Online Seeing Systems August 2019 Feed

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  • I'm really looking forward to putting some more of these actions into practice in the new year!

  • desiree crothers 10/14/2019 7:14 AM

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  • Timshel Tarbet 9/05/2019 10:00 AM
    I was talking with my cousin last night, reflecting on being a woman of color in pregnancy and instead of focusing on the negative aspects we focused on some of the positive things there are out there specifically an article she sent me about a group that was celebrating and focusing on the positive.  Here is the article.

  • Hi, everyone! My name is Lacy, and I'm one of the facilitators for our online course. I live in St. Louis, Missouri, and use she/her pronouns. I've been really excited by our conversations so far, the depth of thoughtfulness and engagement you all have offered, and the learning you are committed to. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you more and learning with and from you during this online course!
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  • How do the ways we talk about those we disagree with, those who are different than us, or the non-human world reflect our commitment to peace and justice?

    • Christopher Snow 8/23/2019 1:56 PM
      I've been thinking about this question a great deal in the last two years. First, I think demonstrating my commitment to peace and justice means living within those principles, even while in conflict with those who disagree with me. That means meeting insults with understanding, anger with comfort, harm with healing. It isn't easy, and I fail more often than I'd like. If I don't feel up to it I try to remove myself from the situation so I don't make it worse.

      That being said, we can't cede our right to exist--to the space and food and water and shelter and community we need to live--to those who would deny us those things.As Lacy and Raffi pointed out, the tools of communication we discussed can be used as weapons against us. Active listening can't force someone to respect our rights, and it's impossible to build consensus with someone who is participating in bad faith.

      What are we to do, then, when we're confronted with the intentional subversion of those values? What's the answer to the paradox of tolerance?

  • How are everyone's first week challenges going? I look forward to talking to you tomorrow!

  • Ray Laurence 8/19/2019 7:58 AM
    Great First day of discussions. We actually ran out of time. Really got me thinking about how change in general effects us all differently, and why we might be called to action.