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Happy Birthday Sojourner Truth!

On this day in 1797, Isabella Baumfree (Sojourner Truth) was born in Ulster County, New York. Sojourner Truth was a former slave, women's rights activist, abolitionist, and great orator. On November 26, 1883, Sojourner passed away in her home in Battle Creek, Michigan.
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Common Ground Abortion Reduction on The Washington Post's Front Page

Today's front page feature in The Washington Post is a good profile of the religious lead
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Signs that SOA/WHINSEC is Losing its Grip on Latin America

This weekend, an estimated 30,000 people will meet in protest at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to close the School of the Americas.
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Obama's Promise to Close Guantanamo and the Value of Your Vote

President-elect Barack Obama, in his first interview since being elected, promised to close Guantanamo Bay.
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Father Roy Bourgeois Faces Excommunication for Support of Women's Ordination

"I know you know what you're doing," Janice Sevre-Duszynska told Father Roy Bourgeois when he agreed to co-preside and give the homily at her ordination Mass, "but do you know what you're doing?" About a month ago I shared Janice's story of ordination, spotlighting her struggle for justice in the Catholic church and the long road she'd walked for years leading up to August 9, 2008, the day of her ordination Mass.

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After Court Loss, City of Orlando Seeks to Develop Park Where Groups Feed Homeless

I have written many times from and about what I call the sacred circle at Lake Eola Park.
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Just Peacemaking and Counterinsurgency

Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).
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Celebrate 'Buy Nothing Day' with 'Make Something Day'

The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Americans head for the shopping malls for a ritual known as Black Friday, called such as it's a day when many retailers move from the red (losses) into the black (gains). Black Friday is "celebrated" nationwide by working off Thanksgiving's meal by shopping. Over a decade ago another celebration was started on the same day: Buy Nothing Day.
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Our Children's 'Audacity of Hope'

"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord
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