled and distributed an Interdependence Day 2003 Global Calendar of Events with dozens of lisitngs. The most prominent event took place on Sept. 12th in Philadelphia and was organized by WTW's Interdependence Day collaborators CivWorld and The Democracy Collaborative. The program featured a presentation of the Declaration of Interdependence, the premiere of a choral work, greetings from the Mayor of Rome, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former Czech president Vaclav Havel, plus remarks by former Senator Gary Hart, a tribute by distinguished poet Sonia Sanchez.and many other prominent indivduals. See Interdependence Day 2003 for complete details.
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We are on our way to seeing international acceptance of Interdependence Day as a time for celebration, information and action in recognition of our global interdependence!

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As the United States celebrates Independence Day this week [of July 4, 2012], CivWorld and the Levitt LA invite you to join us in September for the new reality: INTERDEPENDENCE DAY, a celebration of citizens without borders, civic governance among cities, and global justice and democracy.

On Sunday, September 9th, CivWorld  and Levitt LA celebrate Interdependence Day Los Angeles in multicultural MacArthur Park with a free, five-hour public concert and symposium at Levitt Pavilion. In the early afternoon, youth music groups will be featured and a possible youth luncheon will be held. From 4pm - 9pm, the Interdependence Day concert and symposium, featuring multicultural bands and musicians, inspirational speakers and public figures, will light up the bandstand. Various genres of music will be represented on a stage shared with leaders from the worlds of art, politics, faith, education and film. Speakers include author and TV host Tavis Smiley; award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain; founder of the Interdependence Movement Dr. Benjamin Barber; Director of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music Dr. Faouzi Skali; Director of the German-American Institute Heidelberg, Jakob Köllhofer; a delegation of educators and administrators from Nepal; and many other prominent international and local guests. Following the concert, a special buffet dinner for all participants, supporters and patrons will take place just across from MacArthur Park in the historic Park Plaza Hotel in the refurbished Gold Room and patio.

This concert will be preceded on Saturday, September 8th by "The Movies, Cultural Communication and the Art of Interdependence", a symposium hosted by Prof. Nicholas Cull of USC's Masters Program in Public Diplomacy and Dean Travis Preston of CalArts School of Theater, to be held at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in the Cocoanut Grove Auditorium. On Monday, September 10th, a closing ceremonial event will be held at LA City Hall with Mayor Villaraigosa and Deputy Mayor Aileen Adams, where the Declaration of Interdependence will be signed and the prestigious Interdependence Prize and Interdependence Film Award will be presented.

While the main events are concentrated in LA, other celebrations will be held in Singapore, Melbourne and around the world. This marks the 10th annual Interdependence Day, following successful events in New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Brussels, Mexico City, Casablanca, Paris, Rome, and Philadelphia. For more information, visit and or contact Bill Trüb at

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Interdependence Day 2011

Following eight successful Interdependence Days, previously held annually in a single global city, Interdependence Day 2011 will be celebrated in locations around the world on September 12, 2011 and the two days leading up to it. Events are already being planned in London, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Memphis, and in particular New York City, where the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will be commemorated in collaboration with local arts institutions. New York City will also act as the "hub" of Interdependence Day events, and will be connected live virtually to other venues around the world.

Though decentralized, events around the world will be encouraged to connect virtually, allowing activists around the world to join together in the spirit of interdependence. Local interdependence events of all kinds are encouraged. Share your plans and ideas for your event in the form below and on the Interdependence Movement's blog, or send your questions to


In a world where global interdependence is not simply an aspiration of idealists, but a brute fact of the forces that bind us together— global warming, financial capital, AIDS, telecommunications, crime, migration, and terrorism—many people still think in narrow, insular terms.

Reality is global, but consciousness too often remains local — constrained by town and nation.
In the year 2000, a small group of scholars, civic and political leaders, and artists from a dozen nations met to design a program that might help raise consciousness around the realities and possibilities of interdependence. Their efforts were given impetus by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the group agreed to create a project that would :

> Make September 12, the day following the memorial of 9/11, an international celebration of interdependence “Interdependence Day”

> Draw up a “Declaration of Interdependence”, making clear that both liberty and security required cooperation among peoples and nations and could no longer be secured by sovereign nations working unilaterally;

> Develop a Civic Interdependence Curriculum that would make interdependence a central concept in Civics and Social Studies programs in middle and high schools in as many schools around the world as possible.

The Declaration of Interdependence

We the people of the world do herewith declare our interdependence as individuals and members of distinct communities and nations. We do pledge ourselves citizens of one CivWorld, civic, civil and civilized. Without prejudice to the goods and interests of our national and regional identities, we recognize our responsibilities to the common goods and liberties of humankind as a whole.

We do therefore pledge to work both directly and through the nations and communities of which we are also citizens:
To guarantee justice and equality for all by establishing on a firm basis the human rights of every person on the planet, ensuring that the least among us may enjoy the same liberties as the prominent and the powerful;

To forge a safe and sustainable global environment for all - which is the condition of human survival -- at a cost to peoples based on their current share in the world's wealth;

To offer children, our common human future, special attention and protection in distributing our common goods, above all those upon which health and education depend;

To establish democratic forms of global civil and legal governance through which our common rights can be secured and our common ends realized;


To foster democratic policies and institutions expressing and protecting our human commonality;

and at the same time,

To nurture free spaces in which our distinctive religious, ethnic and cultural identities may flourish and our equally worthy lives may be lived in dignity, protected from political, economic and cultural hegemony of every kind.


I am very pleased to announce that I have been invited to join the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as a Senior Research Scholar. After six productive years at Demos as a Distinguished Senior Fellow, I will be relocating to the Graduate Center, just up Fifth Avenue (365 Fifth Ave at 35th Street), in July. The Center has also agreed to serve as a partner to CivWorld and the Interdependence Movement, and to act as our fiscal sponsor. In my role as Research Scholar, I will continue to develop the theory and practice of interdependence.

I look forward to this new collaboration with my friend and professional colleague -- Center Director and Professor of History Kathleen McCarthy -- as well as with the many colleagues in the Political Science, Sociology, and History departments at the Graduate Center. Having spent my entire academic life at public universities, I take great pleasure at this stage of my career in moving to the City University of New York, one of the world’s great urban universities. New York is the city of my birth in which I have lived for much of my life, and it is gratifying that as I finish my book on cities and global governance for Yale University Press under the title IF MAYORS RULED THE WORLD, I will continue to reside and work in this global city, with Leah, my wife and partner in interdependence.

The new Executive Manager of the Interdependence Movement and my Executive Assistant, Bill Trub (who is replacing Harry Merritt), will be moving with me, as will our research coordinator Daniel London. Harry will continue part time as our media and web manager, and Deirdra Stockmann will continue as my personal research assistant. We look forward to continuing our work under the generous oversight of our Executive Committee chairperson Jacqueline Z. Davis (Executive Director of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center) and our International Steering Committee.

At a moment in history when bickering parties, parochial nations and selfish private interests are putting democracy and justice at risk, I feel privileged to be a colleague at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and lucky to be part of our growing Interdependence Movement.



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